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Fashion’s New Direction


Newsletter 11th September 2019

Dear all,

In Remembrance

Our newsletter comes to you today on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Our thoughts go out to the thousands that lost their lives on this tragic day and their loved ones. Life really is precious. #911Anniversary

(The National September 11 Memorial & Museum exhibition commemorates the lives of each and every victim.)

Fashion Week Events

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close London is poised to begin tomorrow, 12th September, and for the first time a selection of shows and events will be open to the public. The FashionCapital team will be on hand to review the highlights including those involved with the Positive Fashion platform and eco and sustainable fashion brand VIN + OMI with their latest collection created from textiles made with nettles.

As a part of Fashion Week we will be involved in the following events:

Fashions Finest – Saturday 14th September

Members of the Fashion Enter team will be available at the designer showcase Fashions Finest. Visit the Fashion Enter stand to find out all about the courses, sampling and production services that we provide. Throughout the day there will be catwalk shows presenting new talent as well as industry talks and various exhibitors.

Fashions Finest Saturday 14th September 2pm – 9pm at the Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St, London WC1.

Wings4Fashion Pitch Your Fashion Business – Saturday 14th September

FatakaFashions.com is hosting a pitching session, as a part of two-day Wings4Fashion event on 14th September 2019. Pitch your fashion business to an elite panel of investors and fashion industry experts, including our very own CEO Jenny Holloway.

FatakaFashions.com’s mission is to provide everything a fashion designer or a brand would need to succeed in the fashion industry. Pitching for funding or mentoring support is an important part of growth for fashion entrepreneurs including fashion designers, fashion-tech, fulfilment service providers, manufacturers and materials suppliers. If you have an innovative business idea that is sustainable and scalable, this is the right opportunity for you. The event also includes fashion shows, an exhibition and a gala dinner.

To apply visit: https://fatakafashions.com/pitch-your-fashion-business.php

Community Event – Hidden River Festival

Esme, Education & Learning Operations Manager, meanwhile will be at the annual Hidden River Festival a free community event open to all in the area of Woodberry Down, Hackney and Haringey. Along with all the music, performances, food, sports and workshops Esme will be on-hand to offer advice on all the training and opportunities that Fashion Enter and the FTA provides, plus visitors to her stand can get creative with colour-in clutch bags and the annual design competition.

Hidden River Festival Saturday from 12:00-18:00 Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, London, N4 2HF

Coming Soon the All New & Shiny FCFabricStudio

Behind the scenes the team have been busy creating a new look FCFabricStudio.com for all your fabric needs. Now in its final stages of development the new version of this online shop will go live very soon. Watch this space!

#secondhandseptember – Repair, Remake, Recycle

Being able to sew is a brilliant life skill that we should all embrace. Being able to repair a rip, hem a skirt or even rework an old garment into something new gives clothing a longer lease of life and therefore benefits the environment. In the spirit of #secondhandseptember we are holding 3 morning Saturday Pattern and Stitch classes that will take you from novice to knowledgeable – in just three sessions you will be able to understand how to create and stitch a garment. The first session takes place Saturday 21st September click here to find out more.

Retail Defined: You Must Change or You Will Die

As a part of our intensive 1-day Retail Defined workshop aimed at CEO’s, attendees will receive a complimentary copy of ‘Strat to Action’ – The KAIZEN method for turning Strategy into Action by Alberto Bastos & Charlie Sharman. The accredited Level 5 CPPD session will take place 17th October will include guest speakers from Kaizen Institute, Farfetch, Sonae Group, FNAC, Leroy Merlin and Fashion Enter Ltd, and will provide crucial insights that leading CEO/ COO and decision-making directors need to hear to ensure future retail success. To find out more about this click here.

Proving Essential Training & Employment Opportunities

We have recently been working with Irina Bormotova, Senior Employment Advisor at Elevate / Groundwork London, an employment support organisation for refugees. Irina introduced us to Abdul and he came in for a trial at the Fashion Studio earlier this month, which resulted in employment.

Jenny Holloway comments: “As soon as we met Abdul we knew he would fit perfectly into our team. He is a kind, genuine and humble man who is incredibly skilled in garment manufacturing. His future is now secure with us and we thank Irina for all her support too.” 

News from In-House Label Belles of London

Belles of London will be exhibiting at the Wings4Fashion 2-day event this weekend at the Montcalm Hotel alongside other up and coming designers and fashion businesses.

Meanwhile here is our swimwear Belle Georgia looking gorgeous on holiday in her khaki Sage swimsuit!


Fashion Brand Bootcamp – 21st September

On Saturday 21st September FashionCapital is providing a one-day masterclass with industry experts that have been through the real highs and lows of running a brand. From 10am to 4pm we will get you and your fashion brand ready with our six industry experts. The bootcamp will cover each key area of business including; developing your collection and your brands signature, supply chain and logistics, sampling and production, sales and promotion, understanding costs and keeping on budget, along with how to keep yourself motivated and positive. Attendees can pre-book one-to-one 20-minute sessions with one of the industry professionals at the end of the session. 

How to Realise Your Goals with Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston 26th September

Life and Business coach Eric Gilston has committed to an on-going programme with us, his masterclasses are free and including: How to Realise Your Goals’ Professionally and Personally on the 26th September 11am – 1pm. Learn the keys to effective goal setting and achieving those goals, the best techniques to set goals, see the benefits from taking action based on great goals and how to have a productive day today and every day.

TR Pattern Cutting for Beginners – 28th September

Our popular TR Pattern Cutting taster masterclass with the ‘Queen of seams’ Claudette Joseph is back with another instalment on Saturday 28th September at the Fashion Technology Academy. The three-hour session introduces learners to the TR pattern cutting technique, a form of origami pattern cutting which translates into immediate and intuitive 3D creations, in opposition to the more conventional way of drafting. For more details and to book click here.
Former learner Chionma said: “It just blew my mind when I did the TR Pattern Cutting course, it was like – wow, like a bolt goes off in your head.”

Also Coming Soon…
Legal Eagle With Nick Gould

On Tuesday 8th October 2019 Nick Gould, ‘the common-sense lawyer with mismatched shoes!’ will be back to host another of his highly informative Legal Eagle Masterclass aimed at new business start-ups.

For all things legal from IP rights, patents, copyright, database rights, UK product design, community designs and trademarks – this is a masterclass not to miss. Click here to find out more and book

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Get creative this autumn with unique, textured fabrics, this week we have picked out this black and white woven yarn created from polyester and cotton. Available at the FCFabricStudio now at £7- per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital

In this week’s Fashion Fix we find out who bagged the top LVMH designer prize, hear about the latest Gucci and Comme des Garcons collaboration and remember one of fashion photography’s great masters.

It’s the B-word again and the BFC post their concerns about a No-Deal Brexit for the UK fashion industry.

And we look at what’s trending on the streets of London right now.

And Finally…

Check out Councillor Peacock looking fabulous in her Belles of London Peacock silk satin shirt – how apt!

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