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Fashion Capital Newswire – 6th August 2014


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Newsletter 6th August 2014

Dear all,

The Business of Fashion

A big thanks to Janice Wang CEO of global apparel fit and sizing specialist Alvanon and her opinion piece recently featured on the ‘Business of Fashion’. Her frank and informative article discusses that local manufacturing is a viable and beneficial option and uses our very own factory and training facilities as a prime example. Janice also explains the need for the industry to work together including influential organizations such as the British Fashion Council and the fashion media – collaboration is key to future success.


To read the full article click here





Traineeships Now Available with FashionCapital!

If you are aged 16 – 24 years old and want to kick start your career in fashion and manufacturing but do not hold qualifications above GSCE’s we can help!

Starting on 1st September we will be offering an eight-week traineeship at The Factory in North London, which will provide you with the skills to help you secure an apprenticeship or job in the industry!

Units will include stitching, pressing, quality control and cutting and along side this you will also be mentored with CV writing skills, interview techniques and personal development.


This is an unpaid eight-week programme but your travel expenses will be covered.

If you would like further information and to express your interest please submit your CV to jenni@fashion-enter.com now!



Pattern Cutting Master Class Remaining Places


Just four places remain for our oncoming pattern cutting masterclass with e-Telestia.

e-Telestia provides award-winning training for the fashion design and clothing technology sector. With over 40 years of experience and expertise e-Telestia is globally recognised as an educational and training leader in its field and successfully balances traditional knowledge with the latest technical developments.

The five-day full-time course will include: –

1.How to measure correctly both for bespoke and generic market sizing – review of theory and actual application.

2.How to construct patterns for basic blocks for ladieswear, menswear and childrenswear. Incorporation of actual body shape identification and then resulting blocks to ensure “perfect fit”.

3.Style developments from basic blocks.

4.Technical drawings with measurement specs for perfect pattern making.

5.3D grading techniques to ensure perfect fit.

6.Use of all Telestia software to be able to “teach the Teacher” and enhance learning for all designers irrespective of pattern making experience.

Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “For 13 years we have been providing support and learning for our designers, up until now we have never provided pattern making courses because we were not happy with the quality of resources available for excellent pattern cutting. This has now all changed, we will be working on the e-Telestia system where we will be the key provider for the country, we are delighted to confirm the attendance of ASOS garment technologist at the first course which starts 22nd September at The Factory.”


This masterclass is aimed at beginners to intermediate if you would like to know more please state your interest to Jenni Sutton





Skill Shortages Affecting UK Growth


Hitting the headlines once again is the admittance that the UK is suffering from a serious skills shortage that is hampering business growth and development. Our CEO Jenny Holloway comments:

“The skills shortages are now very well documented but there’s no point to keep identifying the problem!  We have to act and implement a step-change in vocational training. This is why the Stitching Academy has been overwhelming successful. Opening the Fashion Technology Academy in January with LBHC and ASOS.com is going to plug that skills gap. New qualifications have been written with the support of Skillset and now its time to concentrate on real manufacturing skills.


My father was an engineer in the Steel Industry. I can remember now the molten steel being poured in what seemed a chaotic environment. I loved it. Economies need manufacturing and the time is well overdue for recognition to be given to all the manufacturers in this country!”



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On FashionCapital This Week…


This week we talk to Meg Mathews about her latest leather-free handbag range. Our resident trend guru Katie Farley picks out her top two trends to covet this autumn. And Fred Anderson discovers a select number of wealthy women in Indonesia with a penchant for luxury labels despite adverse poverty in the region.





6_aug_hoochie_bagBoutique Pick of the Week

Art to wear, we love this Rianna Phillips Cora Portfolio Clutch Bag featuring reflective skyscrapers seen at London’s Canary Wharf which were photographed and worked into print design, giving a 3D texture. Overlaying this is a bright turquoise tribal pattern bringing two opposite worlds together as one.


Printed cotton canvas Rianna Phillips clutch bag handmade in Cheshire. £63-


Available from Hoochie Mama





In this week’s header we feature a Stephen Jones hat created for Jean Paul Gaultier – currently on show at The Barbican at ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ exhibition. Last chance to see this fabulous exhibition before it closes on 25th August.


Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x


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