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Time to put yourself out there and make that change…

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Newsletter 9th November 2016

Dear all,

Well, who would of thought we’d be waking up to hear that Donald Trump is to become the next president of the United States! The world is in shock, however, like Brexit and the UK government it’s all about change, and change is an essential part of progress otherwise we stagnate.

Our CEO comments: “FashionCapital is an apolitical organisation that is focused on the multi levels of apparel industry. Let’s hope that next president Donald Trump views the creative industry as the positive force that it really is.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could set up US and British exchange programmes in knowledge transfer for designers, education and manufacturing!”  



Last Few Places For ‘How to Do Your Own PR’ Seminar

5 oct pr seminarIn two weeks time London Fashion Agency Director Rosie Davies will be at the FTA / FashionCapital HQ in North London to give an insightful seminar on effective PR, including: How to work with bloggers? How to affectively use social media? How to achieve magazine coverage? Rosie, aged just 29, has been listed by Elle for being one of the top entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and she is particularly passionate about working with independent labels.

We have a few places remaining for the seminar due to take place on Wednesday 23rd November. Email: jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details and costs.  

To read more about Rosie Davies click here




Global Entrepreneurship Week November 2016 – Haringey

Thinking of starting up a business, not sure? Already trading and want to grow? Why not attend these FREE workshops throughout next week commencing 14th November.

Monday 14 November 6 to 8pm – Routes to sales and marketing including social media.

Tuesday 15 November 6 to 8pm – Do the figures add up?? Get tips from the accountants to succeed with your business.

Wednesday 16 November 10 to noon – Are you fit to be in business? Going into business is not for everyone. Explore your business idea, consider the pros and cons, balance your responsibilities with your aspirations and move forward in this workshop.

Wednesday 16 November 6 to 8pm – Winning contracts – an intro / This workshop is an introduction for small businesses that wish to grow by bidding for corporate contracts. What are the basic requirements? Where to look for bidding opportunities?

Thursday 17 November 6 to 8pm – Real insights: Entering and Surviving in Business (followed by business networking). Pitch your questions you always wanted to ask to a panel of successful local entrepreneurs, who want to share their experience and wisdom. Chaired by Jenny Holloway – fashion philanthropist and CEO of Fashion Enter.

Friday 18 November 10 am to 4pm – “Drop in” advice and information sessions for pre start-ups and businesses looking to grow.

To book your place: economic.regeneration@haringey.gov.uk or phone 020 8489 2972

*Venues: 639 Tottenham High Road, N17 8AA Business Lounge: Wood Green Central Library, N22 6XD




See You at Fashion SVP Next Week

fashion svp smallWe will be at the fashion sourcing meets manufacturing 2-day event Fashion SVP this November 15th & 16th at London Olympia and will hold a series mini workshops:

Tuesday 15th November 

11.00 – How to work with the right manufacturer 

12.00 – How to finance your collection 

13.00 – How to create your collection 

15.00 – How a sampling unit works

Wednesday 16th November

11.00 – Hire a fashion apprentice 

12.00 – Use FashionCapital.co.uk for free to help your business 

13.00 – How can Fashion Enter help your business succeed 

15.00 – How to do your own PR with the London Fashion Agency!

There will also be a selection of event managed seminars and our very own CEO Jenny Holloway will be speaking at ‘Sustainability as the new Norm’.

To find out more and register click here



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We are currently recruiting apprentices for three apparel companies:


Cromford Leather Company

Merchant Archive  




All Change at M&S

M&S announced big changes this week, with a revamp that will affect 25% of UK floorspace by a stronger focus on food and the closure of 53 overseas shops.

Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway commented: “In 35 years of working in the apparel industry the current climate for omnichannel garment sales is just horrendous.  Is the consumer now just bombarded with so much choice that its becoming to difficult to make a buying decision – is a buying decision now more than just buying a garment its also about the history and ethics of the garment. Or have we just got too many clothes in our closets and we want something more now…more experiences and spending their hard earnt cash in other ways.

“All retailers have to start looking at new strategies for attracting sales – why not educate the consumer. Why not bring them to a live factory and see how ethical and sustainable clothes are made in the UK. Let buying be fun again!

“As with any business there are good times and times when you have to be strong at the helm.  No one wants to see M&S stores close but hard business decisions have to be made. Change is never easy – its unsettling and people feel insecure. However change is essential for all business – if not the consequences can be so much more severe.”



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Well Done Designer Omar Mansoor

Fashion Studio client Omar Mansoor recently took his collection (as seen in this week’s header) to Xingjian, China, for a catwalk showcase that presented designers from eight different countries. Omar commented: “The audience was very much interested in ‘Made in Britain’ and high end products from UK. The Chinese market is opening to the western fashion and the feedback from audience was fantastic during the finale.”






Members Testimonial…

The brainchild of Kirsty Glynn, Hospital Pyjamas were designed to ensure a functional yet comfortable pyjama for children in hospital.  With personal reasons for wanting to create the pyjama, Kirsty sought out advice and help from Fashion Enter to ensure the best from her ideas.

