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Fashion Capital Newswire – 2nd July 2014


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Newsletter 2nd July 2014

Dear all,

It has been a fantastic start to the week here at FashionCapital HQ with our very own CEO Jenny Holloway featured in the latest issue of established trade mag Drapers. Check out her ‘My Fashion Life’ interview…


“We (Fashion Enter) want to make manufacturing sexy, because it is. It is amazing to take raw components and make them into a garment.” Jenny Holloway


Apprenticeship News…

Hobbs are still looking for their perfect candidate to join their garment tech team to view the position click here

Find purveyors of exquisite pre-owned & new designer clothing also require a buying and sales apprentice. To find out more click here


Fashion Enter & Teach Too


To find out more about our sister company Fashion Enter and all the production training, skills and services it provides watch this twenty-minute video hosted by the Teach Too organisation:



Celebrating Wales’ Heritage and Textiles Industry

2_july_prince_charlesThis week (Monday 30th June), Creative Skillset Cymru, the industry skills body for the Creative Industries in Wales, welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at its ‘Making it in Wales’ event, to celebrate the growth of Wales’ heritage and textiles industry and the first Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship Programme in Wales.

The Prince of Wales joined Creative Skillset Cymru fashion and textiles apprentices and employers, traditional woollen mill representatives and a number of industry representatives at Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill in Castlemorris, west Wales.  His visit is part of his continuing commitment to raise awareness of the unique, natural and sustainable benefits offered by wool, and to support Wales’ fashion and textiles industry and its apprenticeship programme; and encouraging collaboration within the industry to ensure continued sustainability and skills retention in Wales. 

Gwawr Thomas, Director of Creative Skillset Cymru explains why Creative Skillset Cymru has invested in Wales’ first Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programme:

“The Creative Industries in Wales are world-renowned and make a significant contribution to the Welsh economy and its growth. 


“Fashion and textiles is a major sub-sector of Wales’ Creative Industries, employing just under 10,000 people across almost 3,000 enterprises. However, the sector has undergone much change in recent years. Globalisation has led to outsourcing and off-shore manufacturing and competition from low cost countries. This has meant a large-scale decline in the numbers of people employed, and businesses have had to adapt their strategies to find their niche within a competitive environment. In conjunction to this, businesses are also reliant on an ageing experienced workforce specialist skills. This could potentially create a problem concerning the replacement of people approaching retirement and succession planning; hence attracting new talent and developing the skills of the workforce is paramount to the continued growth of the industry.  

2_july_creative_skillset“In 2011 Creative Skillset Cymru was approached by the Prince of Wales to see if anything could be done to help revive the textiles industry and support the development of talented new entrants into the fashion and textiles sector.  On behalf of industry, we developed the Creative Skillset Cymru Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship pilot programme, which aims to support the growth and sustainability of the industry by attracting and recruiting new talent, and deliver innovative training to ensure the apprentices develop the necessary skills to become the best in their field, and meet the needs of industry to ensure business growth and economic development in Wales. 

“The Creative Skillset Cymru Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programme has given talented individuals the opportunity to begin their careers in well-known Welsh organisations such as Corgi Hosiery, Melin Tregwynt, AJM Sewing, Anderson Apparel and Resist Studio Gallery.”  

Creative Skillset Cymru is delivering the pilot programme, Level 2 Apprenticeship in Fashion and Textiles via Coleg Sir Gâr; a college of further and higher education based in Carmarthenshire. Creative Skillset Cymru also offers a range of Creative and Digital Media Apprenticeships across Wales. The Creative Skillset Cymru Apprenticeship programme is supported by £1.1 million from the Welsh Government’s Sector Priorities Fund Programme (SPFP) which is part funded by the European Social Fund. To date almost 80 brand new job roles have been created by Creative and Digital Media and Fashion and Textiles businesses across Wales.



Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar


Manufacturing in Britain is a hot topic right now and our CEO Jenny Holloway has been invited as a guest speaker at ‘Prospects for the British fashion industry – domestic manufacturing, sector skills and wearable technology’ in central London on the 21st October.

Delegates at this seminar will examine the next steps for policy and business practice to ensure continued economic and creative growth in the British fashion industry.

This conference will be a timely opportunity to consider how the British fashion industry can maintain, grow and widen its markets – particularly in terms of facilitating the return of manufacturing to Britain in light of announced Government support, capitalising on new emerging markets, and latest thinking on ethical policies and corporate responsibility strategies.

Delegates will also examine key trends in the wearable technology market, the emerging commercial opportunities for fashion brands to capitalise on technological innovations and create strategic collaborations with global high-tech companies and, in light of the new Intellectual Property Act receiving Royal Assent, the implications for managing and valuing IP as fashion and digital converge.

The Westminster Media Forum are delighted that John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) and Lasse Wassermann, Senior Programme Manager, Google X have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

 Simon Bennett, Partner, Fox Williams; Sally Britton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya; Mariel Brown, ‎Associate Director and Head of Trends, SeymourPowell; Professor Frances Corner, Head of College, London College of Fashion; Michelle Emmerson, Managing Director, Walpole British Luxury; Kate Hills, Founder and Editor, Make it British; Jenny Holloway, Director, Fashion Enter; Bill Macbeth, Managing Director, Textile Centre of Excellence; Dids Macdonald, Chief Executive Officer, ACID (Anti Copying in Design); Kate O’Connor, Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Creative Skillset and Stephen Taylor, Senior Manager, Kurt Salmon have also agreed to speak.

 Baroness Crawley, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Fashion and Textile Group and David Ward MP, Chair, Associate Parliamentary Group for Textile Manufacturing have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

To book your place click here



Makies – Create Your Own Doll

The Makie, create your own doll and unique Makie fashion has been named one of the Magnificent Seven; a must have toy for Christmas! The rather fabulous Makie fashion is made by our team at The Factory’s ‘Fashion Studio’ so it is great to see this wonderful product now stocked in the world famous toy store, Hamleys (pictured left).


Maya Balcerzak comments: 

“We’re so excited to have our toys in a toy store as prestigious as Hamleys, and to be one of the few toys that is entirely Made In Britain! We’re grateful to all of our UK partners for their support in helping us to achieve this dream.”





On FashionCapital This Week…

We reveal the winners of the 2014 Internet Retailing Awards (congrats to ASOS.com for picking up two awards at this event. While on the topic of internet shopping security experts at a recent round table debate in Manchester have stated that oblivious internet shoppers are putting themselves at risk by ignoring how their personal information is being stored to read the full story click here. And in the news French fashion House Balenciaga has filed a lawsuit against fashion designer and ex-creative director 42-year-old Nicolas Ghesquière for breach of contract.



2_july_who_made_your_pantsBoutique Pick of the Week

Naturally we can’t help but support labels that are creating good quality fashion in ethical working conditions. In particular we endorse the ‘Made in Britain’ revolution, hence the selection for our boutique pick this week. Who Made Your Pants? is a campaigning lingerie brand based in Southampton, UK. The brand is all about amazing pants, and amazing women – providing training and opportunities for their growing team. From their online shop we’ve picked out these Pink Fizz lace boy short style pants now in the sale reduced from £25 to £10-.

UK size 8 -18 available

To view and buy online click here

Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at FashionCapital x


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