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Launch of a New Designer Award Competition


“We are looking forward to meeting the next generation of real industry-led designers.”

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Newsletter 5th April 2017

Dear all,

5 april manchester seminarThe team have returned from Manchester, the location of the very first FashionCapital Trunk Show, hosted by Freeths and supported by the ABC Awards, and we are pleased to say both seminars were packed to the rafters. Here’s what some of the attendees had to say:

“Today has taught me lots about the industry from fabric, to design and more from such a talented group of speakers. Thank you so much!” – Bethany

“We need more of these events in Manchester for fashion designers to grow their businesses!” – Beryl

“Today has informed me about different fabrics, how a factory works and all about PR! It was such a good morning!” – Kirsty 

“ABC Awards was delighted to help and support with the FashionCapital Trunk Show. The speakers were all so interesting and knowledgeable and I for one learnt so much.  People I spoke to throughout the day were so complementary about what you had achieved by holding such a fabulous event. ABC Awards would be delighted to support and collaborate with you in the future.” – Bernadette Done, Business Development Manager ABC Awards.

To read more about the event click here

The next FashionCapital trunk show stop will be Plymouth, more information to follow in due course. If you think your area needs a visit from the FashionCapital trunk show team please express your interest to jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk

Lifting the Lid on Fashion! #liftthelid



New Designer Awards with Fashion SVP

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We are pleased to announce that our sister company Fashion Enter has joined forces with the unique sourcing tradeshow, Fashion SVP, supported by UKFT to launch a new designer award competition.

Open now the competition will highlight the depth and diversity of design skills, and will feature a cash award and other benefits to enhance the winner’s professional profile. If you fancy your chances click here for further details. 

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 28th April 2017. All entries will be judged by an invited panel of industry experts and the top 10 will be featured at Fashion SVP Gallery 27th & 28th June at Olympia, London.

Fashion Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway commented: “This new designer competition is perfect for today’s fashion industry with an emphasis on combining true creative flair with the government’s newly announced T-Levels – technical skills. We are looking forward to meeting the next generation of real industry-led designers.”



ABC Award For Fashion Enter

Esme comments: “It’s an honour to receive this award from ABC Awards. We work very closely on all qualifications with ABC for our practical industry based stitching, pattern cutting and production courses.  We are very mindful that there are lots of stitching courses out there but the truth is they’re often not a recognized qualification. We take pride in everything we do, we want the very best for our learners and feel that qualifications are needed to ensure standards are maintained.”

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Image: Jenny Holloway with Fiona Grant from the ABC Awards





5 april asos profitsCongrats to ASOS.com

CEO Jenny Holloway commented: It’s great to see a huge 14% increase in profits for ASOS.com and well done to all the hard-working buyers, merchandisers, garment techs etc.  Surely one major reason for this success has to be the ‘nimble’ British supply base…turning around new trends in just three-weeks, this has to be the way forward.  This is a wake up call for traditional retailers!”




FCFabric Studio News

A big thank-you to all those that made it to our fabric and sample sale last Saturday. Another will be planned in due course so watch this space!

Jenny Beth comments: “The Spring/Summer Fabric and FCBoutique Sample Sale was a huge success on Saturday. It was great fun and a real pleasure to meet everyone that came. We’ll be doing these sales and lots more events like this in the future, so don’t worry if you missed out this time.”

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Simple Sew Blog

The FCFabric Studio is currently a supplier for Simple Sew Blog and the team are enjoying seeing and reading about what the bloggers are making using our fabrics (see images below)!  You can read them here on our website http://www.fcfabricstudio.com/in-the-press/ or you can head over to the Simple Sew Blog https://simplesewblog.com

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5 april fabric swatchFabric Swatch of the Week

Florals are really packing a punch at the moment, makers must be embracing that spring mood, so we’ve selected this gorgeous blossom print in lightweight jersey – perfect for that spring/summer dress!

Available at FCFabricStudio online at £4 per metre.







Depop, the App You Need for 2017…and We’re On It!

Depop inspires people to find things they love in the style of Instagram. They pair creativity and connection flawlessly and FCBoutique fits perfectly into this. Find us on there under the username @fashioncapitaluk




The In-House Bugle

Designed by Beth, the company Bugle is about inclusion for all:

Beth says: “At the factory, we have 11 different nationalities and many of our machinists have no idea what goes on in other areas of the company. Therefore each month we create the FashionCapital Bugle which visually showcases all of the latest news, most recent projects and developments and introduces the latest members of staff to join the team.” 

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Dates for Your Diary:

4 jan fabricFabric Appreciation

The second Fabric Appreciation short course with Deborah Shulton will be held on Wednesday 26th April. Offering insightful, in-depth and hands on knowledge for both beginners and those already with some experience within textiles and the industry, Deborah Shulton will offer her expertise in fabrics, fires, dyeing, finishing and colour. To find out more and book your place click here.



From the Needle-point to the Board-room

david raey smallDavid Reay, fashion industry leader, will present a workshop for owners of high-growth fashion brands with ambition: “From the Needle-point to the Board-room”.

Hosted by FashionCapital on Thursday 27th April 2017, 10am – 12pm the workshop will be held at The Fashion Technology Academy, Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ. (Nearest tube: Manor House) To book please email: info@fashioncapital.co.uk





This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

isabel fletcher 1Fashion designer Isabel Fletcher incorporates materials usually found in practical layers of furniture or interior décor to create her unique, niche collection: Beneath the Surface.

Scouting the next ‘in demand’ model of the moment is certainly no easy task and while some up and coming models try their luck at an agency or a modelling contest others are scouted in the most unlikely of places, we find out who was spotted where.

From Brexit to the high street, this week was just as busy usual when it came to controversy, announcements and celebrations, India Hunnikin looks at What’s Been Trending.





5 april boutique pickBoutique Pick of the Week

This week we’ve combined a simple style; a sleeveless, boat collar top with illustrative doodles on 100% organic cotton. Easy to team with jeans, wide-leg pants or skirts while the print adds a bit of fun and individuality. This Jenny Print top is by Spanish brand SkunkFunk, their aim is to use as many organic and sustainable materials and ethical practices as they can, and you can’t get fairer than that!

SkunkFunk Jenny Print Top £45- from FashionConscience.com





And Finally FashionCapital’s Beano Day is Coming Up

Another year goes by.  Every year we take all the FashionCapital & Fashion Enter staff to the seaside for the day…this year we’re going to do something different…watch this space!

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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