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Newsletter 16th October 2019

Dear all,

Forward-Thinking Technologies

Yesterday, 15th October, CEO Jenny Holloway was a guest speaker at the EFI Optitex – ‘Connecting the Supply Chain with 3D’ half-day event in Leicester. Jenny and the Fashion-Enter team are avid supporters of forward-thinking technologies that develop smarter and leaner foundations for the British fashion manufacturing industry.

Jenny Holloway comments: “This was an inspiring event that really reflected how the retail industry is in an eye of disruptive storm but there are ways forward and it’s all about working leaner, smarter and certainly not harder. 

“We are hoping that we can create a Micro Factory to show how print and cut work in today’s retail environment with EFI Optitex and also combine with Twine which is where you dye to match thread so there is no wastage of thread cones either.

“This is an exciting time to be in retail but it’s not for the faint hearted and retailers and manufacturers really do need to be joined at the hip! Preparing for the future we are proud to be offering Optitex classes . A huge thank-you to EFI Optitex for inviting me to speak to industry in Leicester yesterday.”

The first EFI Optitex credited Level 4 short course will be running at the Fashion Technology Academy next week from Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th October 2019 – to find out more and book a place please contact Stephanie – stephanie@fashion-enter.com

ASOS.com CEO Confirmed to Speak at Tailoring Academy Launch

We are thrilled to announce that Nick Beighton CEO of ASOS.com will take time out of his packed schedule to speak at the Tailoring Academy launch evening next month. Further speakers and guests to be announced.

N17 Creative Callings 

If you have just started or are looking to grow a creative business and are based in the Tottenham Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) then we can help. Under the N17 Creative Callings initiative we can offer a wide range of business skills and support to ensure your business is a success.

Please get in touch and we will advise on how we can help you and your business. Contact Esme: esme@fashion-enter.com

Another Local Initiative Coming Your Way

We’re gearing up for an exciting new programme whereby we can support designers in certain postcodes free of charge! 

Howie Burka is currently on a Stitching course with us, she comments: “When I first started stitching I had no idea how complicated and skilled it is. Now I can use all machines and my speed and accuracy is improving all the time.  The teachers here have been brilliant. Now I’m ready for my own modesty brand and I’m so excited.  This is what I’ve always wanted to do.”

More on this initiative soon.

Now Available on Little Mistress

Little-mistress.com, the one-stop fashion shop for party and ocassionwear, is now stocking selected items from the Belles of London collections. Tap the link to view Belles dresses, jumpsuits and glamorous swimwear.

New Belles Designs Launching Soon

Each Belle has designed an item for Autumn/Winter; here is a fabric sneak peek from one of the designs! 

Educational Factory Tour and Seminar

Last week a group of Business students from York St. John University came to the Factory for a 2-hour educational tour and seminar tailored to their studies. Here is what the course leader had to say:

“The visit was fantastic thanks to your efficiency in ensuring everything requested was included and that it all ran smoothly. Caroline was so very thorough and explained everything very well. The Yorks St John University students gained a great deal and really enjoyed it. Please do pass on my thanks to Caroline and patient machinists and other personnel whilst we walked round and stared in admiration! I will definitely recommend.” – Jane

To find out more about our educational factory tours click here.

1-2-1 Gerber Tuition

This week our resident Gerber tutor Ben Cooper has been working 1-2-1 with student, Aiore, offering dedicated guidance and invaluable tuition on using Gerber AccuMark digital pattern making software. Aiore comments: “I am learning basic skills for Gerber. Through completing the exercises, many more tools/ topics are covered and practicality – which I think is a big plus. Ben is very knowledgeable of the system, therefore trouble shooting is made easy.” 

Ben’s Gerber for Beginners (for the next beginners course in November click here)  and Advanced masterclasses are restricted to small groups to ensure the best outcomes, if however you feel you would benefit from a 1-2-1 session then please get in touch, these can be booked by the hour, contact Stephanie – stephanie@fashion-enter.com with your request.

Retail Defined – 1-Day Seminar New Date

New Date for Retail Defined: You Must Change or You Will Die – 1 Day seminar: Thursday 16th January 2020 to enquire and book a place please contact: stephanie@fashion-enter.com

Raising Your Game! Thursday 24th October

Next Week Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston is back with his free masterclass on ‘Raising Your Game’. This 2-hour masterclass will help you understand how your attitude affects your altitude, to learn the value of networking and to understand that there is more from within you. Click here to find out more and book your place

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Also available via our new look FCFabricStudio – fabric trims such as this purple scallop lace. Available now at £1.25 per piece.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Our resident Legal Eagle Nick Gould shares his notes on:

The Value of a Contract in Writing

And Paper Trails…The Key to Many Things

Meanwhile Kate Farley reveals who was awarded the prestigious Karl Lagerfeld accolade from the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers in her latest weekly edition of The Fashion Fix.

Until next time have a great week.

The team at FashionCapital.co.uk

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