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Newsletter 4th December 2019

Dear all,

A Very Big Thank-You

This week we are feeling extremely thankful for the continued support that we receive from external fashion businesses. Alvanon, the global innovations company specialising in fit and sizing for the apparel industry, have previously provided Fashion-Enter / FashionCapital bursaries for promising students as well as donating a range of Alfaform technical fit mannequins. This week Alvanon offered our new Tailoring Academy an extensive range of ex-demo stock mannequins, including various sized women, men, children and maternity forms, perfect for ensuring best fit practices. A very big thank-you to Alvanon for this generous donation.

And that’s not all, Sarah Kane founder of the luxury, workwear brand for women, Bow Savile, has very kindly donated lots of fabric and components for our learners at the Fashion Technology Academy and Tailoring Academy to utilise. Ethical and sustainable Bow Savile is all about creating high quality clothing that can be worn time and time again – made at our North London Fashion Studio. Thank-you Sarah!

Join the Designer Collective in London N4

Howie designs

We announced last week that our Designer Collective shop is now open. Located at 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4, the shop offers selling space to local fashion design talent alongside fabrics, haberdashery plus an onsite bespoke service. This week Brand & Development Manager, Stephanie, has been holding meetings to discuss the ongoing project with Islington Council and how we can best engage the local community. Stephanie has also been meeting with local designers and can confirm that two new names are now stocked at the Collective – womenswear by Howie plus swimwear and stunning accessories by Tricia Blake and her brand Diva Choice.

Diva Choice

If you are based in the North London area would like to join this exciting retail project please contact: stephanie@fashion-enter.com

Stephanie and Tricia (Diva Choice)

Ethical Gift Ideas with Ethical Brand Directory

Ethical Brand Directory (EBD) have put together a Conscious Christmas Gift Guide for those wanting to #shopethicalinstead. In the ‘Gifts for Her’ section EBD have selected the Belles of London Justina jumpsuit in decadent red velvet. Click here to check out all the gift guides for him, her and kids.

BBC Radio 4 at the Factory

Caroline, Patrick and Jenny

Yesterday, Tuesday 3rd December, our very own CEO Jenny Holloway was interviewed on-site at the Factory by Patrick Grant (best known as a judge on the television programme – The Great British Sewing Bee) and producer/presenter of ‘In Business’ on Radio 4, Caroline Bayley. Jenny showed them around the Factory while discussing the topic of fast fashion v’s slow fashion. The feature is due to air mid-January 2020. More on this in the New Year.

Visiting our Ethical North London Factory

F&F Tesco

Also visiting the Factory this week we had staff from F&F at Tesco and an educational visit for Retail degree students at the University for the Creative Arts. Both groups took a tour of the factory and gained insight into how our ethical production facility operates.


Do You Need Studio Space?

Are you looking for studio space? Located at FashionCapital HQ in North London we have studio space available to rent within our creative hub. The space includes the latest machinery, pattern cutting tables, desk space, computer and skilled technicians. To find out more about the facilities, opening times and cost please click here.

FREE Optitex Introductory Masterclass This Friday 6th December

Optitex has become the pattern cutting CAD system of choice among some of the biggest High Street retailers and is soon to become the leading fashion product development tool on the market. Senior Pattern Cutter and Optitex tutor Claire Solley will provide a FREE masterclass on the Opititex CAD system and how it can benefit your business. This will also include a tour of Fashion-Enter’s ethical SMETA and Fast Forward audited factory. Due to take place Friday 6th December 2019 from 10am – 12pm at Fashion-Enter ltd, Unit 13 / 14 Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ. Click here to book your place.

Masterclasses Available:

Free Introduction to Optitex – 6th November 2019

Introduction to Sewing: Making a Tote Bag – 6th December 2019

Thinking Positively & Effective Communication (free) with Eric Gilston – 12th December 2019

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners course – 15th, 16th and 17th January 2020

Essential Alterations & Upcycling Techniques – 22nd & 29th January 2020

Fabric Swatch of the Week

You can’t get more festive than a pop of bright red! Experiment with this seasonal red chiffon available at the FCFabricStudio now at £3.50 per meter.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

If you’re a Fashion CEO who wants to realign their ambitions for the New Year, we offer some tips and tricks.

We offer tips on what you need to do to start your own mobile fashion business in ‘Advice & Support.

Wanting to shop more responsibly this Christmas? We offer 3 sustainable fabric tips on what to look for when buying fashion and accessories this festive season.

Plus we reveal our latest retail initiative with Islington Council and invite locals to get involved.

And Finally…

It’s party time and the Belles have come up with a selection of outfits to dazzle and shine in over the coming weeks. Tap here to view the latest pieces.           

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