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The Best of British – FC Newsletter 20th May 2015


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Newsletter 20th May 2015 – Celebrating the Best of British

The big industry news this week is that Marks & Spencer has reported its first rise in annual profits for four years. Chief executive Marc Bolland told the BBC’s Today Programme that improved results came despite the most difficult retail market in 15 years. He added that he was confident in the strength of its clothing range saying that, “We’ve never had more design capability.”

As a key manufacturer of the M&S ‘Best of British’ range Fashion Enter & FashionCapital CEO Jenny Holloway added:

“At Fashion Enter we are so delighted to see M&S return to its first year of growth for four years and see its investment in digital strategy fully implemented and working! We are proud to be working on Best of British and each season our orders with M&S have grown. The team has been so supportive of the general trend of re-shoring production back to the UK and all business is a team effort!  Only yesterday Krystyne from Technical Services came to see our silk garments coming off the lines and she was delighted to see how beautiful the silk blouses look!  Credit to our wonderful team!  Long may the good news from M&S last!”

A further feather in M&S’s cap has been the fantastic press response to the new Autumn/Winter collection. Here is Christine, Head of QC with one of the samples.

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“Top marks for your wardrobe.” Evening Standard

“A first look at the new cult M&S buys.” The Daily Telegraph



Last Remaining Places for Nick Gould’s Legal Eagle Surgery

nick gould mentorAs a new business start-up the legalities of setting up and running your own business can be a daunting prospect. From the initial business plan through to employment law and commercial contracts Fashion Enter will host a three-hour seminar with leading Solicitor Nick Gould – Partner at the law firm of Gunnercooke at The Factory on 27th May from 09.30am – 12.30pm

“I advise companies from local start-ups to multinational trading groups on a wide range of business law issues. For many years I have specialised in advising family or privately owned and managed businesses, from the small to the very large. Business sectors include fashion and media.

Spaces are extremely limited due to the nature of the seminar.

The first stage will be a generic overview of the below points then each attendee will have the opportunity to gain one to one professional advice and guidance from Nick discussing their own personal issues. 

1      Issues with IP

2      Finding the right advisors;

3      Funding options—cash is king;

4      Employment basics; 

5      Commercial contracts and paper trails.

One of our members, Kathleen Fraser recently held a one to one mentoring session with Nick and commented:

“It was such a pleasure to meet Nick Gould after speaking to other law firms who quoted several thousand pounds just for a standard template of T&Cs on a wholesale order. With Nick’s help I am now able to start my business with key legal issues covered on a very affordable basis for a start-up and at the same time I know I will have the right legal expert to turn to as the business grows. A lawyer who understands SMEs – at last!”

To book your place please email: jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk for availability and costs now – members will receive preferential rates.



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See You at Meet the Manufacturer

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‘Meet the Trainer’ in collaboration with Meet the Manufacturer and Creative Skillset, is a one-stop-shop for those that 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.

Meet the Buyer is another addition to the two-day event. Meet the Buyer will give retailers and buyers the opportunity to meet UK based manufacturers and textile industry practitioners away from the hustle and bustle of the trade show over afternoon tea. 

A collaborative initiative between Make it British and the UK and Textile Association (UKFT). The 2-day Meet the Manufacturer event will offer exhibiting manufacturers unique networking opportunities with key industry buyers and retailers in speciality areas all under one roof. 

Kate Hills, founder of Meet the Manufacturer commented: “Following feedback from last year’s [Meet the Manufacturer] show we’re confident that there is a demand for this type of unique workshop.” 

“Our close connections with manufacturers, coupled with the UKFT’s extensive retailer relationships make this the ideal partnership to pioneer something like this.” 

John Miln, CEO of UKFT added, “The values and purpose of Meet the Manufacturer fit perfectly with ours – to bring together fashion industry buyers and manufacturers for an inclusive British networking event – we’re delighted to have this opportunity to work together.”

The next Meet the Manufacturer takes place at The Tobacco Dock in London on June 3rd – June 4 2015, Fashion Enter will be present and have a stand at this event.




