Newsletter 13th January 2016
Just two weeks into the New Year and the fashion calendar is already in full swing. Kicking off the packed trade show schedule was London Collections: Men, the four-day showcase displaying a broad range of menswear from skilled bespoke tailoring to directional designers and back to the commercial trends that will no doubt hit the high street come AW 16/17. The FashionCapital team were on hand to soak up all key colours, shapes, fabrics and details, to view the reviews click here. A big thank-you to Paul Markevicius, Sophie Lau, George Donnelly and JoJo Iles along with street style photographer Sherion Mullings.
Studio Space for Rent
Following on from last week’s announcement that we are now renting out desk space and studio facilities to designers, please click here to download the booking form and terms and conditions for the service.
We are now accepting bookings!
To review the facilities available and how to book click here.
Introducing the FashionCapital Recruitment Agency
We are delighted to announce the launch of the FashionCapital Recruitment Agency developed after three decades of senior level experience in the fashion industry across design, buying, retail and production.
The recruitment agency comes as a natural progression from our highly successful apprenticeship programme in which we undertake complete specialist recruitment for clients looking to hire candidates with a very specific criteria. We are now offering this recruitment service to all levels of employment across our areas of expertise in Production, Garment Technology, Merchandising, Buying, Distribution and Design.
Having worked extensively in these areas we are accustomed to working with blue chip retail companies, fashion suppliers, garment manufactures and fashion designers making us suitably placed to discover the best talent for entry and assistant level roles right through to executive positions.
“Fashion Enter has given us excellent support and advice in setting the programme up. They invested time in understanding what M&S looks for in future talent and the type of people who thrive in our business so that they could shortlist the best candidates. This was a huge help given that that we had over 500 applications!” Marks & Spencer on the recruitment of their first cohort of apprentices.
Do you have a job you are currently recruiting for?
We already have an extensive selection of CV’s on file from candidates across all levels.
There will be no up front fees and only if we successfully find the candidate you choose to hire will there be a minimal fee which is a fraction of the cost of typical recruitment agencies!
Contact the team now on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 809 3311
CREATIVITY WORKS: FASHION 2016
FashionCapital’s sister company, Fashion Enter, is pleased to be involved with Creativity Works: Fashion 2016. The Fashion Enter team will be on hand to teach students on this insightful course Level 1 creative making and surface decoration skills.
So what is Creativity Works: Fashion? It is a 6-week training and employment opportunity for 18-24 year olds. If you want a career in: Clothes making and textiles Buying or merchandise Branding, PR and marketing then this is for you. You’ll get: Master classes with fashion, events and design professionals at the top of their game ‘Go and see visits’ to top class galleries and fashion institutions and exclusive access to London Fashion Week Introductions to industry professionals & access to employers and jobs Level 1 qualification in Garment Making. A chance to create and deliver your own fashion event. Arts Award Silver Level 2: A Nationally Recognised Creative Qualification. Your very own mentor and a Creative Employment Advisor to support you with your CV, portfolio and interview techniques. Interviews for work experience placements in exclusive fashion and design opportunities, paid internships and apprenticeships.
This is a six-week course throughout February and March open to unemployed London residents in the 18-24-age bracket, to find out more click here
T: 020 7608 2132
Yesterday apprenticeship learners were treated to a seminar by FSHNHVN inc, a recruitment company specialising in the fashion industry.
The seminar gave learners hints and tips regarding how to present their CV’s and themselves when applying for work.
Great News for Advanced Learner Loans
The Government are making changes to the funding arrangements for learners studying Level 3 and above further education qualifications.
The changes are as follows:
Advanced Learning Loans will be replacing the 24+ Learning Loans from September 2016. The Advanced Learning Loans are for anyone who is:
- aged 19 and above at the start of the course
- studying at Level 3 to Level 6 in further education or training
- resident in the UK
- have not previously had a loan to do the same type and level of qualification
The loan is available irrespective of your current employment status and the loan will not be means tested or subject to any credit checks.
You will be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan in August ready to start your new qualification in September.
For further information please click here
In The Press
Fashion Enter and our CEO Jenny Holloway recently featured in a Reuters article regarding the British economy and employees wages to read the full article click here.
Also two of our Fashion Studio / Factory clients Michaela Jedinak and Finery London were mentioned in a style piece on ‘The Little Black Dress’ by Anna Murphy in The Times last weekend.
Spotted Tanya Elizabeth
It was great to see Fashion Studio client and designer mentor Tanya Elizabeth at the first edition of the WeAr trade show last weekend. Tanya’s A/W 16 collection looked impeccable and was proudly flying the flag for British design and production.
St Anne’s Catholic School Take a Tour of the Factory
Last week we welcomed a cohort of year 10 textiles students from St Anne’s Catholic School for girls in Enfield to the Factory. The students were on a factory site visit to learn how a UK factory operates and what it takes to create a garment from the initial idea right through to delivery. The students were also lucky enough to be introduced to Shaun Ghori, Fabric Technical Manager at Tesco who gave the students a real insight into his role at Tesco and its importance in the garment life cycle. There was great feedback following the visit with the students showing how they had learnt about all the different roles and skills it takes to produce one garment.
For enquiries about factory tours and visits please contact email@example.com or telephone 0208 809 9933.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
This week on FashionCapital it has been all about the boys – with collection reviews galore in our Trends section. Elsewhere India Hunnikin reviews this weeks’ trending stories including Dolce & Gabbana Abaya collection and David Gandy’s Sportswear line for M&S Autograph. Well done to UCA Rochester student Charlotte Goodayle and Epsom student Mary Maggs (designs pictured below) on landing a catwalk slot at FAD during February’s London Fashion Week. And finally, if you want to gain insight into a 130-year old British menswear brand then Paul Markevicius’ latest interview with Turnbull & Asser is the read for you.
Boutique Pick of the Week
At the Mr Porter – Beams showcase at London Collections: Men we were introduced to six Japanese brands to watch, one of which was Aloye, the brainchild of three graphic designers based in Tokyo. This long-sleeved cotton-jersey T-shirt is part of the label’s covetable collaboration with Beams and cut from panels of tonal-grey cotton-jersey for a striking shaded effect. Additionally Aloye designs are characterized by a unisex cut and at £65- we can’t argue with the price either.
Aloye + Beams Panelled Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt from Mr Porter