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A Positive Spotlight on Leicester


Newsletter 12th June 2024

Impact for Workers – Connection and Collaboration

This afternoon, FAB-L (Fashion-workers Advice Bureau – Leicester) is hosting an immersive event, ‘Impact for Workers – Connection and Collaboration’, alongside FCFTA Leicester, Labour Behind the Label, ASOS, Transform Trade and others. 

The core aim of this event is to shine some “positivity” on the UK’s largest garment manufacturing sector – Leicester, and to explore collective efforts on creating a supportive ecosystem for the industry and its workers.

Open to garment factories and their employees, today’s interactive event will highlight efforts to advance the sector while promoting fair labour practices.

Team members from FEL / FCFTA will be present to explain how they can support with essential training and courses, such as the Level 1 Award in Workers’ Rights and Labour exploitation along with support for Made in the UK supply chains.

Check our socials for the latest on this event.

Free Business Advice With FEL at Newtown College

NPTC Group of Colleges, in partnership with Fashion-Enter Ltd, is hosting an event titled “Reaching New Markets for Small Business Owners” on Tuesday, 25th June at Newtown College, Powys, Wales.

This free event will feature Fashion-Enter Ltd CEO, Jenny Holloway, who will share her experience in founding and growing her fashion company. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from Jenny’s success in reaching new markets and creating an award-winning company known for excellence in garment manufacturing. Small business owners from across Powys are invited to attend to gain valuable insights and network with like-minded individuals.

For more information and to register for the event please scan the QR code on the flyer.

Camden Choices and Opportunities

This morning, 12th June, Manuela from the FTA had a table at the Camden Choices and Opportunities Day to inform attendees about the training, studios and courses we provide at the FC Designer Workspace. The event was aimed at adults 19+, looking for support and advice on education, careers and employment in Camden and surrounding London boroughs.

Graduate Celebration

Over at The Truman Brewery in east London Graduate Fashion Week is well underway and yesterday, Leah and Jasmine attended the busy schedule of shows and talks, alongside the GFW exhibition.

Leah comments: “Yesterday at Graduate Fashion Week, Bath Spa students showcased exceptional talent in design and garment creation. The atmosphere was electric, capturing the essence of fashion’s future unfolding in front of our eyes.

It was also refreshing to see the industry’s hottest issues, such as sustainability and ethics, addressed in a way that resonated with small, independent designers. 

“There’s more to come, especially tomorrow, Thursday 13th June, with the ‘Best Of’ show. This event will feature the Graduate Fashion Week X Ellesse finalists’ designs that have been produced by the Fashion Studio team right here in our Factory. Catch the collection tomorrow on our Social Media –  @fashionenterltd!

Unbelievably Useful and Lots of Fun

Yesterday we held the June edition of our Repair and Upcycle drop-in at the FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Road and the space was buzzing with creative energy.

Feedback included: “This event is unbelievably useful and lots of fun learning and developing skills. The organisers / helpers are very supportive, patient and kind hearted – a joy to work with.”

“I have made huge progress with my project (saving a coat) that I couldn’t find anyone else to tackle, and I have been learning skills as well as building confidence.”

“This workshop and space has a welcoming vibe. The teachers are very skilled and helpful.”  

Do you have any unworn garments in need of repair, alteration, or perhaps can be reworked into something new? This is the place to drop-in, gain expert support and use industrial machines, and thanks to Islington Council, the session is free, please register as numbers are limited. 

The next session will take place 16th July – Repair and Upcycling Drop In

Summer of Sewing

Learn how to make, repair, alter and upcycle clothing with us! Throughout the summer we are holding a series of courses aimed at either beginner or intermediate level. We can offer 1-day courses, including: 

Creating a Dress

Creating a Skirt

Creating a Pair of Trousers

Creating a Sleeved Bodice

These are 1-day intermediate classes, if you are looking for beginner sessions we are running our popular 1-day Upcycle workshop and 4-day Stitching and Patterns classes taught by our experienced and friendly team.

To see all the summer courses on offer tap here.

Ongoing Courses

Roll-on courses available at all campuses Islington, Haringey and Leicester: 

Level 1 & 2 in Stitching

Level 1 & 2 in Patterns

Various Levels in Tailoring

Diploma in Fashion Design and Business 

If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: education@fashion-enter.com to enquire.

Masterclasses and Short Courses 

Courses for June and July…


29th June – Saturday Stitching Club: Introduction to Sewing – FC Designer Workspace – £30

13th July – Saturday Stitching Club: Introduction to Sewing – FC Designer Workspace – £30

29th July – 1st Aug – 4-Day Beginners Stitching course – FC Designer Workspace – £100

Pattern Cutting:

29th July – 1st Aug – 4-Day Beginners Pattern Cutting course – FC Designer Workspace – £100

Repair and Upcycling:

16th July – Repair and Upcycling Drop In – FC Designer Collective shop – free

Support and Advice:

26th June – Crafting a Powerful Business Plan in the Fashion Industry – Via Zoom – free 


3rd – 5th July – 3-Day Style3D course for Beginners – FTA / Styleverse Innovation Centre Haringey – £199

Tap here for more dates and classes taking place throughout the summer.

Looking for a specific course? Contact us: 0208 809 3311

education@fashion-enter.com www.FCFTA.com 

This Week on FashionCapital…

Style3D is running an Olympic themed 3D design competition, tap here to find out more.

And Finally…

Last Thursday marked the final showcase of the Fashion Technology Academy’s first under-18 Level 3 course at City & Islington College. Over the past year, students honed their sewing and designing skills, attending classes twice a week at the FC Designer Workspace. 

In the final two months, they worked tirelessly to complete their final garments, demonstrating remarkable precision for their level. The results were impressive, with all students achieving a high standard of artistic and technical skill. Two students stood out in particular: one, influenced by the underground grunge scene, crafted a menacing masterpiece using 100% recycled materials found in bins or on the street. Another created a striking dress overlay using themes of red and white to replicate the human skeletal structure, vividly portraying the intricacies of the human body. Well done Level 3’s! To find out more about our Level 3 courses tap here.

Until next time, have a great week.

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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