Turning the Corner – Up North

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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 visiting:



Save the Date 30th May 15: Discounted Fabric Sale

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Saturday 30th May 2015, from 10am until 1pm we will be holding a fabric sample sale! Continually updated with end-of-roll printed and plain silks, jerseys and woven at reduced prices, we’re inviting FashionCapital readers to pop along for the opportunity to get your hands on high quality fabric at discounted prices!

Date: Saturday 30th May 10am – 1pm.

Address: Location: FTA, Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London, N4 1LZ Nearest Station: Manor House Underground Station or Haringey Green Lanes overground.


News from the Fashion Studio…

Fashion Enter Apprentice of the Year and Fashion Studio Assistant Sophie Reding comments:

“For the last few months we have been working with an American designer called ‘A Day’. She has just picked up her order and is so pleased with everything; she said that every single piece of production was perfect and beautifully constructed. We have all been extremely helpful and met with her deadline. We are very proud of Violetta, Ola, Ala, Elizabeth and Anna for all their hard work.”


The True Cost

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A groundbreaking documentary exposes the devastating impact of fast fashion on the livelihoods of millions. While clothing prices hit rock bottom with a T-shirt costing as little as £1.50, the human and environmental costs are skyrocketing in the multi-trillion dollar fashion industry.

As a new film, True Cost, about the human and environmental costs created by the fashion industry is released, the Fairtrade Foundation warns that we need to change the way we view fashion and reconnect with all the many people who work to bring us our clothes, starting with the cotton farmers. They are the ones who pay the real price.

Safia Minney, CEO of Fair Trade fashion label People Tree, who features in True Cost says: “I hope True Cost inspires and motivates people to care about each other and our precious earth. I believe the secrets of sustainability and well-being in society lie with the farmers and workers – with the people – not in the ivory towers of big corporations and the establishment who are dangerously out of touch. Good business and economic practice can pull people out of poverty and innovate and generate new environmental production methods and supply chains. Fairtrade and sustainable fashion can empower the poor, bring about social and environmental justice and transform our economy and well-being in society. Fast fashion as we know it must stop!

CEO of Fashion Enter & FashionCapital Jenny Holloway added: “We have to start critically analysing the True Cost of Garments today – we all have a social conscience and we can all “do our bit” to make ethical decisions. The drive for fast fashion does not mean unethical fashion – that’s why we have a factory that’s a social enterprise and we can manufacture up to 7,000 garments a week. However, our voice has to be heard to the retailers of today too. On shoring of production is here and its here to stay.”

In addition to a limited theatrical release worldwide on 29 May, True Cost will be available to purchase on VOD (iTunes, Amazon, VHX), DVD and Blu Ray. For more information, please visit True Cost Movie.


Stitching Academy 2 Update

The first cohort of Stitching Academy 2 learners are progressing well, here are some images of them at work (note the intense concentration) along with some of their sample work.

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This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk…

Ania Sadkowska, a PhD researcher from Nottingham Trent University, has had her latest study; Third Age Men’s Experience of Fashion and Clothing: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, published revealing a new generation of image-conscious men in the 50+ market sector. Paul Markevicius meets with shoe maestro Michael Ryan, men’s buyer for Jones, UK and is introduced to key styles for the Autumn/Winter season. And Safia Mavitidi reflects on street trends as worn by London’s most fashionable crowd.



20 may boutique pickBoutique Pick of the Week

Vegan Accessories brand Matt & Nat have just announced that they now recycle 1,000,000 plastic bottles a year in the process of making their bag’s linings. With a core ethos to protect the environment; Matt & Nat standing for MAT(T)erial and NATURE source Vegan and sustainable materials such as cork and rubber during the design process. A variety of Vegan leather alternative materials are used throughout the course of production. Their backpacks are the most popular styles with the iconic Brave selling out every season, however we’ve found this one available in a citrusy lime summer shade – perfect. £85 available at www.mattandnat.com




Editorial Director of Drapers & Team Complete Charity Run

Well done to Eric Musgrave for not only completing the 6.2m course in under an hour but also donning a Superhero outfit while he was at it! Eric and his team have virtually doubled their target of £5,000 – essential funds that will be allocated to the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust to distribute to children in need whose parents and/or carers work anywhere in the fashion and textile industry.

If anyone else would like to add to the kitty, please go to: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/victoriahart1

Many, many thanks on behalf of Eric and his four colleagues for your donations.

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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