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Fashioning The Future


Newsletter 15th May 2019

Dear all,

Team of 6 at FESPA Munich

This week six of the Fashion Enter / Fashion Technology Academy team are at the FESPA Global Print Expo in Munich. There they are providing live demonstrations to showcase the educational and top-notch production services we provide for the fashion manufacturing industry.

CEO of FashionCapital / FTA Jenny Holloway said: “Last year we were invited as guest speakers at FESPA and the event opened our eyes to a whole new world of digital technology – absolutely amazing. This year we have been invited to showcase the stitching skills of our workforce and advanced learners from the FTA; we are also showcasing our own range – Belles of London too. It’s a privilege to be asked to showcase at such a major international event.”

Dalores added: “This has been the best experience of my life – we have met 100s of people in the live factory set up at FESPA and I have shown people my stitching skills that I have learnt at the FTA. I want to go to Madrid 2020 FESPA now!”

To find out more about FESPA and the team’s involvement click here.

Next Monday: Fashioning The Future

Our CEO, Jenny Holloway, will be joining the likes of Mary Creagh MP (Chair of Environmental Audit Committee) and Edwina Ehrman (Senior Curator at the V&A) amongst others at the Young Fabians panel discussion on ‘Fashioning the Future’. As climate change hits the headlines on a daily basis fashion has been named as being responsible for 10% of the carbon footprint of the world as well as it being the second greatest polluter of local freshwater globally. Looking to implement positive change and find ways forward this discussion invites all to join the debate, ask questions and hear how politicians, brands and advocacy groups are advancing business, cultural and environmental policy discussions in this area.

Monday 20th May from 7.30pm at Fabian Society, 61 Petty France, London SW1 to register click here.

As Seen in Vogue Business

Faced with a shortage of talent, Britain’s only couture house, Ralph & Russo, has launched a training scheme for artisanal skills and craftsmanship with Fashion Enter Ltd and the news of this couture apprenticeship programme was announced last week in Vogue Business.

Co-founder Tamara Ralph revealed in the article that it has been extremely difficult to recruit for artisanal roles in her London atelier. “To this day you get hundreds and hundreds of applications a year for design positions, but there is a very small pool of young people who want to learn craftsmanship.”

Fashion Enter CEO, Jenny Holloway added: “I think [fashion craftsmen] have been the poor relations to an extent. [For most fashion students] the desire is to be a designer. But it’s so difficult to have your own brand and be successful. We need to stop this mindset that construction or garment-making is second to being a designer.”

To read the full article by Lucy Maguire published in Vogue Business on 7th May 2019 please click here.

Apprenticeship of the Week

Ralph & Russo are currently looking for an Apprentice Atelier Assistant – to find out more and apply click here.

Fashion Enter Back at Fashion SVP

This June Fashion Enter will once again be at Fashion SVP to provide ‘drop-in’ practical workshops and an interactive area that all visitors, whatever level of experience or expertise, can engage with. From apprenticeships to manufacturing skills courses to small and large production runs, meet the professional and experienced Fashion Enter team. Fashion SVP, Europe’s leading sourcing show, takes place at Olympia London on the 25th and 26th June 2019. Click here to register.

Bloomsbury / FashionCapital Book Offer

The Book of Pockets – A Practical Guide for Fashion Designers publishes on the 11th July and thanks to our collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishing FashionCapital newsletter subscribers can pre-order now and receive a 35% discount. The exclusive Bloomsbury / FashionCapital Members Only area features the latest fashion books and guides can be found here – to gain the 35% discount subscribe to the FashionCapital weekly newsletter to receive the discount code and apply at the checkout. Happy book shopping!

Fashion Studio Client: I’mdividual

Olga, Founder & Creative Director of I’mdividual, has just launched her first capsule, all natural, organic and plastic-free, collection. Developed with the Fashion Studio team at the factory Olga has thoroughly sourced all the fabrics and trims such as organic cotton thread, corozo buttons, even the elastic cord is made out of natural rubber. Being ethical, environmentally friendly and transparent is at the core of her launch brand. Olga comments: “Obviously the main part of my work ethic as well is that all the styles are made in London, and I’m glad I did it with the Fashion Studio at Fashion Enter as they are known for their transparency and strong ethics, which are also very important to me.”

View the collection here: www.imdividual.com

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

Next week: Fashion Masterclass – Let’s Create Your Own Fashion Brand

One day intensive course Tuesday 21st May 10.00 – 16.00 at The Factory

In this one-day course you will be supported by a team of industry experts who will advise you through every touch point of the garment process from design to the sampling process to production and finding the right manufacturer. Further 1:1 mentoring can follow with in-depth targeted advice for your brand!

Cost £99. Click here for the full agenda and to book.

Advanced 2-Day Gerber Course 1st and 8th June
Take on as much or as little as you like with our new Follow-On Advanced Gerber 2-day course. Get into the nitty-gritty depths of the Pattern Design and Explorer and/or continue with your own journey of drafting and amending patterns. Saturday 1st and the following Saturday 8th June.

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making Course for Beginners 7th, 14th and 21st September
 The Gerber AccuMark For Beginners is a 15-hour course that will provide you with the skills required for the workplace and within the industry. Led by two leading industry experts who have more than 30-years Gerber experience between them. It is a three-day course, which takes place on Saturday’s from 10am – 3pm. To find out more and book e-mail: education@fashion-enter.com

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we’ve picked out a lightweight, semi sheer, aqua blue chiffon, perfect for those airy summer outfits. Available at the FCFabricStudio now at £3.50 a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Fashion Roundtable, the only Fashion-focused consultancy providing industry leading events, public affairs and policy, have just held the first of their stakeholder meeting groups to gather evidence for their forthcoming Representation and Inclusion Paper, due for release in the Autumn.

From Givenchy unveiling the latest face of its fashion house to the launch of Rihanna’s Fenty fashion collection with LVMH and the fabulously ostentatious highlights from the one and only Met Gala, it’s been yet another enthralling week, Katie Farley reports in this week’s Fashion Fix.

Plus a group of Fashion Enter’s apprentices thoroughly enjoy their inspirational visit to the ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition at the V&A.

And Finally…

It’s #mentalhealthawarenessweek! If you work in the fashion industry and need support we are always here for a chat, remember you are not alone. You can contact us by email at info@fashioncapital.co.uk or telephone on 0208 809 3311.

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