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Reshoring British Production FC Newsletter 18th February 2015


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Newsletter 18th February 2015 

Dear all,

Reshoring Manufacturing – The time is now…

A recent report reveals that reshoring could bring £15.3bn of GDP to the UK economy, equating to 315,000 jobs. The time is certainly now for the country to embrace the economic benefits of manufacturing on home soil which in turn will help to rebalance the UK economy between regions and sectors, potentially making the UK more robust to future economic fluctuations. 

As seen with the fashion sector the offshoring of manufacturing over the last three decades has contributed to the dramatic decline in overall employment in production. Skills can quickly become out of date when not being continually developed through employment and are lost as a result. However, there is evidence of a significant shift and an increasing consumer desire for products that are Made in Britain.

Manufacturers are now looking to government to ensure fundamental strategies are in place that will allow UK manufacturing across the board to flourish and grow with long-term benefits.

Check back on www.fashioncapital.co.uk for all the latest business news and updates that concerns the British manufacturing sector.


M&S Leads the Way with Best of Britishms british blue dress ss15

The highly sought-after Best of British collection from the high street retailer is now in its second of a three-year partnership with British Fashion Council.

Fusing the best of the UK’s design talent with timeless, high quality pieces for the male and female wardrobe, the collection made quite a wave in the press as Marks & Spencer announced it would be returning to its British roots for the 3-year collaboration.  

Going from strength to strength, this season promises a classic fit with the latest Spring/Summer trends, offering a unique edge to the rest of the high street. Fashion Enter has been brought on-board again to manufacture key pieces from this season’s collection, including this cerulean blue sleeveless dress as featured as a highlight piece for both quality and style in The Telegraph.

The collection goes on sale on March 26th in stores and online. 


See You at the Spring Edition of the Knitting & Stitching Show

28 knitting stitching logoThe Spring Knitting & Stitching Show (5 – 8 March, Olympia, London) is designed to inspire both beginners and professionals at knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting and dressmaking. This market continues to enjoy a huge surge in popularity and the show has seen a 45% increase in visitors last year.

Taking part in the show for the first time is social enterprise FashionCapital. The team from the training and production facility based in North London will present a step-by-step account of the garment life cycle, taking visitors on an informative journey that reveals each stage of garment production from initial idea from through to delivery of finished garments.

For those interested in pursuing a career in fashion, FashionCapital will also host talks and demonstrations on its level 1 Stitching Academy, levels 2, 3 and 4 Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programmes and soon to launch qualifications at the Fashion Technology Academy opening in March 2015.

FashionCapital will be joined by the Fashion & Textile Museum, who will be showcasing a selection of designs from their collections giving a taster of the exhibition scheduled at the museum for this coming year.

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is a must-attend event for anyone with a passion for textile crafts – from complete beginners, experienced crafters and professional textile artists to those wanting to explore course and career options.

The FashionCapital team on stands E4 and E6 looks forward to seeing you.

For a full a full list of sessions and to book visit:



Creative and Branding Seminar

How would you like to learn the ins and outs of Creative and Branding in fashion with London & Paris Fashion Week designer label, No Fixed Abode

Emma Mann is the creative force behind luxury streetwear label No Fixed Abode. With lead creative experience in not just fashion but in a variety of different sectors, her clients include, Lenny Kravitz, Xbox, Ibiza Rocks and L’Oreal amongst others. 

Emma prides her self with over 20 years experience in advertising and branding, after recently securing a spot for her newly-launched fashion label this season at both London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week, Emma is now offering the opportunity to learn from her.

Emma will be holding the Branding and Creative seminar on the 26th February, from 9am-5pm at Fashion Enter – North London. 

For more information please see poster or contact zoe@fashioncapital.co.uk to secure tickets. 

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Apprenticeship Post of the Week

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Orlebar Brown launched in March 2007 as a more tailored approach to men’s beach and swim shorts. In 2010 OB went off the beach, out of the pool and into the resort with a range of tees, polo’s and shirts and recently introduced a full ready-to-wear collection of everyday tailored casuals including chinos, sweats, outerwear, knitwear and accessories. The brand has rapidly gained global recognition and is now sold online (with five local websites: UK, USA, Germany, France and Australia), in five standalone stores in London as well as being distributed in over 350 leading retailers around the globe. An apprenticeship position has now become available with this expanding brand for a Junior Production Assistant.

