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Learn to Sew & Make at the FTA – FC Newsletter 8th April 2015


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Learn to Sew & Make at the FTA – FC Newsletter 8th April 2015

Dear All,

We hope you have all had a wonderful Easter break with friends and family. Here at FashionCapital HQ we are still buzzing from the initial soft launch of the Fashion Technology Academy, such an essential facility for the industry and the Haringey area. The Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Kaushika Amin, (pictured below right with Jenny Holloway) wanted to add this comment:

8 april 15 mayor and jenny“Growing up as a child, so many of my family members had jobs in stitching, and it’s easy to think that this kind of work isn’t happening in our country any more.

“So it’s brilliant to see the Fashion Technology Academy training the next generation in these essential skills right here in Haringey, giving our young people the training they need to build long-term careers.

“It’s fabulous to see high-end fashion manufacturing on our doorstep, and I’m proud that this borough is at the forefront of a fashion revolution.”

8 april 15 fash RevolutionWhile we are on the subject of a Fashion Revolution we will once again be showing our support for the ‘Fashion Revolution – Who Made My Clothes?’ campaign. Since the Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 April 2013, where 1133 garment workers lost their lives and a further 2500 were injured. There has been a call for regulation and transparency to avoid the many ‘accidents’ that plague the garment industry.

Fashion Revolution is a global coalition of designers, academics, writers, business leaders and parliamentarians calling for systemic reform of the fashion supply chain.

Fashion Revolution sees the Rana Plaza disaster as a metaphorical call to arms, and Fashion Revolution Day, to be held annually on the 24th of April, will keep the most vulnerable in the supply chain in the public eye.

The true cost of the current fashion business model must not be forgotten: complacency and distraction means unless we stamp our resolve here and now, incidents such as Rana Plaza will be dismissed as an unfortunate reality of contemporary life.

Want to join the revolution then go to http://fashionrevolution.org and find out how you can support the initiative.


Apprenticeship Post of the Week

8 april 15 orlebar brown 

Would you like to work for Orlebar Brown?

Orlebar Brown launched in March 2007 as a more tailored approach to men’s beach and swim shorts. Based on the traditional pattern of a tailored pair of trousers for men, and with their distinctive side fasteners, they are not just a swim short: they are the original and best shorts you can swim in.

In 2010 Orlebar Brown went off the beach, out of the pool and into the resort with a range of tees, polo’s and shirts and recently introduced a full ready-to-wear collection of everyday tailored casuals including chinos, sweats, outerwear, knitwear and accessories.

The brand has rapidly gained global recognition and is now sold online at www.orlebarbrown.com (with five local websites: UK, USA, Germany, France and Australia), in five standalone stores in London as well as being distributed in over 350 leading retailers around the globe. Please go to www.orlebarbrown.com for further information and view the full collection.

The Production team are now looking for an Apprentice Junior Production Assistant, to find out more about this position please click here.


Cult of Fashion Are Looking For a Product Coordinator

8 april 15 cult of fashionCult of Fashion are looking for a bright, organised and highly motivated individual to take on the role of Product Coordinator on an ad-hoc basis throughout the organisation of a diverse range of fashion shows and photo shoots.

As a Product Coordinator you will be responsible for the daily liaison between jewellery and accessories suppliers as well as corresponding with fashion designers. You will be working very closely with the stylist on each project so strong communication skills are absolutely essential within this role.

The ideal candidate must have strong administrative skills and have a keen interest in the fashion industry. You must have excellent communication skills and a good telephone manner. You must also be highly efficient using Microsoft Excel and Word.

Please send your up to date CV and cover letter to Nicola@cultoffashion.com

Please quote FashionCapital when applying for this role. 


Beginners Courses For All at the FTA

Following the launch of the FTA the 7,500 Sq Ft space is home to 8 new fashion courses, combining trainers with expert practitioners and the latest state of the art manufacturing equipment.

Giving members of the public a sneak peek and taster into what the FTA has in store, we have created three courses, specifically designed to be fun, creative and helpful.

There are three short courses each part-time over three days: 

Absolute Beginners: This practical workshop for beginners will give you the essential tools and knowledge to take on any sewing challenge.

