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Skill Your Fashion Career Now – FC Newsletter 27th May 2015


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Newsletter 27th May 2015 – Up-Skill Your Fashion Career Now

The team at FashionCapital HQ are gearing up for a busy week ahead; from the shows at Graduate Fashion Week to our very own stand at Meet the Manufacturer, not forgetting to mention a vocal presence at the European Fashion Summit – Madifesto in Brussels, exciting times ahead indeed.


Apprenticeship of the Week: Design and Sample Room Assistant

27 may carmen jobCarmen & Rafaele is a start-up company using high definition pictures and graphics printed onto fabric and made into quality high-end clothing made in the UK. The emphasis is on quality fabrics / prints and excellent fit and make quality.

They are looking for an apprentice to work in their Sample Room based in Welwyn Garden City, Herts.

The role of Design and Sample Room Assistant will require excellent organisation skills and a natural flair for design. You will be trained how to construct a garment from the initial product development stage to creating the pattern to sample machining ensuring a wide range of skills are developed. You will become an integral part of the production team monitoring quality control, preparing delivery paperwork and liaising with suppliers and clients.

To find out more and apply for the job click here


Vetigraph CAD Patternmaking Training Courses

27 may vetigraph imageWe would like to present our CAD Patternmaking courses for Spring/Summer 2015 with tutor Andy Wilkes.

Andy blends his love for pattern cutting and design, with extensive computer technology skills, and then wraps it all up in dynamic and fun training programs.  With a wealth of experience from High Street to film costume, he shares his industry led knowledge with candidates throughout the UK.  Working with principle suppliers to leading brands, he coaches designers, pattern cutters and production staff to deliver accurate, consistent and cost effective designs to market.

Fashion Enter can now offer a range of courses to suit busy lifestyles, and expert trainers to guide you through the Vetigraph CAD software. All courses are fully “Hands On”, with individual workstations and class sizes limited to minimum numbers.

Take a one-day “CAD Snap” course and dive into digital pattern cutting. You’ll be creating your first pattern in no time at all. Each course features easy to follow, step-by-step instructions that build your skills at every level.

Or you can choose to take the “CAD Intro” option to develop new skills. With three full days of digital pattern cutting techniques, you will quickly learn how to blend your existing knowledge into this essential industry creative tool.

To round things off, you can enroll on our 2 day “CAD Plan” course where grading, costing, and lay planning are taught. Learn a range of grading techniques, using supplier specification sheets. Create grade rule libraries and use special grade tools.

Our 5 day “CAD Complete” digital pattern making course includes; 3 days devoted to pattern creation and manipulation, 2 days to explore grading, costing and lay planning. On each of the courses there’s plenty of time to review everything you will have learned during the sessions.

The initial courses are aimed at candidates with existing pattern cutting skills, and are not suitable for absolute beginner level. We look forward to welcoming beginners on later courses and encourage you to check the newsletter for further course announcements.

Fees for the Vetigraph courses range from £199 – £499 plus VAT to find out more and to book a place please contact education@fashioncapital.co.uk or call 0208 809 3311. Please note places are limited.


Perfect Pattern Course Update

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Anastasia pictured second from the right with tutor Alice and the current cohort of students

27 may pattern cutting telestia eqipLast week the students on the Perfect Pattern course were treated to a visit by Anastasia Vouyouka who designed the Telesia tools that they have been using on the course as a quick and accurate method to create blocks and patterns. The current cohort are coming toward the end of the course now and have managed to cover quite a lot of ground.

Lianne, one of the students commented:

“I’m really enjoying the course – I’ve done a course at Uni but we didn’t learn how to measure the body correctly. Now I know how to do that. I like using the Telesia tools they provide a really quick way to make patterns. At the moment I’m working on some pleated culottes – I’m hoping to have them ready for my holiday – I want to take at least 50% of items that are made by me!”

Valerie Lindsay another student on the Perfect Patterns Level 1 course added:

“We enjoyed meeting Anatasia Vouyouka the inventor of the Telesia System we’re using to make our patterns on this really insightful course at Fashion Enter. She explained about how she invented the Telesia method of pattern cutting. It was very inspiring and she is a passionate and very nice lady. The Telesia tools are very fast and accurate I really enjoyed meeting her.”

The next Perfect Pattern Cutting 6-week course will commence from 9th June 2015 to find out more e-mail education@fashioncapital.co.uk


Level 1 Machine Maintenance Course

An industry first, we are pleased to offer a Level 1 Machine Maintenance Course at the Fashion Technology Academy taught by Kyri Kyriakides.

