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Guess Who We Made For This LFW? – FC Newsletter 23rd September 2015


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Newsletter 23rd September 2015 – Guess Who We Made For This LFW?

Dear All,

It certainly has been a fashion frenzy with London Fashion Week in full swing over the past five days. While the big brand shows often hog the media limelight it was fantastic to see Faustine Steinmetz receive positive press aplenty for her innovative presentation, particularly as our team at the Fashion Studio stepped in at the last hour to produce some of her garments. (To read the show review click here).

Karen Gold is another name we are pleased to see forging her way into the industry. Karen, a previous Stitching Academy student presented her designs in a collective show; ‘Fashion International’ off-schedule this season to a packed room of fashion press and buyers. Go Karen.

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23 sept blogger lfwIt was also great to see designs from our production lines being worn by the industry’s fashion forward. Here is blogger Diipa Khosla wearing a dress by Caroline Beyll (image left).

Also we have to give a very big thanks to our team of journalists and photographers – it may all look glamorous from the outside but the reality is a hectic schedule that can be hard on the heels and the head! So many thanks to reporters: Paul Markevicius, JoJo Iles, Amy Newson and Katie Farley and to photographers Oda Bakkeli Eide and Chris Daw and of course our fabulous street style photographer as featured in this week’s header by Sherion Mullings.

If you went to London Fashion Week this season then we would like to hear your views on the new venue and how the experience was for you? Please email the editor jojo@fashioncapital.co.uk




Designers Do You Need Studio/Production Space?

23 sept hire production space

The impending closure of the Trampery’s Fashion Incubator in Hackney, which provides studio space and production facilities for designers, is very sad news indeed and we do hope a new premises can be found in the near future. However, in light of this we hope to provide an alternative here in neighbouring Haringey. While the Trampery is in a period of transition we invite any designer to come and talk to us regarding renting out space and machines here at the Fashion Technology Academy. We have every machine available here for you to use. Come and see us!  Please email jenni@fashion-enter.com and come and review what we can offer.

The Fashion Technology Academy is situated at Unit 13, Crusader Estate,

167, Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ. View our location on Google Maps



Haringey Gets a New Look23 sept haringey promo

While we are on the subject of our home borough of Haringey the council has unveiled a new identity for the area, one that celebrates the best things about the borough – the attitude, atmosphere, authenticity and people that make it one of the best corners of London.

See if you can spot the Fashion Technology Academy in this promotional video for the borough to view click here



Apprenticeship of the Week

Finery London – Technical Apprentice

Finery London has come together to create a unique type of womenswear brand. A brand that combines modern and sophisticated styling without compromising design quality. The Finery London team is currently looking for a Technical Apprentice to find out more and to view other apprenticeships from the likes of Topman and Libby click here.



Machine Maintenance Course23 sept machine course

Another first for Fashion Enter and the UK! We can now offer a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Machine Maintenance. This is a 2-year course and is an exciting new addition to our selection of apprenticeship programmes. During the 2-year course, apprentices will receive practical training on maintaining machines, ensuring manufacture output, diagnosing and repairing machinery and contributing to the improvement of work activities. To find out more about the programme and apply click here.




First Webinar a Great Success23 sept webinar

On 17th September Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion Enter, Annabel Kay, Director of Irenicon and Jenny Tolmie, Partner of Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co conducted their first webinar to aspiring designer start-ups and scale ups. There were over 50 registered participants and views of the chat room reached over a 1000.

A few comments included:

“I thought it was brilliant – aspects of financial, creativity and people.”  

“It was brilliant.”

Jenny Holloway comments: “It was a genuine pleasure to hear from so many people on the live webinar. It’s the first webinar that I have personally ever participated in and thanks to Irenicon for their technical expertise (and patience!). The questions asked were so pertinent today’s difficult trading market for new start-ups. It was a very in-depth webinar with strong questions asked – there was no such thing as a stupid question for sure! Looking forward to the next one on 14th October at 7pm.”

