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Fashion Capital Newswire – 23rd July 2014


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NEWSLETTER 23rd July 2014 

Dear all,

With last week’s announcement of Haringey Council investing into the Fashion Technical Academy this week Fashion Enter welcomed London Live into The Factory to get an insight to the plans for the Academy and how the existing education opportunities have benefitted those on the courses.

London Live is a 24hour TV channel dedicated to the Capital.

Reporter John Naylor from London Live arrived at The Factory to conduct filming and interviews. Councillor Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability was interviewed first, speaking on Haringey’s council’s involvement into the training expansion, the support provided and why they decided to get onboard with Fashion Enter.

Head of Learning and Development, Wendy Coley was next interviewed on the Fashion Technical Academy. Speaking on the current skillsgap in the manufacturing industry, Wendy has seen and contributed firsthand the work Fashion Enter has put into the industry in training up young people and bringing manufacturing back to the UK. Wendy touched on the case studies and success stories of past students on the existing courses, why Haringey is such a perfect location – due to its reputation of being a “manufacturing hotspot”, and the local contacts and partnerships, of which the progress made would not have been possible without, including Social Business Trust, Haringey Council, ASOS, Creative Skillset and ABC Awards.


Focusing on what the Academy will offer and exactly what students will receive from the training and qualifications, John then moved on to interview a number of Stitching Academy students and Level 3 apprentices that have completed and benefitted from Fashion Enter’s current training opportunities.

Focusing on what the students aspire to do after completing their course, Shana, Fashion Enter’s production apprentice, and a Stitching Academy graduate mentioned how the course had helped in kick-starting her future career of being a fashion designer. “I can see first-hand the processes that go into garment construction, I had no idea how to create a pattern or use a sewing machine!”

The report will be live between 6am – 9am tomorrow morning (24/07/14)

Don’t forget to tune in at http://www.londonlive.co.uk/ or Freeview Channel 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159.


Apprenticeship Update

Hobbs have set a date for their assessment where they will be interviewing candidates for their assistant garment technologist role on the Level 3 programme. They will be asking candidates to complete two practical tasks as well as a one to on interview to discuss motivation, aspirations and ambition! Good luck to all selected candidates.

Ella Valentine has selected Olivia Jones as their first apprentice. Olivia will be working for the small, & independent, British handbags and accessories label based in Hamstead on all aspects of the business from marketing, PR, client meetings, mood boards and general admin duties. 
Find of London is still interviewing for two apprentices to work in Buying, if you’d be interested in applying, check out the role here:


Meet the Apprentice

1belindaMeet Belinda, a Stitching Academy graduate and our newest apprentice on the Level 3 apprenticeship programme…

“I’m Belinda I’m 17 years old and I secured an apprenticeship through the support of Fashion Enter. I completed the 6 week Stitching Academy in partnership with ASOS, where I gained much needed experience and had a lot of fun whilst doing so. After this I applied for an apprenticeship at Darling Clothing as a design assistant which I was overjoyed to get. I am now learning so much at work and at my training where I’m currently completing a Level 3 Diploma with enthusiastic teachers in a unique learning environment. The experience has allowed me to gain more independence and confidence in myself. Through Fashion Enter I have also been able to meet driven and positive people and make many new friends. I am very grateful with how my career is starting out and feel a little more confident about my future.”


Talent Match 


Wandsworth Council and Fashion Enter invite you to an industry lead event at the Council’s Civic Suite on Wednesday 26th November.

 The event will include:

•The life cycle of a garment – find out how a garment is designed, produced and sold on the high street
•Talks and presentations from leading employers and retailers
•Information on job/career and training opportunities in the fashion industry
•The chance to design your own garment! The winning design will be turned into the finished article!

The event is targeted at young people seeking a career and training opportunities as well as older people looking for work in the sector. Participants will be from school (pupils in Years 10, 11 and 12), college, community based organisations and through the Council’s Work Match.

To find out full information and download a registration pack, click here.

Latest from The Fashion Studio

It’s prom season and the quest to find the perfect dress (one that you’re sure no one else will be wearing) is on.

Unable to find what she was looking for on the high street and with not much time left, Head Office Abbie’s younger sister, Zoe, approached the Fashion Studio in hopes of getting her dream dress made-to-measure.
Zoe had in mind exactly what she wanted her dress to look like; a white ruffled, skater skirt style, open back dress, complete with a sweetheart neckline.

With only a week to go until her prom, the Studio assured Zoe the dress could and would be ready in time for the big day. As a CMT unit, everything from sketches, pattern cutting to production was taken care of; it was just up to Zoe to pick the fabric for her design. She chose a lightly embellished, off white, lacy fabric which complimented her design perfectly. Within a few days of dropping the fabric off, her one-off dress was finished.

”I can’t thank the studio enough for making my prom dress; the staff were so kind and helpful! With only a week to make it they managed to make my dream dress with amazing fit and standards! I received so many compliments on the fit and detailing!”  Zoe

Here is the dress in action, Prom Queen!



Postcards from Budapest

Director, Jenny Holloway is currently out of the office for 2 weeks, travelling around Budapest. Here’s her photocard update, direct from Hero Square, alongside Anna Gall (Factory Admin Assistant) and Goddaughter, Laura. 

And another with Grandma Elizabeth, we miss you Anna and wish you all well!



On FashionCapital This Week… 

Our trend reporter Katie Farley looks into some of the biggest catwalk trends of AW14 and how to start transitioning these into our wardrobe this season. The London Fashion Week SS15 schedule is unveiled; we look at some of our favourite that will be showcasing this season. Christopher Raeburn updates the classic, British aesthetic of Barbour, in his first collection for the brand.


Boutique Pick of The Weekbpotw23_7

With futuristic iridescent popping up on the catwalks of Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders and Altuzarra, it wasn’t long before the metallic trend began hitting the highstreet. This week we’re all about Lazy Oaf’s Space Oddity Collection, in particular the Space Waffle Skirt. An easy-to-wear skirt, created to accentuate the feminine silhouette, complete in a quilted sturdy fabric, start feeding metallic into your wardrobe!

To view and buy, click here!





Until next time, have a great week
All the team at Fashion Capital x


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