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Time to Make It British!


“Use the UK! You cannot be any more transparent than using a UK based factory.”

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24 may mtm jenny kateNewsletter 24th May 2017

Dear all,


The FashionCapital / Fashion Enter team are currently at the 2017 edition of Meet the Manufacturer. Our CEO Jenny Holloway (pictured right with Meet the Manufacturer founder Kate Hills) has been speaking today about what quality really means in the world of garment production while on the Fashion Enter / FTA stand the team have been answering all those sampling, manufacturing, apprenticeship and production course questions. The event runs through today 24th May and tomorrow 25th May until 5pm at The Old Truman Brewery, London.  

Click here to read about the Made in Britain Cost Myth – and how Made in Britain production makes sense on all levels.

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FashionCapital Trunk Show: Plymouth

24 may sophie gloverFashionCapital is due to host its second ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ UK Trunk Show in Plymouth on 22nd June at Ocean Studio, The Factory Cooperage with headline sponsors Millfield Trust and Plymouth College of Art, and continued support from leading national awarding body ABC Awards. We have an additional speaker to announce!  Sophie Glover (pictured right), a garment tech specialist formerly the head of the technical department at ASOS.com and Finery London and now an industry consultant, will be sharing her insider knowledge!

Tickets are FREE for students and £10 businesses. 

Contact: info@fashioncapital.co.uk / 0208 809 3311 to confirm your attendance.





6 New Approved Qualifications for the FTA

fta launch small novWe are pleased to announce that our Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) based alongside the Fashion Enter Factory in North London, in conjunction with The University of the Arts London(UAL) Awarding Body has been approved to deliver six new qualifications.

From September 2017 the newly approved qualifications include:

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Fashion Retail

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Garment Technology

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Merchandising

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Visual Display and Branding

UAL Level 4 Diploma in Buying and Range Planning

UAL Level 3/4 Diploma for Fashion Studio Assistant

 To find out more about the FTA and the courses and apprenticeships on offer please go to http://www.fcfta.com



Perfect Patterns Bursary Awardee Talks About the Course

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QHQ, the leading technical resource to the fashion industry 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. Having now completed the course here is her feedback on the experience:

“Having completed Levels 1 & 2 of the Perfect Patterns course at Fashion Enter, I have developed more confidence in my skills. Learning industry standards for garment construction has also translated into my pattern construction for my own leather handbags. The course gives you the tools required to create a wide variety of garments by simply carrying the basic pattern ideas over and getting creative with fashion design. The support from the team here was also exceptional and I am very grateful to have learnt from their years’ of expertise.”




Fashion Studio News: Afina

This week in the Fashion studio we are working on the gorgeous swimwear range for ‘Afina London’. They are a luxury London based brand that has had incredible success in their first year of business with multiple stockists globally. We caught up with Oxana Fomina the brands’ creative director and founder to hear more.

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“Afina London is a luxe swimwear brand focusing on quality, comfort and fits to flatter the female form. Our mission is to bring fresh perspective to swimwear and create wearable, yet bold statement-making pieces. We wanted to create unconventional and innovative yet universally flattering designs. Our exclusive swimwear is designed and manufactured in the UK, crafted from the finest materials with utmost attention to details. The début collection draws inspiration from the tropics, specifically the Sinharaja jungle in Sri Lanka. The collection features vibrant colour, exclusively designed prints and unconventional designs.”

Go to www.afinalondon.co.uk to view the collection.



Third CPPD Factory Uncovered for George at Asda Team

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The George at Asda cohort consisted of Designers, Assistant Buyers, Garment Technologists and Assistant Merchandisers, all eager to understand and see first-hand how a supplier operates. Having never stepped foot inside a factory before the four-hour workshop provided a unique insight into garment construction including how a garment is costed, lay plans, stitching techniques and exactly how does a factory operate from fabric delivery to final garment delivery. 

I learnt a lot about costings and factories as I have never been allowed to visit one before. It was really great, I enjoyed the entire day and I learnt a lot – 100% recommended.’ Charlotte, Garment Technologist



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This week we welcome 15-year-old Yasmin (pictured right) carrying out her week-long work experience with the FashionCapital team, to find out more about her click here.




Fabric Swatch of the Week

Just in and very on-trend is this mink pink crushed velvet. Adding a sumptuous feel to any garment this fabric is available from the FCFabricStudio now at £5.50 a metre.

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This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Clothes with plants growing or pressed inside them which can be planted into the ground once the garments have been worn out by the wearer have been designed by Nottingham Trent University student, Ellie Oldacre, to deliver an important message about sustainability.

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The Clothes Show has been well-established as the place for new model faces to get scouted and now a part of a huge fashion & beauty festival it plans to do the very same in Liverpool this summer.


On one side we have the bargain hunter; 4 tops for £20, yes please, why pay more for one item when you can get four for the same price. On the other we have the conscious consumer; they buy less and pay more per item from brands they feel they can trust and give back. Which side are you on?




Boutique Piece of the Week

In light of all things British designed and made we checked out a favourite design from Oxana at Afina London and decided it was too stunning to ignore.The Kimberley bikini set exudes tropical decadence. Black velvet ribbons contour the body and the playful animal print adds colour and is accented with 24k Gold Plated details. This is sheer poolside glamour at its best. Available now from Afina London for £235

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Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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