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Which Fashion Grad Landed an Internship at Dior? FC Newsletter 10th June 2015


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Newsletter 10th June 2015 – Which Fashion Grad Landed an Internship at Dior? Read on to find out…

Dear all,

Exciting times our in-house label Belles of London will be showcased on TV this summer! This week we attended a test filming session with key Belles of London styles, in print and plain. The prints for the collection have been sourced from an Italian mill that works directly with top design houses such as Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana amongst others. We have been allocated a one-hour slot in July for live filming (no pressure then!) and will announce the date and time in due course.

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(A selection of Belles of London prints)

CEO of FashionCapital and Fashion Enter Ltd Jenny Holloway commented: “We named the brand Belles of London because it’s a real team effort by the galls!  It’s our first venture into our own label and I am so proud of the entire team.  It’s just a shame it will be my mug shot on TV when there’s a team of far better looking ladies that should be on there!”

Meet the Manufacturer #2

The second edition of Meet the Manufacturer was another resounding success and the FashionCapital team were privileged to be a part of the UK based manufacturing collective. It was an action packed 2-day event at this year’s event. Dominique and Sophie were kept busy on the Fashion Enter stand with a constant stream of production enquiries. While tutor Keeley Smith was on-hand on the Creative Skillset stand to talk about our educational and apprenticeship resources.

mtm dom sophie stand mtm keeley alice skillset stand

Keeley commented: “Meet the Manufacturer and Meet the Trainer was a great event for companies, designers, manufacturers and trainers to network. I was able to meet other training providers within the London region at the Creative Skills set stand, where I had the opportunity to promote apprenticeships and training for The Fashion Technology Academy.”

mtm jenny paulAs Paul Markevicius Senior media representative at FashionCapital concisely added: “I love this event. Small but perfectly formed, oozing goodwill.”

Jenny Holloway CEO of FashionCapital & Fashion Enter said: “It was great to see so many clients and potential new clients at MTM last week.  We were mobbed on the stand and to accommodate so many potential new clients we are opening our doors on Tuesday 16th June from 11am – 1pm to show everyone how we work and to meet the team.  If you would also like to attend please email jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk

 *Fashion Enter & FTA Open Day Tuesday 16th June 11am – 1pm

Thank-you Sophie Glover

We wanted to share this rather lovely letter from Sophie Glover about our recently launched Fashion Technology Academy…

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Apprenticeship Post of the Week

Darling is looking for a proactive and enthusiastic Design Room Assistant to work within their creative team, based in Central London.

To find out more and apply click here


New! Machine Engineering Course

production smallWhilst the ongoing rise in British manufacturing is great news for the economy it can’t go unnoticed that there is a shortage of skilled workers here in the UK. The maintenance and quality checks for industrial sewing machines such as an over locker, felling and cover stitch machine is a niche trade that unless the next generation is trained in will soon be diminished. This is exactly why we are offering two courses in Industrial Apparel Machine Maintenance where learners will be taught how to identify tool and components for a range of industry machines. 

Level 1 is a six week accredited course teaching the routine maintenance and quality checking of a flat bed, candidates receiving job seekers allowance or working less than 16 hours a week are eligible to take this course for free. This could then potentially lead onto the Level 3 apprenticeship programme where the learner is placed with an employer across the 24 month course; they spend four days a week in the working environment and then spend one day a week being trained in machine maintenance at the Fashion Technology Academy in order to achieve the Level 3 qualification.

There will be an Open Day at The Fashion Technology Academy on 9th July from 10am – 14.00 to review the new courses. 

To register your interest in the Machine Engineering course and to attend the Open Day please email education@fashioncapital.co.uk 


Vetigraph CAD Patternmaking Training Courses

27 may vetigraph imageFashion Enter can now offer a range of summer 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 Cutting Now Accepting Applications!

3 june patternCome July 28th, we are giving you the opportunity to learn how to pattern cut, from the experts, for free!

Over the duration of 6-weeks learners will make both basic and advanced garments using the expert pattern-making methodology, Telestia.

