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Fashion – Enter’s Tailoring Academy Scoops An LABC Building Excellence Award


We are delighted to announce that The Tailoring Academy, one of the educational divisions of Fashion-Enter Ltd, has won an LABC Award in the category ‘Best Small Commercial Building’.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. The LABC awards are the largest business to business awards in the building control sector.

The Tailoring Academy, officially opened by the CEO of ASOS, Nick Beighton, in November 2019, is a collaborative venture between Haringey Council and project partners – social enterprise, Fashion-Enter and Jan Kattein Architects. It pioneers the use of mass-production methods in the manufacture of tailored goods and is the only mass-manufacturer of tailored goods in the UK. The refurbishment works were carried out by Diamond Build, a local builder based in Tottenham.

Fashion-Enter stated that it is fantastic to be recognised by the LABC!

Factors included:

• The challenges faced in meeting or exceeding building regulations and how they were overcome
• Effective working relationships with LABC surveyors
• Outstanding craftsmanship
• Innovation and problem solving
• Sustainability and high performance
• Site and project management
• Inclusivity – where applicable evidence of an inclusive approach

Cllr Gideon Bull, Cabinet Member for Local Investment and Economic Growth, said:“We are absolutely thrilled to see The Tailoring Academy recognised with the LABC Building Excellence Award. As home to the only mass-manufacturer of tailored goods in the UK, we are proud to be leading the way on reducing the environmental impact of fast fashion and creating sustainable manufacturing practices.

“The Academy brings together the very best in the industry to share best practice. It is an invaluable boost to our local economy, not only providing more career prospects and opportunities for locals, but also offering specialist skills training for the next generation of home-grown fashion talent, right from Haringey’s wonderfully diverse borough.”

Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter, commented:“The award really commemorates the team effort that is behind the Tailoring Academy with the public and private sector working with long established clients such as ASOS.

“Learners now have a unique opportunity to use the very latest technology to gain industry skills to secure long-term employment. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with all the different parties involved.”

Jan Kattein, Director of Jan Kattein Architects, added:“Our design concept utilises a folded timber and glass screen to envelop pockets of workspace that accommodate the various design, production and learning processes in the otherwise open-plan warehouse.

“The design maximises the visual inter-dependency between study and production spaces encouraging skills transfer. The aim was to create a warm learning environment that also responds to the functional needs of high-end tailoring production.”

The Tailoring Academy is an adaptable space that provides state-of-the-art production machinery, expert tuition and manufacturing. It recently (July 2020) provided a residency for the unique Graduate Fashion Foundation X TikTok project that mentored 70 graduates enabling them to produce capsule TikTok collections while learning valuable production skills in a safe and inspiring environment.

Tap the link to learn more about The Tailoring Academy and its courses.

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