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Newsletter 29th June 2016

Dear all,

brexit wins smallThe biggest news of the week, or indeed the year, is that UK has voted to leave the EU. While the result is a huge shock to many within the fashion sector the aim now has to be on a reformed and focused government that can secure a viable deal to ensure the prosperity of the country’s businesses.

CEO Jenny Holloway comments:“What does this mean for us here at Fashion Enter? Absolutely nothing.  We will work together and carry on as before.  We will stand up and protect our outstanding migrant workforce and continue to invest in the factory and Fashion Technology Academy for the future growth of the sector. What is clear now is that we need to work together throughout the UK.”  



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FashionCapital has teamed up with Bags of Love and Contrado to bring you a new print design competition. If you fancy winning from a £900 pot of prizes, including vouchers to spend on customised fabrics at Bags of Love or Contrado, a Cut-and-Sew Swimsuit Kit, plus a Custom Printed Sarong and Beach Bag, then click here to find out more about this creative competition.

As an extra treat, Bags of Love and Contrado are offering all FashionCapital newsletter subscribers a 40% discount for all fabrics on both websites; Bags of Love www.bagsoflove.co.uk and Contrado www.contrado.co.uk.

Just enter the promo code: FASHIONCAP40 in your basket.*




As Seen on Screen – Stitching Academy Learning Videos

The Stitching Academy is launching its Full Level One Course on its Moodle Platform. Thanks to Ian Morris and his team for producing and donating these informative, learning videos.

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CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “I have known Ian for many years; since I was a selector at M&S. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Ian again on setting new targets and standards for education and learning. Ian has kindly donated the videos for us to use at the Stitching Academy and we are indeed delighted to be able to offer now our learners the full level 1 Stitching Academy course completely available on our Moodle platform. Many thanks again Ian and wishing you lots of luck in your new ventures as a consultant.”

Ian Morris adds: Fashion Enter are leaders in supporting and delivering the Best of British in clothing manufacturing. Their Stitching Academy is industry leading, fronted by top class experienced experts. The media division of my consultancy business was very pleased to produce, and donate, the Academy’s first videos, to launch this new version of their training programme.”



Additional Guest Speaker to Join Seminar on the 12th July

29 june richard salmonWe are pleased to announce that Richard Salmon (pictured right) from Enterprise for London will be joining us as a guest speaker at our How to Succeed in Fashion Today seminar on Tuesday 12th July.

Richard Salmon is chief executive of the capital’s leading enterprise agency, Enterprise for London, which provides support to new and existing businesses to help them grow. While Richard oversees the planning, direction and co-ordination of the company, he likes to make sure he is out meeting clients, supporting and understanding their needs. Richard has over ten years’ experience working with clients to plan and grow their businesses. Previous to this, Richard set up a women’s fashion retail site, taking it from concept to trading.

To find out more about the seminar and to book a place please contact Jenni (jenni@fashion-enter.com) for further details.  This is an incredible opportunity for designers and is not one to be missed.

Members are eligible for a discount for this seminar. 



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Jenny Holloway at Fashion SVP

Today Jenny is scheduled to speak at Fashion SVP, tweeting live from the event she said, “this is the biggest SVP so far with over 100 manufacturers exhibiting and excellent guest speakers. Despite Brexit news the industry is determined to forge on successfully.”

(Jenny left with Ralph Goodstone Director of Fashion SVP)





Dates for Your Diary:

Today Wednesday 29th June – Haringey Means Business

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Haringey Means Business is a free event that brings together business owners, including Fashion Enter, and decision-makers to network, attend seminars, build new business relationships and shop from suppliers that provide unique products & services to help grow their businesses.



Today Wednesday 29th June – Fashion SVP

Fashion trade show presenting over 100 exhibitors from more than 20 countries.



29th June – 2nd July – New Designers

New Designers now in its 31st edition, showcases 3,000 fresh-thinking and innovative individuals, providing an essential pipeline of new talent into the UK’s creative industries.



Saturday 2nd July Tottenham Conference 2016

This year’s exhibition will bring together community groups and businesses working in Tottenham. Visitors will be able to find out about everything from volunteering, to job opportunities and developments underway. Fashion Enter will be there so please do come and visit our stand.

Tuesday 12th July How to Succeed in Fashion Today seminar

(Details mentioned above.)


Thursday 21st July – Open Factory

Fashion Enter invites you into their factory for you to see what a large-scale factory looks like and to find out about their part-time and short courses in garment production.

Find out how you can gain a qualification in just 6-weeks and master the garment production cycle; pattern making, fabric inspection, laying and cutting, quality control, machine maintenance and stitching.

This event is for people:

  • looking to take their first step into fashion
  • wanting to start a fashion apprenticeship but lacking qualifications
  • who understand the business side of fashion but not the manufacturing process 

To find out more and get tickets click here


4th August and 25th August – Perfect Patterns Open Days

pattern cutting equipWant to learn more about our highly successful Perfect Patterns course? Then come along to our open day. The Fashion Technology Academy will be holding 2 drop-in open days for potential learners to meet with Perfect Patterns tutor Alice Prier and learn more about the course. 

There will be hands-on activities, which attendees can engage in to help them learn more about patterns and what the course can offer them.

The first will be Thursday 4 August from 10-2. 

The second will be Thursday 25 August from 10-2.

To find out more about the Perfect Patterns Level 1 and Level 2 courses click here

Contact 020 8809 3311 or email education@fashion-enter.com to confirm your attendance at one of the open days or to enrol.



Panorama at the Factory

Panorama, the investigative current affairs programme, came to the Factory yesterday to film an ethically run, UK based manufacturing unit. More on this footage soon.



Work Experience Girls

We currently have two work experience girls in the office, to find out about them and what they have been up to click here.

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Fabric Swatch of the Week

Just in, we have this unique lace that is perfect for adding textural panels or a contrasting layer to garments. Machine washable the lace is made up of 96% Nylon 4% Elastane to ensure ‘give’ and ease.








This Week on FashionCapital…

We interview Mary Jardine about her luxury handbag brand, setting up in business and her views on Brexit. Wimbledon presented their upgraded Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms at the world renowned championships this week. While Renato Grant advises on how to deal with buyers and gain those all-important orders.




Boutique Pick of the Week

This week the FC team have spotted this rather neat cycling helmet by Closca. Not only does it looks a tad more stylish than the usual helmets on offer but it folds down flat like a book so it can easily fit into a bag or back pack. With more innovative technological concepts coming soon we like how this brand is thinking.

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Closca Fuga Foldable Helmet £100-


Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk


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