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Flying the Flag for ‘Made in Britain’ Fashion


From a full-page feature in The Times to unparalleled advice on fashion trade shows find out more in this week’s newsletter…

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Newsletter 3rd February 2016

Dear all,

We love a success story here at FashionCapital and it is always incredibly rewarding to see an individual grow in confidence and skill thanks to the quality of teaching and the unique hands-on experience we can offer within our live factory environment. One such individual that has grown tremendously over the last two-years is former apprentice Anna-Maria Michael. Anna-Maria now works in the admin office at the Factory and being local to the borough of Haringey she was selected to be in Haringey councils’ promotional video about apprenticeship and work opportunities in the area. The video ties in with the Haringey 100 initiative, which can be viewed via www.haringey.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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To watch the short video click here.


Did You See Us in The Times?

FashionCapital & Fashion Enter CEO, Jenny Holloway, was interviewed by Jenny Hirschkorn about bringing Britain’s factories back into fashion for a Business feature in The Times, Thursday 28th January 2016. Along with Jenny Holloway’s vision for British fashion manufacturing was a section on Stitching Academy Students Helen Casey and her brother Francie, further examples of dedicated and pro-active students getting ahead in the fashion industry. Francie’s story is particularly touching as the course has not only given him confidence and focus but has enabled him to overcome his mental health issues, including anxiety and depression. Jenny comments: “Francie is a new person since he came here. He is bursting with talent and I will have no doubt that he will make a mark on the London fashion scene.”

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DWP Support

Along with Haringey Council Fashion Enter has also been working closely with the DWP to ensure the successful launch of the Fashion Technology Academy and continued engagement with local job centres and the local community.

Jenny Holloway comments:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Tammer at DWP last year and with his superb support we managed to achieve every result.  Now we have the chance to help many more unemployed people in North London to acquire REAL skills for REAL jobs. Thank you again Tammer and look forward to working with you on our new programme for 2016.”


Find of London is looking for a Buying & Sales Apprentice

Find of London is recruiting for a buying and sales apprentice, the chosen candidate will be expected to deal with customer queries, greet and assist customers, help with the bringing in of high end garments (tagging, pricing, ticketing and inspecting each garment to the highest standard to be sold on the shop floor) get ready the unsold items for the customer to take back, uploading content and maintaining social networking pages, general administrative duties, answer calls, along with making sure the shop is of a high standard of presentation at all times.

The training will be ongoing and by the end of this apprentice you will gain invaluable experience within the many factors of the fashion industry and extensive knowledge of many high-end brands.

Minimal Qualifications:

GSCE (level A-C) Maths and English

Where is it based:  Battersea Park Road, London.

The hours:  10.00am-7.00pm throughout summer 10.00am-6.00pm throughout winter.

4 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

To apply please submit your CV to apprenticeships@fashion-enter.com



Vetigraph Taster Course this March

vetigraphWant to up-skill with the latest technology for industrial pattern cutting, we are holding an introductory one-day Vetigraph taster course starting in March 2016.

For just £99, this one day introductory course will provide you with the basics for understanding how to create and grade patterns using Vetigraph software, plotter and digitiser.

The Vetigraph CAD systems is a leading easy-to-use CAD programme that allows you to perform:

  • pattern digitising
  • pattern creation
  • alternations and amendments
  • pattern grading
  • Production lay-planning

The program also has many other features and tools to generate and work on patterns during garment construction.

Our one-day introduction taster course will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to use the software. In small classes of just six people at a time maximum you will receive dedicated learning that is at your speed and at your pace. No question is too small!

Held in the recently launched Fashion Technology Academy, the course will enable you to learn in an industrial environment from industry experts. This taster course will enable you to progress on to more advanced learning; we also run three-day and five-day courses.

For more information or to book your place please email Rhiannon@fashion-enter.com or call 020 8809 3311



Perfect Patterns Tutor Alice Prier Heads to Greece

3 feb 16 students using telestiaPerfect patterns tutor Alice Prier is very excited to be spending a week at with Anastasia Vouyouka at Telestia HQ in Greece at the beginning of February. Anastasia is the mastermind behind the unique Telestia pattern cutting method. Her amazing templates takes all the maths out of creating a perfect fitting block and provides an excellent method to develop blocks into all kinds of designs.

(Image left: Students using the Telestia pattern cutting system)

The Fashion Technology Academy have been using the system with great success in their Level 1 classes for the past year and are looking forward to working on more complex designs on the Level 2 course.

If you’d like to join us at The FTA on a Level 1 or Level 2 course please contact: education@fashion-enter.com




Get to Know Your Tutor!

Here’s tutor Alice Prier and CEO Jenny Holloway being trained as stunt riders – as you can see the team at the FTA are an adventurous lot!

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Fabric Swatch of the Week3 feb 16 fabric swatch

We’ve been getting some great orders via our online fabric studio http://www.fcfabricstudio.com and we are adding new fabrics all the time.

New in is this printed cotton jersey featuring a floral print. 96% cotton and 4% elastane this fabric is easy care and great for creating dresses and tops.




This Week on FashionCapital…

Paul Markevicius’ Paris trade show reviews are up and live and for those wanting advice on exhibiting at a trade show his article When To Show and Where To Go is a must read packed with tips and info. Katie Farley picks her top three shows from the Paris Haute Couture collections and we were delighted to welcome MBE and television presenter June Sarpong (pictured with Jenny below) to The Factory and Fashion Technology Academy last Thursday. June hails from North East London is the Co-founder of WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) and owner of ethical fashion social enterprise LDNY recognises the work we do to as a social enterprise as it aligns so closely with her own ethos of helping people.

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Boutique Pick of the Week

A regular at our in-house Fashion Studio is designer Tanya Elizabeth. Tanya worked in the studios of French Connection and Savannah Miller before taking the plunge and starting her own eponymous label. A few collections in and her designs can be found on her etail website. Timeless and yet unique Tanya’s A/W 15 collection is now in sale and we’ve picked out this Camilla printed contemporary dress for its flattering cut and draped, deep pocket sides.

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The Camilla dress by Tanya Elizabeth was £215 Now £129 available in UK sizes 8 – 16 and designed and made in London!

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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