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Do You Want to Be Your Own Boss?


Newsletter 19th June 2024

Learn How to Grow Your Brand with FEL & Newtown College

Next week, on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th June, FEL’s CEO Jenny Holloway will be speaking about her personal business journey at the “Reaching New Markets for Small Business Owners” event at Newtown College, Powys, Wales.

Jenny says: “I think it’s within you if you want to be your own boss. I’ve always wanted to have independence and be responsible for my own decisions and I am very happy to share my journey in Wales on 25th June. It’s not always easy. It’s not for the faint hearted. But it can be absolutely exhilarating.”

On Monday 24th Jenny will provide her expertise in a series of workshops with Newtown College students. While on Tuesday 25th the free event is open to small business owners and will take place from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Newtown College, the session will also be available online.

For more information and to register for the event please scan the QR code on the flyer.

Leicester – The Big Move

The big move has started…the FCFTA Leicester is beginning to move into Phoenix House. We’re very excited to start delivering skills from Level 1 through to Level 5, working directly with employers to secure a skilled workforce for the region. There will be a new programme that can take new and existing machinists to give them every single skill that an employer needs. How exciting is that!

FCFTA Leicester, 2nd Floor, Phoenix House, 9, King Street, Leicester LE1 6RN.


Big Thank-You to Boohoo

FEL CEO, Jenny Holloway comments: “This is a very sincere thank-you to the CEO of Boohoo Group PLC, John Lyttle, in particular, for donating their machines from their factory to FCFTA Leicester. John these are going to go to very, very good use. We are expanding our Fashion Technology Academy, we’re increasing the amount of qualifications we are doing from Level 1 all the way through to Level 5. If you want to come and see us, anyone from Boohoo in the future, you are very warmly welcome and thank-you again.”

3D Design Competition

Calling all 3D Designers and enthusiasts! The Paris Olympics 2024 is on the horizon, and Style3D is running a design competition for Olympic or Parisian influenced clothing designs using Style3D products. 

+ Selected top designs will be showcased at Styleverse Paris during Olympics

+ There is a $3,000 USD total prize + bonuses

+ Plus the chance to make your mark on the world stage!

Don’t miss out on this chance to showcase your design capabilities, the deadline is 25th July.

Over 1200 Attendees in Just 7 Months

We have had 1239 people through FEL’s Haringey doors since November! Industry, education and the UK’s banks all want to know what’s happening in the world of sustainable fashion today, and as a result our ‘Sustainable and Ethical Factory Uncovered’ seminar and tour has become ideal for on-site learning.

Sustainability is high on everyone’s agenda and we provide a deep dive into how fashion works from concept through to final garment delivery, along with providing an overview of how Fashion AI is becoming more and more important in every day tasks.

If you would like to know more about our seminars and tours then please email: caroline@fashion-enter.com

GFF X ellesse – Made By the Fashion Studio

Rounding off a hectic Graduate Fashion Week (10th – 13th June) the final day featured the ‘Best Of’ catwalk show presenting an edit of this year’s award winners. This included the three winners of the Graduate Fashion Foundation X ellesse Tailors Programme, an initiative dedicated to nurturing and celebrating the next wave of global design talent.

The three winners: Lucrezia Gaspa – Accademia Costume & Moda, Shaojing Zhu – University of Derby and Thomas Bradford – University of the Creative Arts, had their three-piece capsule collection produced at FEL’s Fashion Studio in Haringey, along with a placement with a regional design partner, as a part of their prize.

The Fashion Studio team were thrilled to support the final year students in bringing their designs to life and the quality and fit was exceptional. 

FEL’s Social Media Producer, Leah Martin, attended the GFW Best Of show she commented: “It was fantastic to hear Fashion-Enter credited as the manufacturer of these luxurious sportswear inspired designs. The atmosphere at the show was electric, all the pieces looked fantastic and retail ready.”

Make Your Own Clothes this Summer

Have you been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee? Learn how to make, repair, alter and upcycle clothing with us! Throughout the summer we are holding a series of courses aimed at beginner or intermediate levels. We can offer 1-day courses, including: 

Creating a Dress

Creating a Skirt

Creating a Pair of Trousers

Creating a Sleeved Bodice

These are 1-day intermediate classes, if you are looking for beginner sessions we are running our popular 1-day Upcycle workshop and 4-day Stitching and Patterns classes taught by our experienced and friendly team.

To see all the summer courses on offer tap here.

Ongoing Courses

Roll-on courses available at all campuses Islington, Haringey 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.

Masterclasses and Short Courses 

Courses for June and July…


29th June – Saturday Stitching Club: Introduction to Sewing – FC Designer Workspace – £30

13th July – Saturday Stitching Club: Introduction to Sewing – FC Designer Workspace – £30

29th July – 1st Aug – 4-Day Beginners Stitching course – FC Designer Workspace – £100

Pattern Cutting:

29th July – 1st Aug – 4-Day Beginners Pattern Cutting course – FC Designer Workspace – £100

Repair and Upcycling:

16th July – Repair and Upcycling Drop In – FC Designer Collective shop – free

Support and Advice:

26th June – Crafting a Powerful Business Plan in the Fashion Industry – Via Zoom – free 


3rd – 5th July – 3-Day Style3D course for Beginners – FTA / Styleverse Innovation Centre Haringey – £199

Tap here for more dates and classes taking place throughout the summer.

Looking for a specific course? Contact us: 0208 809 3311

education@fashion-enter.com www.FCFTA.com 

This Week on FashionCapital…

Time for Leicester to Clothe the World Again!

And Finally…

Finishing with some fantastic news on our FC Designer Workspace programme. We are delighted to confirm that as of end March 24 we have generated £1,067m worth of social value in just 4.5 years – and this was during Covid too!  

Jenny comments: “This fantastic output has been achievable thanks to the amazing support of the Islington Council, who have been amazing with an open door policy to advise. There is a lesson here for everyone. We should not be afraid to venture into new programs and opportunities.  All risks need to be calculated risks but this has been one outstanding program that we are all immensely proud of.”    

To find out more about the FC Designer Workspace please visit: https://fcdesignerworkspace.co.uk/ 

Until next time, have a great week.

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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