Newsletter 7th October 2015
From sheep grazing on London’s Savile Row to promote Campaign for Wool 2015 to a rise in demand for British made merchandise, the message is clear – quality and craftsmanship will prevail.
At this very moment reps from FashionCapital & Fashion Enter are on hand at The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London. A must-attend event for anyone with a passion for textile crafts – whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced crafter or even a professional textile artist The Knitting & Stitching Show is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for essential supplies.
Come along and visit us on stand WHC3 (as you can see from the image above our stand is looking fabulous!) we’ll be there every day until 5pm Sunday 11th October. http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com
Sequins, Sparkles and Wands: Who have we been working with at the Fashion studio?
Rosie at the Fashion Studio comments: “Over the last 4 weeks we have been working with Pearl Lowe on her new childrenswear collection ‘Pearl Lowe Petite‘. The gorgeous circus inspired collection was snapped up and launched by Harrods earlier this week. Pearl Lowe Petite launched with girl’s fancy dress but will be expanding in SS16 for little boys too… watch this space as the silver jester outfit is simply exquisite! Pearl was a joy to work with she has an infectious bubbly personality and was really hands-on with the process, which made it really enjoyable for all the team.
“We even expanded in to wand making, which made us feel like Santa’s Elves! We will really miss seeing so many sequins and pink harlequin prints in the studio, but we know she will be back to make her SS16 for Selfridges next year. The range will no doubt be a huge success and we cannot wait to work with Pearl again in the future!”
Pearl Lowe adds:
“From as early as I can remember, I’ve always loved creating. I would customise my clothes, knowing I’d be the only person wearing them. I just loved it.”
Apprenticeship of the Week: Topman
Topman are looking for candidates who have an interest in pursuing a garment technology or textile related career pathway and would be keen to gain experience in working within a fast-paced technical team. The apprentice will be working closely with other Technologists, Buying teams and Suppliers to contribute to improving all aspects of product quality assurance and the development of product.
To find out more and apply click here.
CPPD Workshop for Trainee Tutors From UEL
The ‘Continual Professional and Personal Development’ workshops at The Factory continue, this time with a group of trainee design and technology tutors from the University of East London (UEL).
Following the success of the garment life cycle workshops with New Look employees, Senior Lecturer for D&E Kate Hufton at UEL thought a group of trainee design tutors could also benefit highly from the unique insight into the world of garment manufacturing.
The feedback was fantastic and even those that had previous fashion experience in manufacturing felt they had gained more insight and would definitely recommend this workshop for their students.
Here are just a few comments received:
“I have refreshed my knowledge of the fashion production industry, however the information received today was so in depth that I have learnt more about the step by step processes. Really great information and the tour / SMETA task was really helpful.” Chelsea – Trainee Tutor
“Excellent experience, really transparent and open about process from start to finish.” Billie – Trainee Tutor
“Very interesting – fantastic delivery of information and particularly good at conveying technical information simply.” Nancy – Trainee Textiles Tutor
Know Your Factory Workshop Tomorrow
Don’t forget our next ‘Know your Factory’ workshop will take place on 8th October from 9am – 11am at The Factory, The workshop provides an essential guide to all the basic processes for manufacturing and what the key elements are to look for.
An Introduction to CAD CAM
New dates are being set for the next batch of 1, 3, and 5-day courses in CAD CAM.
To express an interest and to book your place for Know Your Factory or CAD CAM please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 8093311. Members will receive preferential rates.
University Project Partnership
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is delighted to be working in partnership with Fashion Capital to gain insight into the Fashion Industry first hand.
Jenni commented: “We are working on an exciting programme with MMU to review the effectiveness of online media and SEO. We work with a wide cross section of educational specialists ranging from schools, to FE and HE institutions.
“This is the first time we have worked on a more in depth programme with a university and we will be travelling to Manchester to brief the students first hand. We will then return to review the students presentations and give critical feedback.”
Introducing Launch Brand Eversbrook.com
The Eversbrook range of menswear was created to provide formal wear that gives freedom and comfort no matter what. Whilst a well-fitted suit looks very smart, often there is no give in the material. So when you need to run to catch a taxi or stretch to reach the top shelf it’s restricting – and that’s what Jay Bull and the Eversbrook team wanted to change.
The range is based on Victorian style, combined with modern materials and manufacturing processes. All of Eversbrook garments are designed and made in England and where possible materials, including the suiting fabrics, are also made in England. Eversbrook offer a Made to Order service and have just launched today! To find out more visit: http://eversbrook.com/
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk…
Campbell Carey, Creative Director and Co-head cutter at Huntsman comments; “We probably have the biggest cutting team in Savile Row. What we make is built to last 15-20 years, if looked after.” To read the full article by Paul Markevicius click here. Katie Farley and Sophie Lau take in and report on key SS16 styles direct from the catwalks in Paris and a new survey by One4all Rewards reveals that bonuses are not the only way to motivate staff in the retail sector, click here to find out more.
Boutique Pick of the Week
This week we have selected flattering vintage inspired dress by Caroline Beyll. Make a statement and feel gorgeous in this royal blue wrap style dress with golden prints and matching belt. It has taken Caroline a year to put her collection together but, as she says herself, “it’s so worth the wait – I have designed and created what I truly call beautiful dresses. I use UK fabrics and dress sizes range from a UK10 to a UK18, I have created the perfect fit using specialised pattern cutters who have over 50 years of experience, my dresses are produced from a true British Factory based in North London.”
To view the collection visit: http://carolinebeyll.co.uk/