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08-03-2017   


As the government prepares the country for its EU exit the time to invest in the next generation of technically skilled workers has never been so crucial…

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Newsletter 8th March 2017

Dear all,

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is about to reveal his spring Budget initiatives, which includes a multibillion-pound drive to improve technical training. Here, at our sister company Fashion Enter and training facility the Fashion Technology Academy we couldn’t agree more, gaining a nation of technically skilled individuals is just what the fashion manufacturing industry needs. And with the industry crying out for skilled pattern cutters, garment technologists and production workers this initiative is well overdue.

Click here to view a short video of our CEO Jenny Holloway, talking to Level 3 Debenhams Apprentice on the Stitching Pathway, Roxanne King, about the real need for technical skills and their importance to the fashion manufacturing sector today.

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Fashion Enter’s Apprentice of the Year

In line with National Apprenticeship Week and also International Women’s Day we celebrate both and have selected our annual Apprentice of the Year 2017…and for the second year running it is Razina Bapu (pictured right). Well done Razina!

Caroline Ash, Fashion Enter production manager comments:

“Razina is always willing to go the extra mile. She is very bright and picks thing up quickly. It has been great to witness her growth and progression during her apprenticeship. Well done Razina.”

Razina adds:

“Winning the Fashion Enter Apprentice of the Year Award twice in a row is very overwhelming as I really wasn’t expecting it, and it also shows that the work I do is appreciated by the team. This will encourage me to do even better and make more progress as an employee at Fashion Enter once my apprenticeship ends in the upcoming weeks.”

 

 

Fashion Intern Wanted

8 march nui ami logoLuxury Lingerie brand Nuiami based in Richmond is looking for a fashion intern to join the growing company. 

Owner and entrepreneur Sanjit Vallance is looking for a hands-on and enthusiastic intern to support in the every day running of the label. This will provide excellent experience for a graduate or student looking for an opportunity to expand their knowledge of how a fashion label is actually run. 

The internship will begin on a two-days a week basis with travel and lunch expenses, however there is a real opportunity to grow and progress with the company.

Responsibilities include sourcing fabrics, labels, trims etc, pressing and preparing samples, social media and support with marketing, attending events and general admin duties. 

To express your interest in this internship please email your CV to sanjitv@nuiami.com

 

Job of the Week

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Experienced Vetigraph pattern cutter required. A growing womenswear supplier to leading high street retailers requires experienced Vetigraph pattern cutter to join in-house technical team. The successful candidate will work as part of a small team to develop high quality fashion garments from first fit through sealing process to final production. To find out more and apply click here.

 

 

QHQ Awards Bursary to Learner Natasha Osaro-Osaghae

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QHQ, the leading technical resource to the fashion industry have awarded a £1,500 bursary to learner Natasha Osaro-Osaghae to enable her to progress onto the Level 2 Perfect Pattern Cutting Course at the Fashion Technology Academy. 

Natasha successfully completed the six-week Level 1 patterns course as she wanted to further her knowledge and expertise in the production process, and now with grateful thanks to QHQ, she is able to take her training to the next level.

Sally Blaxall, Director QHQ commented:

‘As technical experts in our field, we areso passionate about the industry and we are absolutely thrilled to be in a position to provide this opportunity for Natasha. We want to give something back to the industry and by supporting Natasha through this process, she will be able to acquire the correct technical skills to drive her career forward.’

Perfect Patterns Level 2 is a 10-week course, which provides learners with the knowledge and skills to produce a range of valuable, in-demand and technical pattern drafting and cutting skills. Natasha’s tutor and industry expert, Dawn Foxall will guide and show her how to use an array of tools, techniques and methods to produce perfect blocks and patterns that fit as well as an introduction to lay planning.

On being awarded the bursary, Natasha commented:

‘I have always had a strong interest in the fashion industry and even with a desire to have my own label, I knew that an understanding of the construction of garments and components of the fabric was just as important as the design side. I am extremely grateful and overwhelmed by the generosity of Sally and QHQ to fund my skills development. Without this I would not be in a position to advance to the Level 2 programme. I already feel so much more confident as I know I’m being taught the correct industry way in a live factory environment. Watch this space!’

 

 

Did you see us in The Telegraph at the Weekend?

