Once again clothing produced in sweatshop conditions have hit the headlines this week with reports that the Fawcett Society charity t-shirts featuring the slogan “This is what a feminist looks like” are made by female workers in Mauritius being paid just 62p an hour. The fact that the t-shirts concerned have been seen on the bodies of the UK’s top politicians has added further fuel to the fire. Dr Eva Neitzert, deputy chief executive at the Fawcett Society commented that originally the plan was to have the garments produced ethically in the UK, which begs the question ‘why didn’t they?’
DISC UK Manufacturing Trade Event A Great Success
The demand for UK-based manufacturing continues to grow and this was evident on the Fashion Enter stand at DISC last week…
“The stand was buzzing with customers all day long. We had three people kept constantly busy with enquiries. It was very successful day and we will certainly show there again.” Caroline Ash – Production Manager at Fashion Enter.
“Truly inspiring… back to back enquiries for sample production, manufacturing and academy courses – the Fashion Enter stand was mobbed from start to finish. A great industry event with high calibre attendees.” Paul Markevicius, PR.
“It was great to see Fashion Enter there, as the largest manufacturer in London this adds to the appeal for the visitors so thanks for supporting it.”Christopher McHugh, event organizer.
Following the success of the manufacturers trade event DISC last week Fashion Enter will be opening its doors on 11th November at 11am for potential new clients to visit The Factory. Guests will have the opportunity to review both the Fashion Studio for sampling and small production runs and The Factory for large scale production and meet with the team to discuss our capabilities, lead times and costings.
If you are looking for a manufacturer and would like to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Party Time The Official Launch
We are currently busy planning our official FashionCapital.co.uk re-launch and bethebest@NatWest initiative drinks soiree taking place next Thursday 13th 6pm – 10pm at a central London location. The party will be for invited guests, press and industry. To find out more click here.
The Big Fashion Conversation
The Big Fashion Conversation taking place on 26th November at the Civic Centre in Wandsworth has now attracted over 250 students and adult learners from schools and community groups in the local area. The agenda for the day has been finalised and we are delighted to have an impressive cross section of industry experts giving up their time to talk candidly about the real fashion industry and most importantly career and training opportunities within each area from design to garment technology to buying.
Click here for a full update on the agenda, guest speakers and exhibitors
Regent University students to visit The Factory
On 10th November 20 students from Regents University will pay the Factory a visit so they can see first hand how a live factory operates. The students will be introduced to the garment life cycle and given a guided tour around each stage of the factory so they can understand exactly what it takes to create a garment from the initial idea right through to delivery.
The two-hour visit is a fantastic experience for anyone wanting to learn more about manufacturing and gain an insight into possible career routes into the industry from the Level 1 Stitching Academy to the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programme.
If you are an educational establishment and would like to enquire about visiting the Factory with your students please email email@example.com.
Introducing Matzner Fashion Enter’s agents for South Africa
Matzner Holdings is a family business previously managed by Ishi Matzner but now by Eugin Matzner.
The business has for the past 12 month been searching for quality products in the fashion and home sectors to export and import to and from Africa and specifically South Africa. Natasha Claydon, Eugin’s sister, immigrated to the UK over 20 years ago. In February of 2014, Eugin visited Natasha in UK. While at a fashion expo in London, they met up with Jenny Holloway from FashionCapital.co.uk Natasha was promoting the exportation from SA of a range of sheepskin boots (GRU Boots) manufactured in SA. Jenny liked the product and agreed to assist in linking them with the right businesses to sell the footwear in the UK and Europe.
Jenny also introduced in-house womenswear label ‘Belles of London’ to Matzner Holdings. Against the odds, given the huge competition posed by eastern competitors, they decided to do a trial shipment to South Africa to test the market. There are 2 ranges. First is the timelessly classical but very exclusive ‘Belles of London’ range. The other is the more affordable on-trend, highly fashionable ‘Fashion Capital’ range.
Eugin will be at the “ATF Expo” in Cape Town on the 19, 20 and 21 November to exhibit the 2 ranges for the first time ever in Africa!
