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Fashion Capital Newswire – 4th September 2013


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Dear all,

Its official, the Stitching Academy has been launched! This morning the Minister for Employment, Mark Hoban, ASOS CEO Nick Robertson, and our very own Director Jenny Holloway were joined by the likes of The Times, The Evening Standard, The Independent, The Telegraph and Drapers Record to launch the ASOS / FashionCapital Stitching Academy initiative. The first cohort of Stitching Academy students, along with the current batch were on-hand with their tutors to demonstrate their skills and give their feedback and comments.

Commenting on why ASOS has supported the initiative, Nick Robertson, ASOS CEO, stated: “ASOS is proudly committed to supporting British manufacturing in our industry by giving skills and job opportunities to the young people who will take it into the future. The Stitching Academy is one of many steps in the right direction and perfectly mirrors the objectives of the ASOS Foundation.”

Minister for Employment, Mark Hoban, added: “I’m determined to give young people all the help they need to kick-start their careers, so it’s good news ASOS are on board to give them a hand in learning the vital skills they need to get a job. British fashion is world-famous, so this is a great opportunity for aspirational young people to get their foot in the door of an exciting industry.”


The press turnout was fantastic and the students were incredibly positive about the Academy and what they have learnt over the 6-week course.

Check back on FashionCapital for the Stitching Academy launch review and further press coverage.

The First Cohort Say Thank-you

The six that made it through the first 6-week Stitching Academy placement said a big thank-you to Jenny Holloway and lead tutor Leyla Mehmet.


Jenny & Leyla centre with the newly qualified Stitching Academy students

“Thank-you so much for your support.” Shana

“I appreciate what you have done for me and I look forward to the future.” Sarah

“Thank-you for inviting me to this programme with you, I have learnt so much.” Sofia


This Week on FashionCapital

Barbara Hulanicki talks to Editor JoJo Iles about the Fashion Studio & The Factory:

28_aug_babara_saga_magBarbara: “I have a company which is producing our t-shirts with Damien Peel; my business partner found the Fashion Studio and this was perfect as we wanted to produce in the UK as we originally did in the 60’s with Biba. At this very moment we are working with The Factory, which is very exciting and the production is fantastic, as well as having our printed scarves being finished-off at the Fashion Studio. I am so thrilled to have met Jenny Holloway!”

In the news; Primark has announced 5 store openings across the channel in France, Erin O’Connor is the latest face to front the Autumn/Winter Radley campaign and the Grimsey review of the High Street reveals that new strategy and vision are needed in order to breathe new life into our town centres. Retail has changed and now the task is to look forward, not back, the shopping experience on the High Street has been described as poor when compared to the online environment which is far more engaging. There is also a call to review business rates, as analysis of European Union data reveals that the UK pays the highest business rates of any country in Europe. Food for thought!

The Business of Fashion with FashionCapital and NatWest at The City Business Library – 3rd October


The Business of Fashion: inspiration, information and networking

City Business Library

Thursday, 3 October 2013 from 17:45 to 20:30 (BST)


Are you starting a fashion label, thinking about it or just need some ideas of how to make your business more successful for the future?

Hear a series of industry experts talking on a range of topics to help your label succeed in fashion today! We’re delighted to confirm that Caren Downie (formerly of Topshop and ASOS) will be speaking exclusively at this event.

Discover how the City Business Library and other organisations can help you:

Business Launchpad

CIDA – Cultural Industries Development Agency

Companies House

Craft Central

Fashion Capital

Intellectual Property Office

NatWest Bank

Portobello Business Centre

StartUp Loans London

Women’s Business Centre

Network with other like-minded people over a drink and Tsuru sushi.

