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Newsletter 4th October 2017

Dear all,

Here at FashionCapital HQ the team have been busy finalizing the details on the new look FashionCapital.co.uk website and we are, dare we say it, extremely pleased with how it’s all coming together. We are aiming for a user friendly, simple and sleek site that will inform, encourage and inspire. All will be revealed soon…


FashionCapital MeetUp4 oct caren downie

Thanks to all that came along to our very first FashionCapital MeetUp last Thursday. Our guest speaker Caren Downie (pictured right) comments:

“What a great event the MeetUp was! The Big Black Sofa interview is such a good idea – getting up close and personal in relaxed surroundings at the Factory. Sorry I didn’t get to talk to everyone but I didn’t expect there would be so many of you: over 80 I think. I really hope I was helpful to people with their projects, I tried to provide really honest and genuine information. Thanks to all who arranged such a fab night.”

The Next Fashion MeetUp will be announced soon…





Next Stop Newcastle

The nextFashionCapital Trunk Show presenting the ‘How To Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar in Newcastle is almost booked to capacity. The seminar covers:

+How to ethically source the right UK manufacturer for your brand

+How to make your brand a success

+How to manage your finances- get it right first time!

+Fabric Appreciation

+What does quality really mean?

+How to create your own successful PR

Headline sponsors Sage will introduce the importance of managing finances effectively (but simply) for new business start-ups; an area many creatives struggle with when embarking on their own business.

We have a very limited amount of places left click here for more information and tickets.

20 sept FC Trunkshow sponsored by Sage



Workshop News

Thanks to all that attended ‘The Design Process and Product Development’ workshop led by Design Consultant Gabby Shiner-Hill yesterday. Feedback from the workshop was extremely positive here’s what a few of the attendees had to say:

“Absolutely brilliant – so much great information, really well delivered. Very friendly. Helpful speaker. Looking forward to more talks like this. I am really impressed by Fashion Enter.” Catherine

“Another amazing talk this morning – seriously good. Gabby is a wonderful speaker, very friendly, informative and patient.” Cat

“I have learnt how to look into the costs of the process, time frames and suppliers of fabric. Excellent advice, very, very good!” Sezan

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Workshops Next On the Agenda…

How to Manage Your Finances by Nigel Rust, Business Coach on Tuesday 17th October.

Fabric Appreciation by Deborah Shulton, Former Fabric Technologist at Marks & Spencer onThursday 26th October.

And Nick Gould our very own business lawyer will be at Fashion Enter on the 15th November to discuss all you need to know about starting a business. He’ll talk about employment, protection of your IP rights, commercial contracts along with a Q & A session. Nick is the “common sense lawyer with mismatched shoes”.

Please contact Jenni Sutton jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details and to confirm your attendance. 

Members get priority access to all seminars and workshops including 20% discount to find out more click here.



Saturday Stitching Surgery

If it’s hands-on stitching advice you need then come along to our monthly Stitching Surgery at the Fashion Technology Academy. Held every last Saturday of each month attendees can receive technical advice from highly skilled industry experts, create samples and work on their personal projects. To enquire and book contact education@fashion-enter.com

4 oct saturday stitching



Next Week Best of Britannia

Next Thursday 12th and Friday 13th October we will be at Best of Britannia at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, East London. Fashion Enter will be on stands 58 – 60 – at this leading event that champions beautifully made British brands and manufacturing.

Register on the Best of Britannia website for your free tickets and say hello to the Fashion Enter team who will be exhibiting their sampling and production capabilities on an interactive stand showcasing the life cycle of a garment.

In addition the team will be promoting some of their Stitching Academy and Perfect Pattern Cutting learners who will be on hand to discuss the skills they have learnt and what the future now holds for them!

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Best of Britannia @BestBritannia #BOBLondon




Our CEO on the Radio!

Yesterday, our CEO, Jenny Holloway, was on the Mark Patterson show on Radio Foyle in Northern Ireland discussing British Manufacturing and the new project we are about to embark on in Northern Ireland with The Designer Business Start Up scheme. To find out more about the scheme click here.




Fashion Retail Academy at the Factory

4 oct fashion retail academy visit

This week at Fashion Enter we will see 160 Fashion Business and Retail students from the Fashion Retail Academy visit the Factory.

Yesterday we welcomed two cohorts of FRA students and gave each group an insight into garment production and how a UK manufacturer can produce 10,000 garments a week.

The students, only three weeks into their course, were given the opportunity to see first-hand the processes of the supplier which they will now be able to relate to their studies as the course progresses.

“I have learnt what makes the factory SMETA approved. Very informative and a good experience.” Kiodina

We look forward to welcoming more students. This is such an important part of their learning experience! 



FTA Open Day 10th October

For those of you thinking about a career in the production side of fashion then please come along to our Fashion Technology Academy Open Day on the 10th October 10am – 12pm. Find out if we have a course that’s right for you.




4 oct euniceA Warm Welcome to Eunice

Eunice (pictured right) has joined the team as a Digital Marketing Apprentice, she comments:

“My journey here at FashionCapital so far has been amazing, I look forward to advancing my skills as a Digital Marketing Apprentice. In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve been able to increase my ability to execute and analyse marketing campaigns. I will be working on the social media accounts and marketing all events that will take place at FashionCapital, I am passionate to add to the growth of Fashion Capital.” 




Video of the Week

This week we hear from Tooba and her experience on the Stitching Academy course held at the Fashion Technology Academy. Click here to view the short video.

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4 oct fabric swatchFC Fabric Studio Fabric Swatch


This week’s swatch is a bold red, light-weight, semi sheer chiffon. Inspired by the Paris collections we noticed an abundance of sheer materials incorporated into SS18 designs. Want to experiment with sheer? We have over 12 colours to choose from.

FCFabricStudio bright red chiffon at £3.50 a metre




This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

4 oct amy apprenticeKatie Farley discusses the return of glamour at this season’s Paris Fashion Week.

We congratulate Emily and Alicia on completing their apprenticeship with Hobbs and the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA).

Read about Amy Walczak-Hobbs (pictured left)  first year as an apprentice with People Tree and Fashion Enter in her informative and honest account in the forums.

And Jenny Holloway comments on the recent ‘Fashion With Integrity Brand Conferencewith ASOS.com and how this open discussion and exchange of positive ideas is the way forward for the fashion industry.




Boutique Pick of the Week

In need of a statement something to perk up your AW outfit? We’ve found these geometric, half moon drop earrings in black, chilli red and cool grey. Perfect for bringing a pop of colour, graphic style and unique design to the table – available online from Toolally.com for £45-4 oct boutique pick earrings

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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