NEWSLETTER 3rd December 2014
London, once again, played centre stage in the fashion world this week with the stylish British Fashion Awards (John Galliano with Anna Wintour right) ceremony on Monday followed by the globally renowned Victoria’s Secret Show on Tuesday. The show had jetted over 47 of the industry’s most in-demand models, which were transformed into Victoria’s Secret ‘angels’ for the night. While some critics suggest the show simply objectifies women you cannot ignore its marketing prowess; with 10 million people tuning in to watch the show when its aired in the US and last years sales figures hitting the £4.2bn mark!
Back at FashionCapital & Fashion Enter HQ…
New Flexible Support Fund Awarded to Fashion Enter from DWP
We are delighted to announce that we are now working with the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions) to engage and start on new Level 1 courses for 50 claimants from the North London District Job Centre, which will go on to lead onto 20 job outcomes.
The programme starts beginning of January and it’s grateful thanks to John McCann and Steven Johnson that we have been awarded this second round of funding.
We are following the announcement of the grant award by inviting all the Job Centres for a Jingle and a Mingle on 11th December to review all the different courses that will be opening.
Pearl Owusu, Course Co-ordinator, will be visiting each of the Job Centres weekly to ensure that we have great communication with all the centres.
“As the administrator on this exciting programme I really want to make sure that we offer an excellent service to North District Job Centres. The new courses offer so many employment opportunities due to the return of manufacturing here in the UK. I am so looking forward to starting the new Flexible Support Fund in January. If anyone would like any information whatsoever just email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org“
The Big Fashion Conversation – A Great Success
The Big Fashion Conversation last week featured inspiring speeches and presentations by a number of industry professionals, giving a unique insight to their fashion career and how they got their job, this included ‘the reality of being a designer’ to ‘life as a garment technologist apprentice’. Following the speeches, The Big Fashion Conversation took place. A hot-seating style layout, students were given the opportunity to talk to speakers directly, ask any burning questions they had and find out about any work experience/training opportunities or jobs their company may have on offer. Feedback from both the speakers and the young attendees was extremely positive:
Councillor Stuart Thom “I wanted to thank and congratulate you on an excellent event in the Civic Suite. I know it took a lot of planning, but I thought Jenny and her team gave a great performance and I am sure many of the students will have got the fashion bug. It was well presented, informative and I think will have created a lot of interest for students thinking of careers in fashion.”
Sandra Ball Business Development Manager “Thank you for having us at The Big Fashion Conversation. It was a great morning! Our stand and I believe Janice, had a lot of interest from the attending students. We thoroughly enjoyed their enthusiasm and it was great being able to share our experience and knowledge with them.”
Peaches, Student “After attending The Big Fashion Conversation at Wandsworth Town Hall I’ve decided I would like to take on an Apprenticeship. I am interested in going down the Apparel pathway and becoming Garment Technician.”
New Service for Members!
A new service is soon to be added to the membership package as FashionCapital.co.uk embark on a collaboration with employment law experts Irenicon.
Irenicon has been providing employment law and HR support to businesses since 1980 and have a team of legal and HR specialists to create a personalised support service for businesses taking into consideration budget and needs.
FashionCapital members will soon be able to log into a private page on Irenicon’s KoffeKlatch site that is aimed entirely to support small businesses. There will be free downloads and each member will receive an initial free 20 minutes advice from one of their experts.
If you are a new business start up or are in the process of setting up your business and think you would find this service beneficial please email email@example.com with your feedback.
Perfect Pattern Cutting Level 1
The Perfect Pattern Cutting Level 2 course has officially kicked off.
Offering students and job seekers the opportunity to learn expert pattern cutting for free, the course has received a huge demand for placements.
The perfect pattern cutting course, taught by in-house pattern expert, Alice Prier, using the latest pattern programme, e-Telestia to teach pattern and garment construction.
The course covers:
– Pattern making equipment.
– Health and safety in garment construction
– How to take correct body measurements.
– Understanding of the size system.
– Drafting of blocks and creative development using your own block.
The skills learnt will allow students to create their own garments.
The perfect pattern cutting course runs from Tuesday to Friday 10am – 2pm.
For more information and to apply contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest Apprenticeships Posts
Dewhirst are now looking for two apprentices in womenswear and two in menswear as Production Assistants.
Dewhirst are industry leaders in fashion design, sourcing and manufacture, operating globally to deliver responsive, affordable solutions for your brand.
