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See You At Meet the Manufacturer – FC Newsletter 3rd June 2015


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Newsletter – See You At Meet the Manufacturer – 3rd June 2015

Dear all,

3 june mtm standMeet the Manufacturer is currently underway and key members of the FashionCapital team (stand pictured left) are on-hand to answer all production enquiries. If you want to support the ‘Made in Britain’ initiative and look at the realities of manufacturing on home soil then come over to Tobacco Dock, London E1, the event continues tomorrow – Thursday 4th June until 5pm.

Additionally Meet the Manufacturer has teamed up with Creative Skillset to bring ‘Meet the Trainer’, a one-stop-shop for all you need to know about training, apprenticeships and work-based learning for manufacturers, retailers, brands and all other related businesses within the fashion and textiles sector. FashionCapital representatives will be there to explain all the various courses, apprenticeships and career pathways we have to offer.  http://meetthemanufacturer.co.uk/whats-on/ 


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Our team of journalists have also been busy attending Graduate Fashion Week over the last four days and during GFW Live Frances Card, Multi Channel Consultant, Harvey Nichols stated, “Grading, fit, quality, production, deliveries – these are fundamental to whether your brand will live or die.” She added that she had personally seen highly creative designers fail because these key areas were neglected. Another reason to ensure you are production savvy if you want to develop your own label.

Awards MELISSA VILLEVIEILLE EDINBURGH COLLEGE GETTYHere are a selection of articles from this year’s Graduate Fashion Week:

GFW 2015 and the Awards Go To…

GFW 2015 One to Watch – Melissa Villevieille

GFW 2015 Graduate Focus Alice Hoyle



Well done to this year’s George Gold Award winner:

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Hannah Wallace, 2015 Creative Catwalk Award winner and George Gold Award winner, said: “I’m completely overwhelmed at winning these awards. It’s a dream come true and I am just so pleased that all of the hard work has paid off. You dream about seeing your collection on the catwalk and being able to show at Graduate Fashion Week, with this result, is an incredible experience.”




Perfect Pattern Cutting Now Accepting Applications!

3 june patternCome July 28th, we are giving you the opportunity to learn how to pattern cut, from the experts, for free!

Over the duration of 6-weeks learners will make both basic and advanced garments using the expert pattern-making methodology, Telestia.

The 6-week course will teach learners how to measure and construct blocks in womenswear, menswear and childrenswear as well as create technical drawings, 3D grading technics and use the e-Telestia software. For full information on the course, please click here 

And now even better, those that do not fit the criteria for a free spot on the Perfect Pattern Cutting course may be eligible for The Creative Skillset Diversity Fund, a scheme available to those under-represented in the creative workforce. For more information on this scheme please click here 

“I’m really enjoying the course – I’ve done a course at Uni but we didn’t learn how to measure the body correctly. Now I know how to do that. I like using the Telesia tools it’s a really quick way to make patterns. At the moment I’m working on some pleated culottes – I’m hoping to have them ready for my holiday – I want to take at least 50 % of clothes made by me!”  Lianne, Level 2 Perfect Pattern Cutting Course learner.



FashionCapital & The Prince’s Trust

FashionCapital was invited to speak to a group of 15 Prince’s Trust students at Zara head office on 29th May to discuss their progression opportunities.

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The 15 young learners had just completed a fashion course with The Prince’s Trust – Get started initiative and were now looking at what they could potentially go on to do to help kick start their fashion careers. FashionCapital was delighted to attend to give the students an insight into the courses and apprenticeships offered at The Fashion Technology Academy. When the students realised they could learn how to use an industrial sewing machine and eventually make their own garments they were clearly excited!

Others were also interested in the apprenticeship programme and securing roles with retailers such as New Look or ASOS.com. We are now in the midst of looking at their CV’s and working with the students who would like to go forward to determine the best route for them. 



Vetigraph CAD Patternmaking Training Courses

27 may vetigraph imageFashion Enter can now offer a range of summer courses to suit busy lifestyles, and expert trainers to guide you through the Vetigraph CAD software. All courses are fully “Hands On”, with individual workstations and class sizes limited to minimum numbers.

Take a one-day “CAD Snap” course and dive into digital pattern cutting. You’ll be creating your first pattern in no time at all. Each course features easy to follow, step-by-step instructions that build your skills at every level.

Or you can choose to take the “CAD Intro” option to develop new skills. With three full days of digital pattern cutting techniques, you will quickly learn how to blend your existing knowledge into this essential industry creative tool.

To round things off, you can enroll on our 2 day “CAD Plan” course where grading, costing, and lay planning are taught. Learn a range of grading techniques, using supplier specification sheets. Create grade rule libraries and use special grade tools.

Our 5 day “CAD Complete” digital pattern making course includes; 3 days devoted to pattern creation and manipulation, 2 days to explore grading, costing and lay planning. On each of the courses there’s plenty of time to review everything you will have learned during the sessions.

The initial courses are aimed at candidates with existing pattern cutting skills, and are not suitable for absolute beginner level. We look forward to welcoming beginners on later courses and encourage you to check the newsletter for further course announcements.

Fees for the Vetigraph courses range from £199 – £499 plus VAT to find out more and to book a place please contact education@fashioncapital.co.uk or call 0208 809 3311. Please note places are limited.