At the weekend our Factory was held in an exemplary light in an article featured in The Telegraph by Ashley Armstrong. The article discussed how fashion chains really need to up their game in terms of ethical and transparent working practices.

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From the article:

‘Jenny Holloway, chief executive of Fashion Capital and a former buyer for M&S, is a rare example of someone whose UK factory business is booming.

It produces 8,000 garments a week for ASOS, M&S’s Best of British line and collections for designer of the moment, Molly Goddard. The company’s strength is that its north London base can deliver clothes to the British market faster than any supplier in Asia.’

Jenny comments: “Our Factory operates totally transparently and ethically proving you can make garment manufacturing successfully in the UK today.  We have a stable happy workforce that triggers bonuses each week with carefully planned performance related pay thanks to Galaxius.  The doors are open for those that want to view the factory.”

Click here to read the full article online.

 

 

Northern Clothing & Textile Network event on 17th March

david raey smallDavid Reay, Chair of Northern Clothing & Textile Network (pictured right) announces his exciting collaboration with Fashion Capital & Which PLM for the next event hosted by Northern Design Centre, Gateshead on 17th March 2017

“The Northern Clothing & Textile Network goes from strength to strength,” says David Reay Chair of NCTN as he announces the latest collaborations.

“For what is set to be another “sell-out” event my colleagues Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Capital and Mark Harrop CEO of Which PLM will come to Gateshead to address our delegates and guests. These are exciting times for the UK fashion industry, as the re-shoring renaissance gathers pace,” says David.

“Fashion Capital and its sister company Fashion Enter are right at the heart of bringing manufacture for major brands back to the UK”.

“And, Mark Harrop will explain how the rapid advancements in technology is having a massive impact on manufacturing processes, enabling just-in-time principles to be applied to the manufacture of clothing responding directly to the demand for fast fashion”.

Please click here to book your place at the Northern Clothing & Textile Network event on 17th March 2017

 

 

Top Six To Advise at our Manchester Seminar 30th March

We have an A-team of speakers imparting invaluable advice at our ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar with headline sponsor Freeths solicitors.

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Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion Enter & FashionCapital

Sarah Moore and Lindsey Clegg from headline sponsors Freeths Solicitors 

Gabrielle Shiner-Hill textile, fashion and product developer

Deborah Shulton former Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer 

Rosie Davies, Director of the London Fashion Agency

These six highly experienced individuals will be sharing their golden industry knowledge at the 3-hour seminar on 30th March at the Manchester Art Gallery. To find out more and book a place click here.

 

 

Fabric Appreciation Seminar Wednesday 26th April

8 feb fabric seminarDue to the fantastic success of our first Fabric Appreciation seminar with Deborah Shulton a second has been scheduled for the 26th April. Offering insightful, in-depth and hands on knowledge for both beginners and those already with some experience within textiles and the industry, Deborah Shulton will offer her expertise in fabrics, fires, dyeing, finishing and colour. Click here to find out more.

To register your interest in the event and to book your space, please contact: Jenni@fashion-enter.com

 

 

 

 

8 march fabric swatchFCFabricStudio Swatch of the Week

On the 27th March we are hosting a bloggers workshop with a group of sewing and craft bloggers. They’ll be able to choose from our growing range of fabrics. With spring in the air we have picked out this pink floral sketch fabric, the flowers are beautifully illustrated and appear delicately hand-painted. Available now from our online FCFabricStudio shop at £4 a metre.

Pink Floral Sketch from the FCFabricStudio.com

 

 

 

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

epona 1Ethical clothing company Epona is the first UK business to announce its backing for the pioneering Fairtrade Textile Program.

We explore key ways that fashion brands can benefit from hosting a blogger event.

We look at the top 5 beneficial reasons to complete an apprenticeship.

And India Hunnikin fills in those trending story gaps, from Paris Fashion Week to public naming and shaming, over the past week.

 

 

8 march boutique pick skirtBoutique Pick of the Week

As we are still in the midst of Fairtrade Fortnight, until 12th March, we have picked out this easy-to-wear botanical print, knee-length skirt by sustainable clothing brand Bibico.

Bibico Botanical print skirt 100% cotton £69-

 

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk

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