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What next after graduation?

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Newsletter 8th June 2016


Dear all,

8 june UCLan eleesha prestonAs this year’s graduates showcase their creative vision on the catwalk and exhibition space at GFW many are asking ‘what next?’ For a fortunate few employment, placements, and if money is in plentiful supply, an MA course will follow. But for the vast majority ‘what next?’ is the big question along with the severe headache of repaying debts amassed during the course. Usually the press is awash with GFW’s show stopping creations but this year the focus has been on the economic reality of being a fashion student and how only the rich can afford to study fashion these days. Has creativity been stifled as a result is the question they are asking?

Image right: Design by Eleesha Preston – UCLan


In the meantime for those students in limbo that live in and around the London area we invite you to our ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar held at the Fashion Enter factory. It seems ludicrous that the design side of the industry is saturated with graduates and yet other areas of the business are crying out to employ new talent. Why not come along and see what we can offer you. Sharing their industry knowledge, we have an incredible line up of speakers confirmed including: Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter. Nick Gould, Solicitor/Partner of Gunnercooke, London and Mark Dodd, Fabric Technician and consultant for ASOS.com, Charlotte Tilbury and Oliver Spencer.

The seminar is scheduled to take place on the 6th July 10am – 2pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jenni jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details. 



Stitching Academy for Designers – Free Course

8 june stitching learningIf you are unemployed and living in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Islington and Waltham Forest then you are eligible for our free Stitching Academy for Designers course. This insightful six-week course teaches the fundamentals of using a variety of industrial sewing machines: how to set them up and use them safely, maintain the machines and identify the correct settings for the fabric. Students will practice a variety of sewing techniques to produce a range of stitch samples, garments, measuring, cutting and constructing a basic pattern, and learn to identify what is good and poor quality.

Fashion Enter is taking on applicants on a month-by-month basis.

To apply contact: e-mail: education@fashion-enter.com or telephone 0208 809 3311.




Perfect Patterns Mentor Anastasia Vouyouka

anastasia patterns with jennyAnastasia Vouyouka is the founder and designer of Telestia – an online distance-learning programme for fashion and clothing skills developed by SITAM-AB. Her Telestia pattern cutting methodology is taught at the Fashion Technology Academy and we are delighted to be collaborating with Anastasia on a continual basis.

Image right: Anastasia with Jenny Holloway 

On working with Fashion Enter Anastasia says:

“I came across Fashion Enter about a year ago and I was immediately struck by the way the company operates in such a similar way to Telestia. The aim of improving skills and up-skilling the workforce is what I have always strived to achieve and that’s why our unique collaboration with Fashion Enter is a winning formula.

“Telestia has been created after 40-years of research and relevant collaboration. It immediately gained all the global awards available. Now Fashion Enter has been providing their Perfect Pattern courses using our latest technology. The initial pattern cutting courses have been an overwhelming success. The Fashion Technology Academy now houses this accredited qualification along with other qualifications for the garment life cycle. This is just how skills today need to be taught. By experts who can demonstrate from work-based learning skills, and use technology to fulfill training methodology needs.”

Click here to find out more about our Perfect Pattern Courses



In the Press

Did you see Jenny Holloway CEO of FashionCapital & Fashion Enter commenting to journalist Tommy Stubbington of The Sunday Times about her concerns surrounding the EU Brexit?

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Click here to read what she had to say.

You can also find us in the latest issue of Simply Sewing Magazine where our FC Fabric Studio gets a mention along with their fabric pick – a navy jacquard.

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A big thank-you to Rebekah Litherland, Shivanee Tailor and Katie Farley for all the Graduate Fashion Week reports click here to view, check back tonight to find out which graduates will walk away with the top awards of the year. Next up the team will be at London Collections: Men starting this Friday 10th June.




8 june jenny and vanessa nina bakerComing Soon Nina Baker

This week Vanessa (pictured right with Jenny) the founder of the brand Nina Baker had a very successful meeting with our CEO Jenny Holloway. Her story is truly inspirational – more to follow soon!



Dates For Your Diary…

London Collections: Men – 10th – 13th June

The bi-annual 4-day menswear showcase kicks off this Friday 10th June.


World Day Against Child Labor – Sunday 12 June

In the bid to raise awareness of the plight of over 150 million children trapped in child labor around the world, Child Labor Free is bringing its revolutionary movement to the UK.

With the support of acclaimed street artists Victoria Villasana and Zabou, we’re raising awareness through a bold street art installation in Shoreditch, London. The street art can be seen on Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch from Tuesday 7th until Monday 19th of June 2016.



EEF Conference: Made in Britain. Loved by the World – Tuesday June 14th 2016

Jenny Holloway is a confirmed panelist at the forthcoming EEF Conference at IFB2016 – Made in Britain. Loved by the World – which will take place on Tuesday June 14th 2016 at Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.


To register visit: http://ifb2016.com/en/ifb-business-club


The EU & The Fashion Industry Wednesday 15th June

Another hot topic that’s hard to ignore right now is the EU referendum. Rise, UKFT & Drapers will host a panel debate on how the EU decision will affect the fashion industry. Held at the RBS Auditorium at 280 Bishopsgate from 6.30pm Wednesday 15th June.

Rise is kindly offering FashionCapital users a 25% discount – link to: https://eufashiondebate.eventbrite.co.uk/?discount=FashCapEU25


TCBL 2-Day Industry Event Huddersfield Tuesday 21st June

The first TCBL Event invites you to find out how the textiles and clothing sector is responding to major change. The morning session – TCBL Talk – will look at new trends, consumer choices and customisation, the environment and new technologies and provide a range of provocative speakers, including our very own CEO Jenny Holloway, offering new perspectives on these issues; the afternoon – TCBL Jam – will showcase ideas from all over Europe on how this might work in practice, developing new business models and collaborative ventures along the way.

To find out more and book your place click here


Fashion SVP – 28th – 29th June

Fashion SVP held at Olympia, London, on the 28th and 29th June is a trade event where visitors can see all that manufacturing has to offer, from full-service knitwear and jersey wear production to high quality sewing services, design and pattern cutting services, materials testing and technical services. Jenny Holloway has also been invited as a guest speaker at the events popular seminar sessions.

To register online as a visitor at www.fashionsvp.com


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Fabric Swatch of the Week

As seen at the graduate collections lace is still very much on-trend particularly when worked in with other fabrics. Here the FC Fabric Studio has an elegant nude lace featuring an intricate floral design.

FC Fabric Studio






This Week on FashionCapital

viv westwood ethical awardEditor JoJo Iles attends a motivational GFW talk by Kate Crossey, Design Director at Debenhams. With over 25-years experience under her stylish belt Kate puts forward key ideas and concepts emerging in fashion and retail over the next few years. The annual GFW Ethical Award has been re-announced as The Vivienne Westwood Ethical Award – a competition open to all students and Graduate Fashion Week member universities with projects that have roots in ethics or sustainability. And Child Labor Free have announced their series of awareness events including a street art project which can be seen on Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch from Tuesday 7th until Monday 19th of June 2016. 



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Boutique Pick of the Week

Child Labor Free have joined up with London based artists Zabou and Victoria Villasana to create a limited edition t-shirt. All profits raised from the sales of this shirt go to establishing a childcare centre in the Freeset complex, to provide high-risk children, access to care and education services. Join us on the journey to a Child Labor Free world.

See more about the London street art campaign here

£20 from ChildLaborFree



Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk




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