Production Assistants are responsible for assisting the design, fabric and technical teams in the coordination of samples received from overseas factories, providing administration assistance across all areas as well as assisting with sample presentation. The role requires the ability to press a sample, strong computer proficiency and the ability to juggle a range of varied duties including trim approvals, measuring samples and assisting the team in the setting up of meeting room in line with the daily needs of the business.
To apply please fill in our online form on the Apprenticeship ‘Latest Vacancies’ section.
Job Post of the Week
Orlebar Brown Production Admin Assistant
This full-time paid position is an opportunity to join a rapidly expanding fashion and lifestyle brand as Production Admin Assistant.
As part of the Production Team, which sits within the Operations Department you will assist the Production Manager in ensuring the internal business system is always up to date with all relevant information. You will also be directly responsible for ensuring all SMS and PO’s are correctly recorded, uploaded and communicated to relevant parties both within and outside of the business.
This role is central to the smooth running of the Production Team
Key Roles and Responsibilities – will include:
- Set up and manage all SMS styles on internal IT system (Netsuite)
- Set up and manage all SMS Purchase Orders and delivery dates into the business. As well as track physical SMS intake
- Set up and manage all bulk styles on internal IT system (Netsuite)
- Assist in raising and updating bulk Purchase Orders
- Assist in reconciliation of item receipts into the business against Netsuite and shipping documentation
- Document and track fabric and trim left overs, during and after bulk production
- Other ad-hoc duties within the production team
- Experience of production is beneficial
- Experience of working with an IT system (Netsuite would be an advantage)
- Intermediate Excel skills and numeric ability
- Highly organised – with an ability to multi-task and prioritise
- Experience of working to critical deadlines
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Someone who is both organised with a real understanding of the importance in detail and accuracy of information
- An understanding of the cycles in the fashion calendar (retail and wholesale)
- Passionate about your work with a ‘can-do’ attitude
- Self-starter who is motivated with a disciplined approach to problem solving
- Ability to juggle tasks and prioritise
Please send your CV and covering letter to: Alyona@orlebarbrown.com
Introducing Tj Hussein – Video & Music Editor & Animator
Tj Hussein has been working with Fashion Enter to create interactive Flash movies to inspire individuals wanting to break into the fashion industry. Professional and creative Tj’s video services come at a time when the moving image is an essential PR and marketing tool that can be used and shared online across websites and social media platforms.
To watch Tj’s video promoting the services of Fashion Enter click here
Prato Project PLUSTEX
Last week FashionCapital.co.uk CEO Jenny Holloway headed over to Prato to the Project PLUSTEX dissemination – Distretto 2020 to speak on best industry practices while she was there she discovered Prato Textile Museum (Museo del Tessuto) – an inspirational gem that takes you on a full journey of the textile cycle both productively and historically.
Jenny Holloway comments:
“It was an absolute delight to visit the Prato Textile museum. The museum has excellent quality exhibits dating back to the 12th Century to current times. The retrospective of fashion from the iconic labels such as Biba and Nina Ricci were stunning – the attention to detail and exquisite construction was quite breathtaking. The 18th century embroideries and prints were so fine and delicate that it made me wonder if we have lost these amazing skills – the hours of work on just a small area of raw silk is true art from a bygone era. I was particularly impressed with the apprenticeship diploma certificates too – they were beautifully handcrafted certificates that would be worthy of framing as a work of art. My grateful thanks to Francesco Bolli for inviting me to the final conference for PLUSTEX and my sincere thanks to the attendees for their warm hospitality.”
On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week
This week on FashionCapital.co.uk we feature the dos and don’ts of using Instagram as a marketing tool for your company in Business Advice. Our resident trend and show reporter Katie Farley picks out her top frocks to rock the Christmas party. And we talk to fashion designer Julien Macdonald about his latest design collaboration with Vision Express and his advice for those wanting to break into the fashion industry.
“Try to do as many work placements with as many different designers as possible.” Julien Macdonald
Boutique Pick of the Week
The stylish unisex Christmas jumper: Kopparberg have cosied up with London-based designer knitwear label Leutton Postle this winter to create ‘The Kopparberg’, a luxurious unisex knitted jumper that brings to life Kopparberg’s warm and festive Spiced Apple cider and is the perfect piece of clothing to embrace the colder weather in. Limited edition Kopparberg jumpers for men and women are sold online and at London’s most creative independent boutique, Machine A in Soho.
Available in Small to Extra Large £150
Until next time, have a great week,
All the team at Fashion Capital x