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A Fashion Industry To Be Proud Of


FashionCapital Newsletter

25th April 2018
Dear all,


We all know too well that the fashion industry has long been tainted with poor practices, sweatshop labour, polluting chemicals and highly unethical workers rights. However, five years ago the Rana Plaza disaster really opened the world’s eyes to the ugly side of the industry and thanks to the likes of pioneering organisations such as Fashion Revolution, Fairtrade and Labour Behind the Label awareness and change is happening across the globe.For those of us, such as our Factory in North London, operating as ethically and transparently as possible we hope to shine the light on the positive side of the industry. We are really proud of the ethical and compliant factory we have developed right here in the UK and we are working proof that corners don’t have to be cut or workers rights compromised in the chase for profit in this industry. Key in ensuring every part of the manufacturing process is delivered effectively and transparently is the implementation of the Galaxius system, which documents the whole journey of the garment – all the way from sampling to delivery.


To read all about how Galaxius works and the transparency of our North London factory click here.

A Choral Performance on the Factory Floor

Yesterday, Tuesday 24th April, on the anniversary of Rana Plaza we had the pleasure of Tiverton Primary School Choir who gave an incredible performance on our factory floor! The intention was to uplift and bring joy to our factory workers. The choir did just that!

Following the performance we gave the school children aged 8 – 11 years old, a guided tour around the factory and taught them how their STEM subjects at school can relate to the fashion industry.

A Historic Moment in a Michaela Jedinak Dress 

Another positive story that took place yesterday… the first statue of a female in Parliament Square, London was unveiled. The statue of Suffragette leader Millicent Fawcett, who fought for the women’s right to vote 100 years ago, joins 11 other male statues in the square.

British feminist activist and journalist Caroline Criado Perez campaigned for the statue and spoke at the unveiling alongside Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Caroline selected Michaela Jedinak’s made-to-order ‘Cassandra’ body con dress in bold red to wear at this very poignant event. All of Michaela’s designs are produced at Fashion Enter’s ‘Fashion Studio’ in North London by our highly skilled team. A proud day indeed for us all!

Fashion Enter Pledges to Support Local Initiative

Fashion Enter has pledged to ‘inspire Tottenham’s next generation by delivering better educational and employment outcomes for young people.’ The Fashion Enter team will be hosting an Open Day factory tour and will talk to local young people about the various routes to learning and employment in the fashion and textile sector. To read more about this click here.

New Masterclass – The Digital Era for Fashion

Hosted by Socialrise UK, Camilla Walters and Paolo Santosuosso, this
masterclass will focus on the following:

+ Choosing wisely how to spend on communication with restricted budgets
+ The Power of Instagram
+ Websites as the global window to your brand
+ Evaluation of direct to consumer v wholesale
+ The evolution of e-commerce platforms and how to assess which one works for you
+ The importance of content and content creation in 2018

Essential for any developing brand this Masterclass takes place next Wednesday 2nd May 10.00 – 12.00 at FC HQ to book your place click here.

FTA Hub On Facebook

While we are on the subject of all things digital we have created a closed group on Facebook for all former, current and future learners at the Fashion Technology Academy and the highly skilled tutors teaching across all courses from Stitching, Pattern Cutting and the Apprenticeship Programme.

It is an opportunity to ask questions, network, promote yourself and discover opportunities to ensure your future career in the industry is a success!

To join click here.

Gutermann Masterclass This May

On the 9th May Guterrmann returns to the Fashion Technology Academy to deliver a masterclass on the causes and solutions to seam pucker for the Advanced Level 3 apprentices. The workshop will cover: Threads past and present, New Technology, 
causes and solutions of seam pucker and sewing stretch fabrics. 

Meet Our FTA Tutors

All of our Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) tutors are fully qualified and industry experienced, some are also certified assessors, even our very own CEO Jenny Holloway, is qualified in IAG.

Read all about our tutorsbackgrounds, expertise and courses they teach: Jo Price – Apprenticeship tutor, Dawn Foxall – Perfect Patterns tutor and Julia Burrows – Perfect Pattern Cutting tutor.

Courses To UpSkill Your Fashion Career

Claudette Joseph is offering TR Pattern Cutting taster course to get that creativity flowing, Saturday 28th April.

The next Perfect Patterns six-week course will commence from Monday 30th April. This course covers the fundamentals of pattern making: how to draft blocks and use them to create your patterns.

Technical Design and Pattern Cutting CAD Course a 16-week online study course plus 5 class meetings, including a session with pattern and fit guru Anastasia Vouyouka who is flying over especially from Greece to share her invaluable expert knowledge, will commence from the 11th and 12th May.

Gerber for Beginners – The next intensive three-day course led by industry experts Ben and Declan will take place on the 12th, 19th and 26th May.

To find out more about any of the courses and to book your place please contact: education@fashion-enter.com

Knitwear CPPD Masterclass

On 24th April designer and consultant Sue Mee Maudsley delivered a CPPD (Continual professional and personal development) Knitwear masterclass at The Factory to a cohort of Buying Admin Assistants and Buyers from the Arcadia Group.

The aim of the Knitwear Masterclass is to explore the technical aspect of knitwear such as the difference between knit and hand knits, how a garment is weighed and costed, how to make amendments on a knitwear garment and how to understand minimums on yarns and colours. The BAA’s learnt the importance of planning, costing techniques and much more! Amber from Wallis commented: ‘This was a very informative seminar, thank you.’ 

Our next CPPD workshop with Arcadia group takes place on 17th May with ‘Understanding Factories’ providing an in depth review on how an ethical factory operates.

Jenni to Speak at Fashions Finest Africa Conference 

Fashion Enter’s Development Director, Jenni Sutton, will be heading out to Lagos, Nigeria next month as a key speaker on manufacturing and how Nigerian Garment companies can plug in and produce for International brands as well as how brands can be developed out of Nigeria by entrepreneurs.

Click here to find out more about this conference and fashion show.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Lightweight 100% silk in a fresh shade of Cobalt blue, perfect for a striking summer outfit. Available now at £8- a metre at the FCFabricStudio.

This Week On FashionCapital and the FTA…

Designer Aimee Joyce joined the second stage TR Pattern Cutting course with master cutter Claudette Joseph at the Fashion Technology Academy and the results were astounding! Click here to find out more.

Welcome back Leyla! The original founder of the highly successful ‘Stitching Academy,’ based at Fashion Enter and the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) supported by ASOS.com, is back!

The Fairtrade Foundation is calling on more fashion and apparel brands and retailers to set a deadline by which they will deliver living wages in their supply chain.

Thanks to all that attended our third FC Fashion MeetUp last Thursday with guest speak Tina Baum, Buying Controller from River Island, read all about it here.

Data Protection for FC Subscribers

We need to update all our subscribers on DATA PROTECTION – Important New Regulations to protect your personal data. A new, Europe-wide, regulation comes into force soon which will affect you. The regulations are called GDPR, which stands for General Data Protection Regulations. They are designed to give you more control over how your personal data (such as email addresses, phone numbers etc.) is handled. We will soon be emailing you our Privacy Notice which tells you what you need to know about how we handle your data.

To read more about this click here.

And Finally…

See you at Make it British Live! On the 23rd and 24th May at The Old Truman Brewery, London. Previously called ‘Meet the Manufacturer’, this unique trade show prides itself on being the only sourcing event exclusively showcasing British manufacturers and producers.

More from the FashionCapital team next time, until then we wish you a great week.

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