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Who was spotted at LC: Men? FC Newsletter 17th June 2015


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Newsletter 17th June 2015 – Who was spotted at LC: Men?

17 june jorno teamThe last four days have been a whirlwind of shows, presentations, launches and exhibitions. The team have been kept very busy indeed with London Collections: Men and soaking up all the SS16 colours, silhouettes and styles, all the reports can be found on FashionCapital’s Industry>Trends section. Many thanks to Sherion Mullings for her fantastic eye in capturing the daily Street Style images, and to our journalists Paul Markevicius, Katie Farley, Zoe Barrow, Chandler Tregaskes and editor JoJo Iles. Paul struck it lucky on the celeb front bumping into Elton John and his partner David Furnish at the Lathbridge by Patrick Cox preview along with David Gandy at the Savile Row – Inside Out presentation promoting the expertise that resides within the heart of British bespoke tailoring.

FashionCapital editor JoJo Iles commented:

“Credit to the team at London Collections: Men, the event has a real positive buzz about it and is a pleasure to attend. My team and myself have been kept incredibly busy across the event so much good quality menswear to report about. It is also encouraging to see so many of the brands taking a considered approach to production and using UK based suppliers and manufacturers. Additionally more than ever this season was a notable uptake in business with overseas buyers, in particular China.”


17 june FTA logoFashion Technology Academy

Haringey Council has invited key individuals from job centres and the Greater London Authority to review the state of the art facilities and courses available at the recently opened Fashion Technology Academy. Given the scale of the training and apprenticeships that will be available through the FTA, Haringey Council are keen to engage with their neighbouring boroughs to explore ways in which non-local residents could also benefit from the provision.

The team is looking forward to meeting the invitees on the 24th June.



An Industry First – Machine Maintenance Apprenticeship

17 june machine course

We are pleased to provide an industry first with our Machine Maintenance course and apprenticeship. The Level 1, 6-week accredited course teaches 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.

This week Zac Holloway (son of CEO Jenny Holloway) has been shadowing George Filkins, our very first Machine Maintenance apprentice to work alongside the highly experienced Kyri Kyriakides. Zac said: “I have a place at college to do Sports Performance and Coaching but I would rather be a mechanic. Not sure what my mom thinks though!”

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


New Look CPPD Classes

For real continual professional and personal development look no further than our factory in North London. We are now creating bespoke CPPD seminars, workshops and lessons for many of our clients such as M&S and New Look.

Agenda outline example:

  • The Design Life Cycle
  • What affects margin for a retailer – why do Factories put up their prices?
  • What is an open costing?
  • How do factories use standard minutes?
  • What is the calculation used and how is it derived. What would a retailer need to know so there are no hidden costs!
  • Working with fabric stock held in factories
  • Choosing the correct components for the garment
  • Understanding fabric consumption and the effects of cabbage
  • Use of industrial machines – understanding the technical implications of a factory on a garment delivery
  • Overview of Galaxius – the way forward


So if you want to know what really does go on behind the “seams” (excuse the pun) in a factory then please contact Jenni Sutton jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk and lets create a CPPD seminar that’s ideal for your work force.  


A Success Story with the ABC Awards

ABC awards

ABC Awards is a leading national awarding organisation, which has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding diverse, high quality vocational qualifications. The team at the ABC Awards are committed to developing qualifications, which help learners and organisations such as Fashion Enter, by cultivating the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life. Working with Fashion Enter and the Fashion Technology Academy has enabled the company to develop essential qualifications for the fashion manufacturing sector.

Jenny Holloway comments:

“A huge thank you for the support of ABC Awards. The success of the Stitching Academy has now lead to a grant from London Borough of Haringey Council of over £.5m to create a new state of the art Fashion Technology Academy so we can deliver more specific and niche qualifications such as machine maintenance and quality control. This would not have been possible without the support of ABC Awards.”


QVC Filming

As announced last week our in-house label ‘Belles of London’ has been allocated a one-hour slot on QVC. The live filming will take place in July. The channel has also expressed an interest in filming the factory and Fashion Technology Academy and will be on site to capture some manufacturing action next week on the 23rd June.


Factory Open Day

17 june factory open day

Following on from Meet the Manufacturer earlier this month we held an open day yesterday (Tuesday 16th) for new potential clients to review and find out about the many services we provide.

Vera Sugurova commented:

“I would like to thank you for such an informative tour. It was wonderful to have had the opportunity to tour the facilities and to be able to closely observe the work in progress across the various departments. Most of all I would like to thank you for such a welcoming, warm environment that you have created for, I am certain, all of us. This adventure we are embarking upon can be quite clinical at times, and to see the passion you have for your business and for helping young fashion entrepreneurs is truly inspirational.”


Gain New Skills: Vetigraph CAD Patternmaking Courses

27 may vetigraph imageFashion Enter can now offer a range of summer courses with 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.

Apprenticeship Post of the Week

17 june darling london

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


Fashion Design Apprenticeship17 june julia burrows

Due to demand from a leading retailer we are opening up a Fashion Design Apprenticeship. We are pleased to appoint Julia Burrows as the tutor; Julia has extensive fashion design experience and has worked for the likes of Marks & Spencer amongst others over the last 25 years. More will be revealed about this apprenticeship in due course.


Date For Your Diary:

Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar:

The UK fashion and textile industry – priorities for domestic manufacturing, export and skills

Thursday, 22nd October 2015, London

Support for skills development and training – start ups, cross-sector partnerships and entrepreneurship

With a high proportion of the UK’s skilled manufacturing workforce nearing retirement age, what are the key priorities for the engagement and recruitment of a diverse younger generation into the fashion and textile manufacturing industry? What are the latest best practice examples in promoting the ‘making’ side of the fashion industry in schools? How can higher education institutions ensure that students have both the technical and entrepreneurial skills required to compete in the global fashion market? What are the most promising innovative approaches, and traditional routes, in supporting graduates and start-ups grow their businesses?

Speakers will include: 

Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion Enter

Martine Jarlgaard, Founder and Creative Director, Martine Jarlgaard 

Wendy Malem, Dean, Graduate School, London College of Fashion and Director, Centre for Fashion Enterprise

Senior representative confirmed from Creative Skillset

To find out more and book your place click here



17 june vanessas baby

Congrats Vanessa

The FashionCapital team would like to congratulate Vanessa Isaia on the birth of her second child Noah. Vanessa was a part of the FashionCapital team for several years before taking time out to have a family. Congratulations Vanessa.




On FashionCapital This Week…LCM june 15 oliver spencer

Controversy with fashion brand Nasty Gal as a former employee points the finger at their unethical antics with claims that the company systematically terminates pregnant employees. The Première Vision trade show can be an overwhelming experience for those starting out in industry, Paul Markevicius interviews Gill Gledhill, UK representative for Première Vision SA’s shows for the last 12-years, and gets some essential tips for first-timers. And of course it’s been all about the boys – with the menswear SS16 collections unveiled in London over the last 4-days.  



Boutique Pick of the Week

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Add a pop of colour into your wardrobe with this Enticing Cat Print pure silk scarf. 

Designed by our very own Stitching Academy Graduate, Omar Mansoor, this quirky cat print scarf adds an effortlessly chic finish to any plain ensemble when loosely tied round the neck.  

Described as the perfect weekend away piece due to its ability to ‘take up little to no room in your hand luggage’, by Lucia van der Post, the dame of luxury at How To Spend It mag, this cat-adorned scarf is the perfect fusion of everyday, accessible luxury, and not to mention it’s made and designed in Britain!

You can shop this scarf and Omar Mansoor’s latest collection, now stocked on StrandofSilk to view click here.

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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