Newsletter 27th April 2016
Not one but two British high street giants have fallen into administration this week, Bhs and Austin Reed notched up 204 years of combined retailing history between them and yet both have fallen foul to the current retail market – failing to embrace digital and modernize their range planning. It’s a sad week for British retail and fundamental lessons need to be learnt about how the retail sector operates today.
Unique Opportunity with the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing
We are extremely excited to announce places on a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in collaboration with the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing costume department! This Advanced Textiles & Apparel Diploma will see suitable students gaining practical hands on experience four-days a week with Strictly Come Dancing and the BBC, whilst one day will be spent at FashionCapital gaining invaluable training.
Whilst some experience is preferable it is not essential. If you are already proficient at sewing, there is also a full time job available on top of an apprenticeship.
We will be holding interviews for this one of a kind opportunity on Thursday 28th April from 3pm at Fashion Capital. If you are interested please contact please contact Dan on 020 8809 3311 to confirm attendance. Once attendance has been confirmed you will be sent more information regarding the opportunity.
M&S at The Factory
On 22nd April the first ‘Factory Uncovered’ CPPD workshop with Marks & Spencer took place. A group of BAA’s, MAA’s and Design Assistants from the leading British retailer took part in the workshop in order to gain an insight into how a factory operates. They learnt about UK manufacturing, the garment life cycle, what an open costing is, how factories use standard minutes, choosing the correct components for the garment, fabric consumption and the effects of cabbage, use of industrial machines and the technical implications of a factory on a garment delivery, why deliveries are late and much more!
“I have learnt a lot from this seminar! It has helped me to understand exactly how a factory should run. I have learnt about SMETA audits and their requirements. Thanks for a fab morning.” Lucy – Buying Admin Assistant
Along With the Fashion Retail Academy
Buying and Merchandising students at the Fashion Retail Academy also visited the Factory this week, and due to the growing relationship with the Academy we are set to confirm a weekly visit for FRA students from September 2016.
For enquiries about any courses, seminars or visits please contact email@example.com or telephone 0208 809 3311
Wandsworth Life Long Training Provision Gains Ofsted Recognition
Sister company Fashion Enter have worked closely with Wandsworth’s Life Long Training provision for over two-years so naturally when their Ofsted rating increased to ‘good’ in just 9 months we were exceptionally pleased for the team along with the training projects we have coordinated with them.
Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion Enter & FashionCapital comments:
“Many congratulations to the team at Wandsworth Council for achieving a grade “Good” from Ofsted for the Life Long Training (WCLLL) provision. Working with WCLLL has been a really positive and uplifting journey. We have worked so closely with the Life Long Learning team and the development of our in-house training provision has been excellent. Our grateful sincere thanks to Santino and Andres for all their hard work and we look forward to an exciting time ahead with new training programmes such as the new Sew We Learn which starts on the 3rd May.”
Last Place Remaining for the 5-Day Vetigraph Course
Following the success of the Vetigraph taster day we held last month, we are now delighted to confirm that a more advanced five-day course. This is ideal for both beginners and those looking to take their CAD/CAM skills to the next level.
“The tutors from Vetigraph were amazing, my objective was reached, I 100% have a mission to master digital P/cutting.” – Kerry
Taking place at the Fashion Technology Academy from 9th May – 13th May 2016. To enquire and book your place please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alvanon Awardees Talk About Their Pattern Cutting Course
Donna Harris and Eve Meredith Fashion Enter Pattern Cutting students both received a bursary courtesy of Alvanon; we caught up and spoke to them about their experience so far, to read the full article click here.
Eve comments: “I wouldn’t have been able to afford the course so feel extremely lucky to have received the Alvanon bursary.”
Belles of London to Be Featured on QVC France!
Some styles from our in-house label Belles of London will be featured on QVC France. Jenny and Beth will be presenting the pieces on TV in July, naturally the team are very excited! More details to follow.
Sew We Learn
Would you like to learn how to make clothes and use industrial sewing machines? Are you looking for employment in the fashion manufacture industry? Gain an accredited Level 1 Award in Fashion and Textiles (Sewing and Textiles) and a Level 1 Award in Employability Skills.
This free course will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:30am – 4:30pm over a 10 week block commencing 3rd May.
To apply and find out more email email@example.com Quote SEW1 or call 0208 8093311 and ask for Dan.
Double A-Side [www.DoubleA-Side.com]
Designed and run by Stitching Academy alumni Andy Auld, Double A-Side recently launched their second collection. The SS16 range consists of quality jersey-basics, supplemented with some more adventurous fabrications throughout their outerwear collection. The brand sets out to surprise, and their Fashion Studio made reversible gilet’s are a leading piece of the current collection. Having studied with the Stitching Academy next door, Andy choose to work with the Fashion Studio to produce a capsule collection of bomber jackets, sweatshirts and t-shirts. The Fashion Studio helped to develop the patterns and samples, and Andy is now looking to increase the outerwear offering made in London for AW16.
To find out more about our Fashion Studio click here
Fabric Swatch of the Week
Jersey is such an easy fabric to work with and the stretch element is very forgiving. At the FC Fabric Studio we have a wide range of jerseys in various colours, this week we’ve picked this deep pink, a flattering colour for most and ideal for any basic garment.
FC Fabric Studio Pink Jersey
This Week on FashionCaptial.co.uk
This week India Hunnikin once again reveals ‘What’s Trending’ (Pandora Delevinge (mother of Cara & Poppy) has set up shop image left) in fashion, style and more in the super slick world of social media. India will be taking a break from her weekly column to concentrate on her exams so we wish her luck and look forward to her return in the summer. JoJo Iles meanwhile reviews Bath in Fashion talks with Erdem, David Downton and Livia Firth, all very inspiring in various ways. While Life & Business coach Eric Gilston advises on Problem Solving in Personal Development.
Boutique Pick of the Week
We think that Zandra Rhodes and Barbara Hulanicki must have been separated at birth as both process a zest for life and an unstopped passion for fashion and textiles that puts young graduates to shame. For our boutique pick this week Zandra has collaborated with People Tree to created this fun, easy to wear, lipstick print tunic dress. One to throw on in the summer and be ready in an instant. Made from 100% organic certified cotton the tunic features a V-neckline, two front pockets and finishes just below the knee.
Zandra Rhodes Lipstick Tunic Dress in Pink £75.00 from People Tree