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Newsletter 1st March 2017

Dear all,

Here at FashionCapital and sister company Fashion Enter we strive to provide the very best in training and tuition, whether you are starting out, want to gain a new skill, or would like to deepen your understanding in a niche area. We offer a range of courses, workshops, accredited CPPD classes and specific production skill tuition such as Vetigraph, Pattern Cutting, Machine Maintenance and much more. If you would like to know more about what we offer through our Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) arm of the company then please visit our brand new skills and education FTA website! http://www.fcfta.com

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We’re Coming To Manchester!

1 march trunk show ladiesWe have an A-team of speakers imparting invaluable advice at our ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar with headline sponsor Freeths solicitors.

Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion Enter & FashionCapital

Sarah Moore and Lindsey Clegg from headline sponsors Freeths Solicitors 

Gabrielle Shiner-Hill textile, fashion and product developer

Deborah Shulton former Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer 

Rosie Davies, Director of the London Fashion Agency

These six highly experienced individuals will be sharing their golden industry knowledge at the 3-hour seminar on 30th March at the Manchester Art Gallery. To find out more and book a place click here.



Don’t Miss An Exclusive David Reay Workshop

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

With a career spanning four decades David Reay www.davidreay.co.uk has influenced the shape of some of the world’s leading brands, renowned for their quality, precise in their delivery and efficient in their processes. David now coaches the leadership teams of the global brands of tomorrow, from fast-fashion to high-end luxury names. 

In this workshop David will present his valuable insights, facilitate discussions and answer your questions on: 

* Features that will distinguish the successful fashion brands of the future 

* Coupling your creativity with commercial power to grow a profitable and sustainable brand 

* identifying the true cost of manufacture, the hidden costs in your business that erode profit 

* Challenging the manufacturing journey from sourcing and supply to production and fulfilment 

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



QHQ Bursary for Perfect Pattern Learner

We are delighted to announce that QHQ – the specialist recruitment service for garment, textile and product technologists has offered a bursary for one learner to progress onto our Level 2 Perfect Pattern Cutting Course. The learner chosen is Natasha Osaro-Osaghae who successfully completed the Level 1 course. 

Natasha will start the Level 2 course next week – watch this space for her progress!




June Sarpong’s New Apprentices at Huntsman!

A big shout to the five new apprentices joining LDNY with the fabulous June Sarpong.  They had a trail day yesterday at Huntsman and the rumour is that each and everyone “did June proud”! June has been a staunch supporter of apprenticeships and the five lucky apprentices start in March! Good luck all.

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To view our latest apprenticeship positions available click here




Fashion Enter is Now a Contractor to SFA!

We are over the moon! The first bid has been submitted directly to SFA to ensure that funding can be increased to our amazing Stitching Academy and Perfect Patterns courses.  This was very much a team effort and Good Luck to the FTA team!



FC FabricStudio News

A big thank-you to blog site https://simplesewblog.com for adding the www.fcfacbricstudio.com as an official sponsor/fabric supplier. The blog includes posts from 14 sewing enthusiasts and is full of patterns, tips and tutorials.

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We are also welcoming 15 top sewing bloggers to the Factory for a tour and mini workshop on 27th March.




Fabric Appreciation Seminar – Know Your Fabric

8 feb fabric seminarDue to the fantastic success of our first Fabric Appreciation seminar with Deborah Shulton a second has been scheduled for the 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. Click here to find out more.

To register your interest in the event and to book your space, please contact: Jenni@fashion-enter.com





1 march marquel costumeMarquel Continues His Learning with Strictly

Having completed both the Level 1 and 2 course at the Stitching Academy, Marquel took a chance and applied for a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Textiles & Apparel in collaboration with Sewing Pathway and Strictly Come Dancing in which he was successful and offered the role. From assisting with the making and altering of costumes to assisting with the fitting and appearance of costumes, he has been presented with the opportunity to make his dreams a reality.

“I love working with Strictly, I’m learning at a fast pace which is motivating me – I love to learn!  I feel and see my skills growing as I’m working on more and more advanced garments. I have the ability to show my passion, which is making clothes, whilst continuing to develop.”

Here is a sneak peek at one of the costumes Marquel has been working on.




Arcadia Group Assistant Buyers Attend Factory Uncovered CPPD

cppd arcadia groupLast week a group of Assistant Buyers from the Arcadia Group attended the Factory Uncovered CPPD workshop. The workshop commenced with an introduction and overview of the garment life cycle from CEO Jenny Holloway including an insight into what affects margin for a retailer, why do factories put up their prices, what is an open costing, how do factories use standard minutes, what is the calculation used and how is it derived.

The group then spent a session with head pattern cutter Debbie who explained that the communication between the buyer and the manufacturer was so important to ensure efficiency. If the buyer can talk the same language and explain why a dart should be placed there or why the sleeve should be shorter rather than simply instruct than that makes the whole process much more efficient and there are less likely to be issues with fit.

‘Great introduction, covered lots of topics in a very accessible way. Really enjoyed the course – would recommend.’ Beccy – Senior Sustainability Manager

 ‘It’s so great to be able to see how a factory works! It makes everything much clearer.’ Grace – Assistant Buyer – Wallis

‘I learnt about the process from placing an order to it going on to the shop floor. It’s been very educational and I would strongly recommend.’ Natasha – Assistant Buyer – Dorothy Perkins

Today we have a visit from Farnborough College of Technology and M&S are back in for another CPPD workshop this Friday.

To find out more about our accredited CPPD workshops click here




milan colour story 17 smallThis Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

We take a look at the key trends the brand giants from Milan bring to the AW17/18 table.

We report on two actresses that supported the Red Carpet Green Dress initiative at this year’s Academy Awards.

And we feature the latest style exhibition to open at Kensington Palace, London – Diana: Her Fashion Story.



1 march boutique pickBoutique Pick of the Week

In tribute to the late David Bowie winning two Brit Awards recently we’ve picked out this Orwell & Austen ‘Bowie’ sweater; inspired by his famous ‘lightening bolt’ album cover. Made from a high quality cashmere and wool blend, the sweater retails at £185 and is available in a variety of colourways, with metallic lurex combined in one of the designs. 

Orwell & Austen Bowie Sweater £185

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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