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Collaboration is Key


FashionCapital Newsletter
24th January 2018

Dear all,


T-Skill Your Way Up

Our sister company Fashion Enter had the pleasure of meeting the team at Kashket & Partners, the current suppliers to the UK Ministry of Defence for all ceremonial uniform and the vast majority of accouterments, as well as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and most of the livery companies of London. Fashion Enter will be working with Kashket & Partners, based locally in Tottenham, to provide a Level 5 bespoke apprenticeship.

“What can I say except I was totally bowled over by the expertise and high level skills of Kashket. Russell is a phenomenal, eclectic entrepreneur who works tirelessly to perfect skills at many levels. At the visit I met three generations of family members who are just the experts in tailoring. I was literally overwhelmed by the unit and they are situated on our doorstep in Haringey. Sharing the same passion as Russell and Judy for high level bespoke tailoring training lets all acknowledge that the time for tailoring skills is here and now! Together we can all move mountains. Thank you Russell and Judy for your valuable time.” – Jenny Holloway

This won’t be the first Royal connection for Fashion Enter, read all about the time Jenny Holloway escorted her Royal Majesty the Queen around a unique Jubilee fashion display.

FC Big Black Sofa Conversation


Confirmed for the evening of Tuesday 13th February our next Meet Up and Big Black Sofa Conversation will take place with Shailina Parti, Buying & Merchandising Director at Jigsaw, She will deliver her personal industry insight along with an informal Q&A. Expert knowledge on tap indeed. This informal meet up is free please register your interest by emailing: jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk 

The Derry Designer Collective


10 selected designers from the Derry Designer Business Start-Up Programme are heading to London, 13th – 15th February, where they will learn more about ethical trading and how to spot disreputable manufacturing practices and open costings as well as introduce their brands at the FC Big Black Sofa Conversation.

Click here to find out who will be coming to London.

TR Pattern Cutting More Dates Announced


TR Pattern Cutting meaning Transformational Reconstruction is a form of origami pattern cutting that translates into instant and intuitive creations. Claudette has been using and teaching TR pattern cutting for the last six years, on Saturday 20thJanuary Claudette held a course at the Fashion Technology Academy and the feedback was extremely positive…

“It was an informative and inspirational introduction to TR cutting. I found Claudette’s style of teaching very clear and easy to follow, I really appreciated seeing all of Claudette’s samples. It was an exciting and clear overview of the processes of TR cutting, I learnt how to make a basic ‘origami’ bodice block.” Barley

“I have learnt from the course that TR pattern cutting isn’t as daunting as I thought it would be, but rather very achievable to create. I am definitely interested in joining when the next date for the course is delivered.” Aimee

New dates are: TR Pattern Cutting Taster course 3rd & 23rd February both 10am – 1pm £65 per session.

TR Master course: Stage 1 will be 9th and 10th February (10am – 4pm) and this will cost £385 per person. Stage 2 is 16th and 17th February £385 per person. Stage 3 – TBC.

Spaces are limited to a minimum of 5 people to a maximum of 10 per course so book early to ensure your place: training@fashion-enter.com

Production Pattern Making with Maggie Stott


Last Saturday we also welcomed the highly experienced Maggie Stott sharing her expertise on Production Pattern Making.

“I found the lesson really beneficial, a real eye opener to see from the ‘other side’ of the pond! As we mainly do the design and pattern design here we sometimes do not understand the importance of the simplest things throwing out a pattern! (E.g. A rogue notch!) Maggie is so knowledgeable, it’s a real privilege to be able to learn just a little of her skills! I’m really looking forward to week 2.” Laura

The following next Saturday’s will take place on: 20th January, 27th January, 3rd February and 10th February from 10:00 – 16:00. To find out more and book your place please contact: training@fashion-enter.com 

Good Luck to Fashion Enter at the EEF Final


Late last year Fashion Enter gained the EEF ‘Developing People’ Award for the South East region. The company will now compete on a national level at the EEF’s Future Manufacturing Awards in London on 25 January 2018.

