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FC Newsletter – 11th February 2015 Love & Learning


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Newsletter 11th February 2015

Dear all,

11 feb 15 phase eight logo 2Some great news following our regional win at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards last week. The UK based international retailer Phase Eight got in touch and we have now opened a new production account with the leading brand.

And that’s not all, thanks to working with Dan at Harness Digital, FashionCapital.co.uk has received some much-needed SEO attention and there is already a marked result. In December 677 unique visitors browsed the Fashion Apprenticeship job listings and vacancies pages. In January this increased to 1566 visitors – a 231% increase!


Taster Course on how to use Vetigraph software for CAD / CAM

Want to learn Vetigraph? Then why not take our taster course! This course will enable you to create and digitize your patterns along with being able to review grading and lay plans. The course will run from the 16th -18th February 2015 costing just £75+ VAT. For more information or to book your place on the course please email info@fashion-enter.com or telephone 0208 809 3311.

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FTA Opening Soon

Work on our Fashion Technology Academy is currently underway in the unit neighbouring the Factory. Unfortunately we have met with some building issues along the way but can confirm that we will be officially opening in March.

The Fashion Technology Academy will be home to over 8 new fashion qualifications including fabric laying and industrial apparel machine maintenance.

For more information on the FTA, or to enroll to one of the courses please check out our site http://fashioncapital.co.uk/learning/fta or email: education@fashioncaptial.co.uk

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FashionCapital Survey Winner

This weeks survey winner is Louise Wilkinson from Sheffield, UK. Louise opted for a turquoise textured two-piece dress. This 100% cotton dress was Made in Britain by our team of highly qualified machinists. 

Thank-you to all of those the submitted feedback via the FashionCapital survey! 


Apprenticeship Post of the Week

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Orlebar Brown launched in March 2007 as a more tailored approach to men’s beach and swim shorts. In 2010 OB went off the beach, out of the pool and into the resort with a range of tees, polo’s and shirts and recently introduced a full ready-to-wear collection of everyday tailored casuals including chinos, sweats, outerwear, knitwear and accessories. The brand has rapidly gained global recognition and is now sold online (with five local websites: UK, USA, Germany, France and Australia), in five standalone stores in London as well as being distributed in over 350 leading retailers around the globe. An apprenticeship position has now become available with this expanding brand for a Junior Production Assistant.

To find out more and apply please click here.


Continuing Professional Development Workshops

The factory regularly hosts half-day workshops to encourage further knowledge and industry understanding for professionals already working in the fashion industry. M&S, ASOS.com and other leading retailers have taken advantage of this unique workshop that gives them the freedom to ask questions at every stage of production. The combination of essential information combined with a live factory environment gives an insightful overview that benefits attendees time and time again.

We are currently offering three CPD workshops in Buying, Garment Technology and Merchandising to small groups of fashion industry professionals, if you would like to find out more or book a workshop please contact: info@fashioncapital.co.uk

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New Quality Control Systems

After a 4-day quality observation review, The Factory is now operating with a new Quality Control system. Ian Morris of IMM Associates Ltd and ex-head of Technical at M&S was brought into Fashion Enter to review the quality and production systems in place and give suggestions and implement changes.

The Factory now has three ends of production line inspection stations. The Quality Control teams will be conducting ongoing in-work checks to approved client sealing standards. The staff also conducts 100% QC checks on all finished garments with correct reporting AQL procedures.

These systems are all put in place to ensure The Factory maintains its SMETA approved status with No non-compliance. It’s time to be proud of that Made in Britain quality label!


Introducing C.Nicol Luxury Leather Accessories

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“C.Nicol is a British-based new heritage brand offering luxury leather accessories. The collections comprise clean, classic shapes with an edgy dash of colour contrast throughout the styles.

Sourcing British materials and manufacturing in the UK is key to the brand’s ethos; each bag is made using British leather and salmon skins from Scottish and Irish bio farms. The lining artwork is printed in London and changes annually, commissioned from British and international illustrators, graphic designers and artists.

Starting my own accessories label was something I had dreamt about for years. Having completed a number of courses with London College of Fashion in business and design and conducting considerable research on suppliers for materials and manufacturing, I am now launching my first collection of luxury leather accessories.

It has been tough, but exciting. There have been ups and downs, delays and hidden costs, but considerably more positives. I have met some very talented and knowledgeable people who have advised and inspired me. I have learned just how wonderfully supportive my close friends and family are and how important this to success in the early stages of business.

The team at Fashion Capital provided me with the confidence and guidance I needed at a time when I had gone some distance with my brand and business but was apprehensive to push forward the to ‘jumping off point’ of completion and launch.” Cathleen Nicol, founder and designer, C.Nicol

The first collection launches online at www.cnicol.com in 2015.

See the behind the scenes story here: C.Nicol instagram

For enquiries please contact info@cnicol.com


This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk…

eimear primark mixWe talk to Product Technical Manager at Primark, Eimear Hawker, about her career journey so far. In her own words her advice to those wanting to follow a similar career path; Be open to all experiences offered to you and see them as opportunities to learn and broaden your skills. There are so many different jobs within fashion retail and different routes to those jobs, that passion and hard work will go a long way.” Paul J Markevicius reviews the latest Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic exhibition at The Fashion & Textile Museum as well as attending this year’s Best of British independent Retailer Awards. While Katie Farley talks trends – silhouette, colour and style from the latest batch of Haute Couture shows.


Boutique Pick of the Week11 feb boutique pick

This week love is in the air, anything to brighten up a cold February, so with this in mind we have picked out this unisex scent by Comme des Garcons. Part of the limited edition Play Parfum series, which comprises of three new scents, inspired by the colours of the Comme des Garçons Play ‘heart’ logos.  Fragrance includes notes of Red Mandarin, Pink Peppercorns, Red Cherry, Geranium, Cinnamon and Myrrh.  Bottle size 100ml.

Comme des Garcons Play Red Eau de Toilette 100ml £70- available at The Conran Shop.


Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x




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