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“I had an idea and it took a long time for me to be confident that the product was right, the quality was right, that it was a real functioning pyjama that would help children that had mobility problems when ill. I always knew it was a good idea but you never know the work that goes on behind the scenes of a business. I was so supported by my family and this was very important to me. Sometimes I didn’t always know the right decisions but that’s when Fashion Enter would help me find the right path. Today I couldn’t be happier. My pyjamas are copyrighted correctly, the business is set up correctly and are now selling in the shop at Great Ormond Street Hospital… I may never be a big oak tree but I am so happy that my pyjamas have become a brand and I am genuinely helping people.  Now I am going to expand to adult’s pyjamas… Thank you, as always, for your encouragement…”

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Welcome New Students Eniko and Charon

Two new students have started the Stitching Academy – Level 1 course. Both had visited Fashion Enter and the FTA during the last Open Day we held in association with Affinity Sutton and Love London Working and were keen to get started on the courses…

9 nov learner enikoEniko (left): “I enrolled on the course and started yesterday having heard about it at the open day last week… I will now be able to develop my skills and learn how to use industrial machines…”  


9 nov learner charonCharon (right) – “So far I feel like the course is helping me… I am learning about the machinery and sewing and looking forward to developing my skills further…” 






FCFabric Studio Christmas Tutorials Well Underway

We are filming a range of products that are suitable for both the beginner and novice – some that can be created by hand and others that can be created using a sewing machine!  

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To view our latest video tutorial click here.




FC Fabric Studio Swatch of the Week

Every shade of blue featured heavily on the SS 17 catwalks so it’s just as well four new shades are now in stock. Here we have picked out an icy blue scuba with four way stretch, a great fabric in a skin brightening shade.

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£4.50 per metre from the FCFabricStudio.com

For those that subscribe we have now also started a weekly newsletter for the FCFabric Studio featuring our latest tutorials and ‘just in’ fabrics.

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The Fashion Retail Academy Come to Visit

The Fashion Retail Academy visited Fashion Enter HQ on Monday to see first-hand what goes into the manufacturing of a garment.

On their visit the group commented:

“This morning has taught me how the factory actually works, from design, working with various retailers, tips on being a garment technologist and the different machines and tools used.” – Crystal

“The factory visit has convinced me even more that sourcing from the UK is good and that fast fashion isn’t always cheap!” – Bibiane



New Label Pure Chace Needs Your Feedback

Pure Chace is a new online ethical fashion brand, due to launch in January 2017. It has been put together as one solution to the highly polluting fashion industry, and the excessive amounts of plastic that are produced but not recycled each year, currently causing harm to the environment. 

Pure Chace makes beautifully designed clothes, which are comfortable and long lasting with trends to cross seasons.  The technologically advanced fabrics are woven from recycled materials including plastic bottles (or PET) and some are blended with organic cotton and given athletic properties.  Manufactured at a social enterprise factory in London with the support of the Prince’s Trust, our mission is to clean up the environment whilst creating something new.

The Pure Chace team is conducting some online research about shopping habits and attitudes, if you are female and have two minutes to spare the team would be most grateful for your input.

To take part visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/purechaceresearch




Dates for Your Diary:

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th November Fashion SVP, Europe’s leading exhibition for garment manufacturers held at Olympia, London. http://www.fashionsvp.com

Wednesday 16th November – Routes to Work – A careers fair aimed at Haringey students in Years 10 – 12 held at Alexandra Palace from 4pm – 7.30pm.

skills london 2016Wednesday 23rd November – How to do your own PR seminar. Want to know: How to work with bloggers? How to affectively use social media? How to achieve magazine coverage? Then our ‘How to do your own PR’ seminar with London Fashion Agency Director Rosie Davies is just for you. Held at he Factory / FashionCapital HQ, Unit 14, Crusader Industrial estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ. Email jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details and costs.  

Friday 9th – Saturday 10th December Skills London the biggest jobs and careers event for young people and takes place at ExCeL. Fashion Enter will also be exhibiting at Skills London with a stand that will demonstrate the garment life cycle and give students the chance to create their own design. http://www.skillslondon2016.co.uk




liverpool clothes show 2017 smallThis Week on FashionCapital.co.uk…

Now in its 27-year The Clothes Show announces some big changes.

Paul Markevicius talks about the phenomenal rise of the pop-up store.

Rebekah Litherland reviews colours, silhouettes and fabrics that make up the Laura Ashley SS17 collections.

And Aziz Rahman advises retailers on the dark ‘counterfeiting’ side of Black Friday.




Boutique Pick of the Week

This chunky bold knit sweater by Fair + True has an eighties feel about it and certainly makes a colourful statement. Featuring a funnel style neck and ribbed deep hem and cuffs, wear with skinny jeans and ankle boots for fun weekend look. Add chunky boots and a puffer style or peacoat to keep out the cold this winter.

9 nov boutique pick

Fair + True bold, geometric knit sweater £58 from www.fashion-conscience.com


Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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