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Ethical Manufacturing Uncovered


Newsletter 29th January 2020

Dear all,

Live & Direct From Fashion SVP

Today and tomorrow (29th & 30th) the Fashion-Enter team are at Fashion SVP, the UK’s leading apparel and accessory sourcing show featuring over 100 leading global apparel producers at Olympia, London.

Visit our ‘Ethical Manufacturing Uncovered’ stand for a ‘drop-in’ practical and interactive area whatever your level of experience or expertise. There is such a huge emphasis on ethical manufacturing at the moment, but not everyone knows how they can practically integrate this ideology into their own brand. In this space we will demonstrate, 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 education, local initiatives and services that we provide. Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway will also be joining the 2-day event tomorrow (30th January) at 11am for a panel discussion on The business case for sustainability: How leading businesses have turned sustainability from a cost to an opportunity.’ Jenny will be joined by Tamsin Lejeune, CEO, CommonObjective, Jenny Hulme, Head of Buying & Design, People Tree, Della Nelson, Design & Brand Consultant, Ginny Hutt, Ex-Head of Product, BHS now London College of Fashion and Michelle Mahlke, Brand & Luxury Consultant, Ex MD, Roland Mouret. 

Fashion SVP opening times: 

Wednesday 29th January 2020 – 10:00-17:30

Thursday 30th January 2020 – 10:00-17:00


New Apprenticeship Posts Available Now

Recruiting now! We currently have 2 apprenticeship positions with Mountain Warehouse plus a position for a Fashion Studio Apprentice here at Fashion-Enter. To find out more and apply tap this link.

Talking Fast Fashion with Patrick Grant

Our very own CEO Jenny Holloway recently sat down and debated ‘fast fashion’ with Patrick Grant, the British menswear designer best known as a judge on the TV programme ‘The Great British Sewing Bee,’ for a Radio 4 ‘In Business’ feature. Patrick went to meet Jenny at her North London factory to discuss whether fashion can be both affordable and sustainable.

To view the promo video for this debate click here.

To hear the entire 27-minute feature, first aired on Radio 4 on the 23rd January 2020, click here.

In the Press: N17 Creative Callings

Fashion-Enter Ltd’s local business support project ‘N17 Creative Callings’ was featured in 4U2 Your Community & Enterprise Newsmag – Winter edition, with an online version of the article also available – click here to view.

If you run a creative business in the Tottenham area don’t miss out on this free business support initiative supported by Mayor of London and the European Union. Each business is unique which is why we offer bespoke business training and support and have an excellent selection of partners to cover your needs. The Fashion-Enter team have worked in the area for over 12-years and understands its vibrant and diverse mix of residents.

If you would like to put yourself / your business forward for this free support initiative please contact: N17creativecallings@fashion-enter.com

RSA and the London Boroughs Competition

Last Thursday, 23rd January, Jenny Holloway attended the RSA Cities of Learning workshop to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing young people entering the creative industries.

Running in conjunction with the workshop is a unique competition. In every London borough, there are gaps in employability, life skills and learning opportunities. This is especially true in the creative and cultural industries and among any given local community, talent and potential often goes unnoticed. The London Boroughs Competition (LBC) intends to change that.

LBC want to hear about existing projects or exciting new proposals to develop skills in the creative and cultural industries. The competition is open to all education, skills, industry and creative partnerships across the capital and applications can be sent up until 12th March 2020. Click here for more info.

11 Days Until Pure London

Jenny Holloway (pictured above) has been invited to speak at Pure London to discuss two topics. On day 1 of the event, 9th February 2020, Jenny will join a panel at the Origin Theatre to discuss: ‘Fabric Sustainability criteria and metrics’. She will then take to the stage on her own for a presentation on ‘Understanding garment making in the UK and shedding light on the ‘Fast Fashion is land-fill’ misconception.’ Pure Origin, together with leading fashion trade show Pure London, is a UK trade show that offers visitors the full supply chain under one roof. 

To find out more about Pure London and to register please click here.

Another Excellent Masterclass from Life & Business Coach Eric

Last week, Thursday 23rd January 2020, our visiting Life & Business coach Eric Gilston presented his New Year masterclass entitled: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”. Eric has over 18-years of coaching experience and is the author of Amazon Best Seller “The Life Coach’s Toolbox”.

Eric is truly passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential, both personally and professionally, and feedback from his sessions are always nothing short of excellent. Here’s what some of the group had to say:

“Eric was absolutely great. I believe anyone attending the workshop will benefit from him.” – Callum

“I think this is a very good and thoughtful seminar for students and workers at Fashion-Enter. Seminars like this can really change people’s lives for the better! I also think Eric is wonderful!” – Brittney

“I have learnt how to be positive and achieve my goals. Eric has made a great impact on how I feel in terms of work / life.” – Saffron

More from Eric soon.

Masterclasses Coming Soon

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

“The world of fashion is moving fast and coming to Fashion-Enter has enabled me to work on the very latest fit and pattern technologies such as Optitex and Gerber. Everything is about speed of response now but as Head of Patterns I know my work has to be absolutely the best it can be – accurate for superb fit. By fully learning Optitex for 3D and Gerber, this allows me to have the professionalism I need to provide excellent service to all of our clients and customers.” – Claire – Head of Patterns and Optitex tutor.

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

“On this course I learnt about the key functions of Gerber Accmark. Digitising, grading, moving points and creating pattern pieces. I’d like to know more about follow-up and advanced courses. The tutor included screen shots and work sheets – these have been invaluable to me. Thanks.” – Pauline

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Today we’ve picked out this cotton fabric…brilliant for making cushions or tote bags and ideal to use for beginner’s sewing projects as it’s so easy to stitch and work with. Tap this link to view this fabric.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

ASOS back on track thanks to speed of response.

5 Top celebrities that went to business school and gained those critical thinking skills.

Fast Fashion: Can it be ethical and cheap? Jenny Holloway and Patrick Grant discuss.

And Finally…

This week’s Belles bestseller is the timeless Ava fishtail maxi dress, available in various colours with a made-to-measure option upon request. Please email stephanie@fashion-enter.com for more details, to view this dress click here.

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