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Your Fashion Technology Academy Has Arrived! – FC Newsletter 25th November 2015


The time is now – the official launch of the Fashion Technology Academy.

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Dear All,

The press may be full of reports about this year’s British Fashion Award winners but that’s not the only news the fashion industry can celebrate this week. Let’s not forget all the highly skilled pattern cutters, seamstresses and production workers that make these much-admired designs a reality. Today, Wednesday 25th November, our sister company Fashion Enter Ltd will be officially launching the ‘Fashion Technology Academy’ (FTA), a collaborative initiative with Haringey Council who have invested a sum of £570,000 and DWP. Based in Haringey, North London the state of the art FTA will train the next generation of production workers ensuring key skills are retained and developed in the UK.

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Director Fashion Enter, Jenny Holloway commented:

“We really believe that the Fashion Technology Academy is the single most important initiative we have ever undertaken. We will be able to help 1000’s of people gain real work based skills that will lead to employment. With the on-shoring of garment manufacturing that is occurring now the timing of the Fashion Technology Academy is perfect. Our sincere gratitude to Haringey Council, and DWP for their overwhelming support.”

Today we will be welcoming MP’s, councilors, press and professionals from industry to the Academy to view the facilities on offer as well as staging a fashion show and awards presentation. 

Here are a couple of sneak peek snaps from the lunchtime show…

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Patron Lord Stone addressed attendees about the importance of creating a team and that for a team to work there has to be a balance of creativity, practicality and technology. “And that is what Jenny (Holloway) has created here.” #FTA

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Image above: previous learners from the Stitching Academy course. “The course was excellent with really good tutors, I learnt so much and it has really helped build up my confidence.”

“It was a great course and I went on to take the Level 1 Pattern Cutting course.”

“The Stitching course was very intense but enjoyable and I was surprised at how much I achieved in such a short space of time.”

Click here to view the courses and training programmes currently available at the FTA.


FashionCapital for Jobs

getting a jobOur sister company Fashion Enter has been long established as the country’s leading provider for Fashion & Textiles Apprenticeship programmes along with training and courses to ensure a secure step on that fashion ladder. In line with that mentoring and support ethos the team at FashionCapital are looking to develop a jobs and work experience section to provide users an all round industry resource in one place. While there is much work to be done on this new section we have started to add some jobs to the ‘general jobs’ section so if you are looking for a new opportunity please check this section regularly.

Want to advertise a job or work placement then please contact jojo@fashioncapital.co.uk



Designers Selected by Hello! Fashion to Feature in ‘Looksgreat’ e-tail site 

25 nov looks greatWe have been working with Hello! Fashion Monthly to source young British based designers to be stocked with a new interactive e-tail website set to be launched in the New Year!

The website ‘looksgreat’ is an exciting social fashion search site/e-magazine, allowing the user to search thousands of items instantly, from high street to luxury brands and new designers whilst being able to keep up with the latest fashion news.

‘looksgreat’ aims to give new designers a platform to display their collections and promote themselves with a profile alongside Britain’s biggest high street brands.

The following designers have been confirmed to show on the catwalk during the FTA launch and will feature on the new website:












Final Webinar Installment

Last week Jenny Holloway, along with Annabel Kay, Director of Irenicon and Jenny Tolmie, Partner of Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co took part in the final installment of a three-part webinar series with a focus on ‘Scaling Up Your Fashion Enterprise.’

If you missed this highly informative webinar you can now replay it click here to view.


Bath Spa Uni Visit The Factory

bath spa uni logoLast week a group of Year 1 and Year 2 Fashion Design students from Bath Spa University visited the Factory. The 50 students were split into two groups and whilst one group spent the morning with us being taken around the Factory the other group were lucky enough to see inside luxury knitwear factory the Albion Knitting Company currently knitting for Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, See by Chloe and other designers and luxury brands.

The students commented:

‘I have learnt the whole process of how garments are manufactured and roles within the factory, also the importance of relationships between buyers, designers and manufacturers. I really enjoyed the experience and found it very helpful to be shown how everything works. I find it very impressive how much you want to help new designers.’ Sarah

‘Excellent experience to see what happens in this side of the industry!’ Abigail

‘I have learnt a lot about UK factories, workers, how to set up a company, what to think about, Health & Safety, cabbage, commercial brands, career options in the industry. I really enjoyed the talk which really inspired me.’ Gemma


bfa 2015 small wintourThis Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Paul Markevicius talks to Susannah Hall about her boutique and business in Clerkenwell that offers bespoke British tailoring. JoJo Iles reviews the recent Gareth Pugh In Conversation event with Mandi Lennard at the Fashion Museum Bath, while India Hunnikin reports on ‘what’s trending this week’ from Kendall + Kylie to Cindy Crawford. And of course we announce the winners from this year’s illustrious British Fashion Awards, well-done double-whammy winner J.W.Anderson!



Boutique Pick of the Week25 nov boutique pick

It’s that time again, just one week away from December and ‘silly season’ will be upon us! And with that comes the festive jumper! Fortunately we have found this mohair print jumper by Markus Lupfer, the cute Robin keeps it on the right side of Christmassy while the design ensures a non-garish approach.

Markus Lupfer, orange mohair print jumper with grey Robin, was £335- now £135- from BrandOutlet.com 


Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at www.fashioncapital.co.uk



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