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Newsletter 10th May 2017

Dear all,

Social media has become increasingly dominant in our promotion and conversation with industry and individuals. Yesterday @ForwardLadies posted on Twitter: “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Nothing is more important than taking action! And the team here at FashionCapital couldn’t agree more. There is a lot of talk at the moment about how the fashion industry needs to change. Today marks the start of the Fashion Summit in Copenhagen, and while all action needs to start with a conversation it is indeed action that will make that change. This week we have several events, apprenticeships and jobs that might well make a positive change to your fashion journey…


Designers: Final Chance to Enter

If you’ve got your sights set on a design career then this is the final week to apply for the SVP Fashion New Designer Awards. The overall winner will receive an exciting prize consisting of: A cash award of £750, a bursary for a Fashion Enter Technical Academy short course and a design interview with a leading fashion brand. All will be awarded to the winner at the June 2017 edition of Fashion SVP at Olympia, London on the 28th June.

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To find out more and apply click here.



Insider Advice: FashionCapital Trunk Show

5 april manchester seminarThe FashionCapital Trunk Show is making its way down to Plymouth on Thursday 22nd June 2017. This hard-hitting seminar delivered by a selection of industry experts, starts at 1pm and continues until 4pm, is an essential guide for any start up business.In collaboration with Millfields Trust and Plymouth College of Art we are delighted to announce an additional sponsor on board ABC Awards.

“ABC Awards was delighted to help and support with the FashionCapital Trunk Show. The speakers were all so interesting and knowledgeable and I for one learnt so much.  People I spoke to throughout the day were so complementary about what you had achieved by holding such a fabulous event. ABC Awards would be delighted to support and collaborate with you in the future.” Bernadette Done, Business Development Manager ABC Awards commenting after the Manchester Trunk Show.

This event is not to be missed. For more details please email: jenni@fashion-enter.com



Apprenticeship News

M&Co have now confirmed who they would like to hire as their Technical Trainee and Sourcing Trainee on the Level 3 apprenticeship programme. We are delighted to welcome Lucy Gower who will join the team as Technical Trainee and Christabel Kunuyi who will be based in the Sourcing department as Sourcing Trainee. 

If you are leaving education this June and interested in joining the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship submit your CV to apprenticeships@fashion-enter.com to find out what other exciting opportunities we have available.



Volunteer / Work Placement Opportunity

People Tree Foundation are offering a volunteer Quality Control Position to work on their AW17 Collection. To find out more and apply click here.



Coming Soon: Meet the Manufacturer 24th – 25th May

FashionCapital’s sister company Fashion Enter will be at this year’s Meet the Manufacturer to exhibit not only their manufacturing samples but to inform on production training, apprenticeships and careers.

Meet the Manufacturer is the only sourcing event exclusively for British fashion, textiles and homeware and includes a trade show, with over 150 exhibitors, and a series of workshops and seminars, connecting manufacturers of textiles, apparel and leather goods with buyers, designers and retailers looking to produce quality British-made products.

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Meet the Manufacturer – organised by Make it British, on 24th and 25th May at The Old Truman Brewery, London.


Graduate Fashion Week 2017

We are heading into graduation season and it is always inspiring to see the latest ideas from the country’s fashion colleges and universities. The FashionCapital team will be at the Truman Brewery to report on all the action as well as speak to students and tutors about what we can offer as graduates take their next step.

GFW – 4th – 7th June 2017, Truman Brewery, 1, Hanbury Street, London E1 www.graduatefashionweek.com



10 may westminsterFashionCapital CEO at the House of Lords

Our CEO Jenny Holloway is currently at the House of Lords for Lord Alliance to present the final Alliance Report to Parliament and Government. This is the culmination of five years of investment and research, which has proved to be a game changer in the way U.K. Fashion and Textiles Manufacturing, is viewed. More on this in due course.




FRA Visit the Factory

FRA may 17 1On 9th May we welcomed two groups of Level 4 Buying and Merchandising students from the Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) to the Factory.

In total 40 students from the FRA visited the Factory and each group were extremely interested to learn exactly how a garment is manufactured so they could relate this to what they had learnt so far about the buying process. As a buyer understanding how a factory operates, how a garment is costed, what are lay plans, what is cabbage and how to communicate with the manufacturer are fundamental in the garment production process and the successful relationship between the buyer and their manufacturer. 

‘I now have a much better understanding of the manufacturing process and manufacturing lead-time. Great tips for fashion buyer careers.’ Nadia

‘I have learnt about CMT timing for garment construction of a range of styles. It was very informative and very good speakers, really interesting.’ Sinead

Click here to find out about our CPPD training and bespoke courses.



TCBL: Next Stop Athens

TCBL aims to build an innovation ecosystem to renew the European textile and clothing sector. Partnering with businesses across Europe the aim is to explore new ways to design, make, and do business together. The #TCBL_2017 annual event will take place in Athens in June and Fashion Enter reps will be there to discuss ways forward at this critical time.



10 may fabric swatchFabric Swatch of the Week

Florals continue to be a big hit with our FCFabricStudio customers – just in this Amanda floral print in soft touch jersey, made from 95% Polyester 5% Elastane and available now at £4.50 a metre.

Click here to view and buy.




What’s On FashionCapital.co.uk This Week

swarovski award faustineFor several years now we have watched designer Faustine Steinmetz cause a stir amongst industry circles, London based Faustine is unafraid to try new techniques and present her ideas in the most innovative of ways. She has now been announced the winner of the annual Swarovski Collective Award and will receive a 25,000 euros prize.

“The common sense lawyer with mismatched shoes” Nick Gould, Partner at the law firm of Gunnercooke and Chairman and co-founder of SME Alliance, recently gave a talk at the FT Conference on Banking Standards. Packed full of frank and insightful information he discussed the good, the bad and the ugly regarding the banking arena today.

Think before taking action advises Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston in his recent Personal Development post on Consequences.



Boutique Pick of the Week – ByOcular

Byocular Goes Live! Jenny Holloway caught up with Caren Downie this week for the launch of her new creative project Byocular.  Jenny said: “We are absolutely delighted that she’s launched her own range of stylish glasses frames which are made in the UK. As you can see they’re totally unique just as Caren is!”

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Here we have picked out these super-stylish and highly unique catseye frames – view the stunning range here: https://www.byocular.com/

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Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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