The 6-week course will teach learners how to measure and construct blocks in womenswear, menswear and childrenswear as well as create technical drawings, 3D grading technics and use the e-Telestia software. For full information on the course, please click here 

And now even better, those that do not fit the criteria for a free spot on the Perfect Pattern Cutting course may be eligible for The Creative Skillset Diversity Fund, a scheme available to those under-represented in the creative workforce. For more information on this scheme please click here 



Female Fashion Model Required

10 june model needed

The FashionCapitalBoutique is relaunching this summer and we’re in need of a young female model between the age of 18-26 for an indoor lookbook photoshoot.

A wide amount of experience isn’t necessary and the shoot is an ideal opportunity for someone who is looking to build up their portfolio but you must be confident and move well in front of the camera!


– 5″8+

– All ethnicities are welcomed

– Size 8-10.

– Able to travel within London (we are based within North London, Haringey) 

9:30am – 4pm 

FashionCapital, N4 1LZ  

Online Publication exposure to database of 80,000 + Lunch & Beverages + Travel Expenses

If you think this is the role for you please email zoe@fashioncapital.co.uk please include your full name, a portfolio, dress size and height.

If you have any further questions please feel free to e-mail!


C.NICOL Launches ‘Water Sirens’

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Fusing sumptuously soft materials, rich colour contrasts and an unusual texturized twist, C.NICOL has launched its first collection this week.

Founded by Scottish designer, Cathleen Nicol, the new handbag and accessories range combines clean, functional lines, with soft-cow hide, and contrasting Scottish-salmon skin leather. Each of the leathers appears in complimentary but distinctive colour varieties, including mauve and lavender; emerald and lime; tan and cream.

“Handbags have always been an obsession for me but I found myself dissatisfied with what I was buying and began drawing ideas for what my “ideal handbag” would look like,” comments Nicol.

With a 10-year career working in public relations, events and marketing, Nicol constantly sought handbags that could be used functionally, but with style and elegance, and something that little bit different. 

“Being Scottish, having a British brand was really key for me as a designer. My heritage is in Britain and I think it is important for any designer that their personality is reflected in what they create,” says Nicol.

For this reason, the materials Nicol uses to create her first collection are all sourced from the UK, with British cow-hide, Scottish salmon, and a factory in London bringing all the designs together.

In addition to the exterior craftsmanship, each bag will be lined with specially designed print, with this collection’s design featuring beautifully detailed illustrations of mermaids in line with the ‘Water Sirens’ theme. Each collection will see a British or international artist provide artwork for the bags’ interiors.


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Staff Outing

All Fashion Enter and FashionCapital staff have been invited on a summer day trip to Hastings on Saturday 4th July. Hastings watch out!



Well Done to the Nick & Nick at ASOS.com

This week we popped along supported and sponsored the two Nick’s, (Nick Robertson, ASOS.com CEO and Nick Beighton, ASOS.com COO) with their abseil challenge. ASOS.com have managed to raise an amazing £9k for the ASOS foundation, its mission is to provide young people with life-changing opportunities, support and inspiration through long-term partnerships with established charities.

10 june nick nick asos foundation

To find out more about the foundation click here


Thank-you to Sharon Thomas of Waltham Forest College

‪Jenny Holloway is completing her DTLLS level 5 course so she will be a qualified teacher by end July.  Jenny commented: “I have absolute respect for the teaching profession. I went into this two-year qualification thinking it was going to be easy because I am often holding seminars and talks. How wrong was I.  I can’t believe how many theories and teaching strategies there are! It’s completely been a deep and rich learning experience and a huge thank you to Sharon who has been so supportive and patient!” 


This Week on www.fashioncapital.co.uk…Best Graduate Fashion Week 2015 collage

Our design talent in the UK is second to none and this latest story confirms it with Josh Read from Kingston University landing a top internship with Dior in Paris. Meanwhile Elyse Durr, a fashion student at the University of Derby said she was “overwhelmed” after her womenswear collection was selected by a top Prada designer for an award. And our trend guru Katie Farley picks her top three collections from this year’s graduate shows. And just to mention that this week the team will be reporting directly from London Collections: Men – see you there!

Boutique Pick of the Week

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To coincide with C.Nicol’s new collection launch we have picked out this ‘Fia Neptune’ shoulder bag. It doubles as a cross-body by lengthening the adjustable strap and offers ladylike chic to women who want something more compact than a tote to carry around each day. We love the contrasting leather and gorgeous colour combined with the printed mermaid lining by illustrator, Catherine Houten. Now available online £295.00.

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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