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How Fashion Business Savvy Are You? FC Newsletter 16th September 2015


Behind every catwalk design are the hands of production….
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Newsletter 16th September 2015

Dear All,

sampling largeThe international catwalk collections have always conjured up the glamorous side of fashion; models, make-up, hair, photographers, the FROW and all its accompanying press and hype. And while it is always incredibly satisfying to see a collection come together after months of hard toil the show is, at the end of the day, only a small part of a successful fashion business.  The designs, the quality of production, logistics and sales are key, which is exactly why we are holding another ‘Know Your Factory’ seminar on Thursday 24th September. The seminar is perfect for those wanting to take their business to the next level and need to gain insight into the basic process of manufacturing and what are the key elements to look for. To find out more about the seminar and to book a place click here.

“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



Apprenticeship Open Day

Also for anyone interested in joining the apprenticeship programme we will be holding an open day on the same day Thursday 24th September in the afternoon from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. 

This will be an opportunity to learn about the Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeship programme, discover what jobs are currently available, have a guided tour of the Fashion Technology Academy and ask any questions.

Anyone interested in attending should email jenni@fashion-enter.com




Apprenticeship Post of the Week

Become an Apprentice Sample Machinist at Libby London Ltd!

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An exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Sample Machinist to work as a team member at the Libby London Ltd studio. While training and learning the skill of sample machining, you will also produce toiles for pattern cutters, carry out alterations and create first samples for sign offs and press shows. To find out more and apply click here.




Last Call for Tomorrow’s Webinarwebinar

The Shoebox Start Up Webinar – 17 September @ 7pm

If you have started in business there are things you need to do and people you need to tell. Jenny Tolmie (Partner of Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co.) will be showing you how to let the tax man know what you are up to, and giving you some simple tips on how to keep records as you go so that you don’t end up with any unexpected bills or problems. Annabel Kaye (Director of Irenicon Ltd) will be talking about working with people you don’t pay – from friends, to ‘unpaid interns’ and volunteers and showing you how to avoid feuds, arguments and claims for minimum wages from people you didn’t know you had to pay.

The conversational style webinar is designed to get you thinking and to get you started on the road to success.

To register for this webinar click the link below: http://koffeeklatch.co.uk/events/fashion_capital/

And then click on the registration button. 

This is a one-time registration for all 3 webinar events over the next few months – simply register for the first event and you will receive your email reminders for all 3.




Coming Soon – Dressmaking for Drag Queens!generic apprentice small 2

A new course at the Fashion Technology Academy exclusively for drag queens, trannies and those simply curious is about to launch! 

As a drag queen you already have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent – now it’s time to learn a new skill, which will transform the way you dress in drag!

You will be taught by our highly skilled pattern cutters and stitchers whose careers span across 40-years in the fashion and theatre industry. 

In an intensive five-day course you will learn how to create your vision in drag and sashay away with the skills set to take your drag career to the next level!

Contact info@fashioncapital.co.uk to express your interest now!




The National Living Wage Debate

The National Living Wage, starting at £7.20 and rising to £9 an hour by 2020, will replace the current £6.50 minimum wage. The wage will ensure everyone aged 25 and over receives £7.20 an hour from next April. According to the Treasury, the change will mean 2.7 million low wage workers will receive a pay rise.

Katja Hall, deputy director general of the CBI business lobby group, told the BBC that: “The chancellor is taking quite a gamble by introducing a living wage.

“We are going to see a living wage of £9 an hour by 2020. That means on average, it is going to be rising over 6% a year at a time when inflation is close to zero. What happens if there is an economic shock?

“I think the risk to business is, it is going to have face some tough choices around what jobs to create – possibly even job losses in some case.”

Join the debate on Twitter – can small to medium businesses such as those in manufacturing cope with the introduction of the Living Wage?





Belles of London Update

We are thrilled that our in-house label Belles of London has been invited back on to QVC in the New Year to showcase the new spring range.

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Karen Gold & Maria Tukhas @LFW

We would like to wish ex-Stitching Academy student and FashionCapital member Karen Gold the best of luck with her showcase at the Fashion International show during LFW on Friday 18th September.

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And to Maria Tukhas and Sleekster Club showcasing at Royal Fashion Day at Middle Temple Hall, London on Tuesday 22nd September.





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Jayne McClean Gets Kitted Out at The Fashion Studio

“I was so ecstatic with my dress from the Fashion Studio. Being the mother of the groom meant I wanted to be elegant but I just couldn’t find anything that I really liked. The team at FashionCapital really were amazing. Alice was so patient and incredibly professional and the machinists must be the best in the business. My sincere thanks to everyone involved.”

Click here to view the services provided by The Fashion Studio







What’s On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week?

Paul Markevicius has hotfooted it onto the Eurostar to attend the A/W 16/17 edition of Premiere Vision, the industry’s leading textile and fabric exhibition, look out for his reports over the next few days. In trends we focus on New York and all the key styles emerging for SS16 meanwhile the FashionCapital team are preparing for a hectic London Fashion Week, starting this Friday 18th, with reports, street style photography and interviews. Elsewhere Shannon Edwards CEO of Styloko.com discusses the emergence of wearable tech & how to create a successful harmony between desktop, mobile and wearable fashion sites and apps in ‘Business Advice’ and India Hunnikin reviews the trending stories hitting those social media pages this week.




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Boutique Pick of the Week

We are particularly partial to this dainty thistle print (right) as flora and fauna patterns move out of summer and brighten up those A/W days. The shirtdress shape is easy to wear either on its own or as a layering piece and is cut with crisp, clean lines for a preppy feel. Created by the fashion-forward chain store Topshop and their Unique division, which will be showing at LFW Sunday 20th September.

Topshop Unique Windermere Shirt Dress £175-



Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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