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FC Newsletter – 28th Jan 15 – Appreciate Our Skilled Pattern Cutters


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Dear all,

This week we are taking a tip from our fellow American’s across the pond, apparently it’s not very British to boast, however positive credit where it’s due – those doing a great job should be thanked at the very least. As mentioned before those in fashion production are often the unsung hero’s of the industry and this is particularly true of our expert pattern cutting team that use the Telestia system at the Fashion Studio & Factory. This quote from launch label Remmy Co Unnu 8 is a great example:

Telestia“A designer coming up with a great design is one thing. But with every design, you need a great pattern cutter and that’s where Fashion Enter comes in. Coming up with a design is somewhat simple, but knowing that your design and idea works and can then be created is another, which is a very vital part of the design process.”

“Having a great pattern cutter can make all that possible and that’s what you get from the team at Fashion Enter. My time so far with Fashion Enter, has been a journey of ups & downs, but throughout, I have been very lucky to have Alice (Senior Pattern Cutter & Tutor) at hand to guide me through the pattern and sampling process.  In some cases we have altered some of my designs slightly, just to make it work, but without compromising on my goal or vision.” 

“Alice and the team’s input has been invaluable and a real learning experience.”

The Fashion Enter pattern cutting team is currently sampling Remmy Co Unnu 8 launch 24-piece collection.

If you are interested in using the Fashion Studio’s production services click here to find out more



The First Survey Winner!28 jan survey dress winner selfie

Congratulations to last week’s survey winner, Lola Dunhill from London. Here she is (selfie pictured right) rocking her prize Made in Britain dress.

For your chance to win a dress, please complete our short feedback survey here (https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/industry/news/13833-fashioncapital-survey), another winner will be announced next week! 


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The FashionCapital / ASOS Stitching Academy is Open to New Applicants!

The Stitching Academy is now open to applicants for its next 6-week course beginning February 2015. Learn to sew using industrial machines and create garments from start to finish direct from industry experts at The Factory.

“I chose to study the Level 1 Fashion and Textiles course at the Stitching Academy as it also leads to higher qualifications and apprenticeships which is what I was looking to do all along. Everyone here is lovely and helpful and I really do appreciate Fashion Enter for giving me this experience. My goal after the course is to use the skills that I have learnt to progress onto an apprenticeship, I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone here who has been supportive so far.”

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Please email all enquiries and reservations to – stitching.academy@fashioncapital.co.uk

The February AM classes run from 3rd February from 9am-1pm

PM classes run from February 23rd from 1pm-5pm

The Stitching Academy course runs for 6 weeks, learners gain an ABC Accredited Stitching Skills Qualification at Level 1 on completion. 


Apprentices Wanted for The Albion Knitting Company

Nestled away in North London amid an already bustling hub of garment manufacturers, you can now find the UK’s first flat-bed knitter since the 1940’s – The Albion Knitting Company Ltd.

Their aim – to put top-end knitwear manufacturing in England back on the map, and being based in North East London are able to offer unrivaled service and convenience for designers and clients in the fashion capital of the world. Situated next door to Fashion Enter’s Factory it was the perfect opportunity to support the newly established company with succession planning and building their work force with Level 3 Fashion and Textiles apprentices.

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Image: Candidates on their trial day at Albion, learning the machinery techniques and functions.

Managing Director Jamie O’Neill commented: To be honest, for me the most important thing is the attitude and indeed aptitude of the applicants.  Having been an apprentice myself from 16 to 19 (which seems so long ago now…) it is all about finding the right people for the right positions. Work ethic and attitude are paramount to me.”

Albion is still taking applications for a Level 3 apprentice. The role of the Linking Technician is one of the most skilled in the company the EKT is responsible for the make-up of the knitted production.

To find out more and apply for the Albion role click here



See You at The Knitting & Stitching Show

28 knitting stitching logoThe Spring Knitting & Stitching Show (5 – 8 March, Olympia, London) is designed to inspire both beginners and professionals at knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting and dressmaking. This market continues to enjoy a huge surge in popularity and the show has seen a 45% increase in visitors last year. Back for 2015, the show brings together the best in the business for four days and is packed with workshops, demonstrations, interactive features, inspirational ideas and unrivalled shopping – giving visitors the chance to get hands on with a host of new projects.  It is a must-attend event for anyone with a passion for textile crafts – from complete beginners through to experienced crafters and textile artists.

