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Newsletter 18th August 2021


Today, 18th August, Development Director Jenni Sutton took part in the #Islington4Women walk and talk community event. The morning event began at the Andover Estate and continued along the Seven Sisters Road stopping off at various locations to openly talk about places of safety as well as areas where safety could be improved. The group were also invited to the FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Road and the soon to open workspaces where Jenni informed them about the various training and employment opportunities. Islington4Women is about encouraging support, inspiration and empowerment.

Tap here to find out more about this community initiative.

FC Designer Workspace – Launch Date Set

We are super excited to launch our new workspace in Islington on the 2nd September! Working in unison with our retail shop on Fonthill Road the two spaces will provide invaluable support and resources to anyone looking for a career in fashion and garment making or setting up their own creative business. Are you based in Islington? Join the community and email fcdesignerworkspace@fashion-enter.com  

Omnichannel Strategy Masterclass Tomorrow

Last chance to book on to the ‘How to build your omnichannel strategy’ with Fashion Wholesale & Brand Launch Expert Carley Johnson. The online masterclass takes place tomorrow morning 9 – 11am and will be packed with top sales and marketing tips that every growing fashion brand needs to know. Tap here for more info and to book.

This session is the first in a series of four masterclasses with Carley, the following sessions will cover:

What does it take to launch a successful fashion label – 23rd September.

How to produce a high selling product – 21st October.

How to wholesale – 18th November.

Each masterclass costs £20 + vat, or receive a 50% discount if you block book all 4 sessions, tap here for more info on the special offer.

On-site Alterations & Repairs

Leyla, our highly skilled and experienced seamstress is providing an excellent alterations and repairs service at our Fonthill Road shop. If you have an item of clothing in need of her expertise then please pop in and discuss what you need.

FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH. Shop opening days / hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

Free Sewing Class Dates September

Today Leyla is teaching local residents how to repair and upcycle existing garments in the final instalment of the booked-out August sewing classes. Following on we can now offer free sewing tuition to borough of Islington residents throughout September at the Fonthill Road shop. These take place on Wednesday mornings, please note places are limited and do get booked up quickly, the sessions are as follows:

8th September 10.00 – 12.00 – Using Industrial Sewing Machines

This two-hour masterclass is ideal for beginners wanting to learn how to sew using industrial machines. You will be taught how to thread and operate industrial sewing machines.

15th September 10.00 – 12.00 – Basic Sewing Techniques

In this two-hour masterclass learn how to produce a range of seam and hems with the over locker industrial sewing machine and coverstitch machine. Ideal for beginners wanting to learn basic sewing techniques.

22nd September 10.00 – 12.00 – Repair and Upcycle

Do you have a garment that needs repairing or upcycling? Learn basic repair techniques with an item you bring in from home

Places can be booked on a first come first served basis. To book one masterclass, or all three email jenni@fashion-enter.com

Saturday Sewing Club

Open to all…Leyla also runs a Saturday Sewing Club where you can gain some invaluable stitching skills that will enable you to repair, reuse and upcycle items from your own wardrobe. Every Saturday Leyla can offer one-to-one tuition covering a range of topics including: using an industrial sewing machine, inserting a zip, basic sewing techniques, alterations and more. Sessions take place from 10.00 – 14.00 and cost £20 per hour.

To book your day & time by email: fcdesignercollective@fashion-enter.com with a short description about what you would like to learn! Tap here to find out more about the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road, London N4.

Staff News

Big congratulations to Deniz and Ibrahim on their recent marriage. The couple met at work, so we naturally feel a part of this happy union. The Fashion-Enter team wish them the very best on their future together.

New Optitex Dates

Due to demand and a sold out September course we have added new 3-day Optitex course dates for November. Take your 2D pattern cutting skills a step further with this innovative Optitex technology. This software is not only excellent for pattern making but 3D rendering and garment manipulation on avatars. Tap here for more info and to book.

Courses & Masterclasses

How to Build Your Omnichannel Strategy (Online)

Sustainable Fabric Sourcing (Online)

Gerber Accumark 3-day Course for Beginners – September

How to Do Your Own PR (Online)

What Does It Take to Launch a Successful Fashion Business? (Online)

How to Produce a High Selling Product (Online)

Optitex 2D & 3D – 3 Day Course

How to Wholesale (Online)

B of London Dress of the Week

We’ve picked out this simple slip dress with adjustable straps in a beautiful bias-cut satin. A go-to staple this slip can be dressed up or down, used as an under layer or styled up as a little black dress, the options are endless. Available now in UK sizes 6 – 18 from the B of London online shop.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

We’ve picked out this high quality, lightweight lace fabric in coral, great for dressmaking especially for evening gowns and wedding/bridesmaids dresses. Tap here to view & shop this fabric.

This Week on FashionCapital

Trends come and go, but trainers and sneakers always find their way into everyone’s wardrobe. We review the trainer trends of 2021.

And Finally…

Our Welsh Factory team are currently working on an exciting homeware project that will sell direct to the customer! The team are very excited to launch this in-house homeware range that will continue to support the factory and local community in Newtown. Watch this space!

Until next time, have a great week.

From the FC team.

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