The Machine Engineering: Industrial Apparel Machine Maintenance, 10 credits, will teach students how to identify tools and components for a range of industrial machines including overlock, felling and coverstitch machines.

Teaching includes routine maintenance and quality checking of a flat bed machine.


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Kyri is currently teaching George Filkins  (both pictured right) he comments: “I have been a mechanic for 30-years and it’s time to give something back to the industry. George is a great guy who has always enjoyed fixing things. He is punctual, reliable and has that can-do positive attitude that apprentices need. I am looking forward to working with George.”


To find out more and book a place please contact education@fashioncapital.co.uk or telephone 0208 809 3311



See You at Meet the Manufacturer 3rd & 4th June

6 may 15 meet the manufacturer

Following the unprecedented success of the flagship show in 2014, Meet the Manufacturer returns in 2015 at London’s historic Tobacco Dock, providing more than double the opportunity for you to find the best factories in the UK. 
Brought to you by Make it British, the website dedicated to UK manufacturing, this unique trade show is the only major sourcing event specifically for BRITISH ONLY manufacturers of clothing, textiles and leather goods.

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.


Click here to read why Paul Markevicius thinks a visit to Meet The Manufacturer should be top of your priorities for June.


Madifesto – European Fashion Summit

27 may madifestoFashionCapital has been invited to speak at the second edition of MADIFESTO – EUROPEAN FASHION SUMMIT organised by MAD Brussels on 4th and 5th June 2015.

The two-day European think-tank aims to explore the key-challenges fashion design is facing in the future and proposes actions on a global scale responding to these challenges. Each year, conclusions are reported to each participant and all European partners. These conclusions are the starting point for the next edition FashionCapital will join Wendy Malem, Director Centre for Fashion Enterprise London and Francesco Marchi – Director General Euratex to discuss Work and Skills in a debate around the current status of European fashion, the major challenges designers and labels are facing now and in the future and the objectives and solutions to secure the future European creativity.  The aim – to set up a clear action plan with the defined objectives and instruments to secure a safer future for our European fashion designers and labels.

Jenni Sutton, Development Manager at FashionCapital, will be at the summit to discus work and skills initiatives in the fashion sector today.


This Saturday 30th May 2015: Discounted Fabric Sale

6 may 2015 fabric saleThis 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.



India’s Insight

Those that regularly read the ‘News’ articles on FashionCapital will already know the name India Hunnikin, a regular contributor to the site India writes a weekly column entitled ‘What’s Trending This Week?’ Where she explores the ever-evolving world of fashion and style via the rapid pace of tweets, shares and likes. India is still at school and is equipped with lashings of enthusiasm and has aspirations to become fashion designer. This week she visited Zoe at FashionCapital HQ and took a look at the Factory and Fashion Technology Academy, where she will undertake a week-long work placement, here’s what she said about the experience:

“It was really cool to see the industrial sewing machines and the different processes and stages of production – it’s great to see British produced clothes being commissioned for the high street. I believe that I will be writing a day-to-day diary of my week so hopefully that will be interesting as well. The whole experience has been so useful as it means I will have so much more knowledge about the industry than my competitors when I go to study fashion at university – and the prospect that LFW designers have produced clothes on the premises is amazing! Thank you very much for helping me.”

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On www.fashioncapital.co.uk This Week…

Festival fashion has become a style trend all of its own and this summer the combination of 70’s nostalgia to double denim delights, flirtatious florals and copious amounts of crochet has resulted in an extensive festie wardrobe Katie Farley discovers. Paul Markevicius talks online shopping and transactional mapping with Bruno Berthezene from Solocal Group and for one-week only Converse open a Chuck Taylor Studio in London’s thriving Carnaby Street.




Boutique Pick of the Week27 may boutique pick

You can’t go wrong with a bit of easy-to-wear jersey and this dress with sleeve tabs, two-tone colourway and contrast belt is just the ticket.  Made by FC Fair, their core ethos is on the production of fairtrade products from makers and suppliers who work with official fairtrade groups IFAT, BAFTS and Fairtrade Federation accredited for a better living for their workers. All this and with a great eye for design providing wearable, stylish pieces with a dash of modern freshness.

FC Fair – Fairly made tab two tone dress £56.00

From www.fashion-conscience.com



This Week’s Header…

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Comes courtesy of launch brand thisisADAY.com – ‘slick clothes for the active woman.’ The website is due to launch tomorrow (28th May) and many of the designs have been manufactured at our very own Fashion Studio. www.thisisaday.com

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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