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“What makes an entrepreneur…a clear vision and grit coupled with one amazing team.” – Jenny Holloway

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Newsletter 16th November 2016

Dear all,

16 nov gew haringeyIt’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in the UK and as a result there are some insightful and free workshops and seminars happening up and down the country. Locally our CEO Jenny Holloway will be chairing the GEW workshop ‘Entering and Surviving in Business’ tomorrow evening (Thursday 17th November). Those that attend will be able to pitch their questions to a panel of 6 successful entrepreneurs and the workshop will take place at Enterprise Centre, 639, Tottenham High Road, London N17 8AA.

Please note places are limited so book to avoid disappointment.

economic.regeneration@haringey.gov.uk or phone 020 8489 2972




Social Enterprise Day

Tomorrow (Thursday 17th November) marks Social Enterprise Day giving 70,000 social enterprises across the UK the chance to shout about the good work they’re doing and the difference they’re making. Being a social enterprise we have been joining in via Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #whoknew so far… Rosie, Leyla and Chelsea have got involved with this as you can see from the images below. Please like, share and support where you can.

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One Million People Helped

One million people in need have now received support through Social Business Trust (SBT) helping some of the UK’s most promising social enterprises, including Fashion Enter, to grow. This milestone was celebrated last night and Caroline and Jenny (pictured below) attend the event.

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“It’s with sincere thanks to SBT that we managed to recruit Caroline our Production Manager. Last night was the celebration of SBT helping 1m people. What an amazing achievement and it’s fantastic to be part of this great network.”  – Jenny Holloway



Fashion SVP

Some of the FashionCapital and Fashion Enter team can be found at Fashion SVP today. Held at London Olympia Fashion SVP is designed especially for brands and retailers who buy direct from factories. Yesterday Jenny Holloway discussed Sustainability as the New Norm with Tamsin Lejeune, MD of Ethical Fashion Forum, Catarina Midby, Sustainability Manager for H&M UK and Harold Tillman, CBE. The group discussed what sustainability means and how brands can help manufacturers with ethical production. Jenny highlighted: “fast fashion does not mean cheap fashion” and that “communication is key” also adding, “there is no better time to come to the UK than now.”

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Today the team will continue with their on-stand mini workshops and will be on hand to answer any questions.

Wednesday 16th November

11.00 – Hire a fashion apprentice 

12.00 – Use FashionCapital.co.uk for free to help your business 

13.00 – How can Fashion Enter help your business succeed 

15.00 – How to do your own PR with the London Fashion Agency!



CEO of ASOS.com in for a Visit

asos nick beightonIt’s turning out to be a very hectic week. Today we have  Nick Beighton, the CEO of ASOS.com (pictured left) coming to see us. “We are all really honoured and excited to welcome Nick Beighton.  ASOS.com have been the very backbone of the company identifying our ethical and sustainable aims in teaching fashion skills and creating excellent fast track production. ASOS.com really has empowered so many unemployed people…they’ve just been incredibly visionary. Production has to come back to the UK for quality fast turnaround garments and ASOS.com are leading the way.”



Black Friday Offers

On Black Friday (November 25) the FC Fabric Studio is offering 20% off all products, we are also offering 20% off all depop garments – double whammy as it’s Black Friday AND payday!

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And that’s not all…we are also offering 20% off our PR seminar in association with London Fashion Agency next week! To find out more and book please contact Jenni Sutton jenni@fashion-enter.com

For those that would like to see and feel our range of fabrics along with our selection of garments please come along to our Fabric and Garment Sale at our North London HQ on Saturday 28th November 10am – 1pm. Details below.

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Video Insight into What We Do…

Tree from Stitchless TV has created a video tour of our factory. The 17-minute video takes you around the various departments from the Fashion Studio to the Fashion Technology Academy and everywhere else in-between. Many thanks to Tree for such an informative and positive video. #MadeinBritain

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Click here to view the video




Job of the Week

knomo london

Knomo creates accessories to get Life Organised, the brand are currently looking for fast-thinking designer for a one-month freelance basis to cover the busy period from end of November to end of December in the absence of our in-house designer. To find out more and apply click here.