SOS Sewing Alterations: Creative and fun workshop, bring some garments you’d like to transform and learn some invaluable sewing, customising and alteration skills.

Bonkers for Bags: are you bonkers for bags? Come and join our creative group design and make your own Tote bag and learn new skills and techniques too!

The courses will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday 8th April 2015

Thursday 9th April 2015

Friday 10th April 2015

Then again on:  

Monday 13th April 2015

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Times are 10am – 1:30pm daily and will be held at the newly launched, Fashion Technology Academy.


Unit 13, Crusader Estate

167 Hermitage Road

N4 1LZ 

These courses have been specifically designed to be fun, creative and helpful! You will be taught by experts who have years of experience in Stitching and Pattern Making.

Full payment of the course is required to reserve your place. The cost for the 3-hour classes is £45 (plus VAT)

Please register your interest to pearl@fashioncapital.co.uk to book your place. Or please call 0208 809 3311 for further information. 

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Your Body: Your Block – Pattern Cutting Course

By popular demand after the success of the ‘revolutionary’ Pattern Cutting course, FashionCapital’s Senior Pattern Cutting expert, Alice Prier will be holding short, one-day courses to teach new learners how to construct and create patterns.

The short, 5 hour class will run from 10am-3pm in the newly launched, Fashion Technology Academy, which will be fully equipped with pattern-making facilities. The course will condense the best and most important information of the full 5-day Perfect Pattern Cutting course following a soar in demand for a short alternative at the Knitting & Stitching show.

“I have learned more in 5 days than I have in 5 years of education and 20 years of practice.”

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Dresses

Thursday 23rd April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Blouse

Friday 24th April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Trousers

The course will enable learners to:

– Take personal measurements

– Adapt a pattern for a simple garment

– Construct a sample to fit your measurements

Places on the Your Body: Your Block course will be booked at a first-come-first-serve basis. Please register your interest in this course, confirming the dress size you will be creating to info@fashioncapital.co.uk

Course cost: £90 plus VAT


Know Your Factory – 23rd April – Last Remaining Places

1 april factory overview

Do you know what to look for and what questions to ask when working with your manufacturer?

In this workshop learn the basic process for manufacturing and what the key elements are to look for:

Pre-planning the visit, setting an agenda and what you really want to achieve.

Communicate to the factory and to your own team.

Tell the factory and confirm; get the right people involved.

Show respect and understanding.

Provide feedback to the factory.

What are the key elements to a costing? Cost of fabric (price V’s usage) make-up costs, trims, logistics.

Types of sampling – design and product development, fits and contract seals.

How samples are generated?

Cost of a sample, getting approvals and speed of response

And much more! 

“Just wanted to say an enormous thanks for a great course. 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

Members will be priority and receive preferential rates. To enquire please email info@fashion-enter.com  


Perfect Pattern Cutting – Free 6-Week Course

The Perfect Pattern Cutting 6-week course is back! Following the huge success of the previous cohort, Alice Prier, Fashion Enter’s senior pattern cutting will be joining forces with expert pattern-making methodology Telestia to teach you how to construct and create both basic and advanced garments.

“Telestia feels like a long overdue wake-up call to the fashion industry, once experienced, never forgotten.”

The 6-week course runs part-time from Monday to Friday, from 10am-2pm.

Perfect Pattern Cutting is free of charge!

Check out what the previous learners had to say about the course here: https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/industry/news/13549-a-pattern-cutting-revolution

The Perfect Pattern Cutting Course is an ABC accredited Level 1 Award. Learners will receive a qualification certificate following the successful completion of 120-guided learning hours. 

Please book your spot ASAP to prevent disappointment, by registering your interest to: pearl@fashioncapital.co.uk


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8 april 15 asos boutique pick

Boutique Pick of the Week

Our header this week features a very dramatic tiered pastel number by designer Ong Oaj Pairam (image courtesy of Chris Daw) and the combination of Cinderella on the big screen plus spring blossom on the trees has put us in a super sugary mood. Hence this week’s pick, perfect for a prom, wedding or special occasion is this strapless dress featuring floral embroidery is by Chi Chi London. Yours from online favourite ASOS.com for £72-



Until next time, have a great week,

from the Team at FashionCapital.





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