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Newsletter 26th October 2016

Dear all,

Anyone that is interested in fashion, particularly the production side, will have seen or heard about the BBC Panorama programme on Monday night and its focus on Syrian refugees and children working illegally in Turkish factories. The Panorama film crew had actually shot footage here at our North London factory and it was a shame this didn’t make the edit as it would have shown the flipside of the coin.

jenny holloway factory floor low resCEO of FashionCapital & Fashion Enter, Jenny Holloway (right), commented:

“It’s interesting to note that Panorama did actually come to see our Factory in North London and reviewed how ethical factories are run.  It’s a pity that this was not shown on Monday night’s programme so there was a balanced viewpoint and argument towards our two core retailers.”

She added: “Production and quality control staff at both M&S and ASOS will have been absolutely “gutted” over the screening of the programme because they do care about ethical sourcing and working to high standards. However these two companies should not bear the weight of unethical sourcing on their shoulders alone. This is an industry wide problem and the importance of organisations such as Ethical Trade Initiative, Child Labor Free, of which we are member, and other UK retailers who import garments do need to work together to eradicate exploitation.”

To read the full story on this click here and to comment please visit our Twitter or Facebook page.



Apprenticeship & Job of the Week

Just in – a new post by Merchant Archive for a Production Assistant Apprentice and a full-time paid position for a Community Coordinator & Copywriter fora Leading Accessories Company.

To find out more and apply for these posts click here.



Just In – 3 New Apprentices Needed for Strictly Come Dancing!

26 oct marquelDSI Clothing – the company behind the Strictly Come Dancing dresses are looking for 3 new apprentices to start in January following the success of apprentice Marquel. 

Gerald Schwanzer Managing Director at DSI clothing says:

“When we first visited the Fashion Technology Academy in May we were highly impressed with Fashion Enter being so proactive in developing home grown talent to ensure that British manufacturing continues to thrive. As garment manufacturers producing niche costumes for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing succession planning is essential so it was very exciting to be working with Fashion Enter on attracting the next generation to fill our skills gap.

“Since the initial meeting we have now taken on Marquel (pictured left) as our first ever apprentice. Marquel completed the Level 1 and Level 2 Stitching Academy and clearly has a natural talent for creating garments. As an Apprentice Costume Machinist we are able to give Marquel real industry training which is so important in developing these skills. We are delighted with his commitment and progression to date and we are now in position to hire a further three apprentices to commence in January.” 

To find out more click here.




And That’s Not All – Contrado Need a Team of Machinists

26 oct contrado pocketWe have an exciting job opportunity with Contrado, a specialist print factory in North West London producing custom made clothing, fabrics and home products. Contrado are rapidly expanding and following a visit to their inspiring factory this week we are delighted to be working with them to recruit a team of machinists!

Already this week three learners on the Stitching Academy Level 2 course will visit the factory to meet owner Chris for a trial. This is a fantastic opportunity for a trainee machinist. Initially the role will involve stitching basic items such as cushions and curtains, but in time with more experience this will developto more complicated garments. 

Watch this space!




Managing Your Own PR

5 oct pr seminarWant 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 withLondon Fashion Agency Director Rosie Davies is just for you.

When: Wednesday 23rd November

Where: The Factory / FashionCapital HQ, Unit 14, Crusader Industrial estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ

This seminar will be popular so spaces are available on a first come first served basis. 

Email jenni@fashion-enter.com for further details and costs.  




Last Spaces Available for the Next Vetigraph Course

12 oct vetigraph certificatesStarting next Monday 31st this 5-day course covers digital pattern making techniques, grading, lay planning and much more. Held at the Fashion Technology Academy in North London, employers are crying out for people with these skills – so what are you waiting for?

To enquire about availability and costs please email: jenni@fashion-enter.com or call 0208 809 3311




Need to Photograph Your Designs? 

We have an on-site photographic studio based at our North London HQ that can be hired with an assistant at extremely competitive rates, so get shooting!

5 oct studio hire

Please contact Jenni jenni@fashion-enter.com for rental details and costs Tel: 0208 809 3311 




YouTube Tutorials

This week Alice will demonstrate how to make this tote bag (pictured below). To visit the FashionCapital YouTube page click here.

26 oct alice tote bag




Depop Dresses

We are offering a Halloween discount special 20% off on all our Depop products until 31st October. To view and buy please click here.

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Dates for Your Diary:

Thursday 27th October 10am – 1pm – Looking For A Career in Fashion Open Day at Fashion Enter in conjunction with Haringey Council and Love London Working.

Tuesday 1st NovemberFashion Enter has been invited to ‘The Manufacturer Top 100’ drinks and awards ceremony in Birmingham on the 1st November. Fingers crossed for the Fashion Enter team!

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th November Fashion SVP, Europe’s leading exhibition for garment manufacturers held at Olympia, London.


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.

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







26 oct bath spa visitBath Spa Uni Students Pay Us a Visit

Today we have a group of first year fashion students from Bath Spa University touring the Factory and learning first-hand how the production process works.

To find out more about our factory visits and seminars please click here.




26 oct freddieWelcome Back Freddie

This week we welcomed back Freddie our new Online Sales Manager. He said: “I am delighted to be back working with FashionCapital as the new sales manager for the FCB Boutique and Fabric Studio to work alongside other team members to generate exposure and sales of the garments and fabric we have here.”




26 oct fabric swatchFabric Swatch of the Week

For this week we’ve picked out this recently added blue spot jersey – ideal for creating simple garments such as a t-shirt or dress. Additionally we are offering 20% off FC Fabric Studio products until the end of this month.

The 20% code is: halloween20

26 oct 20 percent off fabrics









This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Our trend guru Katie Farley picks out the top hair and make-up trends that will see you into the next season.

We list the Top 10 Personality Traits that employers look for in their staff in Personal Development.

And we report on the tragic news that designer Richard Nicoll has passed away. A designer that the FashionCapital team has followed from the very beginning of his career, and a talent that will be missed.



26 oct boutique pickBoutique Pick of the Week

Whether you are dressing up for Halloween this weekend or simply want to add the wow factor to a simple dress this Steampunk lace black bib with bronze chain epaulettes will make your outfit look like it has stepped off the stage of the Moulin Rouge. Handmade by White Lotus Couture this unique and rather beautiful piece is available now from www.etsy.com for £66.53


Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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