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Continued Support at Every Stage


Newsletter 22nd January 2020

Dear all,

Ongoing Industry Support

At FashionCapital we believe industry support should be ongoing. It’s a harsh fact that 60% of new business start-ups will go-under within three years. Take a look at the London Fashion Week schedule from 3-years ago and you’ll see names that have completely fallen off the radar. This is why we feel it is important to provide support at every stage whether you are at the very beginning or are planning to scale up your business further down the line. This week we had a meeting with swimwear brand Agnes Valentine (pictured below with Jenny Holloway), it has been 11-years since we initially met and supported this brand – and long may it continue.

If you would like to become a member and receive support across your business please tap this link and find out what we can do for you.

Introducing Mi-bambino 

Founder of new childrenswear brand ‘Mi-bambino’ may just be starting out with her latest venture but it is something she has been thinking about for a very long time. Thanks to the N17 Creative Callings business support initiative, supported by Mayor of London and the European Union, Lauren has been able to access essential business mentoring and support with the Fashion-Enter team.

Lauren comments: “I’ve been working in the industry for 21-years and I’m proud of my collection. It’s beautifully made and my market research shows the styles are on-trend. Now I need the mentoring and business support to push my brand to the next level. That’s why it’s great to be working with Fashion-Enter.” 

Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway adds: “I was absolutely delighted to meet Lauren from Mi-bambino. She’s on it! Beautiful bamboo cotton, luxury childrenswear that has been designed and constructed to such a high standard. We’re now working on all those business parts that are so valuable such as cash flows, margins and budgets and then she will be ready for the big time.”

Tap here to find out about free N17 Creative Callings support

Coming Soon…Textile Care Operative Apprenticeship Standard

Fashion-Enter and the FTA aim to provide a broad range of fashion and textile apprenticeships to ensure that the next generation are knowledgeable and skilled within their chosen field. The latest apprenticeship standard the team have been working on in collaboration with the TSA and NewGen Business Services centres on Textile Care.

For over 15-years NewGen has been working with facilities and operators all over the world to help them improve their understanding of the commercial laundry process and upgrade their service, efficiency and profitability.

NewGen’s Technical Director Iain Weir commented: “We are delighted to be working with Fashion-Enter to help deliver the Level 2 Textile Care Operative Standard. We have been working in dry-cleaning operations all over the world and all the best operations always have the best staff. With the developments in new solvents and wet cleaning, we are seeing real growth around the sector but getting skilled staff is key to the success of the operation. The apprenticeship scheme is a fantastic way, for both large and small operations, to invest in their teams and we develop the skill base they will need. Having worked with Fashion-Enter in developing the Standard they have the exact energy, resources and personnel to deliver this new and exciting apprenticeship.”

The new standard will launch in February 2020 to read more about this new standard click here.

New Apprenticeship Position Available

Want to be a part of the Mountain Warehouse success story? Then we have a fantastic opportunity for an Apprentice Garment Technologist to join the Mountain Warehouse team. To find out more and apply tap this link.

Studio Space to Rent Open Morning This Friday

This Friday, 24th January, we will be opening our doors to those interested in utilising our space and equipment in our North London creative hub. Pop by from 9am – 11am and we will show you the space, which includes the latest machinery, pattern cutting tables, desk space and skilled technicians.

FashionCapital / Fashion-Enter, Unit 13 / 14, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ.

Please contact info@fashioncapital.co.uk to confirm your attendance.

Tomorrow RSA Creative Learning & Development Workshop

Tomorrow, Thursday 23rd January, from 3pm – 6pm our CEO Jenny Holloway will be at the RSA to discuss the topic of how we help young people acquire and showcase creative skills in a way that is appealing and valuable to employers, while ensuring that the best opportunities are available to all. Jenny will be joined by representatives from the Tate, BFI, Roundhouse, LinkedIn, and the Creative Industries Federation. 

To find out more about this free and informal workshop tap this link.

Today at the FC Tailoring Academy 

Today we have a photographer in at the Tailoring Academy capturing the team and the current cohort of tailoring students utilising the space and state-of-the-art equipment. The Tailoring Academy also incorporates bespoke services for a broad range of clients, here is Kyri using the welt pocket machine.

Interested in finding out about our tailoring courses, apprenticeships and bespoke services than tap this link.

Next Week – Fashion SVP – 29 & 30 January

As established regulars at the Fashion SVP, the UK’s leading apparel and accessory sourcing show, Fashion-Enter will be back to showcase ‘Ethical Manufacturing Uncovered’ – a ‘drop-in’ practical and interactive area that all visitors, whatever level of experience or expertise, can engage with. 

In this space Fashion-Enter will be demonstrating, not only some of the practical skills that are required to make exceptionally constructed garments, but also how they can help you integrate an ethical philosophy into your brand. Visitors will also be able to gain information on the wide range of courses offered by Fashion-Enter’s educational divisions: the Fashion Technology Academy & Tailoring Academy, see how The Factory or The Fashion Studio can work with brands and retailers, or take advantage of the business mentoring services and many of the other development and training resources offered by the Fashion-Enter group for everyone from new business start-up’s to established fashion designers and brands.

Please drop by and see us at Fashion SVP, Olympia Central, Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London – 29th & 30th January 2020.


Masterclasses Coming Soon…

If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me with Eric Gilston – Tomorrow 23rd January 2020 (free)

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D Pattern Design – 3-day February course – 5th, 6th and 7th February 2020

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners – 3-day February course Saturday 8th & 15th & 22nd February 2020.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

We are celebrating Chinese New Year with this stunning red chiffon, perfect for home and fashion sewing projects! Tap here to view.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Break free of the January Blues with our 5 top tips to maintain an energised and positive mindset. 

Botanic fibers – raw materials sourced from wood, have become particularly popular among sportswear and menswear brands, we take a look at the move towards eco-friendly fabrics in this sector.  

Plus retail success story Mountain Warehouse has seen year after year of unbroken sales growth and increased profits are now looking for an Apprentice Garment Technologist to join the expanding team. 

And Finally…

Hear Jenny Holloway talking about the industry on Radio 4 tomorrow at 8.30pm – the In Business programme, presented by Patrick Grant, also repeated on Sunday at 9.30 pm.

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