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“Be Yourself. Know Your Proportions. And Have A Good Tailor.” – RuPaul


Newsletter 7th June 2023

Happy National Tailors Day

As a leading provider of tailoring courses, from Introductory to Level 5 Diploma, we celebrate masters of tailoring, past and present this National Tailors Day. The day is also dedicated to sewing machine creator Elias Howe, who transformed the art of sewing and tailoring with his machine in 1845. 

Tailoring plays an important role the world over, providing economic progress and creating, modifying and restoring clothes so that they fit perfectly. It is a skill that is always in high demand.

Tap here to find out more about our tailoring courses.

Super Sample Sale

Join us at the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road for Super Summer Sample Sale. There will be some great bargains on offer alongside patterns and fabrics for those looking to get creative.

Save the date: Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July at FC Designer Collective, 113-115 Fonthill Road, N4 close to Finsbury Park tube station. Opening hours 10am – 5pm.

Ollie Proudlock Offers 30% off Inventory Planner

Get a sweet deal on one of his favourite business tools 

We’ve proudly partnered with fashion entrepreneur and TV star Ollie Proudlock to help more e-commerce merchants access our advanced inventory planning tool. 

Inventory Planner has been a game-changing tool for Ollie’s jewelry brand Serge DeNimes, helping him to save huge amounts of time and money, while also boosting sales!

“We have used Inventory Planner for a few years now and have saved tens of hours each week and boosted our sales potential by 20-30%. Couldn’t recommend it enough!” – Ollie Proudlock, Founder of Serge DeNimes.

Ollie is such a fan of Inventory Planner he wants others to see the benefits too! 

For a limited time only, get 30% off an annual Inventory Planner subscription with Ollie’s code: OLLIE30.

The only catch? The exclusive deal ends on July 13th. 

➡️Details here: https://bit.ly/43ASzUa

Westfield Workshop Success

Members of the FEL team had a great time at the Westfield Good Festival last week. FEL’s workshop sessions were available at both Westfield centres in White City and Stratford, and the feedback from both was brilliant.

CEO Jenny Holloway commented: “FEL’s two-day involvement at Westfield in Stratford and White City proved to be extremely popular, for all ages. At the Stratford centre the workshops were particularly busy for parents and their children, so it was great to see multi-generations sewing and upcycling garments. 

“Without blowing our own trumpet our stands were continuously full and we were delighted to be able to recycle some garments that we had left over from previous production. This event was completely in line with our ethos on sustainability, where nothing goes to waste.” 

Next Up…Drapers Future of Fashion

This Thursday 8th June FEL CEO Jenny Holloway will join the Drapers Future of Fashion event, where 30+ industry leaders will discuss the topic of “innovating for a new era”.  

Tap here to find out more about this event.

Credit to N Brown – Repurpose Not Dispose 

Today, 7th June, we are taking a collection of almost 3,000 men’s shirts from Jacamo to reduce the sleeves down from long sleeve to shirt sleeve. How impressive that a leading retailer cares about not contributing to landfill and also provides Fashion-Enter with work for the machinists!  Let’s hope more retailers follow this example. 

Magnanimity in Defeat! 

We heard on Friday 3rd June that we were not successful with the Welsh NHS bid for the £4m nurses uniform order.

The contract was awarded to Alsico  Workwear supplier and this is with Elite Clothing that is fortunately based in Wales, a social enterprise that employs people with disabilities. 

Jenny commented: “We are of course upset that FEL Wales did not receive the contract but we are pleased that a Welsh company is part of the bid. I do honestly wonder how many garments will be made in Wales! Alsico is making in 11 countries worldwide. 

“If the contract had gone to FEL Wales then everything would be proudly Welsh manufactured safeguarding all the jobs and creating more jobs too. How can the Welsh Government continually say how green and sustainable they are? This now enforces an inevitable restructure for us – it’s heavy on the heart.”

At FEL Today

We have Style 3D on site today, as well as our patron Lord Young of Norwood Green, more on this in due course.

Studio Space Available

The FC Designer Workspace currently has affordable private studios available to rent. London Fashion Week designer Gyouree Kim recently secured a studio space she said: “Getting into this studio is one of the most exciting things that has happened this year. I’ve longed for a studio, truly so happy to find a great one to start my brand! I look forward to working on creating new collections in the space.”

Supported by Islington Council the FC Designer Workspace offers highly competitive rates that are affordable for small businesses to flourish. 

To find out more please contact: beth@fashion-enter.com 

A Warm Welcome To…

Our new Content Creator apprentice Jasmin Mitchell. Jasmin has just started with the FEL head office team and will be kept busy working on FEL’s in-house brands.

Masterclasses and Courses

Roll-on courses available at all campuses, Islington, Haringey, Newtown and Leicester…

Level 1 & 2 in Stitching

Level 1 & 2 in Patterns

Various Levels in Tailoring

Diploma in Fashion Design and Business

If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: education@fashion-enter.com to enquire.

13th July An Hour with Designer and Brand Owner Louisa Parris (free)

31st July – 3rd August 4 Day Beginners Stitching and Upcycling

7th – 10th August 4 Day Beginners Pattern Cutting Course with recreation of your favourite personal garment

11th August 1 Day Upcycling and Repair Workshop (all levels)

16th – 18th August 3 Day Corset Pattern Making and Stitching Course (advanced)

22nd August 1 Day Reversible Tote Bag Stitching Course (beginners)

23rd – 25th August 3 Day Soft Furnishing Course (beginners)

Inspired By The Great British Sewing Bee?

Did you know you can learn how to make garments at the FCFTA Leicester? The campus is open throughout the summer and able to offer introduction to garment making courses to those interested in making their own clothes, or to see if fashion is the career for you. Courses are 1-day for £30 or 4-days for £75. 

To book a place please contact: divya@fashion-enter.com 

This Week on FashionCapital…

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And Finally…

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at crochet? This summer the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road is thrilled to be collaborating with Jessica Purdie, founder and creative director of Prikli Pear. Jess will be hosting a series of four crochet workshops at FEL’s shop throughout July tap here for more details.

Until next time, have a great week,

From the Team at FashionCapital (Sister company to Fashion-Enter Ltd)

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