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FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 31st October 2018
Dear all,

Witches, Cats, Broomsticks and Bats…


All the FashionCapital & Fashion Enter staff and learners are gearing up for the annual on-site Halloween party this evening. This year the theme is ‘Witches and Cats’ and there is a strong emphasis on letting the imagination run wild and creating own-design costumes. See the winning looks in next week’s newsletter!

Elsewhere we take a look at the retail and financial impact Halloween has on the UK economy, according to a new Mintel report, the prediction is that folk will fork out £419 million on Halloween this year, a fantastically frightening figure that has increased by 5% from last year’s £400 million. To find out more click here.

Apprenticeship Post of the Week

Lara Intimates is a start-up women’s underwear brand making every product from sustainably sourced textiles in an all-female lingerie factory in East London. The brand currently has an exciting opportunity for an Apprentice Sample Machinist to work as a team member with Lara Intimates and partner factory, Fashion Enter. To find out more and apply please click here.

Job of the Week: Factory and Fashion Studio Cutter

An in-house position at the Fashion Enter Factory and Fashion Studio has opened for a Cutter; to Lay, Mark and Cut fabric according to a pattern. To find out more about this position and to apply click here.

Hidden River Competition Winner & Runners Up

When Fashion Enter took part in the local Hidden River Festival last month (September 2018), a design competition to create a fresh look was launched. The judging panel included, amongst others, our Stitching, Pattern Cutting and Apprenticeship tutors, our in house Designer and Head of Creative as well as our very own CEO! The winner and runners up were invited on Thursday, 25th and Friday, 26th October to collect their prize and be given a tour of the Factory, Fashion Studio and Fashion Technology Academy.

 (3rd runner-up Anna with winner Yasmin)
1st prize winner: Yasmin
2nd runner up: Toema Mercadini
3rd runner up: Anna Pearshouse

(2nd runner up Toema)
Stitching Academy tutor Ana commented: It was our first competition within the community and I am pleased with the result! I look forward to many more events in the near future. Our participants were fantastic and it really shows how much undiscovered talent there is. I wish the winners all the best and I look forward to having them join the FTA should they decide to nurture their skills and abilities further.”

Save the Date: Sample and Fabric Sale

Our popular in-house Sample and Fabric Sale is back! Taking place on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 1pm at Unit 14, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ. Contact: Maisie@fashion-enter.com for more details.

The Latest from Our CEO…

CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “The team have been as busy as ever, orders are up and today we are hosting an in-house CPPD for a cohort from River Island. Yesterday I had a great meeting with the EEF, thank you George Hollingbery, MP Minister of State for Trade Policy, Department for International Trade. Chatham House rules apply but credit to the Minister for such an open and frank discussion.

“I also wanted to mention Jim Armitage’s Open Letter regarding apprenticeships. Jim was spot on; insightful and accurate. Check the Evening Standard for more on this, I am in total agreement – apprenticeships are about delivering a sterling quality training provision that we should all be proud of.”

New Masterclass ‘The Design Process: How to Inspire our Customer’

Leandra O’Sullivan, formerly Head of Design at ASOS.com and Debenhams, has worked in high street fashion for 19 years. With a natural and passionate instinct to inspire her teams, Leandra concentrates on key values: be unique with original source of inspiration, Brand Identity & most importantly, knowing your customer. She will be hosting a 2-hour Masterclass ‘The Design Process: How to Inspire our Customer’ on Thursday 22nd Nov from 11am – 1pm at FashionCapital HQ.

More Masterclasses Coming Soon

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass with Claudette Joseph
How to Build A Successful Brand with Caren Downie

Courses Coming Soon…

On going: Perfect Patterns Level 1 and 2

On going: Stitching Academy Level 1 and 2

Remember we offer free technical fashion courses if you are unemployed or earn less than £15,800! Email esme@fashion-enter.com

Gerber Accumark for Beginners – 10th, 17th and 24th November

Technical Design & Pattern Cutting CAD Course

The next start date will be the 16th November for the Technical Design & Pattern Cutting CAD course with eTelestia. This course is ideal for anyone wishing to develop CAD skills for a career in fashion or for designers who would like to draft and design their own styles accurately.

This course involves a mix of online study and class meetings to find out more and register your interest email education@fashion-enter.com

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Just in: this on-trend animal print scuba jersey in bold tiger stripe available from the FCFabricStudionow at £6- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

10 Top Tips on how to write a business plan.

We meet Midlands Fashion Awards winner – Marie Sansome – Independent Designer of the Year 2018.

And we take a look at seven of the most commonly used software packages within the fashion industry.

And Finally…

Belles of London – ethically British made and proud of it!



More from the FashionCapital team next time, until then we wish you a great week.

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