Newsletter 8th February 2017
It’s a busy time here at FashionCapital HQ with the team preparing for the very first of its series of Trunk Shows that will tour the UK. Offering real advice to today’s fashion start-ups the ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminars with headline sponsor Freeths solicitors will commence on the 30th March at the Manchester Art Gallery.
The UK garment industry has recently been under scrutiny with documentaries including Panorama’s report on child labor in factories in Turkey and more recently the Dispatches two-part documentary – Britain’s Cheap Clothes.
(The Trunk Show seminar tour featured in Drapers pictured right)
Leading the seminar Jenny Holloway, CEO Fashion Enter and FashionCapital will talk openly and candidly about production in the UK – what is the garment life cycle, what should designers be looking out for when visiting a factory, pre planning the visit, setting an agenda, what questions to ask, what are the key elements to a costing, how samples are actually generated and much more.
Joining Jenny is Sarah Moore and Lindsey Clegg from headline sponsors Freeths solicitors who will discuss the importance of IP and copyright and will be on hand to answer any questions of the legal side of running a business. Design consultant Gabrielle Shiner-Hill, a highly skilled textile and fashion designer and product developer who has worked in the manufacturing industry for over fifteen years will offer advice on the design process and product development.
Former Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer, Deborah Shulton will provide an essential guide to understanding fabric covering influences on cost, lead time and quality and Rosie Davies, Director of the London Fashion Agency will reveal how designers can do their own PR, work with bloggers, manage their social media and secure media coverage!
There will be two x three-hour seminars taking place on 30th March at the Manchester Art Gallery. Tickets cost £50 and £35 for students.
Contact: email@example.com / 0208 809 3311 to purchase tickets.
Reporter Nick Policarpo (pictured below) is back with us for another season only this time he will be reporting live and direct from New York Fashion Week! Along with his first-hand reviews he will be doing a FashionCapital social media takeover so check out our Instagram page for the very latest from New York.
LFW Competition Winner!
A big well done to not one but two LFW competition winners, Niamh Rooney (pictured right) and Sophia Koumis! Both budding reporters will attend catwalk shows during London Fashion Week, which starts at the end of next week (17th Feb), and will report on all the action.
It’s a big welcome back to two of our former staff members Jenny Beth Golding and Maisie Marshall. Jenny Beth is returning as a Brand Manager, while Maisie will take on the role of Production Assistant / Merchandiser.
Jenny Beth comments: “I’ve had the time of my life in Australia but its now the right time to come home. I’m really excited to be returning back to Fashion Enter and I can’t wait to start my new job as Brand Manager in March. Fashion Enter has started to sell directly to consumers with FCbboutique.com and fcfabricstudio.com and I plan to take own brand to new heights!”
Maisie adds: “I am very excited to be re-joining the Fashion Capital family! I started off as an apprentice at Fashion Enter working in the factory with Caroline and Anna-Maria. When I completed my apprenticeship I went to work for a different company for a while which was a great experience but I had always missed the great team. Coming back as an assistant merchandiser is a dream come true and I can’t wait to be back in two weeks time.”
Apprenticeship Posts of the Week
Fashion Enter is currently looking for a Marketing Assistant to work at head office and a Design Assistant to work in the Fashion Studio. Additionally we are still recruiting for Topman, M&Co, The Albion Knitting Company, Playful Promises, Ankara House and Merchant Archive. To view the latest opportunities and apply click here.
Apprenticeship Week is rapidly approaching (6th – 10th March) and we will be promoting our own apprentices loud and proud. We will also hold our in-house Apprentice of the Year Award and staff voting is currently underway.
Ravensbourne Students Visit the Factory
Today and tomorrow we have Year 2 students from Ravensbourne in for a two-day workshop on the production process and how an ethical UK factory operates. Today they will be introduced to the garment life cycle as they are taken on a tour of the Factory and the Fashion Studio and tomorrow they will take practical workshops in pattern cutting and stitching.
To find out more about our Factory Tours and Seminars click here.
School for Social Entrepreneurs
We are pleased to welcome back more students from the School for Social Entrepreneurs. Booked in this April a group of 20 students will tour the Fashion Technology Academy and Factory and will listen to a talk about setting up and running a social enterprise.
On Friday Jenni Sutton Development Manager will attend the UAL Awarding Body Annual Conference and present to a group of teachers on the importance of compliance and sustainability. In total over 500 delegates from 150 institutions and organisations from around the UK will be attending the first ever annual conference.
Coming Soon…The FTA Website
The new Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) logo has been designed ready for our standalone state of the art FTA website currently in development. The website will ensure there is transparency and compliance across teaching and assessment within education at the FTA.
Last night Jenny Holloway joined the DTLLS (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) Class of 2015 for a reunion celebration. She comments: “Great to see the teachers in all their glory last night. We all agreed it was flamming hard work undertaking teacher training at night school but it was worth it! We had great camaraderie going and a really dedicated teacher – Sharon. Nick in the foreground is now head of three departments at Waltham Forest College and is flying. Congrats to Cynthia and Bradley too.”
Perfect Patterns March Availability
The next uptake for our popular 6-week Perfect Patterns course has been set for March. To find out more and express an interest please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0208 809 3311.
Fabric Appreciation Seminar Success
Due to our first Fabric Appreciation course being a great success we will be hosting another in the near future – watch this space!
“The seminar was very interesting and I have found out a lot of different techniques. Explanations of all of the processes were great. It was really useful to understand how the fabrics are made.”
To find out more about the seminar click here.
FCFabric Studio News
This week blogger Gabby Younger (Gabberydashery) visited our fabric studio and factory and was impressed with what she saw.
Looking ahead to spring/summer we’ve picked out this blue floral jersey available now at just £4.00 a metre.
Please note that FCFabric Studio postage and packaging is now £3.75.
Farewell to Chelsea
Level 4 apprentice Chelsea will be leaving us in March to pursue her dream as a mechanic with BMW. She will be greatly missed and we wish her all the best on her new career path.
Coming Soon in The Evening Standard
This morning Jenny Holloway was photographed at the Factory for the Evening Standard…watch out for the article in print soon!
Dates for Your Diary
17th – 21st February – London Fashion Week
2nd March – How to Do Your Own PR with Rosie Davis at The FTA, Unit 14, Crusader Industrial Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4. Nearest tube Manor House.
30th March – FashionCapital Trunk Show Manchester – for more details click here.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
Melissa is an apprentice with M&S however in her free time she has been volunteering in a hope to pass her skills on to young students seeking a career in the industry to read her story click here.
The Fashion Museum in Bath has turned its attention to the intricate beauty of lace from the time of Shakespeare to the present day with its latest exhibition: Lace in Fashion.
As a part of London Fashion Week the International Fashion Showcase (IFS), now in its sixth annual edition is about to collectively present work from up and coming designers across the globe.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Iona Montgomery, designer and founder of Monty Hats, wanted to create a hat collection that should not be reserved for special occasions but worn everyday. Each hat reflects a fusion between traditional hat styles and innovative design, practical and yet stylish. Every piece is made from the highest quality of materials and is carefully hand finished here in London. Here we’ve picked out the stunning Lola available now for £125- via www.montyhats.com
Please note – we are no longer taking on new memberships for 2017 due to current work commitments and a maximum number of existing members. Our various services continue to be available by request and at flat non-member rates. Thank-you for your understanding.