Admission is £10. Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

Book online via: http://cblfashionoct13.eventbrite.co.uk/

Coming Soon our Sister Site

Our sister company Fashion-Enter is just about to launch their new and shiny website. From the end of this week you can visit and check out all the various projects and services that our company provides: visit www.fashion-enter.com

Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust fashion_textile_childrens_trust_logo_amend

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) visited The Factory a few weeks ago to raise awareness of the support the charity can give. As a result three of The Factory employees Chris, Memed and Yan are eligible to receive financial support for their children.

To apply, employees must have worked in any aspect of the fashion and textile industry, including design, manufacture, retail or distribution for a minimum of 1 year and there must be a case of need for their child.

Here is a very special thank-you from Yan and her children.




To find out more please click here.

If you or someone you know needs help for their child, please contact Karen, FTCT’s grants co-ordinator on 020 7170 4117 or email grants@ftct.org.uk. A small grant from FTCT can make a huge difference.




Last chance to Apply: TopShop/Topman Technical Apprenticeship


First stage interviews are being held on 11th September so apply now…


Our Global Vision is to be the worlds fashion authority. Endorsed by opinion formers and accessible to everyone, we are an authentic British Brand with world class standards. A fashion-insider that constantly innovates through its brave and irreverent approach, providing fashion leadership to style-minded individuals

We are looking for candidates who have an interested in pursuing a garment technology or textile related career pathway and would be keen to gain experience in working within a fast paced technical team.

You will be working closely with other Technologists, Buying teams and our Suppliers to contribute to improving all aspects of product quality assurance and the development of product.

A role at TOPSHOP TOPMAN promises a fast paced, challenging and innovative working environment. The key to our success is our people, and becoming part of this inspiring team will be a really fantastic opportunity for the right person!

Key responsibilities include:

  • Monitor quality requirements
  • Assist in translating fashion designs into workable garments through involvement in fit sessions
  • Providing administrative assistance to the technical department
  • Assisting in reviewing fabric test reports and performance and assisting with in-house testing
  • Administrating factory audit documentation
  • Analysing customer returns
  • Reviewing product fit and performance against competitors
  • Monitoring and feeding back on quality in our warehouse and stores.

Experience & skills:

  • Passionate and driven to succeed in a fast paced and demanding environment
  • Have a keen interest in trend led, high street fashion
  • A strong eye for detail
  • Have a passionate interest for garments and fabric construction
  • Demonstrate a “problem solving/Can do” behaviour
  • Be able to proactively identify and analyse problems and propose commercial solutions
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills
  • Have the ability to work under their own initiative and thrive in a fast paced environment

Above all, we like enthusiastic and passionate people who have a strong vision for what they could bring to TOPSHOP TOPMAN.

Please apply to: Jenni Sutton jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk

Midula Dey Artwork

This week’s captivating illustration, as used in the newsletter header, was created by the talented Midula Dey. You can view more of her work via her newly launched website www.miduladey.com For further enquiries, commissions or to use one of her images please contact her on info@miduladey.com


If you are an illustrator, designer or photographer and would like your work to feature in the FashionCapital newsletter then please contact JoJo jojo@fashioncapital.co.uk


Godmother Jenny4_sept_2013_jenny_god-daughter

Jenny Holloway has been asked to be Godmother to baby Laura and she is absolutely thrilled. Laura is the daughter of Anna Gall, Admin Manager at The Factory, and we couldn’t resist posting up this picture of baby and godmother together.



Boutique Pick of the Week

4_Sept_belle_sauvage_bpotwBelle Sauvage was launched end 2008 by designers Virginia Ferreira and Chris Neuman. The duo work from both London and Luxembourg, their philosophy is to combine avant-garde silhouettes with original signature prints. The Belle Sauvage brand vision embodies a complete picture of the modern, sophisticated, yet very feminine woman.

Now in the sale but still very much on-trend is this Belle Sauvage printed stretch cotton dress. The signature print gives a nod to the punk mood with beautiful hand drawn zips while the pleated chiffon skirt adds a dash of feminine charm.

£90- from http://www.shopbellesauvage.co.uk



Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x


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