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FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 9th January 2019
Dear all,

See You At Fashion SVP

This time next week, 16th January, our CEO, Jenny Holloway will be speaking at the bi-annual sourcing trade show Fashion SVP. The topic: ‘Sustainability; Can we really balance People, Planet and Profit?’ will discuss:

  • Collaborating towards a common objective for a better fashion industry
  • Finding and working with suppliers in an ethical way
  • Practical steps for responsible buying

Jenny will be joined by Tamsin Lejeune, CEO at CO, Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum and the panel session will be moderated by Lauretta Roberts, MD and Editor-in-Chief, The Industry. See you there to register to attend this event at Olympia, London click here

Trade Shows and CFE

Trade show season is very much upon us with London Fashion Week Men’s recently held at its new home The Truman Brewery in East London to The London Textile Fair, Fashion SVP and Jacket Required all coming up very soon. One show we have always supported and exhibited at the (Centre for Fashion Enterprise) CFE Manufacturers Trade Show has been scheduled for the 4th of April (London location to be announced) and sadly it will be the last one. Please put the 4th in your diary – the CFE have provided amazing support for up and coming brands over the years including the likes of Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Marques Almeida and Craig Green.

Mountain Warehouse Application Deadline

On the 23rd January we will be holding assessments at the Factory for the Mountain Warehouse apprenticeship If you are living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education then this could be your way in to the dynamic fashion industry.

International Women’s Day in Spain

Our CEO Jenny Holloway has been invited as a guest speaker at ‘The Make It Happen Spain 2019 Conference’. Coinciding with International Women’s Day the conference brings a mix of interviews, speakers, stands, networking and sunshine opportunities. Jenny will discuss who are the real Belles of London and the ethos behind the in-house brand, she will also share her top tips for fashion business start-ups. The conference takes place on the 8th March in Marbella, Spain. For more information click here.

TexIntel Podcast with Jenny Holloway

Can’t make it to sunny Spain? Then catch Jenny talking to Debbie McKeegan CEO of TexIntel about Belles of London and her extensive fashion career on this recent podcast.

Masterclasses & Courses Coming Your Way


Two new masterclasses have just been added to the schedule; first up we have ‘Getting to Grips with Intellectual Property’ with Rosie Burbidge. Rosie is an Intellectual Property Partner at Gunnercooke LLPand the author of European Fashion Law: A Practical Guide from Startup to Global Success. Rosie will guide masterclass attendees through the key intellectual property issues which the fashion industry faces on a day-to-day basis. She will also give her top tips on how to save costs and when you need to spend some money in order to invest in the future of your business.

To find out more and book click here.

We can also offer the one-day course ‘Essential Elements to Make your Pattern Production Ready’ with Maggie Stott. Production pattern making is often sidelined by the more glamorous sounding creative pattern making, but the reality is, the production pattern is the real star. Grading, marker making and manufacture cannot start without a production pattern, and the quality of its execution will set the standard for the whole factory process. Maggie is so knowledgeable, it’s a real privilege to be able to learn just a little of her skills! I’m really looking forward to learning more.” 

To find out more and book click here.

How To Develop a Super Memory Tomorrow with Eric Gilston

Eric Gilston’s masterclasses have gone down a storm with Fashion Enter’s apprentices and learners. His next masterclass takes place next Thursday 10th January and focuses on memory skills. This life enhancing 2-hour session is just £10- to find out more and book your place click here.

More masterclasses coming your way with Della Nelson:

Stage One – Who Is Your Customer

Stage Two – Planning Your Range

Stage Three – How to Sell Your Brand

How to Build A Successful Brand with Caren Downie 31st January

How to Do Your Own PR with Rosie Davies 21st February

New Gerber Dates
The next three-day Gerber Accumark digital pattern making course for beginners takes place on 2nd, 9th and 23rd February.

While the next intake for the Level 1 6-week Perfect Patterns Course to the 10-week Level 2 commences from the 11th February, for more information on these skill-building courses click here.

Come and Visit Us!

Every Friday is ‘Belles Fab Friday’ where we open our doors to show you what transparent British manufacturing is all about, as displayed rather aptly by the making of our own Belles of London garments. Later this month a group of bloggers will be taking the tour, if you would like to visit and see what we are all about please email hello@bellesoflondon.com and specify your date and time.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

If you want to make a statement with your next sewing project how about incorporating some fluorescent green crepe jersey? Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £6- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk 

Dean Craven from Business Growth Systems and FashionCapital mentor shares Part 2 of hisBusiness Plan advice: Strategy.

Oliver Spencer dedicates his Alpine inspired AW19 Show To Joe Casely-Hayford.

And Daniel w. Fletcher (image right) celebrates the textiles Heritage of the North with his latest collection showcased at London Fashion Week Men’s.

And Finally…

Our Belles pick this week is this semi-fitted, silk satin shirt. The ultimate luxury staple for any working wardrobe. Available atbellesoflondon.com in UK sizes 8 – 18.

More from the FashionCapital team next week.

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