To find out more and apply please click here.


What Next? Sannita Hancock18 feb sannita at lfw

Sannita Hancock completed a Level 3 apprenticeship at House of Fraser as a Buyers Assistant, click here to find out what she did next…

Here’s a little preview… 

“Working at House of Fraser was an amazing experience to get a thorough insight to the world of retail, fashion and business. Although I was treated more as an intern at the start, I soon established my position in the company and was responsible for my own brand as a buying assistant. After the year and a half of experience and studying I finished my apprenticeship with a full-time job at House of Fraser, doing exactly what I had been doing for the last year. 

There were highs and lows, the pay isn’t great but you need to think of it as I mentioned before; we are getting paid to study and learn. It does get difficult having to juggle work and studying, especially when you’re full time. I always tried to get my work done on the day I was studying so I wouldn’t have homework but gaining valuable experience and getting qualifications over going to Uni and leaving with thousands of pounds of debt, I think that was an easy decision.”



ASOS.com Buyers Meeting  

On Thursday 12th February a group of 10 Buyers from various apparel departments from leading online retailer, ASOS.com paid Fashion Enter a site visit. The two-hour visit included a group question and answer session with Jenny Holloway, giving the Buyers a chance to ask Jenny, from an expert’s perspective, any questions they had on the manufacturing process. The buyers were then given a guided tour of the Factory and had a chance to see ASOS.com garments being created on the lines as well as observe the processes and various stages of manufacturing from a Buyers perspective. 

The group of 10 Buyers were then given an insight to the training facilities and programmes currently offered on site at Fashion Enter including the Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeship Programme and the Stitching Academy, both of which ASOS.com heavily supports. They were also given a sneak peek into the Fashion Technology Academy, which is current under renovation for a March opening. 

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With the Buyers rating the visit on average 9 stars out of 10, here is what they had to say about the visit: 

“It was really interesting to see a live, working factory and production line in action, thank you!”

“Loved Jenny! She was inspirational and gave us some good life and career lessons!”



Meet Henrietta & Orlagh of RIXO London

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RIXO London takes on more than a clever amalgamation of the creator’s names from its founders; both their attitude and flair has become the heart and style of the brand. Filling one simple yet unfulfilled gap in the fashion market, RIXO aims to offer irresistibly cool, obscurely beautiful clothing to fill women’s capsule wardrobe for work and pleasure.

This inseparable designer duo’s career history and common personal interests have created the perfect partnership in the ethos and development of the upcoming brand. After graduating with honor degrees in Fashion Management the founding pair moved into fashion buying. It was at high-street level buying that they witnessed the nature of the industry, We really don’t like the fashion calendar, and its controlling nature of timely collections that take away from beautiful product.” Buying slowly began to take away the excitement of customer true newness, stores became indistinguishable as they followed trends and copied one another.

With their retail know-how and instinctive eye, RIXO London is hoping to inject a vintage-inspired, cultural-rich collection into the fashion market. Drawing inspiration from Thea Porter, Celia Birtwell to Picasso and Matisse with a strong personal style influence, RIXO will be launching this March.

Check out RIXO London’s full brand bio here

For further information please contact the team at: info@rixo.co.uk or follow them at:

Instagram: @rixolondon

Twitter: @rixo_london

Facebook: RIXO London

Website: www.rixo.co.uk 




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This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

It’s show time; Paul J Markevicius has been very busy indeed, networking at trade shows, Pure Womenswear and London Edge. Meanwhile, Katie Farley, Zoe Barrow and JoJo Iles have been watching all the action taking place over the pond at New York Fashion Week. (This week’s header features some colour intense, Native American inspired pieces by KTZ.) And this week we talk to Rachel Cleverly, a buyer at M&S about her job and her top tips for landing a career in the fashion industry.

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Boutique Pick of the Week

Don’t know about you but we think this engelbert-strauss e.s. Vision Winter Jacket is reminiscent of Kayne’s latest outing for for Adidas with the sports inspired feel of Alexander Wang for H&M. It not only ticks plenty of style boxes but it is rather smart too with thermal insulation, water-repellent and breathable fabrics, adjustable hood and zip-fastening pockets. And that’s not all, you can take your pick from six colourways – the one pictured here is comes in utilitarian stone and black.

engelbert-strauss e.s. Vision Winter Jacket £87.59


Until next time, have a great week,

All the team at Fashion Capital x





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