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Fashion Capital Newswire – 24th September 2014


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Newsletter 24th September 2014

Dear all,

This week marked the beginning of our Perfect Pattern Cutting Masterclass with eTelestia and Fashion Enter flew over pattern expert Anastasia Vouyouka from Greece to teach the five-day course. The students are now half way through the intensive course and here is their feedback so far…

Nicola Ridd-Davies, teacher and experienced pattern maker: “I absolutely think eTelestia methodology could spark a revolution in pattern cutting teaching because the emphasis is on producing perfect foundations-blocks. All the research and hard work has already been done and this course takes the labour and guesswork out of fitting, balance, etc.

The combination of hands-on demos, CAD and books also means there is a method suitable for most learning styles.

I do believe that Fashion Enter could be running the country’s best and most comprehensive pattern course and produce the best pattern cutters. I know my own work will be enhanced with what I’ve learned in the last 2 days.”

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Paul Markevicius, former Stitching Academy student: I can sense, without having the hard-earned knowledge or expertise from a ‘traditional pattern design’ background, that this template driven process is cleverly, subtly fast-tracking to a far superior methodology that is highly accurate and thought through. 

Through the amazing engineering and algebraic wisdom built into the template it ‘knows’ how to ensure garments can be designed that actually fit the individual person’s measurements. Strangely, still a new concept! 

So far, all in all, the layering of information is highly informative and stimulating.”

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FashionCapital.co.uk Mentoring Package

Following the re-launch of FashionCapital.co.uk, the company has devised new initiatives to provide support for its members and start-up designers.

With over 30 years experience in the industry and an extensive network of key industry experts business mentoring is now available for those looking to start-up or expand their label. 

The team of mentors has been carefully selected for their specialised areas of expertise…

Carolyn Springett – Business Consultant

Nick Gould – Solicitor 

Mark Dodds – Fabric Technician  

Nigel Rust – Business Mentor, Coach and Manufacturing Specialist 

Dan Sherfield – Business Improvement 

Tanya Smith – Designer 

To check out the mentors full profiles please click here

To enquire about a mentoring session please contact: members@fashioncapital.co.uk


New Level 4 CPD Training for Teachers

Wendy Coley: As Head of Learning and Development at Fashion Enter we have spent considerable time looking at the units available at Level 4 for CPD for teachers.

Fashion Enter is now delighted to confirm that we are offering to all teachers and designers alike the following Level 4 qualifications…

         Strategic Marketing Planning Skills within the Design and Creative Industries (J/501/8387);

         Business Planning and Financial Projections in the Design and Creative Industries (L/501/8388);

         Design Development, Creativity and Business Development (R/501/8389);

         Leadership and People Management in the Design and Creative Industries (J/501/8390);

         Intellectual Property Management in the Design and Creative Industries (L/501/8391);

         Design Project Management for Creative Practitioners (R/501/8392);

         Doing Business Globally (Y/501/8393);

         Finance for Designers and Creatives (D/501/8394);

For futher enquiries please contact: education@fashioncapital.co.uk


The Big Fashion Conversation

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Our informative, proactive industry event aimed at 14-24 year olds interested in careers and training in the fashion industry is shaping up to include some fantastic speakers.

A regular on our ‘Business Advice’ section Nick Gould, corporate partner at Collyer Bristow LLP, will be there along with representatives from New Look, ASOS.com, Alvanon, UKFT and many more.

To find out more about The Big Fashion Conversation click here


Post-Apprenticeship What Next?

24 sept lily new lookWhat was the next move for Lily Stone after she had completed her apprenticeship with New Look?

Lily: “I had been on an 18-month apprenticeship scheme and training to be a Garment Technologist at New Look. Since the scheme finished I was offered a full-time job!

I am now an assistant garment technologist on casual jersey/ sports jersey/ fashion and formal and I do a bit of knitwear too. As part of my job I attend fit sessions twice a week and write fit comments to send to suppliers. Going to fitting sessions is my favourite aspect of the job as it gives me a chance to get involved with the product! I am also dealing with returns and sorting out issues within the department. It is always busy and there is never a dull moment!”



Introducing Kay Hannaford Founder of Raspberry Leaf

At Raspberry Leaf we are dedicated to making the most of the gorgeous curves pregnancy brings. We understand that during this time of change a women’s self-esteem can be fragile; having to wear clothes that don’t reflect her personality or just don’t fit properly can affect the way she feels about herself. This is how I felt and many of my friends did too so I decided to do something about it! When I was pregnant I couldn’t find anything that was right for me and I didn’t want to sacrifice my own style or loose my individuality. My friends and I want to put a stop to that! Our mission is to make every expectant woman look and feel her absolute best and be utterly fabulous! 

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I am starting off with a small capsule collection but as our business grows so will our offer of new garments! We will aim to offer you more and more comfortable, affordable and on-trend clothes for every aspect of life.

We are also passionate about supporting home grown business which is why all of our garments are MADE IN ENGLAND! Our committed London based studio and factory in London strives to manufacture the best possible quality garments. Our customers can be safe in the knowledge that when they buy from Raspberry Leaf they are supporting real UK manufacturing in an ethical way.

I really hope you enjoy our collection and look forward to hearing from you.

Raspberry Leaf Facebook Page


24 sept tanya elizabethIn the News Tanya Elizabeth 

Described as ‘A Change in Fashion’ Tanya’s take on creating her label completely within the UK has caught the eye of the The Jewish News. Recognising Tanya as a young new designer to watch, her Alex and Natalie dress were both featured, alongside snippets into her inspiration for designs and previous work leading into her design career.

Tanya gave a special shout out to The Factory where her garments are created, in the Fashion Studio by a team of 8 specialist machinists, “[Tanya] found a place in North London called The Factory at Fashion Enter to produce the Tanya Elizabeth collection.”




On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week…

Milan closes its hectic schedule with the announcement that six of Italy’s biggest textile suppliers have fully agreed and committed to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their supply chain. Nick Gould, corporate partner at Collyer Bristow LLP explores why British small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are so often ignored – or even regarded in such a negative way – by so many people and organisations? And the Cosmopolitan Fashion Awards celebrating the best of the British High Street has just announced its winners.



24 sept boutique pick amy hallBoutique Pick of the Week

It’s official, autumn is here and as the chilly mornings and darker evenings signify its time to plan those winter wardrobe essentials. Thankfully head-to-toe knitwear is having a moment and we’ve spotted some creative knitwear designers that combine lashings of style with warmth and practicality. This week we’ve selected London based designer and hand knitter Amy Hall, this elegant ‘Emmeline’ sweater dress knitted in an Irish Donegal yarn blended with silk and mohair. Batwing sleeves and a funnel neck give this dress a sleek silhouette. 

To view and buy click here.


Until next time, we wish you a fabulous week.

The Team at FashionCapital.co.uk 


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