1,625 and Counting…
Newsletter 22nd November 2023
Experience the Future of Fashion with FEL
Did you know since January 2023 we have had 1,625 individuals walk through our factory doors to learn all about ethical, made in the UK fashion production! The success of our onsite tours and seminars has been phenomenal and we are particularly proud to showcase fashion’s new way forward with our micro factory in Unit 4. Here we are able to demonstrate:
- Kornit Digital – the globes leading, ethical digital printers with their Presto Max and Atlas printing machines.
- Zund – a leading automatic cutting process with high quality software and hardware. Originating from Switzerland their cutting technology is the best in the business!
- Style3D – a leading technology company which has created state-of-the-art tech for replicating garments in 3D with the most realistic avatars ever seen. 45,000 digital assets are all on the cloud with patterns and fabric scanning – all ready for users start their own ranges!
- United Repair Centre – FEL are now supporting the new way forward in fashion today with repairs. Stitching and repairs is the new way forward in fashion today and working with a major account, Patagonia, FEL is now pivoting the business to actively stop garments ending in landfill!
- Optitex – digital online software for design.
- Alvanon – a donation of over 50 mannequins have been provided for the very best in fit and form.
Attendees have ranged from schools, colleges and universities to retail brands, financial institutions and investors. To find out more about our popular seminars and tours that take place at Fashion-Enter Ltd in Haringey, North London, tap here.
Would You Like to Learn Style3D?
Sign up for your 3-day Style3D course and receive a 3-month free licence!
Would you like to try your hand at using the very latest 3D technology for fashion? We are running a series of 3-day courses with small group tuition to demonstrate how efficient and affective this amazing software is with the added bonus of a free, 3-month trial licence.
On the course last week learner Angel said: “The learning objective was to complete an outfit and animate it on a catwalk, which was done successfully. It was really fun! It was an almost magical feeling when Harry showed me how to sew pieces together, suddenly everything I was looking at made sense and I was buzzing with ideas on what I wanted to make. I would be excited for another opportunity to learn again!”
Dates are available throughout November and December please contact: email@example.com
Did You See Us on Sky News?
Compiled by Mickey Carroll, the Sky News interview went live on 18th November on the ‘Climate’ section with the dramatic headline: ‘Repair is a radical act’: London factory to reduce waste by renewing 30,000 garments a year.’
To read the full article and watch the short Sky News video tap here
Create South East is Inviting Applications to Join Cohort 3
Create South East supports and champions businesses in the creative industries across Kent, Essex and Sussex. The programme aims to help creative businesses in developing their skills and knowledge to secure investment and work towards their company goals. Through both workshops and mentorships, the programme lays the foundations for companies to find pathways to securing future growth.
Create South East is part of the Create Growth programme delivered on behalf of DCMS. Support is free to the companies selected to take part, and the programme runs for 9 months per cohort. The next cohort will kick off early 2024 so if you have a creative business that operates in Kent, Essex or Sussex, why not see if Create South East could help your business grow?
The deadline for applications, to join Cohort 3, is December 7th, 2023. To apply or find out more please visit: createsoutheast.org.uk
TikTok Fashion Competition
Looking to promote your fashion skills to a global audience? TikTok are currently running a fashion competition for fledgling fashion designers / upcyclers.
Prizes include: + Production of 5 x garments (including the design featured in your entry video) designed by you. + Showcase event in February 2024 in London celebrating your designs + $5k towards photography and videography of your collection for your portfolio (managed by TikTok) +1 x editorial feature on SheerLuxe website and 6-month talent management contract with Blush Talent Management, SheerLuxe’s brand new fashion talent agency.
The deadline for this competition is 30th November 2023. A panel of judges will review the entries and a winner will be announced in January 2024, with a public announcement the following month.
To find out more about the criteria and how to apply tap here.
Today’s Free Zoom 1-hour Masterclass
This morning FEL’s Director, Caroline Ash, presented a 1-hour Zoom masterclass on cost effective sampling and production for up and coming businesses. Attendees included FTA students, FC Designer Workspace residents and external businesses.
Our free 1-hour masterclasses are packed full of information and are delivered by speakers with decades of industry knowledge and expertise. The next session will take place on Thursday 14th December and the topic will be Profitable Pricing: Strategies for Accurate Costing and Pricing in the Fashion Industry Tap the link and add to basket to book your free place, a Zoom link will be emailed closer to the date.
Saturday Pattern Cutting Class
If you would like to learn the art of pattern cutting but have commitments throughout the week we currently offer a small group Saturday class. Running alongside our popular Saturday Stitching Club at the FC Designer Workspace, tutor Angel is on hand to support with pattern tuition. This session can be adapted to attendees requests and knowledge levels.
Feedback from the first week included:
“The tutor was amazing. Kind, patient and genuinely tried to make sure we left with as many skills as we could learn.”
“Angel was simply amazing, she is so patient and pays attention to detail when explaining. I learnt so much in today’s session and I can’t wait to come back.”
The second session on Saturday 25th November has a focus on Bodice and Sleeves to find out more and book your place tap here.
Roll-on courses available at all campuses Islington, Haringey and Leicester:
If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
Masterclasses and Short Courses
12th December Repair and Upcycle Drop-In Workshop (FC Designer Collective Fonthill Road)
14th December Profitable Pricing: Strategies for Accurate Costing and Pricing in the Fashion Industry (Free via Zoom)
16th January Repair and Upcycle Drop-In Workshop (FC Designer Collective Fonthill Road)
23rd – 25th January Optitex Technology 2D and 3D 3-day course
This Week on FashionCapital…
Get inspiration at the REBEL 30 Years of NEWGEN Fashion Talent exhibition currently on at the Design Museum
Our in-house brand B of London is preparing to drop some new styles – perfect for the party season, more on this soon!
Until next time, have a great week,
From the Team at FashionCapital