Newsletter 21st July 2017
Fashion, unfortunately does carry negative connotations, particularly in the designer sector, of being elitist and snobby. However, here at FashionCapital we believe it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you are targeting the high street or a high-end boutique the principles of setting up a successful business are the same and we pride ourselves on being approachable.
Yesterday our CEO Jenny Holloway discussed ‘The Factory Uncovered – how Fashion Enter helps retailers and etailers to spot an unethical factory’ at ‘Textile Tuesday’s’ in conjunction with The Textile Research Industry Innovation Forum for Interdisciplinary Collaboration & De Montfort University in Leicester.
John Liddle the Industry Liaison Officer at De Montfort University commented on Jenny’s talk:
“Thanks again for your great presentation yesterday. Your mixture of passion & honesty is very compelling, and every one of the folk there that I chatted to afterwards thought that it had been excellent. I will particularly take away your adage on failure.”
Honest, open and transparent – we aim to promote and encourage those in the fashion industry.
Which is what we will be doing more of tomorrow in Plymouth! Yes, our second trunk show date has arrived and Jenny Holloway will be joined by Caren Downey, Gabrielle Shiner-Hill, Deborah Shulton and Sophie Glover to lift the lid on all aspects of the industry.
(The FashionCapital Trunk Show featured in The Plymouth Herald)
There will be one three-hour seminar taking place at Ocean Studio, The Factory Cooperage from 1pm – 4pm.
Last chance to get your tickets: FREE students / £10 businesses and can be purchased click here.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0208 809 3311 to confirm your attendance
Next Week Fashion SVP
Next week on the 27th – 28th June, the team will also be on hand at Fashion SVP, Olympia, London, a unique sourcing event presenting over 120 leading fashion producers from the UK and 21 overseas countries. Jenny Holloway will be one of the panel speakers at ‘The advantages and challenges for managers in local sourcing’ seminar and the popular Fashion Enter ‘Consultation Corner’ will be back, with free mini workshops for all visitors.
Fashion Enter Open Day
Last Thursday 15th June, Fashion Enter opened its factory doors, inviting business start-ups and established designers to find out more about the services offered.
Feedback from the two-hour session included:
‘I have learnt lots from this open day I had no idea about, how to start up my business and where to go for samples and production. It was a brilliant day, everyone was super friendly, I found it very useful.’ Roxanna
‘I now know how Fashion Enter works and what services are available to me. Really refreshing to see how the factory operates and how much support is on offer!’ Leonie
Watch this space for the next open day.
Do you need first hand support and advice to develop your fashion business? Then check out our new membership package, designed to nurture your creative talent into a successful ethical and sustainable brand.
CPPD Courses For Your Business
CPPD is an on-going and continual process of both personal and professional growth that improves the capability of an individual to realise their full potential. We have been successfully delivering bespoke CPPD training for a variety of brands such as Acadia, George at Asda, ASOS.com and Fat Face amongst others. To find out about the variety of CPPD’s we provide click here.
Next Sample Sale
One for the diary – our next sample and fabric sale will take place on Saturday 15th July, 10am until 1pm at our Haringey factory.
Introducing Imothep International
Fashion Enter met Dawn James-Okonkwo founder of Imothep International over 12-years ago, this week she met up with Jenny Holloway and Jenni Sutton to chat about her growing label.
Dawn said: “It’s so good to meet up with Fashion Enter 12 years later…a lot of water has flowed but today I know who I am and I believe in who I am. My company is Imhotpep International and I’m currently crowd funding. It’s amazing to meet up with genuine friends like the two Jenny’s! Just goes to show you must never give up ever!”
To view and buy Dawn’s designs visit: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ImothepInternational
Congratulations to Katie Farley
Contributing FashionCapital reporter Katie Farley has just heard that she has received a First Class Honours in Fashion Journalism! A big well done to Katie.
Jenny Holloway comments: “Katie we are so, so proud of your achievements. Congratulations on your first – if anyone deserves having a first from Southampton Solent University for Fashion Journalism then you do!”
Simply Sewing Magazine Issue 31
The FCFabric Studio has made the press once again, this time with our florals and prints featured in issue 31 of Simply Sewing magazine.
FCFabricStudio Swatch of the Week
Just in: this tie-dye jersey in grungy navy and grey for a very of-the-moment look.
Comprising of printed spun poly-elastane this fabric is available now at £4.30 a metre.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston asks what are the benefits of Being Focused in Personal Development.
Zatchels have launched a ‘design a bag’ competition.
And the top three Fashion SVP New Designer Award entrants have been named and quoted.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Dawn ‘s ‘Imothep International’ prints are simply stunning and make a statement all of their own. Here we have featured her abstract, multi-coloured A-line skirt available now for £45- from Etsy.com
Our final thoughts are with the Grenfell Towers residents and the latest attack in our neighbouring Finsbury Park – our deepest condolences go out to all those affected. Now more than ever we need to unite and stay strong.