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Fashion – Enter’s New Chapter

08-06-2022   


Newsletter 8th June 2022

Coming Soon…Made in Wales – The Fashion Event

We are now heading into Grad season with exhibitions and catwalk shows from fashion graduates across many disciplines. Over in Newtown, Wales, Art & Design students at Newtown College in Powys are in full creation mode in preparation for this summer’s fashion extravaganza.

Thanks to the Kornit Presto digital printer at Fashion-Enter the students have been able to create their own unique fabrics and now, with the support of the Fashion-Enter Wales team, are pattern cutting and stitching together their one-off designs. 

The all-day event is an exciting first for Newtown College students and will celebrate both manufacturing and design along with the area’s heritage and emerging talent.

Tianna Green, Art & Design student said: “I’m excited for the fashion show. Things like this usually happen in big cities, so it’s fantastic that such an event is happening in Newtown. I can’t wait to see my designs on the catwalk.”

Made in Wales – The Fashion Event will take place Friday 8th July at Focus Enterprise Hub, 3rd Floor, Pryce Jones Building The Royal Welsh Warehouse, 17 Old Kerry Road, Newtown, Powys, Wales SY16 1BJ.

For invitation requests and further information please contact: annabellalewis@fashion-enter.com

News From the Fashion-Enter Campuses…

Leicester

Workers’ Rights Certificate Presentation

This morning we held a special certificate presentation at FCFTA (Leicester) for recipients of the SEG Level 1 Award in Workers’ Rights & Labour Exploitation

As part of the Community Renewal Fund, FCFTA Leicester have been working with local manufacturing businesses and communities to deliver accredited Workers’ Rights & Labour Exploitation qualifications. 

Guests at this celebratory event included: Cllr Adam Clarke, Elysia McCaffrey, Chief Executive Officer GLAA; Frank Hanson, Head of Prevention and Partnerships GLAA ; Paul Eeles CEO SEG and Kaye Jackson Head of Relationship Management SEG.

FCFTA Manager Jackie said: This is a really powerful course that is vital for all industries but especially ones that have been under the spotlight. Thank-you to the garment factory owners for investing in their workers and also to all of the learners. English is often not their first language – however this did not stop their commitment and enthusiasm throughout .” 

There are more factories scheduled to take this course this month. If you are interested in having this course delivered in a factory or at the academy please do get in contact with Education@Fashion-Enter.com 

Meet & Greet – Leicester’s Manufacturers’

Next week, Thursday 16th June, the Leicester Meet & Greet event takes place to provide a showcase of the fantastic manufacturing businesses available in Leicester today. Over 40 Leicester businesses will be present at this day long event that is open to education and industry. 

The evening event and fashion show will also celebrate the achievements courtesy of Community Renewal Fund programme. This is a free event taking place at Athena in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, to register please tap here. 

Haringey

Learn the Fundamentals with Us – Free Availability for London Borough Residents

Whether you are a fashion designer, brand developer, or wanting to carve out a career on the production side, we teach accredited Level 1 courses that provide perfect building blocks in garment construction.

We are pleased to be able to offer these Level 1 courses in stitching and patterns for free for those that are unemployed or on a low income (below £21,157), over 19 and live in a London borough. 

These courses have been established for 10-years and can teach essential fashion skills in just under two months. The next start date for both Level 1 in stitching and patterns commences Monday 27th June.

Tap here to find out more about these accredited courses at Fashion-Enter’s Fashion Technology Academy.

Or email: jenni@fashion-enter.com to enquire about a free place. 

New To The Team

We are pleased to announce a very new and exciting job role that’s been developed at Fashion-Enter HQ for a Quality Assurance and Fashion Study Manager. Filling this role is the long-established, industry experienced Sonia Watson, she will be starting with us next month.

Company Year End Results

CEO Jenny Holloway comments: Our year end was May 2022 and as we approach year 17 of Fashion-Enter Ltd I just want to say an enormous thank-you to all staff.

In 2021/22 we had major growth in all areas with the opening of Leicester and the Islington affordable Workspace but we also had major issues with a lack of stability in garment production and of course Covid hit the workforce too.

Over the last two months the entire team pulled it out of the bag Everyone gathered together, worked closely with each other and absolutely stood united. We knew we would be down on turnover as we had over £1m on PPE last year to replace but in April and May we opened more new accounts, invested in new technologies (thanks to Kornit and Zund), created new positions and recognised staff for their hard work.  