Madifesto – European Fashion Summit

27 may madifestoJenni Sutton, Development Manager at FashionCapital, is preparing to attend the second edition of MADIFESTO – EUROPEAN FASHION SUMMIT organised by MAD Brussels tomorrow – 4th June. Jenni will discuss with various industry representatives the work and skills initiatives within the fashion sector today.

The two-day European think-tank aims to explore the key-challenges fashion design is facing in the future and proposes actions on a global scale responding to these challenges. Each year, conclusions are reported to each participant and all European partners. These conclusions are the starting point for the next edition FashionCapital will join Wendy Malem, Director Centre for Fashion Enterprise London and Francesco Marchi – Director General Euratex to discuss Work and Skills in a debate around the current status of European fashion, the major challenges designers and labels are facing now and in the future and the objectives and solutions to secure the future European creativity.  The aim – to set up a clear action plan with the defined objectives and instruments to secure a safer future for our European fashion designers and labels.

Click here to find out more about the speakers at the event



ADAY have Officially Launched

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Here’s what the ADAY team had to say:

“Dear Fashion Enter Team, We wanted to share some exciting news with you: ADAY has launched. This amazing year would not have been possible without all your hard work and support. Thank you so much for coming on this journey with us and believing in ADAY so early on.

“We want to offer a special thanks for making our jumpsuits, shorts and event tank tops possible. We know that you may have already seen these pieces in person but we want to show you how amazing they look brought to life. Some of the garments were featured in an article in InSyle. We hope you’re as proud of these as we are.”

From Kelsey, Charlie, Millie, Mikaela, Nina & Meg on behalf of the ADAY team.


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Tanya Elizabeth, British designer and Fashion Studio client has seen two of her Spring/Summer 2015 dresses featured on fashion and lifestyle blog WeAreTwinSet.

WeareTwinset is a daily style blog ran by blogging duo and fashion friends Philippa Bloom and Sarah Tankel Ellis, racking up an impressive 34,000 collective followers over their social media outlets the pair often feature their favourite trends and designer pieces on their daily blog. Tanya Elizabeth’s Lauren and Michaela monochrome dresses have been styled by the duo, praised for their ‘simple lines’ and ability to transform from ‘a day to night’ look with ease.

Tanya’s dresses are all Made in Britain, within our North London Factory in The Fashion Studio, you can check out more about The Fashion Studio here And to see more of Tanya’s press features, or get your hands on one of her dresses click here 

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The Latest From Emma Mann – No Fixed Abode

3 june emma mann musician“Hi All, Here’s me and my new mega star buddy Gyptian! He was here all the way from Jamaica on tour. He loves my brand, ripped open the package I gave him with utter delight, he swiftly took the tag off and said I love this, I’m going to put this on now and he did. Lovely guy really down to earth and friendly, he totally was genuine person. He truly reflects his music, in terms of what he signs about. It was great to meet him in person and provide the T-shirt so quickly. This is exactly why dealing in the UK is so important for me. It’s all about fast reaction times! On that note I hope to see you at Meet the Manufacturer.”

And that’s not all, No Fixed Abode is one of the brands selected to featured in the UKFT’s Brits in Paris video and online promotion. Click the link to view the video: http://youtu.be/hc2LoRP4Xhk

The video will be showing as a continuous loop in Blu-ray on UKFT’s stand at Tranoï, Carrousel du Louvre and as a DVD in the reception area at UKFT’s head office at 3 Queen Square for the duration of Paris Fashion Week.

The FashionCapital team adds: It’s great to support really inspiring talented designers such as Emma.  The collection that was made in our Fashion Studio has been so well received.  We all wish you lots of luck this season Emma.”


Dates for Your Diary:

Turning the Corner – Up North 11th June 2015

Turning the Corner – Up North is a conference /networking opportunity that forward looking Retailers, Brands, Manufacturers, Support Services and Media should not miss. It will provide a forum that will spark debate and instigate action from the UK fashion & manufacturing industry on a collective basis. The need to communicate and work together has never been more important.  This is your opportunity to voice your views and engage in the discussion.

David Reay looks forward to welcoming you at Turning the Corner – Up North Thursday, 11 June 2015 from 13:00 to 16:30 Bury, UK

You can find out more about the conference and register to attend by clicking here.


Knitting & Stitching Show 7th & 11th October 2015

Back by popular demand FashionCapital will return to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace from 7th – 11th October with an interactive installation showcasing the complete garment life cycle. The team will be able to take visitors on an informative journey that reveals each stage of garment production from initial idea right through to the delivery of finished designs. 

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 recently launched qualifications at the Fashion Technology Academy.




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This Week on FashionCapital…

Kris Babet, Divisional Merchandising Manager at Urban Outfitters talks to FashionCapital about his career story thus far and passes on his advice to other budding buyers. In ‘Industry Trends’ you can catch up with the very latest design inspirations from the Graduate Fashion Week catwalks. And an exciting discovery of works by the former Canadian War Artist, Fashion Illustrator and Modern Painter Irwin ‘Bud’ Crosthwait (1914 – 1981), literally saved from the rubbish dump, will go on show during London Fashion Week this September.


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Boutique Pick of the Week

We adore these trackpants by the recently launched brand ADAY. A multi-tasking wardrobe wonder, they look good enough to wear in and out of the gym with the added benefits of being UV resistant, moisture-wicking, quick-drying and not forgetting to add – super comfortable! £85-

See & buy here www.thisisaday.com

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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