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Passion, Focus, Knowledge and Perfect Fit



FashionCapital Newsletter
14th February 2018

Dear all,

A very big thank-you to all that attended the second instalment of the ‘FC Fashion Meetup’ last night. FashionCapital HQ was rammed with plenty of networking attendees and the Prosecco was flowing!

Many thanks to Shailina Parti, our Big, Black Sofa speaker, guests were hanging on her every insightful word. Lots of information gems such as: “The four points of creating a brand: Passion, focus, knowledge about business and creation of the perfect fit.” Drawing on her experiences and successes at Jaeger, followed by Monsoon Accessorize and currently Jigsaw Clothing her advice was truly invaluable for designers!

Just in from Northern Ireland, the Derry Collective also gave guests a taste of their developing labels, each designer set up an edited exhibition stand and previewed their creative ideas. This morning the group attended a Fashion Enter CPPD workshop with Caroline Ash and will receive further mentoring this afternoon.

Here is Shailina with MP for Foyle, former MLA and mayor of Derry City and Strabane district council Elisha McCallion.

Elisha commented: “Excellent event as part of #londonfashionweekshowcasing designers from #TheDerrydesigncollective. Great opportunities to showcase local talent and hear from Shailina Parti at Jigsaw!”

Derry Designer Joanne Doherty of Piece Makes Ltd with Celtic heart pictured with the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. Since the start of the Derry Designer Start-Up programme orders have increased by 75%! Jenny Holloway states: “I’ve never known anyone so ‘fast off the mark’ as Joanne. She’s an absolute pleasure to mentor and has a big can-do attitude!”

Watch this space for the next installment of the FC Fashion Meetup.

LFW Here We Come!

Our team of reporters and photographers are preparing, once again, to capture all the action from this season’s London Fashion Week. Additionally our CEO, Jenny Holloway, is also headlining on the agenda with her ‘Let’s Talk Fashion Business’ interactive discussion. Hosted by Fashion’s Finest during LFW on Saturday 17th February Jenny’s topic will cover ‘what exactly an ethical factory is’ to find out more and attend this free event click here.

Investment in T-Skills to Ensure Economy Growth

Reflecting on the recent UCL Institute of Education National Conference Paul Grainger, Centre for Education and Work Enterprise Lead, at UCL Institute of Education, has compiled this article, which discusses the urgent need for a generation of skilled and qualified employees. Click here to read the full article.

Courses to Upskill Your Fashion CV

This February and March we have some excellent taster and CPD courses for the more experienced taking place at our North London HQ including:

TR Pattern Cutting taster courseon 23rd February from 10am – 1pm – £65

2 Day TR Pattern Cutting Master Course

Production Pattern Cutting with Maggie Stott commencing Saturday 10th March, 17th March and 24th of March.

Pattern Grading 2 day course with Maggie Stott commencing on 24th February and 3rd March.

And Gerber for Beginners a 3 day course – Saturday 24th February, 3rd March and 10th March from 10.00 – 16.00 each day.

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

Design Consultant Gabby Shiner-Hill will be hosting ‘Design Process and Product Development’ on Monday 26th February, followed by ‘Future-Proofing Your Brand With Trend Forecasting’ presented by Lester Pedersen, the Creative Director of TRENDZOOM forecast service.

All masterclasses are £40 per session with 20% off for members click here for details.

In the News…

Kate Farley takes a look at up and coming designers that have just shown on the New York Fashion Week schedule.

JoJo Iles reviews the recently opened ‘Royal Women’ exhibition at the Fashion Museum, destined to be a sure fire winner with the tourists.

Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston advises on managing your time and your priorities in his latest ‘advice & support’ article.

And we celebrate the achievements of women, in the company and beyond, with a very special mention of our own CEO in a recent Drapers interview with Carolyn Springett, CEO New & Lingwood.

New In at the FC Fabric Studio

Adonia African Inspired Snake Skin Jersey. A beautiful snakeskin printed jersey with a hint of warmth and slightly more stretch than a typical Jersey, as well as a softer feel to the touch. This can be used the same way as a normal Jersey fabric. Now available on the FCFabricStudio.com at £3.50 a metre.

FC Welcomes…

Vanessa Hill has joined the team as our Marketing Assistant, a warm welcome to Vanessa!

And Finally…

Happy Valentine’s Day! According to a national poll, on behalf of Clintons, Valentine’s Day is moving beyond romance with parents, children, siblings and grandchildren now receiving cards and gifts. Whoever your Valentine is – it’s no bad thing to share some love!

Until next time, have a fantastic week.

The Team at FashionCapital.

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