Reaching out and growing your fashion business – 14th October at 7pm 

You get to the point when you need to pay people to do things for you – and reach out for support. Jenny Tolmie will be talking about how the tax side of paying freelancers is not what it seems (and how this can come back and make a problem for you) Annabel Kaye will be talking about how to know when it is time to outsource and the difference between outsourcing in the UK or abroad and how that can affect your brand and your business.
Jenny Holloway will be covering – What paperwork do you need when working with factories, what are rolling ranges and a balanced range and what is an acceptable quality level. (AQL)

There is still time to register for the upcoming webinars – To register please click here and click on the ‘register now’ button

Please note a 10% discount on membership with Fashion Enter is available to those who attend the webinar



Fabric & Sample Sale This Saturday 26th September

We are offering some fantastic bargains on rolls of fabric from chiffons to silks to jerseys alongside samples you won’t find anywhere else. 

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When: Saturday 26th September 2015 10am – 1pm

Where: Fashion Enter, Crusader Estate, 167, Hermitage Road,

London, N4 1LZ. Nearest tube Manor House.



‘Know Your Factory’ Seminar Date Change

production smallThe seminar has been re-scheduled for 8th October from 9am – 11am

Do you know what to look for and what questions to ask when working with your manufacturer?  In this workshop learn the basic process for manufacturing and what the key elements are to look for.

“Just wanted to say an enormous thanks for a great seminar. It was so great to be able to ask silly questions in what felt like a very safe environment and I learned so much. Your Factory Tour should be a must for anyone learning about design.” Caroline Denver

To find out more click here.




Jobs Fair WorkShop 30th September 2015 – Design a Prom Dress

From 12noon – 12.45pm

Have you ever wondered what the steps are when you want to design your own prefect prom dress?   Well come and visit www.fashioncapital.co.uk stand on 30th September at 11am and learn how to become a designer. Jenny Holloway, CEO, will be showing you the stages of creating your design and how to make sure you have the perfect fit for your silhouette.  There will be a review of fabric and trims and Jenny will be showing you what is a “pattern” and a nest of patterns too. Jenny explained, “There are actually over 130 different stages if you want to become a designer and create production for a leading high street retailer. This is called the garment life cycle and we have a wide cross section of courses that we can discuss to ensure you make the perfect garment first time!”

Edmonton Careers, Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair on Wednesday 30th September 10am – 3pm at Edmonton Leisure Centre, N9 OTR.

 Also on the same day…

One BIG Wednesday on the 30th September 2015

Event time: 10am – 3pm 

Location: Highgate Jobcentre, 1A Elthorne Road, London, N19 4AL.

Fashion Enter will be at the One Big Wednesday jobs fair in Highgate promoting apprenticeship programmes and courses available at the Fashion Technology Academy. Over 1000 people are set to attend the recruitment day!



The Knitting & Stitching Show

23 sept knit stitchFashionCapital is delighted to be returning to this season’s show and will once again be taking visitors on an interactive and informative journey that reveals each stage of garment production from initial idea through to delivery of finished goods.

The Knitting & Stitching Show is a must-attend event for anyone with a passion for textile crafts – from complete beginners, experienced crafters and professional textile artists to those wanting to explore course and career options.

Quote FASHCAP to buy your ticket for just £12*! Visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london or call 01473 321872

*£2 off an adult ticket (50p off concessions) in advance only. Booking fees and terms and conditions apply.



SME Innovation Event Meeting

Today Jenny Holloway will be speaking at the Creative Skillset SME Innovation meeting with a select group of industry professionals. The meetings objective is to share knowledge and best practice and collate possible synergies and industry support. More from this next week.

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This Week On www.fashioncapital.co.uk

Fashion week mania prevails with New York reviews swiftly followed by London. A top read by Paul Markevicius is his interview with ‘One to Watch’ Leaf Xia, while Amy Newson talks to Fyodor Golan and JoJo Iles is smitten with Jean Pierre Braganza’s signature designs. Elsewhere in news we interview the founders of Novel Beings, a new ethical artist agency and Matyodesign is the latest label and social enterprise to feature in ‘Industry Bio’s’.




23 sept boutique pickBoutique Pick of the Week

Sustainable and ethical, surely designs that incorporate these core principles don’t need a category of their own and should be essential to any contemporary brand? Doing it their way is Matt & Nat, the brand lives by a simple motto “Live beautifully” and with that they have produced a range of accessories from sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Here we have picked out the Whilem handbag from the Cork collection that can be worn across the body or as a shoulder bag. £105.00 Click here to visit Matt & Nat

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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