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Fashion Capital Newswire – 9 October 2013


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Dear all,

As the autumn chill decides to set-in the latest industry figures reveal its not all doom and gloom and there is actually growth at the luxury end of the scale. Thanks to emerging markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia and India the desire for luxury brands is predicted to continue and grow over the next five years.

Also on FashionCapital this Week…

Our resident journalist Ashley Kane takes a look at the designer trends coming through for Spring/Summer 2014, major retailers and industry specialists gathered in Birmingham to discuss the need and challenges in increasing supply chain transparency. Meanwhile, Topshop announced that after a three-year hiatus Kate Moss will be collaborating on a new collection with them alongside Kate Phelan and Katy England, the designs will hit stores next April.


S/S 14 Trends

Fashion Enter at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

On Monday (7th October) our CEO Jenny Holloway along with her husband Tim and Fashion Enter Development Manager Jenni Sutton attended the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2013’ dinner.

At the end of June Jenny Holloway and her company Fashion Enter was named as the regional winner (London and the South) of the ‘Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for Social Enterprise’ category and was therefore put forward for the overall UK award.


After networking and dining with over 600 business men and women the winners were announced. Unfortunately Fashion Enter didn’t scoop the top prize this time round but the experience has been invaluable and to have even got through and won the regional’s was a great privilege for Jenny and her team.

Congratulations to:

Duncan Skinner and Carl Hodson of Glencraft winner of the #EOYUK award for Social Enterprise and

James Lambert of R & R Ice Cream named as overall winner of the 2013 UK Entrepreneur of the Year

and to all those that took part.


At The Factory this Week 9_oct_jenny_avra

Miss Avra from Cyprus visited and reviewed the Factory over the last 5 days providing insightful help and support on production processes.

Avra has been in manufacturing since 1977 and has such depth of knowledge in all aspects of manufacturing working for companies such as Cotsos Textiles. During the 1990’s Avra was responsible for 100,000 units per week.

Avra said: “The Factory is well organised with a very good level of machinists. This site can easily be making 10,000 units a week. It has been a pleasure to meet everyone.”


A Great Turn-Out at our Business of Fashion Seminar

Last week FashionCapital hosted an industry seminar ‘The Business of Fashion’ with a good cross section of speakers from the design to the legal side of the sector.

Over 100 people packed the City Business Library to listen to our speakers and get networking. Alongside our very own Jenny Holloway speakers included; Caren Downie – ex-Topshop and ASOS Buying Director, Nick Gould – Partner at Collyer Bristow LLP – Nigel Rust – Business Mentor and Michaela Jedinak – designer and stylist.

The seminar also provided the opportunity to show what a fantastic resource the City Business Library is for those starting a company as well as introducing key organisations that can help along the way such Business Launchpad, Craft Central, NatWest Bank and others.


Here are some quotes from a few that attended the evening:

“The whole evening was inspirational and informative.”

“I went to the City Library Fashion Business event tonight and found out about your program, production studio and Stitching Academy which seems to be the answer to all my problems! I would love to subscribe for the membership and get started with the sample production ASAP.”

“I just want to start by saying a big Thank You for the seminar on Thursday. It was great to meet you and be able to have a chat with you and some of the other people from FashionCapital. I came away feeling very inspired and excited about the future. I realised I need to take the plunge and go for it!”

“I loved listening to Nigel Rust and Caren Downie; they were both very inspiring and made me feel very hopeful for the future. I have already been in touch with Nigel regarding textile printers that he knows so I can hopefully get some of my designs printed onto fabric (how exciting).”

Check back on FashionCapital to find out about further fashion seminars.

Click here to visit the City Business Library


We Will Be There – Enfield & Haringey Jobs Fair

Fashion Enter / FashionCapital will be present at the Enfield and Haringey Jobs Fair alongside many other businesses and career support organisations. If you are based near North London and are looking for work, apprenticeships or training then please come along next week Friday 18th October, at Trinity at Bowes Centre Plus, Palmerston Road, London N22 8RA. 10am – 3pm




Opening This Week… giles_deacon_william_morris

The William Morris Gallery is setting the stage for its first ever fashion exhibition by acclaimed designer Giles Deacon.

The exhibition unravels the creation of a dress from Deacon’s A/W 2012 collection that was inspired by an imaginary tale of a stately home ablaze one cold winter’s night.

The exhibition will run from Saturday 12 October – Sunday 15 December 2013 and follows the creative journey from first concepts & designs, through to the choice of the materials and process of making the items to the final presentation. It reveals the craftsmanship in the British fashion industry and examines Giles’ source of inspiration. 

The event is accompanied by a series of workshops and includes:
– A conversation with Giles Deacon: Hosted by Colin McDowell the special ‘audience with’ event will take place on Thursday 24 October at 7.30pm and tickets are £12. Booking in advance is advised as places are limited.

– William Morris Gallery Lates: adults and fashionistas can unleash their inner fashion designer with free craft activities and expert tutorials from the East London Craft Guerrilla, whilst enjoying stylish tunes. The session is free and no booking is necessary. The event takes place on Thursday 7 November 2013, 6.30pm-10.30pm

– Fashion Design Workshop: William Morris Gallery will be running a GCSE/A level/BTEC Level 2 fashion design workshop. The course will give participants the opportunity to craft ideas and construct a ‘Giles Deacon’ style collar. Participants will be able to showcase their final work at an exclusive evening catwalk event at the William Morris Gallery in March 2014.

William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, London, E17 4PP



Our CEO Jenny Holloway in the Hackney Fashion Hub Video

The Hackney Fashion Hub is a major regeneration project located the East London borough of Hackney. Already home to factory outlet shops, designer studios and small production units, the Hackney Fashion Hub plans to create an exciting purpose built destination that will incorporate retail, workspace and mentoring facilities. Recently our very own CEO Jenny Holloway took part in the ‘Thoughts on The Hackney Fashion Hub’ video to discuss the idea of having a multi-level fashion platform in the area. She was joined by the likes of Holly Fulton, Henry Holland, Lulu Guinness and various local residents and employees giving their views on the project.

Hackney Fashion Hub

To view the video visit: http://hackneyfashionhub.co.uk/


Andrew Majtenyi – Modern Motoring Collection

This week’s featured designer as viewed in the newsletter header is Andrew Majtenyi.

Andrew Majtenyi’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection “Modern Motoring” is inspired by the modern and futuristic feel of the new Lamborghini Aventador. Majtenyi’s collection is full of softened geometric shapes and striking prints and is due to be unveiled at an exclusive preview evening in London’s St John Street tomorrow. Here is a sneak peek…



Want to promote your designs, illustrations, photography on FashionCapital or the weekly newswire? Then send a few example images as low res j-pegs to jojo@fashioncapital.co.uk


Boutique Pick of the Week 9_oct_boutique_pick

Taking note of the autumn chill we have picked out this adorable but slightly fierce, cat face design knit jumper by Fair+True.

A slim knit style it looks great with jeans or a skirt and is made from a soft pashmina wool mix.

£115- from www.fashion-conscience.com 

Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x

Fashion Enter Ltd – Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 for the Social Enterprise category; the London and South region.


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