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Fashion Capital Newswire – 26 February 2014


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Dear all,

With Fairtrade Fortnight currently underway (24th February – 9th March) the ethics and sustainability behind the products we buy are currently at the fore. We as consumers have the power to make an informative choice about the products we buy so why not show your support and look for the Fairtrade mark when you shop; over 4,500 products are Fairtrade certified.

As ever it has been a busy week at FashionCapital HQ with conference talks, parliamentary meetings, in-house photo shoots and project presentations to find out more read on…

Here is a sneak peek at the exclusive photo-shoot taking place at the Factory today focusing on our Fashion and Textiles apprenticeship programme. More details on where this shoot will be featured coming soon!




On FashionCapital this Week…

In ‘Learning’ we preview a new book entitled Woven Textile Design by Jan Shenton, a comprehensive introduction to weaving for those wanting to design and produce a wide range of fabrics from scratch. Over in ‘Trends’ Westfield London pick out their investment Autumn/Winter Top 5 fresh from the catwalks in Milan. While resident journalist Katie Farley gives us a taste of top Ukraine design talent courtesy of the Fashion Scout presentation Kiev Fashion Days.



Jenny & Apprentices at the ASBCI ‘Making it in the UK – Ready or Not?’ industry Conference

26_feb_asbci_conferenceThe ASBCI ‘Making it in the UK – Ready or Not?’ industry conference in Leicester, held on the 25th February, painted a positive picture for the future of British manufacturing.

Speakers included the likes of Dr Julie King, ASBCI event chairman and head of fashion and textiles at De Montfort University in collaboration with the conference’s co-sponsors Advanced Supply Chain and Johnsons Cleaners in association with GreenEarth Cleaning, Tony O’Connor, head of design at Marks & Spencer, Ian MacLean, managing director of John Smedley and many others including our very own Jenny Holloway, Founder & Managing Director of Fashion Enter and FashionCapital.

Jenny talked about taking British manufacturing forward by increasing essential apprenticeship schemes and skills development courses using the Stitching Academy as an example. She was then supported by two Fashion Enter apprentices Zoe Barrow and Abbie Godbold. (Pictured right.)

About the conference Jenny Holloway said:

“Compared to two years ago there was such a more can-do attitude with regards to manufacturing in the UK. There was a great line-up of speakers who spoke with honest integrity based on years of genuine experience. Well done to ASBCI for organising the event and the speakers for such informed knowledge and passion.

“I was really proud of both Zoe and Abbie, our apprentices, who addressed the 175 guests!  No mean feat at all, but they were so polished and professional!”


Jenny was also present at the Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar: Next steps for Apprenticeships in England

Official parliamentary figures discussed new model ideas for apprenticeships in the UK. Jenny contributed to the discussion with her questions on the frequency of assessments throughout the apprenticeship as well as the use of training providers on site. Government proposals for developing apprentice schemes will be announced in due course.


Youth Fashion Wandsworth Project – Presentation Time

26_feb_wandsworth_projectToday Fashion Enter is going to the Wandsworth Town Hall to present the 10 Wandsworth Youth Project candidate’s moodboards to The Mayor of Wandsworth and a panel of industry professionals.

After building up their portfolios in various textile and design master classes over the past few weeks, learners are now fully educated on the design process and how their sketches go from an idea to final product, which they then had to adapt to their existing designs.

The candidates will meet today to present a moodboard of their inspiration alongside their sketches, to judging panel of industry professionals including Michaela Jedinak, Tanya Elizabeth, Jenny Holloway, Wendy Coley and Orsola De Castro. The final decision will be made by the Mayor of Wandsworth, Angela Graham and the judging panel.

The 5 lucky candidates will then go onto see their designs come to life, the dresses will be created at the Fashion Enter Fashion Studio where the 5 young designers can give input and help with the embellishment of the dresses.

The overall winner will go onto to have their dress modelled and styled in a professional photo shoot. Where it will go on to be displayed, alongside other designers work in Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the completed moodboards by the young designers, seeing how their ideas have grown and developed over the past few weeks.”  Wendy Coley – Judge

You can find out full information on the competition and keep up to date with the project here.


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Over 20 years experience of garment manufacture supplying UK high street brands.


Managed garment factories in Morocco and Cambodia, with complete understanding and knowledge of industry procedures and regulations.


– Can source suppliers/fabrics globally


– Can manage supply chains/QC


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Working with Mike Bentley – NWTexnet

Last week we mentioned the invaluable collaboration with Mike Bentley director of NWTexnet, provider of current R&D and leading edge training solutions for the Fashion and Textile Sector. Mike will be back at Fashion Enter head office on the 17th March for CPD with our tutors for the Level 4 qualification.




Apprenticeships Coming to you Soon!

Attention all potential-apprentices!

Fashion Enter has 3 upcoming jobs in the pipeline with companies, Lipstick Boutique and N16 Vintage.

Want to get your foot in the door of the fashion industry and kick-off your fashion career? Make sure you keep up to date via our website and Facebook page to see when the roles open and you can apply!

Keep posted on our latest news and roles on the apprenticeship programme here.

And on Facebook.


Boutique Pick of the Week

26_feb_orla_kiely_people_treeOrla Kiely collaborates with sustainable and Fair Trade label People Tree to create a capsule S/S range featuring three signature prints featuring the silhouette of dancing girls inspired by the fuchsia flower.

Perfect for dancing, the Orla Kiely Flower Girl Skirt features a gathered waist, full skirt and eye-catching monochrome print. Made with 100% organic cotton woven poplin.

UK size 8 to 16 available


Buy online at PeopleTree.co.uk


Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x


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