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Manufacturing Champion’s for the South East – FC Newsletter 11th November 2015


From industry awards to online opportunities – don’t miss this week’s newsletter…
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Newsletter 11th November 2015

Dear all,

This week began with some very positive news indeed, Jenny Holloway and Fashion Enter Ltd were named ‘Manufacturing Champion’ for the South East region at the EEF ‘Future Manufacturing Awards 2015’.

Jenny Holloway commented:

“How blessed are we with one amazing talented team of machinists, quality controllers, cutters, pressers, designers and pattern cutters and of course our wonderful admin staff too. This is a real accolade for us all at Fashion Enter and we are very honoured to be receiving such a prestigious award from EEF. It’s time for manufacturing to be recognised for the skill base that it generates.”

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eef future manufacturing fashion enter award 2Fashion Enter team members: Christine Brennan, Anna-Maria Michael, Caroline Ash & Chris Toumbu

As a regional winner Fashion Enter will be invited to deliver a presentation to the national judging panel on the 10th December 2015 and compete to win the national title. The National winners will be announced at the EEF National Gala Dinner on 27th January 2016 at the Grand Connaught Rooms London.




Get Your Designs Stocked Online!

11 nov hello fashionIn last weeks’ newswire we announced a competition that we have launched with Hello! Fashion Monthly magazine and a new etail website. 

Across the next week we will be selecting 10 designers to take part in a fashion show on 25th November at the official launch of the Fashion Technology Academy. The fashion show will be seen by the Editor of Hello! Fashion Monthly and all 10 designers will be sold and profiled on this brand new etail site – backed by Hello! magazine. 

The stylist and a panel of judges from industry are now reviewing designers and would like to see a selection of images/look books from any designers interested in this opportunity. 

If you would like to be considered please email link to your website, your look book or a selection of images to jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk now! 



FashionCapital at Skills London 2015

21 oct jenny skills londonSkills London 2015 is London’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people. Two days of interactive activities and inspiring jobs and careers, held at ExCeL London, for 15-24 year olds. The event takes place on 13-14 November and FashionCapital will be there to offer constructive advice on all the career options available in the fashion sector.

As part of FashionCapital’s interactive stand we will be inviting students to design their perfect party outfit:

With our interactive display visitors will be taken through the complete garment life cycle and learn how an initial idea is turned into a final garment. They will then have the opportunity to create a sketch using the inspiration provided and guidance from the FashionCapital team. Designs will join the wall of entries on stand number 1022 where they will be judged by a panel of industry experts. One design will be selected as a winner based on trend, colour, silhouette and fabric. The winning design will be produced in our North London factory!

Make sure you visit us on stand 1022 if you or your school is attending Skills London 2015! Skills London 2015 Friday 13th – Saturday 14th November 9.30am – 4pm at ExCeL London, E16 1XL



Jenny Holloway & FTA Learners Meet Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State and MP for Chingford and Woodford attended a tour of Waltham Forest College’s newly opened Creative Industries Centre on Friday. As part of his tour Mr. Duncan Smith spoke with Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) learners; Francie Casey and Anna Maria Michael and examined their portfolios. 

On the subject of the return to British manufacturing Mr. Duncan Smith commented, “The Fashion industry is a huge British success story but the success is in design. There are other areas of the industry where we used to be world leaders, but the skills we used to have here have gone abroad. I want to see these skills brought back.” Skills such as pattern cutting and tailoring are all being undertaken by learners at the Fashion Technology Academy. 

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Iain Duncan Smith third from the right with Anna Maria Michael, Jenny Holloway and Waltham Forest College students

Anna Maria Michael, now a Production Assistant at Fashion Enter, commented: “I am really glad I had the opportunity of meeting Iain Duncan Smith because without the work of the DWP I would never have had the free course for the Stitching Level 1 in the first place. It just goes to prove that you should always try new things even if you don’t think they may work. I never saw myself as a stitcher but I never thought that the course would lead to a job in the industry either!” 

