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Be brave and try something new…


FashionCapital Newsletter
28th February 2018

Dear all,

This week the FashionCapital newsletter centres on ‘bravery’ – making that first move, trying something new, being taken out of your comfort zone and staying true to your principles.

How apt that our very own CEO, Jenny Holloway, is a firm believer of overcoming your fears to make a stand on what you believe. This ethos is carried through across the entire company.

However, tomorrow at 4pm (Thursday 1st March) Jenny will take on a very brave personal challenge. One of Jenny’s closest friends Amanda has a daughter, Lydia, who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 10 years old. Lydia then went into remission, however, recently she has sadly relapsed at the age of 16. Jenny is therefore about to do something, we think, very brave and admirable, to once again raise money for Lydia and the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group. Jenny will shave her head and donate her hair to Little Princess Trust. Please support Jenny raise money for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group who not only ensure children and teenagers receive the best possible treatment and care but also fund and support vital research.

Watch Jenny talk about the challenge via a short You Tube video here.

To donate, however small, visit Jenny’s MyDonate page here.

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Working With Leicester

As we announced late last year LLEP (Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Area) will continue to work Fashion Enter on a series of workshops and training with the local garment manufacturers to improve their productivity and efficiency.

We hope this is just the start of a long lasting relationship; there’s so much potential in the area with 1,500 companies employing over 9,500. The region is set for major growth, as it’s the only area in UK that’s basically got the lot! Fabric spinning and printing all occurs in Leicester. Perfectly integrated for retailers to buy in dockets of newness with 2-4 weeks lead-time.

On Tuesday 27 March Jenny Holloway will deliver the ‘Improving Profitability’ workshop in Leicester. This workshop will prepare Fashion and Textiles manufacturers to improve business profitability through efficiency in processes, improving productivity, effective use of resources and accurate costings. Places at the workshop are free for Leicester and Leicestershire-based fashion and textile manufacturers. To find out more click here.

Fashion Enter Expands Across the UK

Yes, it’s true, as reported in last weeks Drapers. We are now taking a brave step forward and looking to expand in different locations. We have now formulated Galaxius which is ethical, transparent, performance related pay system installed in the factory that is a win win for everyone. We now have a solid foundation to expand. Production is coming back to the UK and now we are ready!

(Image right: Shailina Parti from Jigsaw with former MLA and mayor of Derry City and Strabane district council Elisha McCallion at the FC Fashion MeetUp earlier this month.)

We are currently looking at possible sites in Londonderry, thanks to Derry City & Strabane District Council for being so encouraging. Exciting times ahead!

Women in Manufacturing – On the Up

The world of manufacturing can seem rather male dominated, however as a female-led manufacturer it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why we are only too pleased to share our story with ‘The Women in Manufacturing Summit’ (22 June, Exhibition Centre Liverpool). The event will bring together 150 manufacturing professionals, role models, mentors, and board-level leaders from across the sector. As a company we are passionate about women getting involved with STEM and hope to inspire others to get involved and forge lifelong careers.

Short Courses Coming Soon…

The next three-day digital pattern-making course with Vetigraph will take place at the Fashion Technology Academy from 19th – 21st March from 10am – 4pm each day. This three-day intensive course is ideal for either beginners or those with prior experience that need to build on their skills. To find out more and register interest click here.

New dates for the popular Gerber for Beginners course are 7th, 14th and 28th April. Gerber students are welcome to practice on the FTA’s computers during and after the course.

Also Production Pattern Cuttingwith the highly experienced Maggie Stott provides industry level insight to benefit those already in the sector looking to fine tune their skills. Places are available for the 10th, 17th and 24th March.

For more information on any of these courses please click here.

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

Future-Proofing Your Brand With Trend Forecasting – Tuesday 6thMarch 10am – 12pm

Get ahead with advance information on trends with a look at what’s coming for spring/summer 2019. Lester, the Creative Director of the TRENDZOOM forecast service, will walk you through each of the emerging trend concepts from research to product design.

“In this masterclass, I’ll reveal how to use techniques to tap into your own intuition and instincts. We’ll look at working practices and methods to get the best out of trend information, while staying true to own vision and the personal identity of your brand.”

All masterclasses are £40 per session with 20% off for members click here for details.

Apprentice Required

A position has just opened up for a Sewing Machine Mechanic Apprentice. Industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers are responsible for repairing factory equipment and other industrial machinery, such as metal detecting systems, production machinery, and pressing equipment. The successful applicant will be expected to be able to install, dismantle, repair, reassemble, service and move machinery. To find out more about this position and apply click here.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

While fashion tends to look ahead we can’t help but feel the freezing cold outside. That’s why we’ve picked out this cosy crushed velvet with an on-trend check in deep red and grey very AW18. Available now at the FCFabricStudio.com at £5.60 a metre.

These Gutermann Extra Strong Sewing Threads at William Gee include a wide range of colours to compliment any fabric. We love No 46 in deep red to accompany our crushed velvet this week. Click here to visit William Gee sewing supplies.

This Week on FashionCapital..

The modest fashion market is estimated to be worth £226 billion by 2020 – no wonder this sector was making its mark during LFW this season.

Milan Fashion Week showcased bizarre stunts such as disengaged heads, vagina wigs and handbags carried by drones, to name but a few. But a trend that has transpired as the biggest of them all is the audacious sight of bare breasts, Kate Farley reports.

And in Advice and Support we discuss Trade Shows – When to Show and When to Go.

And Finally…

We wish Jenny the best of luck with her head shave fundraising tomorrow.

Thanks to Fashion’s Finest magazine for publishing this inspiring interview with her: “New brands can be successful if they start out correctly. Yes it’s challenging but the joy of being a successful sustainable brand is so rewarding.”

Until next time, have a fantastic week.

The Team at FashionCapital.

(Header street style image by Sherion Mullings)

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