Newsletter 25th January 2017
This week began with a lot of buzz surrounding the Channel 4’s Dispatches programme Undercover: Britain’s Cheap Clothes. The investigative documentary revealed British based factories paying well below the national minimum wage and operating unethically. The programme has sparked much debate within the industry; how can retailers be so blind, why aren’t suppliers held to account; do consumers only care about a bargain? It has taken 8-years to ensure our factory works to the highest standards of compliance incorporating Fast Forward Audit, SMETA and the Modern Slavery Act, which goes to show you can operate a fast-fashion factory with good working practices that benefit all. To read more about the Dispatches programme click here.
We Are On the Up
FashionCapital’s subscribers, hits and social media activity have all taken an upward turn over this last year and that’s down to the team. A big shout out for our social media queen Rebekah Litherland and her daily input into our Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, Instagram and Snapchat accounts. We had the one and only Eric Musgrave retweeting our comments this week!
Want to Be a Fashion Journalist?
Breaking news…Vogue Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman will be stepping down from her role this summer. And while we can’t promise you a job at Vogue we all have to start somewhere right? Here at FashionCapital we are giving one lucky budding journalist the chance to report live from the catwalk at London Fashion Week in February alongside our team! To find out more about how to apply click here.
The Manufacturing Skills Fund – Stage 2!
Fashion Enter has successfully been selected to progress onto Stage 2 of the Manufacturing Skills Fund! The aim of the fund is to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce by funding digital solutions for vocational learning. The bid in collaboration with UCL proposes the development of a digital platform to monitor the transparency and compliance for accredited learning in the garment industry. Watch this space!
FashionCapital Trunk Show at the Manchester Art Gallery!
On 30th March FashionCapital will host its ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar with headline sponsor Freeths solicitors at the Manchester Art Gallery.
Supported by ABC Awarding bodies, The Manchester Network and Made in the UK, FashionCapital will bring together a host of leading industry experts to provide invaluable advice and guidance to an audience of fashion start ups and those thinking about embarking on their own label. Topics covered will include finding the right manufacturer, fabric sourcing, the design process and product development, How to do your own PR and the legal side of running your own business. Jenny Holloway commented:
“I am delighted that Freeths will participate and be the headline sponsor for our series of trunk shows that will kick start in March. We are very much looking forward to be able to offer our advice and services around the country in this new and exciting project. For those unable to come to us, we will come to you!” – CEO Jenny Holloway
Tickets cost £50 plus vat with a concession price of £35 plus vat for students.
For further information or to book your place email: email@example.com
Adaptability in the Fashion Industry
Next Tuesday 31st January our CEO Jenny Holloway will be joining Frances Card, Fashion and Business Consultant and Founder of Frances Card Consultancy, and Kate Hills, Managing Director and Founder of Make it British & trade show Meet the Manufacturer for a lecture discussion on Adaptability in the Fashion Industry. Held at the London College of Fashion the panel will explore the unpredictable nature of career journeys in fashion and talk about their own experiences, having themselves seen changes in industry that have led to a need for new roles for the future.
Apprenticeship Role of the Week
Topman are looking for candidates who have an interest in pursuing a garment technology or textile related career pathway and would be keen to gain experience in working within a fast paced technical team. To find out more and apply click here.
We are currently in the midst of creating a standalone website for the Fashion Technology Academy which will launch later this year.
FC Fabric Studio Offer
Buy nine metres of fabric and get one absolutely free. To qualify you must purchase the nine metres and then email Rebekah@fashion-enter.com to inform her of the free metre you would like added to your parcel.
Dates for Your Diary
26th January Josef Frank Press Preview at the Fashion & Textile Museum, Bermondsey Street, London. Exhibition opens to the public on the 28th January.
2nd February new short course on Fabric Appreciation click here for more information
2nd March – How to Do Your Own PR with Rosie Davies 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
The 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize winners have been announced and will receive ongoing mentoring, stockists and AU$100,000 to help support the development of their business.
The world according to India Hunnikin, from the inauguration of Donald Trump, to Kate Moss’ renowned birthday – plus a dash of social media stardom at Gabbana it’s this weeks What’s Trending.
The Paris Haute Couture shows have begun and our first review takes a look at Australian duo Ralph & Russo.
Boutique Pick of the Week
Inject a flash of royal blue into your working wardrobe with this 100% silk pussy bow blouse. Made right here in our north London factory this blouse can be teamed with jeans for a casual look or power dressed up with a stylish pencil skirt and killer heels.
Available now at the FCB Boutique £29.99
Gentle Reminder for Clients of our Fashion Studio
All samples and production made by the Fashion Studio must be collected within two weeks of the invoice being raised please. For full terms and conditions click here.