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Newsletter 19th July 2017

Dear all,

From education to new qualifications and quotes printed in the national press – it’s been a busy old week here at FashionCapital HQ.  However, we wouldn’t have it any other way and we hope our dedication, determination and drive shines through to help those that need industry services and support today.

New UAL Fashion Studio Assistant Qualification

general group shot learningA new UAL Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma for Fashion Studio Assistant has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to work within the fashion industry, with a specific focus on working within a fashion studio. The qualification has been developed in collaboration with the British Fashion Council and Creative Skillset and representatives from industry, universities, further education colleges and employers, and is the first of its kind.

Sarah Atkinson, Head of Academic Standards, UAL Awarding Body comments:

“I am delighted with the launch of the UAL Level 3 and 4 Diploma for Fashion Studio Assistant qualification, having worked in the fashion industry for many years prior to working in education I know how crucial it is for the British Fashion Industry to have a well trained and professional workforce, not just on the design side where we are world leaders, but in the whole fashion cycle – we need to be training the pattern cutters, fabric and garment technologists, quality controllers, buyers and merchandisers of the future and this new qualification will make sure that we are.”

To find out more about courses and apprenticeships with the Fashion Technology Academy click here



Back in the Press!

Fashion Enter & CEO Jenny Holloway were back in the press again talking British based fast-track production in The Times Business pages: Monday 17th July 2017.

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“The cost price may have been cheaper, but the end margin they have derived from having discounts, transportation costs, the cost of quality control going over to Asia: it doesn’t work anymore, that model has gone because it’s about smaller quantities and being a nimble supply base.” – Jenny Holloway

Click here to view the article



Education & Skills Event Birmingham

On Monday 17th July Fashion Enter attended the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Provider event in Birmingham. The technical workshop was mandatory for all providers who had successfully registered onto the list of training providers for apprenticeships across the country. It was an opportunity to learn about the contracting and funding agreements, systems and on line accounts. We were taken through the registration system and how the new apprenticeship levy affects employers going forward. It was an insightful session that certainly answered many questions. 

To find out more about our apprenticeships on offer click here


Dates for Your Diary

Essential Workshops for your fashion business:

Thursday 21st September: Ten steps to starting your own business. Tracey Parks-Taylor

Tuesday 3rd October: The design process and product development. Gabby Shiner-Hill

Thursday 26th October: Fabric appreciation. Deborah Shulton

Thursday November 9th: The importance of branding and how to sell online. Aaron & Harriet Rudman-Hawkins (pictured below).

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Thursday November 23rd: Public relations, influencers and social media. Rosie Davies.

Please contact Jenni Sutton jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details and to confirm your attendance.

Members get priority access to all seminars and workshops including 20% discount to find out more click here.



First Fashion Meet Up

We are a sociable bunch here at FashionCapital & Fashion Enter and from September we have decided to hold a Quarterly Fashion Meet Up – an informal networking event with a guest speaker, some drinks and entertainment.

The first one will take place on Thursday 28th Sept at The Factory, former Buying Director of Topshop, followed by Brand Director at ASOS and most recently Brand Director at Finery, Caren Downie, will be discussing what makes a successful brand! This is event free to all members, to attend please email jenni@fashion-enter.com  / 0208 809 3311

We are Heading to Scotland!

The third FashionCapital Trunk show will take place in Scotland this September – more on this soon!

Fashion Enter’s Apprentices Take a Field Trip

Dee, apprenticeship tutor comments: “The Apprentices really enjoyed the Oxford Street visit and Anna Sui exhibition. They were able to compare brands, look at the common trends on the high street and observe the public’s fashion styles. They were further inspired by the Anna Sui exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum and were able to see her design process, collections and how her brand has grown and evolved over the years.”

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An Introduction to The Galaxius System

galaxius smallToday (19th July 2017) industry professionals visited the Factory to find out all about the Galaxius System and its invaluable benefits to production efficiency. The Open Day provided the chance to explain how the system works along with a live time data demonstration.

Caroline Ash, Production Manager said:

“Galaxius has revolutionised the production process and has been directly responsible for improving efficiencies at Fashion Enter. It goes further in terms of reporting than any other system and is also straightforward and easier to use. It has enabled us to build up a history of previous production styles which has proved invaluable in costing accurately for future orders.”

Fabric Swatch of the Week

A big thank-you to all that attended our fabric and sample sale last Saturday. We will announce the date of the next one shortly. Just in is this gorgeous sheer Elliot Stripe fabric in pure white. Ideal for creating blouses and tops. Available online at the FCFabricStudio now at £8- a metre.

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This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

av robertson 2We have been talking collaborations, while H&M x Erdem has been receiving mixed reviews how about Christopher Kane x Crocs for a pairing you wouldn’t expect?

We hosted another Open Day last Friday (14th July 2017), welcoming designers and business start-ups to the factory.20 individuals came along to learn all about the services we currently offer as well as discovering how the process of sampling and short production runs work in the Fashion Studio. 

Katie Farley has picked A.V. Robertson (design pictured right) has her ‘One to Watch’ as well as selecting 3 top A/W 17/18 trends to Empower the female form. (By the way, Happy Birthday Katie Farley!)



Boutique Piece of the Week

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For those unfamiliar ‘trend forecasting’ or ‘trend prediction’ is a bit of a mystery. Visions of crystal balls and gazing up into the stars come to mind but this new book is about to explain how it’s all done. Entitled ‘Fashion Trend Forecasting’ Gwyneth Holland, a trend forecaster, consultant and lecturer, has joined forces with Rae Jones, a footwear & accessories specialist, brand founder and lecturer, to explain in book form how trend forecasting works. This 160-page book brimming with visuals is published by Laurence King and is available from the 24th July retailing at £17.99.


And Finally…

We say a fond farewell to Fashion Studio Assistant Manager Rosie Holden, we wish her well for the future. Stepping in Rosie’s shoes we welcome Jenny-Beth Golding who you may already know via the Fabric Studio and FCB boutique.

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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