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An Investment in Knowledge Pays the Best Interest


FashionCapital Newsletter

Thursday 9th August 2018


Dear all,

A Fashion Enter Summer Wedding

It’s not every week the Development Director of Fashion Enter / FashionCapital AKA Jenni Sutton gets married! Yes, yesterday was the big day for Jenni and James, hence the delay in this weeks’ newsletter! After James’ visa drama, threat of deportation and even a feature in the Evening Standard, Jenni and James are now official – congratulations to the happy couple.

Here is the bride with Beth, Jenny Beth and our CEO Jenny Holloway – looking summery and gorgeous. 

Invest in Knowledge  

It was interesting to read in The Times that Sir Philip Green has just invested in education, adding Global University Systems to his extensive portfolio. Upskilling and education is fundamental to the success of our industry and you can never have enough skills or understanding across the entire production process.

Click here to find out about the range of workshops, CPPD’s, courses and apprenticeships that we currently provide.

Making A Difference

There is nothing more genuinely satisfying than seeing the learners, apprentices and start-up brands that we work with develop, grow and forge their way into the highly competitive fashion sector. Recently Val Navea joined our FTA Stitching Academy course Level 1 and 2 and her enthusiasm and positivity about what we do simply had to be shared:

“By chance, I came across Fashion Enter and it now feels like the perfect environment and spiritual home for me! I cannot thank you enough or thank the tutors enough for such an amazing experience here and I’m very proud to have completed Levels 1 & 2 of my Industrial Sewing course. I have witnessed so many wonderful moments, watching others grow (as I have been improving on my basic sewing skills) and truly believe that Fashion Enter is what I’ve always strived to recreate and be part of.”

Val has a highly impressive CV and is now looking to set up a small manufacturing company with her partner. Additionally she has offered to work with Fashion Enter on a voluntary basis so as to deepen her understanding of how we operate a fully compliant and ethical factory. Made in Britain starts right here!

New Vetigraph Dates

Our popular Vetigraph Digital Pattern Cutting Course is back scheduled for the 24th and 25th of September.

Course content includes:

•Creating a block pattern directly on the system

•Creating a pattern from the block

•Creation of dart, fullness, adding volume

•Digitise patterns

•Pattern amendments

•Generate and naming pattern pieces

•Adding seam allowance

To find out more and book your place click here.


TR Pattern Cutting Taster Course & Stitching For Absolute Beginners

 Also taking place on Saturday 1st of September we have the TR Pattern Cutting Taster Course. TR Pattern Cutting is a form of origami pattern cutting, which translates into immediate and intuitive 3D creations, in opposition to the more conventional way of drafting. Led by TR pattern super master Claudette Joseph, learners are introduced to this highly effective technique, suitable for beginners. This 3-hour class costs £65 to book click here.


Beginners Stitching 1 & 2 Day Options

 For those wanting to learn how to use a sewing machine and begin to make their own garments then the next Stitching for Absolute Beginners course will take place on Saturday 1st of September. Choose from a one-day £120 or two-days £199 of tuition from our highly experienced tutors. Both days include lunch and we can guarantee that you will know how to operate a sewing machine and make basic garments by the time you leave.

To find out more and book your place contact: education@fashion-enter.com

Masterclasses Coming Soon


How To Do Your Own PR – Thursday 6th Sept – 10am – 12pm.



How to Start Your Own Brand with Caren Downie will take place at FashionCapital HQ on Thursday 20th September 11am – 1pm.

Good Luck to Tumaini Football Brand Kickstarter Campaign

Anthony Oteng, Founder and Director of Tumaini Football comments:


“I have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for my football brand ‘Tumaini Football’. Through crowdfunding, I plan to further develop and source a manufacturer for a unique patent pending football shirt that I have been working on for the past 2 years. The project is called ‘RNP: Removable Name Panels’. The project was developed and sampled by the team at Fashion Enter/FashionCapital (who were amazing!) but we now need help to take the project to the next level. Support and shares would be greatly appreciated.


Fabric Studio September Sale

You can now purchase our fantastic fabrics direct from Instagram, Facebook, via www.FCFabricStudio.com and even in person at the next fabric sale on 1st September!

Fabric Swatch of the Week


According to the press this sunny, hot summer is set to continue well into autumn, with this in mind we have picked out this floral printed jersey with added stretch. Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £5.50 a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk 


We take a look at the brand SEP, Founder and CEO Roberta Ventura and her team work with talented embroiderers; female refugees, who treasure the cross-stitch technique that has been passed down from generation to generation.


Callum Cliffe meanwhile, reports on the fabric Econyl made from waste products often found in our oceans, such as fishing nets, old carpets and other non-degradables.

Image left: Katies Jones X AURIA SS17 using Econyl

And for Members only we offer expert tips on cash flow and 10 ways to maintain it.

And Finally… 

Letters to the editor. We want to hear from you and get to know about your needs. Are you seeking more business advice or want to get informed on up and coming trends? Please feel free to email JoJo with your opinions on what you would like to see on FashionCapital: jojo@fashioncapital.co.uk 



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


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