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Fashion – Enter’s Micro – Factory Concept


Newsletter 30th June 2021

Zünd UK Join Fashion-Enter’s Micro-Factory Concept

News of Fashion-Enter’s partnership with Zünd has been featured in several industry-focused magazines and websites. The instalment of the Zünd D3 Digital Cutting technology at the Fashion-Enter factory in north London is part of a forward-thinking, sustainable micro-factory concept that also combines printing technology from Kornit Digital and support from ASOS.

Dean Ashworth, Sales and Marketing Director at Zünd UK said: “The project is aimed at brands and retailers; we want to demonstrate to them how they can create a sustainable manufacturing facility in the UK. We believe on-shoring apparel manufacturing will support the growing trend for made-to-order and ethical production. Furthermore, technology and production strategies are developing to deliver the capabilities needed to reshape the fashion industry. Zünd single-ply cutters are setting new standards in speed, efficiency, and accuracy. The Zünd D3 cutter delivers ultimate performance and productivity with two cutting beams operating simultaneously with sophisticated nesting algorithms increasing material yield and helping to keep production costs low.”

Tap here to view the recent press coverage on this partnership.

TikTokxGFF Residency – Group 1 Week 1

It’s week 1 of the 2021 TikTokXGraduate Fashion Foundation (GFF) residency here at Fashion-Enter’s FTA in north London. The team are thrilled, to once again, work alongside 30 selected design graduates over the next five days. From CAD/CAM, pattern cutting, construction techniques and stitching, the talented graduates will be getting a crash course in fashion production whilst making their TikTok branded merchandise. Keep your eyes peeled on FashionCapital’s social media platforms for ‘behind the seams’ snaps leading up to the big presentation this Friday with a VIP special guest!  #tiktokxgff

FC Designer Workspace…Almost Ready!

This week we were able to see inside in the new FC Designer Workspace in Islington before the final building works take place in time for the Community Launch event on 29th July. 

It was fantastic to see the refurbishment of the underground garages come to life. The affordable workspace will provide training and employment opportunities, as well as private studios for local creatives to rent and grow their business. Fashion masterclasses, business mentoring and networking events will be hosted on site, as well as sewing masterclasses and accredited Level 1 courses in stitching and patterns. 

The visit was attended by Councillor Asima Shaika, Director of Inclusive Economy and Jobs, Caroline Wilson and local MP Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the team from the council, the GLA and architects who have all made this concept a reality. We can’t wait to open the doors of the FC Designer Workspace. 

Jobs / Apprenticeships Available

Just in…we have an apprenticeship position at Fashion-Enter for a Production Assistant / Merchandiser. This role is available on the Level 3 Fashion Studio Apprenticeship and is based in Haringey, London. We are also still recruiting for machinists, experienced and apprentice, at our Newtown factory in Wales. To view all the positions and to apply visit the FTA Jobs section.  

Stitching & Patterns Course Places Available

Gain an in-demand skill! With the growth of Made in the UK there is a great need for factory-ready apparel stitchers and pattern cutters. At the FTA we have Level 1 Stitching and Pattern course places with an immediate start. There are free places available for individuals that are unemployed, living in London & on ESA, JSA or Universal Credit, or employed, living in London & earning less than £20,962.00 per year.

Contact: esme@fashion-enter.com  

A Meeting with David Jones

A stalwart of the London fashion industry David Jones has over 45-years experience in this competitive and fast-paced sector. It was 20-years ago this month (June) that David was appointed Chief Executive of the London Fashion Forum (LFF) and its accompanying fashion portal FashionCapital! Yes, indeed, FashionCapital is 20-years-old! The project director back then was Jenny Holloway and much like Fashion-Enter today the aim was to create and support new fashion businesses. David has mentioned that the project was ‘the most enjoyable 4-years of his business life’ and looking back the LFF achieved a great deal in a short period of time.

Zip forward 20-years and David and Jenny continue to support and work together on various industry projects including ‘Behind Bras’- providing training for women in prison. This week the pair met to discuss their latest initiatives that aim to take the industry forward.

Saying Goodbye to Julia

Senior patterns tutor Julia has left to start a new chapter – to live by the sea. The team are very sad to see her go, she has been an excellent teacher to many students, warm, insightful and clear. Last week we held a small leaving party for her and we wish her the very best for the future.

Julia commented: “After 5 wonderful years of teaching at Fashion-Enter, I have, with a heavy heart left. I am starting a new adventure by the sea. Building up our pattern cutting courses and teaching some wonderful students, has been the most special and rewarding job of my long fashion career.

“My colleagues are a talented, caring and empathetic team. It has been a pleasure to work with them all. FTA learners come from all walks of life – from absolute beginners to Fashion Design BA students. The feedback from all of the FTA classes has been amazing and I now pass it on to two wonderful people, Lan and Petra.”

Cocktails & Cupcakes

Residents of north London – the fashion accessories brand Diva Choice, Cupcakes & Cocktails event is coming soon…Saturday 24th July 12 – 5pm. Customers are free to pop in for music, cocktails and cupcakes while browsing the latest designs. Along with some on-the-day bargains those spending over £30 will get £5 off on Diva Choice and Fashion-Enter’s ‘Made in the UK’ brand B of London. The Diva Choice Cupcake & Cocktails free event will take place at the FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH. Close to Finsbury Park tube station. See you there!

B of London Style of the Week

We’ve had some excellent sales from our B of London dress collection and one of the bestsellers is this one-shouldered, floral, scuba dress which is sculpts and flatters in all the right places. Tap to view this design.

Masterclasses & Courses

How to Build a Brand with Dancing Leopard (Online)

Optitex 3-day course – July

The Sampling Process (Free online)

How to Build Your Omnichannel Strategy (Online)

Sustainable Fabric Sourcing (Online)

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)

How to Wholesale (Online)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we have picked out this summery tie-dye georgette – perfect for a maxi dress or stunning blouse! Available at the FCFabricStudio at £5- per metre.

Featured on FashionCapital…

The Only Way is Ethics: The Fashion Industry’s Path To Do Good by Natasha Frangos, Partner at haysmacintyre.

And Finally…

We couldn’t leave without mentioning the 2 – 0 England win in the Euro 2020 yesterday! We have everything crossed for the next quarter final match against the Ukraine on Saturday. Good luck England team!

Until next time, have a great week!

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