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Welcome to The Fashion Technology Academy – FC Newsletter 25th March 2015


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Welcome to The Fashion Technology Academy

25th March 2015

25 march 15 fta snaps“We really believe that the Fashion Technology Academy is the single most important initiative we have ever undertaken.” Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway.

And as from tomorrow (Thursday 26th March 2015) the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) will be opening its doors for the very first time to industry press, Haringey Councillor’s and past Fashion Enter students. 

The Fashion Technology Academy is an extension of the successful Stitching Academy and will include qualifications across the entire garment life cycle incorporating pattern making, fabric inspection, laying and cutting, quality control, machine maintenance and stitching. The FTA seeks to fill the skills gap by training over 1,000 people a year by 2019, opening up job opportunities for 1,000’s and encouraging growth in the local manufacturing sector.

Tomorrow is a big day indeed, for Fashion Enter, the borough of Haringey and the local manufacturing sector; here are some further comments from councilors and industry professionals:

Councillor Joe Goldberg, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability:

“I’m proud that here in Haringey we are at the cutting edge of a fashion manufacturing boom, and we are equipping our residents with the skills they need to secure long-term employment. It’s exciting that projects like this that create jobs, apprenticeships and training in industries that capture the imagination of Haringey’s young talent are happening in our borough.” 

25 march fta quotes facesRachel Cleverly, Buyer Marks & Spencer:

“Our Best of British collection combines M&S’s rich heritage with modern styling with an emphasis on true British craftsmanship and quality. Fashion Enter is a key Best of British partner, reflecting our ongoing support and commitment to UK production.  The FTA will provide future generations of highly skilled technicians to ensure sustainability in garment production today and we sincerely wish the FTA and their future students all the very best in their accredited learning.”

Kate Hills from Make It British www.MakeitBritish.co.uk:

“The reshoring of garment manufacturing is now well documented but we now have to sustain this growth. The FTA is providing a unique collaborative way forward to train up a new generation of fashion and manufacturing experts. The students will be trained by experts from Fashion Enter’s factory and moderated by exemplary teachers that also run the highly successful Fashion Apprenticeship Programme. I really wish the team at Fashion Enter every success with the launch of the FTA tomorrow.”

Caren Downie, Brand Director http://www.finerylondon.com:

“The FTA is an amazing new concept for fashion today. New accredited qualifications have been created by Fashion Enter so designers can learn every step of the garment life cycle. This is a new way to gain real life industry skills from expert technicians that work in the factory at Fashion Enter.  If we are to bring real manufacturing to the shores of the UK then this is vital to the up-skilling of our workforce. At Finery we appreciate the fine skills and expertise at Fashion Enter and their Factory; we support the FTA wholeheartedly.” 

Bill Macbeth, Managing Director – TCoE – www.textilehouse.co.uk:

“We have worked with Fashion Enter very successfully over the last three years on programmes such as the EOP. It’s this insight from our collaborative work that provides the very backbone of the FTA’s aims and objectives. We are all working towards building a new generation of skilled technicians to ensure a future successful manufacturing industry.”

Anastasia Vouyouka, http://www.etelestia.com:

“I came across Fashion Enter about a year ago and I was immediately struck by the way the company operates in such a similar way to Telestia. The aim of improving skills and up-skilling the workforce is what I have always strived to achieve and that’s why our unique collaboration with Fashion Enter is a winning formula.

Telestia has been created after 40-years of research and relevant collaboration. It immediately gained all the global awards available. Now Fashion Enter will be providing their Perfect Pattern courses using our latest technology. The first pattern course was an overwhelming success. The FTA now will house this accredited qualification along with other qualifications for the garment life cycle. This is just how skills today need to be taught. By experts who can demonstrate from work-based learning skills, and use technology to fulfill training methodology needs.

I really do wish all the new students continuing success for their time at the FTA. I also wish FTA a great success in their visionary approach.”

John West, Senior Development Manager at Creative Skillset added:

“We have continuously worked closely with Fashion Enter over the last three years to create a leading apprenticeship programme in fashion and new accredited qualifications for garment production today. The new qualifications have been written by us at Creative Skillset with Fashion Enter and ABC Awards. This collaborative approach is just how the industry needs to move forward together to create new skills and safeguard jobs in manufacturing today. We wish FTA every success in the future.”

Updates on the FTA launch will be posted on www.fashioncapital.co.uk here is the latest press featured in Drapers…

25 march drapers fta article

Know Your Factory – 23rd April 10am – 12pm

factory overview

Do you know what to look for and what questions to ask when working with your manufacturer?

In this workshop learn the basic process for manufacturing and what the key elements are to look for:

Pre-planning the visit, setting an agenda and what you really want to achieve.

Communicate to the factory and to your own team.

Tell the factory and confirm; get the right people involved.

Show respect and understanding.

Provide feedback to the factory.

What are the key elements to a costing? Cost of fabric (price V’s usage) make-up costs, trims, logistics.

Types of sampling – design and product development, fits and contract seals.

How samples are generated?

Cost of a sample, getting approvals and speed of response

And much more! 

