Newsletter 28th October 2015
The FC team are busy preparing for the official launch of the Fashion Technology Academy due to take place on Wednesday 25th November. The unique learning resource will ensure that skills within the fashion manufacturing sector are nurtured and developed on home soil providing careers opportunities across the board. We are pleased to announce that
TV presenter June Sarpong (pictured right) will be attending.
June comments: “I am originally from Walthamstow, growing up I spent a lot of time in Walthamstow. Therefore I hold Haringey and Waltham Forest very dear to my heart. I set up WIE to recognise women’s achievements and the work Fashion Enter achieves to help people succeed in life correlates exactly to my ethos. I am delighted to attend the launch of the unique Fashion Technology Academy on 25th November and meet the talented learners. Learners that have now progressed into work and have real skills for real jobs.”
The Fashion Technology Academy official launch with Haringey Council, DWP and global e-tailer ASOS.com will be held on Wednesday 25th November 10am – 8pm. This is an invite only event please contact email@example.com to register and confirm your attendance.
In Drapers Talking Skills
While we are on the subject of educating and re-skilling for fashion production look out for Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter/FashionCapital, in Drapers this week, print & online, discussing how ‘retailers need a domestic sourcing strategy to ensure we retain skills.’
Click here to read the article
Save the Date – Webinar 19th November @7pm
After two successful business webinar’s Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion Enter, Annabel Kay, Director of Irenicon and Jenny Tolmie, Partner of Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co, are back for a third installment.
The next webinar: Scaling up your fashion enterprise – 19 November @ 7pm will discuss:
1) How to attract buyers
2) How to attract press
3) How to make your ecommerce site successful
4) Attention to detail on range plans and dockets
5) Next steps – how to become a step up business.
For more information and how to register click here
Skills London 2015
Skills London 2015 is the capital’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people. Two days of interactive activities and inspiring jobs and careers, held at ExCeL London, for 15-24 year olds and their families. FashionCapital will be there with an interactive stand (stand 1022) where visitors will be able to learn what it takes to produce a garment from initial idea right through to delivery. The garment life cycle display will demonstrate the possible career options available within the industry and the FashionCapital team will be on hand to discuss exactly how to gain experience and achieve these career goals.
Make sure you visit us on stand 1022 if your school is attending Skills London 2015 at ExCeL London 13-14 November. To find out more click here.
Fabric & Sample Sale This Saturday
If you are looking for quality silks, chiffons, jerseys or even a new outfit to wear you’ll be pleased to know our next discounted fabric and sample sale is this Saturday 31st October 10am – 1pm. Last month the sale attracted design students from the London College of Fashion alongside designers and home dressmakers, there is indeed something for everyone!
Fabric & Sample Sale
When: Saturday 31st October 2015 10am – 1pm
Where: Fashion Enter, Crusader Estate, 167, Hermitage Road,
London, N4 1LZ. Nearest tube Manor House
The Fashion Studio: Turning Dreams into Reality
Rosie from the Fashion Studio: ‘This week at the Fashion Studio we thought it would be nice to explain what we do and the magical process of having garments made. We can turn an idea of a design in to a final sample all within a few weeks! We often work with small to mid-range brands that want to have anything from patterns, samples and small runs of production made. We also work with graduate designers, London Fashion Week designers and sometimes-even celebrities.
(Pictured right Dominique with Pearl Lowe Petite’s lovely Harlequin bodysuit for children)
From a sketch we can help make a technical drawing with the measurements and from that we make the pattern. We then stitch up a toile (mock-up) and have a fitting to check the measurements and make any amendments, we then make the final sample and can grade into a variety of sizes ready for production. It is an exciting process to see our client’s dream collection evolve from a sketch to hanging on the rail.
The Fashion Studio is unique as we have no minimum order quantities and can do up to 300 units (anything over this can go in to the Factory). All of our machinists are sample machinists each specialising in different fabrics and styles of garments. We are a tight knit team in the studio and love working with established brands and up and coming designers to create beautiful collections.’
If you would like any more information about the studio please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Chloe Staplehurst to Join Level 3 Apprenticeship
Well done Chloe Staplehurst (pictured left), she has been selected to join the Level 3 apprenticeship programme on Monday and is the first apprentice to be taken on by Finery London.
Chloe has been taken on as a Technical Apprentice where she will work alongside other Technologists, Buying teams and Suppliers to contribute to improving all aspects of product development and product quality assurance.
Chloe comments: “I’m very exited to be joining Finery London, which is such a new and upcoming company, and the opportunity to complete this apprenticeship. I’m ready and enthusiastic to learn a lot and feel this is a great way to start my career in fashion.”
Call For: Sustainable Designers Based in Birmingham
Selfridges Birmingham has put out an open call for fashion designers with a sustainable ethos to get in touch. The deadline has been extended for Selfridges Birmingham to find the latest talented and emerging designers of the future as part of their seminal Bright New Things project. Open to all ages the 2016 Bright New Things winner will be offered exposure in Selfridges Birmingham’s windows, retail space and online, as well as having access to Selfridges’ experts in buying, finance, legal and creative direction. If you are, or know, an eligible candidate, send an email to email@example.com and describe in up to 500 words within the body of the email, how you put sustainability at the heart of your practice, please also include three images of your work and links to your website. Submissions must be received by Wednesday, 4th November 2015.
Stitcher of the Week: Samina
Meet Samina Islam (pictured left) a current learner on the Level 1 Stitching Academy course. The former Hornsey College student has been wowing the tutors with her amazing illustrations such as the one pictured here.
On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week
Our trend guru Katie Farley reviews some of the dominant hair & make-up trends as seen on the SS16 designer catwalks. Katie also shares her very personal and inspiring story about her fashion career thus far and her drive and determination to succeed as a fashion journalist, stylist and ultimately editor. Paul Markevicius meets and interviews another inspirational individual – Tamsin Lejeune, CEO of the Ethical Fashion Forum and new B2B online platform Mysource. Meanwhile Eric Gilston advises on keeping to deadlines and time management in ‘Personal Development’ and India Hunnikin reports on all the stories trending in social media from #HMBalmaination to Absolutely Fabulous The Movie – the FC staff can’t wait for that one!
Boutique Pick of the Week
When it comes to trends to take note of right now ASOS.com are always on the money! One such trend they have considerably increased their offer on over the last month is the poncho / cape. WGSN identified the poncho as a key transeasonal item, perfect for layering and integral to the 70s retro trend – the poncho is making gains in the UK as retailers work hard to recapture spend before the cold weather hits. We like the versatility of this simple piece, smarten up your poncho by belting the waist and layer over coats when the temperature really does drop. We’ve selected this striped Poncho Cape with fringing and hood by Noisy May via ASOS.com £36.00-