Click here to read the full story


This week in the Fashion Studio: Supporting Emerging Designers

11 nov fashion studio updateIn the studio this week we have had the pleasure of working with the gorgeous Rabia (pictured left) an emerging designer based in London. Rabia’s designs epitomise modern elegance and offer the woman of today her innate fashion Style. Rabia is hard working, passionate about design and has a real drive to create a successful business. Her debut collection Scintilla will consist of blouses and tops crafted for the fashionable woman of today who is understatedly chic and exudes a refined sense of luxury. Every piece is distinctly modern and made up of meticulously constructed designs. It is a blend of monochrome and gold shades, lush fabric and playful prints. The pieces take her from day to evening by offering styles that not only look but also feel feminine and beautiful. 

Rabia’s roots are set in the colorful heritage of Pakistan, where bespoke, high quality clothing are a part of every woman’s wardrobe, she recognised a gap in the market which can be filled with luxurious products that are immaculately constructed. Her background is in finance, which has given her strong business acumen and has paved her way in the fashion industry by gaining professional design knowledge through several fashion courses at LCF and CSM.

Rabia adds, “In this journey of ideation to execution, Fashion Capital has not only offered me with great support, but has also provided me with an invaluable experience. I am continuously learning through the process of developing my collection and have been able to design pieces that could not have come out better in reality. I have learnt about patterns, grades, samples and construction, which has evolved my knowledge and passion. My future goals are to launch this collection successfully, adding in more womenswear products and accessories and developing a strong fashion brand.  C’est La Vie!”

We love working with Rabia, and we cannot wait to see her collection come to life!



Finery London in the Press

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Yesterday (10th November) online retailer Finery London received some fantastic press coverage in The Evening Standard. The production team here at Fashion Enter has been proud to work alongside Caren Downie and the Finery London team from the outset as the brand continues to grow from strength to strength. As Caren told The Standard: “Throwaway fashion just doesn’t feel relevant any more. I would like to think that it’s because people have more respect. Every product is made by someone. I’ve always thought that to wear something just once and then throw it away is really awful. It’s so disrespectful to whoever put in that time and effort to make it.”




FashionCapital Heads to Manchester

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is delighted to be working in partnership with Fashion Capital to gain insight into the Fashion Industry first hand.

Jenni Sutton commented: “We are working on an exciting programme with MMU to review the effectiveness of online media and SEO. We work with a wide cross section of educational specialists ranging from schools, to FE and HE institutions.

“This is the first time we have worked on a more in depth programme with a university and we will be travelling to Manchester to brief the students first hand. We will then return to review the students presentations and give critical feedback.”

The team will be holding a seminar with the students next Wednesday 18th November.




Apprenticeship of the Week

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KAMIJO DESIGN HOUSE is looking for a Creative Pattern Cutter

The atelier is looking for a talent that aspires to become an excellent womenswear creative pattern cutter that can create patterns as well as working on the garment technology and sampling/production related process.

To find out more about this apprenticeship and others currently on offer please click here




This Week On FashionCapital.co.ukethcial collection main

Greta Blu discusses ‘The Other Side of Fashion’ from cheap labour to ecological narcotics; surely the industry can do better than this! Fashion Scout is now ready to receive designer applications for the AW 16/17 platform that takes place during LFW in February. Meanwhile Paul Markevicius interviews Giovanna Eastwood, Founder and Director of the online retailer, ‘Ethical Collection’. And our final webinar installment with Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion Enter, Annabel Kay, Director of Irenicon and Jenny Tolmie, Partner of Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co is scheduled for Thursday 19th November 7pm, a must for growing fashion businesses. To register click here.




Boutique Pick of the Week

11 nov boutique pickIf like most of us your AW wardrobe consists of sludgy shades of grey, brown and black then why not brighten up your daily staples with some colourful accessories? Since senior reporter Paul Markevicius interviewed Giovanna Eastwood, Founder and Director of the online retailer, ‘Ethical Collection’ we’ve been admiring her handpicked selection of ethical designs and loved this intricate necklace, which combines traditional Eastern techniques with a contemporary feel. This piece will certainly style up any plain outfit in an instant.

Arza Necklace in gold £110.00


Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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