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FashionCapital 20 Years of Industry Support!


Newsletter 7th September 2022

20 Years Online!

Did you know www.fashioncapital.co.uk has been going for twenty years! The online fashion portal first launched in the late-summer of 2002, when the internet had approximately 10,000 websites as opposed to some 45 billion today! Technology and the internet have certainly come a long way since 2002 however our core ethos remains the same; support, training and services for the UK fashion sector.

Leicester Academy Smashes First Year Targets

FCFTA Leicester has achieved so much in its first academic year – 67 Level 1 Awards in Fashion and Textiles and 108 SEG Awards in Workers’ Rights and Labour Exploitation. Yesterday, 6th September, Cllr Adam Clarke was at the Academy to present certificates to some of our recent learners. 

He commented: “It’s so important the skills you learn for yourself and also for the city, the work you do keeps the city working and that makes me proud and happy to be here, not only for your achievements as learners but the fact that you will take that learning into a career or into further learning.” 

Contact: Education@fashion-enter.com to enquire or sign up to Leicester’s courses.

Enrolment Time at FEL in Newtown Wales

Following Fashion-Enter Ltd’s first sub-contract with NPTC Group of Colleges – working directly with Newtown College, our FCFTA Wales is delighted to confirm that we have a new larger contract with Newtown for this new academic year 2022/3 starting 19th September 2022.

The highly successful courses in Level 1 and Level 2 in Stitching runs four-days a week from Monday – Thursday at FCFTA Wales, Fashion-Enter Ltd, The Royal Welsh Warehouse, 17 Old Kerry Road, Newtown, Powys.

If you are interested please contact annabellalewis@fashion-enter.com or call01686 248148

This Saturday – Markfield Road Festival

If you are a north London local members of the FEL team will be at Haringey’s Markfield Road Festival this Saturday 10th September. Markfield Road Festival is a free festival for all ages taking place from 9 to 11 September 2022 on Markfield Road in South Tottenham. Organised by Gaunson Creative Studios with The Cove, Craving and Ten87, the festival celebrates both emerging and established creatives through art, music and discussion. 

See you there from 2pm and talk to us about our free and unique business support programme N17 Creative Callings.

Saturday Maker Classes at the FC Designer Workspace 

From Saturday 17th (and every other Saturday) we will be opening the doors to support the local Islington community. For three hours 10am – 1pm FC Designer Workspace residents Angus and George will be on hand to open up the studio for residents to use. This costs £5 per hour and accommodates up to 20 individuals. Please note this service is not for absolute beginners; you will need some experience of using industrial machines.   

If you are interested in this latest initiative from Fashion-Enter in collaboration with Islington Council, then please email education@fashion-enter.com  

Rental Increase at the FC Designer Workspace

Throughout the first year of opening the FC Designer Workspace FEL was able to rent out the machines for free, however with such a massive increase in the cost of electricity we now have to charge to cover costs. The commercial cost for hiring an industrial machine is £300 a week so our prices still represent excellent value plus all machines are available.

As of  30th September costs will be increasing to: 

£6.00 per hour 

£40 per day 

£175 a week

Please note that Islington residents have 15% off these prices upon proof of residency. 

If you have any further questions or would like to book please email: FCdesignerworkspace@fashion-enter.com 

Fashion Roundtable – Regenerating British Wool

This Thursday 8th September Fashion-Enter will be joining a Fashion Roundtable discussion with key players in the industry to get a better understanding of the barriers of using Welsh wool in the fashion supply chain. 

Jenny Holloway CEO at Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) will discuss next steps in the development of FEL’s Novelle Yarn, mixing recycled PET with Welsh fleece and their ground-breaking process. Other key players within the sector will also share more about their work with Welsh wool along with Fashion Roundtable and their wool programme. More news on this to follow.

Staff News…

Jackie Bertram

Welcome back Sayide Atay, Production Assistant/Merchandiser to the factory floor.

In August Jackie Bertram accepted the new role of Deputy CEO and she is dedicated to develop the FEL academies, as well as work with The Factory, Fashion Studio and Designer Workspace, plus provide support with the many new projects that emerge.

Tap here to view FEL’s organisational chart.

Masterclasses and Courses

Ongoing Stitching, Patterns and Tailoring Courses 

Leicester Summer Special Sewing Course (Throughout September)

4 Key Strategies to Make You More Positive and Motivated (free) – 8th September

The Future of the Fashion Industry via Zoom – 13th September 

TR Pattern Cutting Taster – 17th September

Gerber Accumark for Beginners – 20th – 22nd September

Sales and Socials via Zoom – 30th September

Sourcing and Supply Base Strategy via Zoom – 23rd November

Outfit of the Week

Exclusively available on SilkFred.com is our in-house brand ‘B of London’ and this long sleeve, leopard print jumpsuit is perfect for trans-seasonal dressing. Available in sizes UK 8 – 16 for £60-

This Week on FashionCapital…

Is in-store shopping more sustainable than online?

And Finally…

Come along to the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road, minutes away from Finsbury Park tube station, where we are having an end-of-summer clearance on fabrics, at just £2 per metre, along with reductions on samples. Open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm.

FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH.

Until next time, have a great week!

From the Team at FashionCapital.

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