Tomorrow: Branding & Creative Workshop from the Founder of No Fixed Abode
This branding & creative workshop will cover:
- The importance of brand perception in relation to selling to your customer
- Identify your true, niche target audience (your ideal customer)
- Develop your brand USP that answers the consumer’s wants and needs
This high-energy one-day workshop offers a simple step-by-step process to formulate a consumer-focused brand by developing a brand blueprint. This training is interactive. Short lectures are followed by individual in class assignments; small and large group discussion and hands-on learning activities.
With a clear understanding of your target audience and what they want, creating a brand perception to match the consumer’s needs through branding, makes the sales and marketing of a product or service significantly easier.
Emma will be holding a Branding and Creative workshop at Fashion Enter, on November 6th from 9am – 5pm.
For more information and to secure a place, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Perfect Pattern Cutting Now
Long established designer David Sassoon supports Perfect Pattern Cutting courses for the Fashion Technology Academy.
We are delighted to have the endorsement of one of the UK’s leading couturiers of our time. David Sassoon visited Fashion Enter and was highly impressed with the level of dedication and teaching Fashion Enter provides to the next generation of pattern cutters, machinists and production workers.
Due to high demand we will be commencing the Perfect Pattern Course at Level 1 from the beginning of November at Fashion Enter in North London. The course will run for 4 hours a day over a six-week duration and is free to those over the age of 19 and currently claiming unemployment benefit.
Further courses at various levels will be available at our new Fashion Technology Academy early next year.
To find out more and to apply please contact email@example.com
The Big Fashion Conversation featured in Lifelong Learning News
As the partnership between Wandsworth Council and Fashion Enter continues further, the latest training and education venture, The Big Fashion Conversation has been featured in the Wandsworth publication, Lifelong Learning News, alongside photos from past projects with Fashion Enter.
The Big Fashion Conversation is a unique one-day event held in the Council’s Civic Centre. Giving young people the opportunity to get an insight to the range of exciting careers and opportunities in the fashion industry.
Now in its 12th edition, The Lifelong Learning magazine displays and features the diverse range of work covered by the lifelong team.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk…
In ‘Trends’ Katie Farley explores the evolvement of sportswear into mainstream fashion. Over in news third-year design students create pieces for the Evans CUT collection while department store Selfridges reports its highest profits in over 100-years. And in ‘Industry Practitioners’ Jenny Holloway is announced as a key speaker at The UK Fashion and Textiles Skills Summit & Tick Showcase.
Evans CUT collection
Boutique Pick of the Week
Inspired by nature, travel, symbolism and cultures around the world jewellery designer and fashion model Shalke aspires to make her designs as personal and meaningful for the wearer as possible. Whether it’s positive affirmations, the meaning of the stones or the cultural/spiritual references Shalke’s designs combine beauty with eloquence. Shalke jewellery is all handmade from her home lab in South East London using precious and semi-precious stones, gold, gold filled plating and sterling silver materials. We particularly love these Lotus flower earrings that fan around the ear and represent new beginnings. A great gift for someone special.
Lotus flower earrings
Sterling silver £125
Gold plated £160
9 krt yellow gold £450
Last Call to Sponsor our Penguin Waddle Challenge!
The FashionCapital.co.uk and Fashion Enter team will be joining the next Penguin Waddle to raise funds for the Richard House charity. The challenge is on for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins to waddle round the 2km course in the amazing surroundings of the Scoop in Central London (the area near to Tower Bridge and City Hall).
Visit our charity page at http://www.justgiving.com/fashionenter
Thanks to those that have already donated, we are supporting Richard House, London’s first children’s hospice that provides care and support to children who are not expected to live into adulthood, as well as to their families. Its team of nurses and care staff make the time children spend at the house fun, active and therapeutic. Please donate if you can, every little bit helps.
The waddle will take place next week on the 12th November 2014.
*Streetstyle header image by Sherion Mullings
Until next time, have a great week,
All the team at Fashion Capital x