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Newsletter 30th September 2020
It’s Official – The FC Designer Collective
Exciting news…last Friday 25th September the FC Designer Collective officially opened. The result of a partnership between Islington Council, local communities and social enterprise Fashion-Enter Ltd.
Co-funded by Islington Council and the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund in partnership with LEAP, the FC Designer Collective provides selling space for local creatives alongside alterations, bespoke services, stitching tuition and business support.
Cllr Asima Shaikh, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Inclusive Economy and Jobs, attended the launch morning, she said: “I’m thrilled to see the FC Designer Collective open for business. It really is a testament to what can be achieved with a shared vision for Islington’s economic recovery to build back better in the post-Covid world, creating a fairer, stronger economy that works for everyone.”
Jenny Holloway, chief executive of Fashion-Enter, said: “How forward-thinking is this! Islington is creating its own circular economy of creatives, with the FC Designer Collective providing a space for upskilling, qualifications and a quality place to sell collections.”
Jules Pipe, London’s Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, said: “We’re pleased to support this project which will create opportunities for the community, boost the local economy, support small businesses and create jobs which pay the London Living Wage.”
As you can imagine arranging a media launch at this time was quite a logistical challenge however, the team worked hard to ensure that the designers, council members and press were staggered throughout the morning session. Well done to all involved, so far you can read all about this unique retail launch via the Islington Gazette, Islington Council, UKFT and Finsbury Park + Stroud Green.
To read more about what the FC Designer Collective offers and the creatives featured in-store click here.
The FC Designer Collective store is at 113-115, Fonthill Road, N4 3HH. Opening hours are: 10am-5pm, Tuesday – Saturday.
Tomorrow Clubhouse Fashion Online Discussion
Tomorrow, 1st October, Global Fashion Marketplace will be hosting ‘Clubhouse Fashion’, an interactive virtual event with thought-provoking discussions on the industry’s most pressing topics. Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway has been invited to speak and will join Alessia Gotti, Sustainable Textiles Agent, Shivang Desai founder of Bigthinx, and Akhil Sivanandan, co-founder of Green Story to discuss the pandemic’s impact on sustainability in the fashion industry.
To find out more and register for this event tap here.
Make it British Live! Online
Last week Fashion-Enter exhibited its services virtually at the ‘Make it British Live! Online’ 2-day event. Fashion-Enter’s Jenny Holloway also made up an informative panel of six at the ‘Sketchpad to Shopping Bag – The Future of Fashion Production & Fulfilment’ keynotediscussion. The mood amongst the panel was unanimous, while Covid-19 and Brexit have placed a heavy shadow across the country it could also provide the hard push that the UK manufacturing industry needs to restructure and modernise.
Over 1,000 individuals attended the virtual event within the first 2-hours, with thanks to Kate Hills and her team, making connections with the UK manufacturing industry is incredibly important right now.
To find out more about the discussion click here.
Just In…Erdem Apprenticeship
The Erdem production team are offering an exciting apprenticeship opportunity for an enthusiastic team member who would like to gain experience of working within a Production Department of a high-end womenswear brand.
To view this post and the seven other apprenticeship positions we have on offer please click here.
Just a few places remaining on our October 3-day Gerber Accumark course for beginners.
Fabric Swatch of the Week
This week we’ve picked out this geometric print silk, perfect for creating a classic shirt that will take you from desk to dinner. Available at £8.00 per metre from the FC Fabric Studio.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
More exciting news…Fashion-Enter is expanding, watch out for details next week!