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Made in Wales – The Fashion Event – 8th July


Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) will host an exciting showcase of fashion talent based in the heart of mid-Wales. On Friday 8th July FEL will present the regions textile and fashion talent by combining Fashion-Enter’s manufacturing expertise with creatives from NPTC Group of Colleges – Newtown College and local independent designers.

The Baroness Morgan of Ely, MS for Mid & West Wales – Minister for Health & Social Services, has confirmed that she will attend and speak at The Fashion Event.

The Baroness comments: “As a proud supporter of Fashion-Enter and Newtown College, I am looking forward to celebrating a wealth of local design and manufacturing talent at their ‘Made in Wales’ fashion show!

“This is a such fantastic opportunity for talented local students to work with leading industry professionals to develop their own fabrics and designs and I am very much looking forward to viewing their creations!

“Pryce Jones, one of the first entrepreneurs to develop mail order, led Newtown to lead the world in clothing manufacturing and counted Queen Victoria among his clientele – 100 years on, with the return of the Laura Ashley factory and such high-quality events, it’s great to see Newtown reclaim its place on the UK’s fashion map!”

Left: Baroness Morgan of Ely, right Phil Oakley, UK Director at Kornit Digital

Also confirmed to attend and speak:

+ Phil Oakley, UK Director at Kornit Digital: “Kornit and Fashion-Enter Ltd have a unique relationship whereby future sustainability for fashion is becoming a reality. By showcasing our Presto and Atlas on site at the FashTech Innovation Centre at Fashion-Enter in Haringey a future generation of designers will learn what sustainability really means today.

“We’re delighted to support the designers of Newtown College by providing free fabric printing and look forward to meeting the designers on 8th July at Pryce Jones Building.”

+ Russell George, Member of the Welsh Parliament for Montgomeryshire

+ Simon Platts, Director of Responsible Sourcing for ASOS

Newtown is steeped in fashion and textile history from the pioneer of mail order Pryce-Jones to the home of Laura Ashley, the area is synonymous with the production of wool and high quality garments. 

The Fashion Event will celebrate both manufacturing and design to put Newtown and ‘Made in Wales’ firmly back on the fashion map. The day long event will be open to local schools, where there will be informal sessions on the garment making process, manufacturing, skills and careers in the fashion industry. 

Hosted by S4C’s BAFTA Cymru-winning presenter Mari Lövgreen two fashion shows will showcase a diverse range of design talent, created in collaboration with the manufacturing team at Fashion-Enter Ltd utilising the innovative Kornit Digital Presto printer. The day will culminate in a grand finale and party.

Fashion-Enter Ltd CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “We’ve now been located in Newtown for two-years and this has been a fantastic experience working with the NPCT Group of Colleges and meeting a broad selection of textile and fashion designers. Quite frankly we couldn’t believe the talent that is here in mid-Wales and its time to showcase some of the finest designers that we’ve found. Let’s remember that this is the birthplace of Laura Ashley, who attended Newtown College and also the original home of mail order with Pryce-Jones himself. There is so much to offer with fashion from Wales today and with a new sustainability angle that we are doing with SMARTCryum project – we just had to host an event. This will be an exciting and unique showcase for the region.”

Carys Jones from NPCT Group of Colleges added: “As an Art & Design Lecturer at Newtown College, I am extremely proud to be working with Fashion-Enter Ltd. This event is giving our students a unique opportunity to develop their creative work whilst working closely with a valuable local company. It is creating real career opportunities for them. There is a buzz in the department as we work on colourful and contemporary designs that nod to the legacy of fashion and textiles here in Mid-Wales and step forward to a bright new era, making Newtown the Welsh Capital of Fashion… once again.”

Made in Wales – The Fashion Event will take place Friday 8th July at Focus Enterprise Hub, 3rd Floor, Pryce Jones Building The Royal Welsh Warehouse, 17 Old Kerry Road, Newtown, Powys, Wales SY16 1BJ.

For invitation requests and further information please contact: annabellalewis@fashion-enter.com 

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