We now embrace the new financial year with real gusto. There will be more changes, more opportunities and we will be recruiting real dynamic staff that can take Fashion-Enter Ltd to the stratosphere! 

“We are going for major growth and seizing new opportunities. To this end let me welcome Sonia Watson (Haringey) and Dorin Ilut (Wales). The new chapter begins.” 

National Manufacturing Day

National Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase the range of highly skilled staff and jobs they have on offer by throwing open their doors in a UK wide Open House on Thursday 7 July 2022. Fashion-Enter Ltd will be taking part – check back for further details.

Wales

Visit to Valvan for Recycled Fibers

Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway has just returned (7th & 8th June) from an inspiring visit to Valvan Baling Systems in Amsterdam where machinery has been developed for sorting and baling in the used clothing industry. She was accompanied by Debbie Potter, Director, and Richard Carter, Business Development Manager at The Potter Group. 

Jenny said: “The trip to Valvan in Amsterdam proved to be enlightening. I had no idea that recycling had dramatically improved in terms of fibre sort. It’s now encouraging to see that there are cameras available that reflect the light of the yarn so that an accurate reading can be taken for six core fibres. Also there is the capability to sort by colour which is obviously very important. 

“With everything that is occurring in fashion today it is everybody’s duty to look at recycling and how we can use mixed fibres. To this end we are very grateful to the Welsh Government for allowing us and the Potter Group to explore opportunities that will reduce carbon emissions, upcycle clothes and also review the impact of Welsh wool and using it for mainstream, commercial applications for the retail industry. Watch this space for what happen’s next!”

Meet Dorin

We are delighted to welcome Dorin Ilut as the new Technical Manager for Fashion-Enter Ltd Wales. We have very big plans to expand Wales in our new financial year 2022/23 and with Dorin now supporting Eddie Bebb the sky’s the limit! 

Islington

Free Start-Up Masterclass with Sally Leonard 23rd June

Sally Leonard specialises in working with small, creative-led businesses to help them identify and reach their business and professional goals, in a way that works for the people involved. In this free Business Masterclass offered as part of the Islington Business Recovery Fund, Sally will cover the core aspects that you need to consider when setting up on your own. 

Tap here to book your place.

London Festival of Architecture

FC Designer Workspace will be taking part in the London Festival of Architecture on 18th June as a part of Levitt Bernstein and NOOMA opening in Thane Works, Finsbury Park. This community event will include and celebrate local artists, weavers, media enterprises and makers, as well as both architectural practices, and we will be open to showcase our courses and services available with live sewing demonstrations!

Repair & Upcycle Free Workshop

Due to popular demand the Repair & Upcycle Workshop is here to stay! Once a month we will teach you how to flip your thrifts and existing clothes instead of throwing them out. The next free workshop will take place Friday 24th June, 10am – 2pm at the FC Designer Workspace, 9 Durham Road, Finsbury Park, N7 7FB.

Click here to book your place.

Jobs & Apprenticeships

We are recruiting for a Garment Technologist, Studio Manager and Creative Gerber Pattern Cutter, we also have apprenticeship positions available in London and Leicester, please tap here to view all current vacancies.

Masterclasses and Courses

Ongoing Stitching, Patterns and Tailoring Courses (Next start date 27th June) 

How to Grow Sales downloadable masterclasses with Carley Johnson

Free Sewing masterclasses in Islington (Throughout May & June)

Leicester – Manufacturing Meet & Greet event (16th June)

Free Business Masterclass with Sally Leonard (23rd June)

Gerber Accumark 3-day course for Beginners (6th July)

Garment of the Week

We’ve picked out this B of London bestseller the ‘Lottie’ dress in classic black & white polka dots. Made from scuba this dress moulds and flatters the body while the Bardot neckline adds a hint of glamour. Tap here to view & shop.

This Week on FashionCapital…

With inflation and supply chain issues crippling retail, the announcement that Zara has started charging customers £1.95 for returning items online has sent shockwaves throughout the industry. Al Gerrie, CEO at ZigZag Global explores the matter ‘Zara’s Return Policy and the Future of Retail.’

And Finally…

Check us out on YouTube! In the latest video Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway talks to Lean Manufacturing Expert, James Stewart, to discuss the benefits and importance of lean production in the fashion industry today. Tap here to view this short video.

Until next time, have a great week.

From the Team at FashionCapital.




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