“Just wanted to say an enormous thanks for a great course. It was so great to be able to ask silly questions in what felt like a very safe environment and I learned so much. Your Factory Tour should be a must for anyone learning about design.” Caroline Denver

Members will be priority and receive preferential rates. To enquire please email info@fashion-enter.com  


Apprenticeship Post of the Week

There are four apprenticeship jobs with N16 Vintage…

N16 Vintage Ltd is a young, dynamic fashion design, manufacture and supply company based in North London. Specialising in vintage clothing, customisation and vintage inspired prints and accessories. N16 Vintage supplies to ASOS.com, Urban Outfitters and have in-house brands, which are sold through Topman and online. 

The N16 Vintage team is small however slowly growing, they are looking for FOUR enthusiastic, bright individuals to join the hard-working team as Apprentices on the Level 3 programme. The roles available are: 

Production Assistant

Design Assistant

Sample Room Assistant / Machinist

Trainee Merchandiser

To apply please submit your CV to jenni@fashion-enter.com  


Last Remaining Places for New Taster Courses

25 march 15 taster coursesFollowing the success of the Knitting & Stitching Spring Show we are delighted to announce that we are now holding taster courses for new clients and learners!

There are three short courses each part-time over three days: 

Absolute Beginners: This practical workshop for beginners will give you the essential tools and knowledge to take on any sewing challenge.

SOS Sewing Alterations: Creative and fun workshop, bring some garments you’d like to transform and learn some invaluable sewing, customising and alteration skills.

Bonkers for Bags: are you bonkers for bags? Come and join our creative group design and make your own Tote bag and learn new skills and techniques too!

The courses will be held on the following dates:

Wednesday 8th April 2015

Thursday 9th April 2015

Friday 10th April 2015

Then again on:  

Monday 13th April 2015

Tuesday 14th April 2015

Wednesday 15th April 2015

Times are 10am – 1:30pm daily and will be held at the newly launched, Fashion Technology Academy.


Unit 13, Crusader Estate

167 Hermitage Road

N4 1LZ 

These courses have been specifically designed to be fun, creative and helpful! You will be taught by experts who have years of experience in Stitching and Pattern Making.

Small classes will apply so there is dedicated learning and spaces are strictly on a first come first serve basis. Full payment of the course is required to reserve your place.

The cost for the 3-hour classes are £45 (plus VAT)

Please register your interest to pearl@fashioncapital.co.uk to book your place. Or please call 0208 809 3311 for further information. 


Fabric Studio Sale

25 march 2015 fabric sale

On Saturday 28th March from 1pm until 5pm The Factory is opening its doors to sell excess and sample fabric. Again this follows the highly successful Knitting & Stitching show where we had many clients asking us to sell fabrics directly. We have 100’s of excess rolls of high quality fabric, trims and components for sale.

Sale location:

The Factory

Unit 14, Crusader Estate

167 Hermitage Road

N4 1LZ 

To reserve your place and review fabrics, trims, components and patterns please contact: zoe@fashioncapital.co.uk


Your Body: Your Block – Pattern Cutting Course

24 sept pattern cutting 2By popular demand after the success of the ‘revolutionary’ Perfect Pattern Cutting course, FashionCapital’s Senior Pattern Cutting expert, Alice Prier will be holding short, one-day courses to teach new learners how to construct and create patterns.

The short, 5 hour class will run from 10am-3pm in the newly launched, Fashion Technology Academy, which will be fully equipped with pattern-making facilities. The course will condense the best and most important information of the full 5-day Perfect Pattern Cutting course following a soar in demand for a short alternative at the Knitting & Stitching show.

“I have learned more in 5 days than I have in 5 years of education and 20 years of practice.”

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Dresses

Thursday 23rd April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Blouse

Friday 24th April 2015 – Your body: Your block – Trousers

The course will enable learners to:

– Take personal measurements

– Adapt a pattern for a simple garment

– Construct a sample to fit your measurements

Places on the Your Body: Your Block course will be booked at a first-come-first-serve basis. Please register your interest in this course, confirming the dress size you will be creating to info@fashioncapital.co.uk

Course cost: £90 plus VAT


This Week on www.fashioncapital.co.ukmilan paris round up aw 15 small

Paul Markevicius attended the Menswear edition of the Buyer’s Den, organised by UKFT Rise, six short-listed brands pitched their menswear concept to an industry panel, to read the full story click here. In the design arena Katie Farley has been selecting her top A/W 15/16 shows from Milan and Paris and will follow this with a key trend report for the season next week. Bath in Fashion is currently underway attracting some heavyweight industry speakers alongside a schedule of workshops, fashion shows and events. And Boxpark, a pop-up mall made up of refitted shipping containers based in the heart of East London, has announced a second London location. 


Boutique Pick of the Week

25 march boutique pick We wood

Hello sunshine! Blossom, buds and tweeting birds – it must be spring and with it a much welcome appearance from the sun. Time to look at some eye-shade options and we’ve found this sustainable cotton eyewear range from natural eco brand WeWOOD. With the use of cotton fibers, the WeWOOD’s design team has developed a range of luxury eyewear that is handmade and durable. Each pair of WeWOOD Cotton frames is made from sustainable materials and without the use of any fossil fuels. Here we have featured the WeWOOD Xipe Brown 7317 – a great combination of ethical credentials, comfort and style we think!

£79- from http://www.we-wood.co.uk


More next time, until then have a great week.




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