With a whole new generation keen to enter the world of fashion and dressmaking, The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show’s National Fashion Textiles Competition, open to students aged 16 – 19, will see the shortlisted and winning designs in a spectacular exhibition celebrating the amazing talent of young people in the UK. 

Taking part in the show for the first time, the Fashion & Textile Museum will showcase a selection of designs from its collection as a preview to some of the exhibitions to be hosted at the museum this year. They’ll also give visitors the chance take part in sessions on the art of fashion drawing.

Also new for 2015 social enterprise Fashion Enter will showcase the step-by-step process to take a fashion idea from design all the way through to the finished garment – giving visitors a chance to see how the world of high street fashion works. They will also host talks and demonstrations aimed at anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in the fashion in industry.

For a full a full list of sessions and to book visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/spring



Maternity Trends by Kay Hannaford designer at Raspberry Leaf

Kay Hannaford, designer of Raspberry Leaf, a Made in Britain maternity brand, looks at the changing trends in maternity-wear.

‘I remember watching TV shows and films when I was younger and seeing nearly all of the pregnant characters wearing huge “smock” style dresses. It seemed that this style dress was the standard maternity wear for characters, leaving me thinking to myself “Why is that woman being forced to wear such ugly clothes just because she’s having a baby?”

Thank goodness now-a-days it’s a different story. With celebrities like Kiera Knightly, Rosamund Pike, Blake Lively and of course, the Duchess of Cambridge leading a stylish pregnancy, pregnant ladies are being encouraged more than ever before to embrace the gorgeous curves of their new figure and refuse to compromise on their appearance. Even fashion magazines such as InStyle and Glamour have noted the emerging trends in celebrity pregnancy style and now both have dedicated, regularly updated galleries on their sites.

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Whether your usual choice of appearance is simple and elegant like Kate and Rosamund, easy chic like Blake (With or without the 6-inch Louboutin heels! I couldn’t walk in those even when I’m not pregnant!) Or figure hugging threads like Kim Kardashian, this trend in pregnant style is only going to grow, much like the bumps being showcased! And jolly good stuff I say!’  

Raspberry Leaf is manufactured by Fashion Enter’s team of 15 highly skilled machinists in The Fashion Studio, and creates staple maternity fashion pieces with the quality of Made in Britain.

Raspberry Leaf will be launching online soon click here to find out more.


Tanya Elizabeth New Collection

Featured in this weeks’ newsletter header is a sneak preview of Tanya Elizabeth’s latest collection.

Tanya Elizabeth is a Made in London womenswear brand that started in 2013.Tanya began in fashion by working within the design teams of French Connection and Savannah Miller after graduating from Leeds College of Art and Design. Tanya decided to set up her own Made In Britain brand, learning first-hand the pitfalls of producing overseas. She really wanted to fully support the UK manufacturing industry to help encourage growth in this sector as this will not only reduce the fashion industries carbon footprint but it will also create jobs and boost the UK economy.

With the help and support of The Prince’s Trust and Fashion Enter, Tanya has been able to launch her very own womenswear clothing line. A collection of classic, staple dresses that transition perfectly through seasons and from day to night. Easy to wear, flattering yet still with a high fashion edge, each dress is individual and designed to make women look and feel beautiful.

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On her latest collection Tanya comments:

“2015 is the Tanya Elizabeth year! With our SS15 collection launching in stores in March and a lot of buzz at the studio with the completion of our AW15 collection (here is a sneak peek), 2015 is already turning out to be a great new year.”

– Tanya Smith from Tanya Elizabeth design


This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

From designer menswear to Haute Couture, all eyes on Paris as fashion houses present their Spring/Summer collections this week read the latest collection reports in ‘Industry Trends’. Paul J Markevicius reviews the provocative Guy Bourdin exhibition currently showing at Somerset House while India Hunnikin filters out stylish trends and happenings in the frantic world of social media. And Fashion Enter apprentice Abbie Godbold tells us what she plans to do next as her apprenticeship comes to an end.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Paris S/S 15


Boutique Pick of the Week

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Novello Leather Loafers from Finery London. The metallic accent and glossy toe-cap detail sets these luxe leather loafers apart from others on the market. Handcrafted in Portugal with a comfy cushioned insole, they’re a wardrobe staple made to be worn throughout the seasons. £99 Available in sizes 37 – 41.


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Coming Soon The Fashion Technology Academy



Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x




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