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Newsletter 14th December 2016

Dear all,

14 dec visiting the skills standThe team are back from Skills London, the city’s largest careers and education fair, and were inspired by the enthusiasm of the many young adults that visited the Fashion Enter & Fashion Technology stand.

Esme comments:

“The Skills London 2016 event was great fun to attend and I was very happy to advise learners on their future career paths. Many that visited the stand took part in the ‘Design a dress competition’ and I cannot wait to see who the winner will be. I very much look forward to seeing more learners signed up on our Level 3 Apprenticeships and Stitching and Patterns Level 1 and 2 programmes.”



Factory Open Days

In response to the high level of interest at Fashion SVP and Skills London we will be holding some informative Factory Open Days in the New Year. These Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to see exactly what we offer from FTA courses, apprenticeships, work placements and all the production services we provide. Open Day dates will be confirmed and announced soon – watch this space.



New Perfect Patterns Courses

14 dec pattern cutting studentOur popular and highly informative Perfect Patterns courses will commence again in January. We have two skilled teachers on board, Dawn and Julia, to provide hands-on tuition so that learners can understand how real industrial patterns are made.

Level 1 student Natalia comments: “The Perfect Pattern Level 1 course is really interesting, you start by learning the basics, such as how to take measurements and create simple patterns. You then move on to more complex patterns, already I am able to pattern cut skirts, tops, collars, sleeves, and dresses.”

To find out more e-mail: education@fashion-enter.com or telephone 0208 809 3311.




New Course Fabric Appreciation

deborah shulton fabric tech tutorFormer Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer, Deborah Shulton (pictured right), will be running a new half-day course specially designed for fashion industry students and professionals to deepen their textile understanding. This new course in ‘Fabric Appreciation’ gives an essential guide to textiles and a general appreciation of textile manufacturing in a live factory environment. It also covers some of influences on cost; lead time and quality.

To read more about this 4-hour course click here.

The first course is scheduled for 2nd February 2017 to express an interest and to find out more please contact: education@fashioncapital.co.uk or call 0208 809 3311

To read all about Deborah’s fashion career click here




FashionCapital Trunk Show

Fashion Enter met Sarah Moore and Lindsey Clegg from Freeths at the final of the Women in Business Awards in Leeds recently. Today they visited the Factory (pictured here with Jenny Holloway and Jenni Sutton) to discuss an exciting new collaboration set to take place in the New Year!

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We can exclusively reveal that the FashionCapital Trunk Show will kick off on March 30th in Manchester. Freeths is a headline sponsor and will be discussing the legal requirements you need for your fashion business. This exclusive event will provide you with “bags” of pertinent information all new start-up brands will need, including fabric sourcing, how to work with a factory/CMT unit, ethical sourcing, spreadsheets and finance, legal status of you and your company and much MUCH more. This four-hour seminar will take place twice a day, am and pm, and tickets are strictly on a first come first serve basis. The cost of the ticket is £50 plus VAT. For further information email: jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk




FCFabric Studio News

In our latest tutorial Alice will demonstrate how to make your own Christmas cushion. Don’t forget to share your creations with us via our various social media channels.

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Fabric Sale & Open Day

14 dec fabric swatchOur next in-house fabric sale and open day will take place on Thursday 19th January at our head office and factory: Unit 14, Crusader Industrial estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ.

However, many of our fabrics are available to buy online such as this Fabric Swatch of the Week: a visually effective gold print scuba, available for £6- a metre at the FCFabricStudio.

Please note if you are ordering fabrics online the last day to order is 21st December to ensure a speedy delivery. It will be business as usual from the 4th January 2017.




Waste Not Want Not

Following an educational visit to our Factory from teachers and GCSE students at Graveney School, Wandsworth, we are pleased to supply them with our scraps of fabric, which will be utilized and made into garments. Watch this space for an update on what is creatively produced! Click here to read about the school visit.



Visiting Today…

Today we welcome editorial staff from Sew and Dressmaker Magazines for a tour of the Factory, FTA and FC Fabric Studio!



Catch Us on BBC Radio London

Listen out for the BBC Radio London Jo Good show this Friday 16th December at 2pm, our CEO Jenny Holloway will be in the studio speaking about the company and what it’s all about.



On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week…

dow-lookbook-photo-portraitAlvanon’s CEO Janice Wang has just announced sustainable, high-fashion label Studio JUX to its prestigious Dr. Kenneth Wang Mentorship Program.

Recycling plastic has been given a make-over by students from Southampton Solent University who transformed reusable plastic (image left) into catwalk-worthy collections.

Stitching Academy students John and Eniko have recently been offered apprenticeship roles with gender fluid luxury brand ONEBYME having successfully completed their Stitching Academy courses here at the Fashion Technology Academy.




Boutique Pick of the Week

14 dec boutique pickThese beautiful shoes were designed exclusively for World Animal Protection UK to roar loudly in support of their campaign to end the use of wild animals in entertainment. Tigers should be wild and free, not used as photo props for tourists so why not join Beyond Skin and put your best foot forward in these stylish slippers and support a charity at the same time? 10% of each sale will go to World Animal Protection. Featuring a pointed toe with roaring gold embroidered Tiger head and classic stiletto heel. £140-

Beyond Skin ‘Tigress Not Entertainers’ Stilettos




Christmas & New Year Closing Dates

Please note that The Factory, FTA and Fashion Enter/FashionCapital head office will be closed from 23rd December until the 3rd January 2017.

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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