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A Date with 10 Downing Street


Newsletter 17th April 2024

Flying the Flag for UK Made at No. 10

It’s not everyday you get invited to the Prime Minister’s residence, however today is the day! This morning at 10am Fashion-Enter Ltd Founder and CEO Jenny Holloway and Director Beth Davy-Day joined fellow manufacturers for a unique, matchmaking event at 10 Downing Street. 

Jenny said: “What a superb initiative ‘Manufacturing Matchmaking for the UK Fashion Industry’ was today at 10 Downing Street.    

“A fantastic opportunity to showcase high quality British manufacturing to the best of British brands and designers. It was great to reconnect with old acquaintances too – we need Kate Hill’s Make It British annual event back!  Plus we need to showcase overseas too! Fly that flag.

“Thank-you to 10 Downing Street and the Board of Trade for organising today, and also to Malcolm Offord, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department of Business and Trade, along with all the brands that came to greet us! How inspiring this was.”

Informal Roundtable at the House of Commons

It seems policy and politics are today’s theme as Jenny is also attending the House of Commons this afternoon. She will be joining Emma Watkinson – Silkfred, Nick Beighton – Matches, John Lyttle – Boohoo and Simon Platts – Recomme for an informal roundtable discussion with Labour MP Catherine West.

AI in Fashion Webinar This Friday

Due to limited availability and high interest in our successful day-long AI in Fashion conference, held in partnership with InnovateUK KTN and Style3D in February, registration is now open for a condensed webinar on the subject. 

FEL will be joining InnovateUK and Style3D for an AI in Fashion Webinar on Friday 19th April, from 10:00 to 11:15am. Exploring the intersection of artificial intelligence and the fashion industry, delving into innovative approaches to modernise and enhance sustainability within the sector, tap here to find out more and register, this is a free event.

Super Sale Saturday 27th April

Come along to Fashion-Enter’s HQ on Crusader Estate in Haringey on Saturday 27th April from 10am for a super sale. Thanks to investment from the Postcode Innovation Trust FEL is restructuring the factory into a fully equipped into a repair, recycle and reprocessing unit alongside its manufacturing facilities. We are therefore selling off surplus machines, tables, fabrics and more. Perfect for home sewers, small brands and designers. The sale is open to all.

Super Sale, Saturday 27th April from 10am at Fashion-Enter Ltd, Unit 13 Crusader Estate
167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ nearest tube Manor House

Go Ahead for Multiply Course 

FC Fashion Technology Academy Leicester has been given the go ahead for another year of Multiply courses. Now in its third-year FEL Leicester initially piloted the course that focuses on numeracy and maths understanding in daily life, home, and work for adult learners.

Further info and dates to be announced in due course.

Empowering Youth Through Fashion

Arsenal and Adidas recently collaborated to provide 30 young individuals from various No More Red charity partners to take part in a transformative four-part fashion workshop series. The group learned about the garment life cycle, heard from industry professionals, and had the opportunity to design and make a t-shirt, this part was facilitated by the FEL team. One winning t-shirt, by Nellie Rose, was selected to reflect Arsenal and community, and is now on sale at The Armoury and Arsenal Direct.

Nellie’s T-Shirt design now on sale

Tap here for a short film discussing the project. Well done to Nellie and all involved.


This week the FEL team has been supporting the annual Fashion Revolution Week campaign on social media. Visit our socials on instagram, Facebook, TikTok and X to see FEL’s merry team at work.

Join in this Saturday as Fashion Revolution promotes a global #mendinpublicday

What are you repairing?

Current Job Vacancies

We currently have two job positions available to join the FEL team:

Fashion Studio Coordinator

Production Coordinator

All the details can be found in the links.

Evening and Weekend Classes at FC Designer Workspace

Alongside our established course schedule we can offer evening and weekend classes at the FC Designer Workspace in Islington. The education team have added a variety of short courses and workshops in stitching, pattern cutting, repairs, upcycling and digital design. 

Take your pick from affordable 1 – 4 day courses, evening and weekend sessions. Learn from our friendly and knowledgeable team whether you are a beginner or more experienced. 

Courses and Workshops Coming Up…

Repair and Upcycling:

13th May: Free Repair and Upcycle Drop-In workshop – FC Designer Collective shop, Fonthill Road, Islington


22 April: Introduction to Sewing (evening class) – £35 – FC Designer Workspace, Islington

24th April: Introduction to Sewing (evening class) – £35 – FC Designer Workspace, Islington

29th April – 2nd May: 4-Day Beginners Stitching course – £75 – FTA Leicester

Pattern Cutting:

18th May: Saturday Pattern Cutting Class (Made to measure skirt) – £35 – FC Designer Workspace, Islington

Support and Advice: 

30th April: Strategies to Create an Ethical Brand from Yarn Sourcing to Workers’ Rights Zoom masterclass – free


Please contact education@fashion-enter.com for the next session

Tap here for more dates and classes

This Week on FashionCapital…

Amalie Roege Hove wins the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation and Adeju Thompson wins the International Woolmark Prize Award at the International Woolmark Prize 2023 at Le Petit Palais on May 15, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for The Woolmark Company)

Attention Emerging Designers: Applications Now Open for the 2025 International Woolmark Prize

And Finally…

Cities are first and foremost made by its people. Jan Kattein’s new book, Londoners Making London will be in the bookshops from 22nd April 2024, and Fashion-Enter Ltd’s Founder, Jenny Holloway is in it!

Tap here to find out more about this book and FEL’s / Jenny’s involvement.

Until next time, have a great week.

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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