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Newsletter 28th April 2021

The FTA Makes the Tes Shortlist

The Fashion-Enter team are thrilled to hear that its educational division, the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA), has been shortlisted in the Tes FE Awards 2021. The Tes FE Awards, now in its 10th year, is further education’s most prestigious awards ceremony, shining the spotlight on the achievements of the sector. The FTA has been shortlisted in the ‘Training Provider of the Year’ category. The winners from each of the 18 categories will be announced via an online ceremony on the 28th May 2021. 

Esme Tecle Operations Manager at the FTA commented: “I am delighted that all of our exciting hard work in our enrichment and industry-led best practices has been recognised by Tes. For the last two years we have had 100% success rates in our award qualifications reflecting that we firmly put the learner at the heart of our training provision.”

Tap here to find out more about this award and the FTA.

3 Apprentices Required at Mountain Warehouse

Outdoor gear specialist Mountain Warehouse is currently looking for 3 apprentices to join its busy team. The ideal candidates will work towards a grade 3 apprentice qualification in Garment Technology. The positions will be based at the Mountain Warehouse London office four days a week with further training with the Fashion Technology Academy one day a week for a 24-month period. This is a brilliant opportunity to gain hands-on fashion experience with an established brand. Tap here to find out more and apply, a virtual assessment is due to take place 21st May.

Junior Garment Technologist Required

Mint Velvet is looking for a Junior Garment Technologist for a fixed term maternity contract commencing this June. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience at an Assistant or Junior Garment Tech level in a similar business. This position offers a competitive starting salary and great career prospects, to find out more and apply tap here.

Newtown Rugby Club Badge Competition

At the end of last year Newtown Rugby Club launched a competition with Fashion-Enter in Wales to design a new club logo and the response was fantastic!

The club is celebrating 50 years since it reformed in 1972, and as they have over 100 children playing rugby, they also have excellent links with local schools. They felt it was a natural place to turn when looking for inspiration to design a new club badge, it also coincided with lockdown and half term in Wales and so they thought it would be a good time to launch a design project, and they were not wrong!

Having been delayed by COVID enforced school closures; the Club & Fashion-Enter is delighted to finally be able to showcase the winners and highly commended entries from the competition. It was agreed that the winning design captured the essence of the club, using the club colours of red and green with a dragon placed at the heart of a shield badge design; all of these features have translated into the new club badge.

The judges have also selected some highly commended entries from all of the schools that engaged with the project. You can see the amount of time and effort that went into their designs and all involved wanted to recognise this. All those selected will receive a branded bobble hat as recognition of their fantastic efforts.

Big thanks to all involved it is fantastic to work on projects like this that really bring the community together.


Optitex Today

Today, 28th April, Optitex / Senior Pattern Cutter tutor Claire Solley provided cutting-edge 2D and 3D pattern design in Optitex to a small group of learners. The software allows the user to easily draft patterns from scratch or import from other 2D pattern software. Users can create or adapt avatars, generate a size set to check fit and check the fit in various positions. Every detail down to the last stitch can be checked on the avatar to ensure the pattern is prepared correctly. Fabric properties and stitch tension are also taken into consideration along with stretch, stitch details and trims. Colours and prints can be easily added using PNG files and the user can create realistic 360-degree views of the finished garment with customised lighting and shadows. Optitex really is the future in fashion product development.

Contact education@fashion-enter.com if you would like to know about the next Optitex masterclass.

LCF Visit the Factory Virtually

Today, 28th April, we had over 80 London College of Fashion students taking a virtual factory tour with us. The Factory Uncovered tour gives the students essential insight into each stage of the fashion manufacturing process. From patterns to packing, Production Director, Caroline Ash, explained the entire life cycle and also touched on the importance of flow, ethical trading, sustainable working and health and safety.

If you would like to know more about our Factory Tours virtual or physical tap here.

At the Shop Learning with Leyla

Also taking place this morning, 28th April, we had 3 learners taking advantage of the free stitching masterclass sessions with our experienced seamstress Leyla at our shop – FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road, London N4. The trio got to grips with using an industrial sewing machine and practicing their stitching skills.

If you live in the borough of Islington and would like to try your hand at stitching we have restricted places on the following available:

5th May 10am – 12pm – Basic Sewing Techniques
12th May 10am – 12pm – Zip insertion

For further information tap here

Fashion-Enter CEO to Talk at the ASBCI Conference: Beyond 2020

After a year of seismic change, the ASBCI presents the third and final event in their series focused on the future of the fashion industry. Beyond 2020: Survival of the Smartest takes place online on Wednesday 12th May 2021.

The businesses that survive and thrive in the post-Covid era will be those that can adapt to the rapidly changing ‘new normal’. But it goes beyond the immediate pandemic response. Smartification requires businesses to adopt more agile ways of working, to be prepared to try new things, quickly, and to invest in the people, skills, and technologies that will deliver long-term business resilience.

Beyond 2020: Survival of the Smartest will bring together experts from across the supply chain to discuss a route to a smarter future for the fashion industry.

Speakers for the day include: Marcella Wartenbergh – CEO, Pepe Jeans, Ton Weidenhoff – Executive Director, Alvanon, Ed Gribbin – CEO, Gribbin Strategic, Jenny Holloway – CEO, Fashion-Enter and Andrew Nicholson – Kulea.

This online conference is organised by the ASBCI with event partner Lectra and the charge is £25 + vat for ASBCI members and £75 + vat for non-members – register now and you will receive an e-mail nearer the event date with the link to make secure online payment, once verified you will receive the link to join the event. To register your interest in reserving a place, click here.

Masterclasses & Courses

N17 Creative Callings: Your Omnichannel Strategy – How to Launch on Ecommerce (online)

Gerber Accumark 3-day Course for Beginners – June

N17 Creative Callings: How to Do Your Own PR (online)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Have you been following the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee? We have, and since it’s gents classic week, airing tonight on BBC1 at 9pm, we have picked out this timeless navy and white stripe silk, perfect for summer tops and dresses with a classic feel. Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £8- a meter.

This Week on FashionCaptal.co.uk

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And Finally…

Cabbage, as in leftover, waste fabric, not the leafy vegetable (!) is something we take very seriously at the factory. No scrap of fabric should go to waste, which is why we are selling reusable face masks stitched from quality, cabbage fabric made in our north London Factory. Tap here to view our face masks.

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