“It’s an honor to be shortlisted for the EEF award for ‘Developing People’ even if we are not the ultimate winners. What’s more important is the fact that garment manufacturing in its own right is being recognised as a skilled industry. That’s important for all UK garment manufacturers.” – Jenny Holloway


Vetigraph Course Currently Underway


Our popular Vetigraph course is currently running at the Fashion Technology Academy.

“Vetigraph has been a great experience for me to allow me to see what part of this industry I can excel in.” Steph

Watch this space for future dates.

New Course Date for Gerber Accumark V10 for Beginners 


Due to popular demand we are running another Gerber Accumark V10 for Beginners course. Scheduled to begin Saturday 17th February followed by five Thursday evening sessions. To find out more and book your place contact: training@fashion-enter.com

“The two tutors for Gerber, Ben and Dan, are excellent. They have a combined 45-year experience of working with Gerber and they are incredibly patient too. The course is a must!” – Dymphna

Masterclass: Sampling with Sue Mee Maudsley


Tomorrow, 25th January, we will be holding a Sampling Masterclass with Sue Mee Maudsley from 11 – 12pm in the Glass Room of our HQ in North London. This insightful masterclass will cover all the various stages of sampling, sourcing fabrics and trims, how to create a fit sample, how to pass tech packs to manufacturers and much more! To book please click here.

Masterclass: How To Generate Sales


This Masterclass, scheduled for the 8th February, will cover the people aspect of the business, from factory owner, to sales person, as well as identify all the different touch points that are needed in product and selling, as well as the importance of documentation delivered Susan O’Hare and David Attwood from O’Hare & Attwood. To find out more and book your place click here.

FC Mentoring


Fashion Studio clients, Nightporter, recently had a mentoring session with FC Mentor – Mark Dodds, here is what they had to say about the experience:

“Just to follow up on our mentoring session with Mark Dodds on Friday – thank you for organising it for us. It proved to be very helpful and we found Mark to be very approachable & knowledgeable. We are both very pleased with the advice & information we got as a result.” – Nightporter

Leicester Innovation Week – Textiles Focus 


The Leicester Innovation Week free breakfast workshops aims to meet the needs of local business and take full advantage of the opportunities highlighted in the Government’s recently published Industrial Strategy by providing key insights from successful innovators, help in securing local and national grant funding and support, plus the opportunity for excellent networking.

On Tuesday 27th February the focus will be on the Textiles Sector with information on local and national innovation support to help grow and scale business.

CMT London Apprenticeship Available


CMT London is looking to hire a Production Assistant to coordinate and assist with all production processes within the production office. The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational skills and a desire to learn about the complete garment manufacturing process. To find out more and apply click here.

See You at CFE Manufacturers Trade Show Spring Edition


The CFE Manufacturers Trade Show is the sourcing event for fashion businesses looking to connect with high-end production units and supporting services. Held in central London on 14 – 15th March an array of exhibitors, manufacturers, (including Fashion Enter) pattern cutters, fashion software and embroidery services, that cater to smaller scale quantities for fashion entrepreneurs will be on show.

Studio Manager Position Available at Makers HQ Plymouth


Plymouth College of Art and Millfields Community Development Trust have come together to create a unique and visionary company to provide cut, make and trim services to the fashion industry. Makers HQ is a new joint venture with a strong focus on achieving ethical, British manufacture.  A position has opened to recruit a Studio Manager click here for further details.

In the News…This Week on FashionCapital…


1.The Power of Collaboration with Influencers on Sportswear

2. Top Trends from Men’s Paris Fashion Week

3. Waking Up Dormant Brands – A Growing Trend

And Finally…


A big thank-you to Alvanon and their continued support in fashion T-Skills and apprenticeships. Alvanon recently donated a new size 10 mannequin to the FTA. The team is truly grateful.

Until next time, have a fantastic week.

The Team at FashionCapital.

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