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New Apprenticeships, New Courses, New Opportunities


From this year’s Meet the Manufacturer to the latest courses, competitions and career opportunities…

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Newsletter 11th May 2016

Dear all,

As our CEO Jenny Holloway recently said in an interview: “I actually see the skills and talent of every single person who touches the garment during the manufacturing process and it’s a skill to be very proud of.  Waving that Made in Britain flag is important to everyone that works here.” The significance of a great fashion team across various disciplines of the industry is key and we want to shine the spotlight on each and every corner.


11 may meet the manufacturerSee You at Meet the Manufacturer 2016

This year’s Meet the Manufacturer, organised by Make it British celebrates the best of British design and manufacturing, is now just weeks away. Taking place on 25 and 26 May at the Old Truman Brewery, London, this two-day event will be packed full of new ideas, practical advice and inspirational speakers. We are huge supporters of this unique industry event and we will be there with our own stand once again. Come and visit us with all your fashion production questions.

Meet the Manufacturer includes:

*Networking opportunities to meet UK based manufacturers and discuss what they can offer you.

*A line-up of eminent speakers who will shed positive light on the how, why and where of manufacturing in the UK

* Practical insight into manufacturing in the UK with free drop in workshops.

* A team of skilled cutters and machinists will be on hand to create garments live at Meet the Manufacturer in our Sewing Studio in conjunction with fashion entrepreneur Mary Portas’ ‘Mary’s Living and Giving’ charity initiative where all profits go to Save the Children

* Celebrate the best in British design and manufacturing with the Great British Fashion showcase, curated by top designer, Tony O’Connor.

25 & 26 May 2016



Strictly Come Dancing – Apprentice Costume Machinist

11 may strictly dressDSI Clothing, the organisation behind the glamorous Strictly Come Dancing costumes is looking for an Apprentice Costume Machinist. 

Managing Director, Dr Gerald Schwanzer and Technical Director Theresa Hewlett paid the Fashion Technology Academy a visit last week. They were provided with a guided tour and were also able to meet some of the Level 2 Stitching Academy learners to discuss the opportunities they have available. From this initial meeting two learners have now been selected to attend a trial day for the role of Costume Machinist!

Following the visit Gerald commented:

“When we visited the Stitching Academy we were highly impressed with what we saw. We are now very excited to work with Fashion Enter to attract a great pool of talent for our requirements. We hope our job opportunities, including making the costumes for Strictly Come Dancing will be an attractive career prospect for a young learner looking for a hands on career as a costume and sample machinist. If this initial recruitment is successful we would love to continue working with Fashion Enter to further grow our production team. I personally think the set up and the idea behind it all is WONDERFUL!!! We are truly impressed, just what the industry needs!”

If you have some stitching experience and would like to apply for this role please click here. 


Stitching Academy for Designers13 april learning group

Do you want to start a career in fashion design? Do you live in Newham, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Hackney or Islington?

Stitching Academy for Designers is a six-week course, where you can learn the fundamentals of using a variety of industrial sewing machines: how to set them up and use them safely, maintain the machines and identify the correct settings for the fabric.

You will practice a variety of sewing techniques to produce a range of stitch samples, garments, measuring, cutting and constructing a basic pattern, and learn to identify what is good and poor quality.

Click here to find out more


11 may the lingerie lab logoApprenticeship of the Week

The Lingerie Lab is looking to hire an E-Commerce Apprentice on the Level 4 Apprenticeship Programme.

The apprentice will be required to assist with the general day-to-day running of the online boutique including both operational tasks and strategic planning to ensure the success of the platform. This will involve a leading role in the company’s social media campaigns which must be updated daily.

To review the complete job description and to apply please click here




Fashion Studio News – Tonic London

Tonic London is a made in London womenswear brand produced at the Fashion Studio. Working together from the beginning the brand has built a strong relationship with the studio managers and seamstresses and advises on the importance of building a good relationship with your manufacturer.

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Tanya Miller is the designer behind the brand. Tanya started her career working with brands such as French Connection and Savannah Miller. Along with growing her own strong brand, Tanya has become a mentor for Fashion Enter and helps with fellow entrepreneurs and students giving them guidance on design and production. 

Click here to view Tanya’s designs


In the Press

This week our very own CEO Jenny Holloway talks to EEF about the manufacturing side of her business. Click here to read the full interview.

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Fashion Enter Stock & Sample Sale

11 may sale stockCathy and Lucy have been busy organizing their next fashion sale. Taking place this Thursday 12th May at 7.30pm at Bullsland Hall, Bullsland Lane, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, WD3 5BQ  – if you are local to the area then don’t miss out on some fantastic fashion bargains. The ladies have a selection of midi dresses with spaghetti straps available in various sizes. The ever popular FashionCapital black & white striped T-shirt, along with a range of ‘one off’ teenage / young ladies’ summer dresses.


Competition Deadlines

gfw boohoo comp 2016A great way to put your work out there is via industry competitions and showcases. We have 2 to tell you about this week:

*This year marks Graduate Fashion Week’s 25th anniversary, as well as marking boohoo.com’s 10th birthday! To celebrate boohoo are hosting a design a dress competition, open to students of all years at GFW Member Universities! The deadline is this Friday 13th May to find out more click here.

*The ninth annual Midlands Fashion Show and Awards (MFA) has announced its application process is open, if you are a fashion or accessories designer (a recent graduate or already an established label), a make-up artist or a stylist and would like your work showcased at this industry platform then find out more and click here.



Vetigraph Course Currently Underway…

This intensive five-day programme introduces students to digital pattern making, lay planning, costings, grading and much more, here are some photos from the current group concentrating and learning! 

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Kerry who is on the course and initially took our taster course commented: “The tutors from Vetigraph were amazing, my objective was reached, I 100% have a mission to master digital pattern cutting.” 




Fabric Swatch of the Week11 may fabric swatch

An abstract orange printed silk, with hints of green, red and off white to create a contrast suited to summery looks. 100% silk available to buy via the FCFabricStudio.





This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

The Rolling Stones have unlocked their vast private memorabilia archive to create a retrospective look at their six-decade history, and premium brands have joined them offering up a variety of limited edition products to find out more click here. We report on why Bringing British Back makes sense for the fashion industry when consumers are questioning the cost of cheap, fast fashion. And, Level 1 Stitching student Theodora Adjepong completes her course and tells us about her fashion career plans in her latest blog post.



Boutique Pick of the Week

Currently on show – The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism also houses a fully stocked shop full of exclusive Stones inspired products from a wide range of brands including Lulu Guinness to Pringle of Scotland. Now the iconic tongue print can be donned on your feet courtesy of these Superga classic canvas lace-ups – two icons rolled into one!

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Superga 2750 Exhibitionism Red Lips £60- available at The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism shop, Saatchi Gallery, London until September 4th 2016.

Or online via Superga.co.uk

Until next time, have a great week,

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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