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Creative Community


Newsletter 1st September 2021

Building a Creative Community Network

As a genuine social enterprise Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) was delighted to be awarded the Affordable Contract with Islington Council, LEAP and the GLA. This is a ten-year program that creates a fashion circular economy within Islington. 

Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway commented: “We were absolutely delighted to win the contract that enables us to provide affordable workspace within Durham Road, Islington and provide a revenue stream for designers too by selling at the Fonthill Road shop. I have worked both in the private sector and public sector over the last 35-years and never before have we been involved in such an innovative program.  

“The shop opened at the end of 2019 and then unfortunately had to close during periods of lockdown due to the pandemic. The first twelve months have therefore been difficult but the sales for the current 12 designers have continued to rise week on week. Tomorrow, September 2nd 2021, is the soft launch of the Affordable Workspace, known as the FC Designer Workspace, and combined these two projects will provide an excellent hub of creative working and selling opportunities.”

The invitation only Community Launch event tomorrow will include Cllr Asima Shaikh, MP Jeremy Corbyn and local sewing and community groups such as Jannaty Women’s Social Society, One True Voice and Holloway Neighbourhood Group. The soft launch will showcase the vision for the space with live sewing and pattern cutting demonstrations within the garment life cycle exhibition. Guests will learn about the various training and employment opportunities as they hear from key stakeholders and take a tour of the space. 

If you are based in Islington and want to join the community please email: fcdesignerworkspace@fashion-enter.com  

Why Choose the FTA?

The Fashion Technology Academy has a record of excellent completion rates over the past 4-years. As you can see from the figures below the overall achievement rate has improved year on year.


Overall Achievement rate: 99.04%


Overall Achievement rate: 93.93%


Overall Achievement rate: 86.44%


Overall Achievement rate – 84.97%

These excellent results are down to the learning team – listening and adapting to ensure they get the very best from each and every learner. Tap here to read the latest feedback from our Level 1 Stitching course.

Visit the FCFTA website to find out about our fashion and textile courses.

New Fashion Studio Apprenticeship

Join the Level 3 Fashion & Textiles apprenticeship as a Fashion Studio assistant for Repeat Clothing. They are looking for a highly organised multi-tasker to support the design and production team. You will be involved in the whole process from initial design development; conducting research, sketching, compiling trend boards, helping produce spec packs to send to factories, fabric sourcing and much more! Tap here for the full job description and how to apply. Good luck!

Kickstart Scheme Jobs Available

Are you 18 – 24-years-old and in receipt of Universal Credits? URBAG, the world’s first 3-in-1 dry-cleaning bag, designed and handmade in the UK, is looking for 2 entry level candidates in digital marketing. The roles of Digital Marketing Executive and Social Media Executive are available via the Kickstart scheme. If you would like to know more and apply please contact: hello@urbagofficial.com

Staff News

Merchandiser at The Factory Anna-Maria got married on Bank Holiday Monday and the wedding was nothing short of spectacular! Congratulations Anna-Maria!

B of London Pick of the Week

This week from our in-house brand ‘B of London’ we’re thinking separates that you can style and layer up and have picked out this Zebra print, bias cut satin skirt. Just £25- and ethically made at our north London Factory. Tap here to view this design.

Courses and Masterclasses

The next start date for our Stitching and Pattern Cutting courses is 13th September – to find out more visit our FCFTA website or contact education@fashion-enter.com

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)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Autumn’s calling…it’s that beautiful time of year when the leaves start to turn from lush greens into burnt oranges, rust browns & deep reds! We are feeling inspired by this seasonal change with this warm burgundy super soft jersey! Available now from the FC Fabric Studio.

This Week on FashionCapital…

The term “transparency” has become of increasing importance and supply chain transparency has come under a major spotlight within the fashion and textile industry, we explore how the sector has adapted and implemented new technology in this article: ‘Supply Chain Transparency in a Technological Age for the Textile Industry.’

And Finally…

We are celebrating Second Hand September by running a series of stitching workshops at our Finsbury Park shop. Learn basic sewing & upcycling techniques and turn your old clothes into trusty go-to’s! To find out more tap here.

Until next time, have a great week!

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