Ldny’s New ‘Dress to Invest’ Women’s Workwear Collection

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“It’s been an inspiring time for the team in the Fashion Studio working with the irrepressible June Sarpong. We created the patterns and toiles, then the approved first fit showman samples in about 3 weeks…June pushed us to the max in the best way possible!  Now the women’s workwear launch is taking place at The London Stock Exchange to coincide with National Equal Pay Day.

“We wish June, her team and her fabulous six apprentices a great launch next Wednesday 23rd November. I believe this us a first for The London Stock Exchange! I don’t know how June does it…but never stop June!”



Dates for Your Diary:

Wednesday 23rd November How to do your own PR seminar. Want to know: How to work with bloggers? How to affectively use social media? How to achieve magazine coverage? Then our ‘How to do your own PR’ seminar with London Fashion Agency Director Rosie Davies is just for you. Held at he Factory / FashionCapital HQ, Unit 14, Crusader Industrial estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ. Email jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details and costs.  

Friday 9th – Saturday 10th December Skills London the biggest jobs and careers event for young people and takes place at ExCeL. Fashion Enter will also be exhibiting at Skills London with a stand that will demonstrate the garment life cycle and give students the chance to create their own design. http://www.skillslondon2016.co.uk



FC Fabric Studio Swatch of the Week

This week we’ve picked out a bit of sparkle; this lightweight woven in white has a hint of metallic silver sparkle throughout. Available now at the FCFabricStudio online shop for £8- a metre. To view and buy click here.

16 nov fabric swatch



This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

sorry we are closedIan Lapworth strikes a chord with his – shops should stay closed on Boxing Day petition – he has now has gained a phenomenal 170,925 signatures and his petition will be up before government.

Blood once again on the garment industry’s hands as 13 die in a factory fire in India.

Rebekah Litherland reports on the latest Spring/Summer directions from brands showcasing at the Asia House Fashion Press Day.

And Andrea Newton advises retail businesses that they could now be liable if an employee commits an assault, following a new court ruling.



Boutique Pick of the Week

16 nov boutique pickThere is news of colder weather on the way so get prepared with these hand-knitted fairisle gloves. No need to remove your gloves to use your smartphone either! Made by KTS, the company employs 2,500 artisans in Nepal who produce a collection of hand knitted and embroidered cardigans, jumpers, hats, gloves and scarves for People Tree.

Available now via PeopleTree.co.uk £24-





Please Note: Price Increase

sampling mediumJenny states:

“It’s been over two-years since we increased our rates at the Fashion Studio and during this time there’s been 2 statutory wage increases and we have had Brexit which has put up the costs of inputted materials such as fusing and interlinings plus inflation is on the up. We won’t attract the very best pattern cutters and machinists if we don’t pay good rates. So I’m sorry to announce we have no choice but our prices have to go up as below.

“We are blessed with Debbie who is our Head. She has amazing experience being head of patterns at both M&S and Debenhams. We therefore have no choice but to charge out Debbie on a higher rate just as you would with a leading solicitor or even a hair stylist at a top salon!  

“You will however still receive excellent value for money and as an award winning social enterprise we’re totally transparent in everything we do. It’s not really the cost but what you receive in that hour that matters. You can always ask for an indication of hours before you agree to any work and we keep you fully informed of the price as we progress the pattern to a toile or sample. We really want all our clients to succeed. I’m genuinely sorry that we have had to instigate this price increase but there really is no other option.”

Head of Patterns charge is now £28.50 per hour

£26.50 non-members from £25

£24 members from £22.50

The increase will commence 1st January 2017 for existing members and users and immediately for new clients.

Testimonials from those that work with us:

“Thank you so much, my success is your success – thank you for all the great work you do for me.” Michaela Jedinak

Sometimes I didn’t always know the right decisions but that’s when Fashion Enter would help me find the right path. Today I couldn’t be happier. My pyjamas are copyrighted correctly, the business is set up correctly and are now selling in the shop at Great Ormond Street Hospital.” Kirsty Glynn

“Our garments are quite simple in construction but they require a beautiful finish and attention to detail such as fine pin hems. Fashion Enter have been consistent and reliable and we really value this.” Tallulah & Hope

“FashionCapital is a genuine company that has actually saved me money by helping me keep to tight budgeting. FashionCapital really does care about the new and emerging designers of today. Thank you!” Nosa

Click here to view the Fashion Studios services

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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