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Focusing on the Good


Newsletter 6th December 2023

We love a good news story here at FashionCapital, especially when it concerns one of our students or clients making their mark and achieving their goals. This week it was great to hear how Karen Anderson has just showcased designs from her sustainable brand Minycled at a week-long pop-up in John Lewis in Bristol. 

Karen conceived her brand during lockdown and thanks to advice and support provided by FashionCapital’s online seminars, Karen took the plunge to start her own ethical clothing range. Samples and printing by FEL Haringey.

Tap here to read her story.

Crisis Christmas Pop-Up Shop

The Crisis Christmas pop-up shop at the former West End Central Police Station, 27 Savile Row, London, is now open. Get inspired with their treasure trove of unique clothing items, gifts and accessories, raising vital funds for Crisis, the national charity for people experiencing homelessness across Great Britain.

FEL’s Development Coordinator, Gee Fletcher will be volunteering at shop which will remain open until Thursday 14th December.

Give the Gift of Stitching or Pattern Making

Being able to stitch and make clothes is a lifetime skill that is not only brilliant for textile longevity but is excellent for creativity and mental health as well. Why not give the gift of stitching or pattern making this Christmas with our 4-day Beginners courses taking place during February half-term. Learn from friendly and experienced professionals in a relaxed environment. 

Sign Up for a VIP 3 Month Licence

The Fashion Technology Academy team can now offer 3-day Style3D beginner courses with the added VIP incentive of free, Style3D Studio access for three month period, and £31.70 thereafter. 

This innovative and exciting Style3D software can quickly transform your creative ideas into 3D designs effectively modelled on customised avatars. With over 50,000 digital assets on the cloud ranges can be created in hours and the technology is excellent.

This 3-day course costs £199 plus VAT and takes place in small groups from Monday to Wednesday throughout December at FTA, Unit 4, Crusader Estate, Haringey, London, N4 1LZ.

To find out more about the course agenda and to book please tap here.

Final Saturday Pattern Class

Taking place this Saturday 9th December, Angel will be holding her final Saturday pattern class of the year with a focus on made to measure dresses. The feedback from these sessions has been amazing, with everyone saying that they have learnt so much.

A learner from last week said: “Great class as always, Angel pays attention to detail and is very clear when teaching. I learnt a lot today. Looking forward to future classes.”

To join this class at the FC Designer Workspace from 10am – 4pm for just £25 tap here.

Repair and Upcycle Dates Coming Up

If you have a repair, upcycling project, or a small gift you would like to make then why not pop into our free, drop in repair session at the FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road. Taking place next Tuesday 12th December and supported by Islington Council, we can provide stitching equipment and expertise in a welcoming and warm environment.

For those looking to spend more time on a project or gain some basic skills then the FC Designer Workspace is offering a public Repair and Upcycling workshop on Thursday 4th January. A small cover charge of £5 per session gives access to industrial equipment and friendly tutoring staff throughout the day.

Tap here for more information and to book.

Latest from Leicester

If you are based in and around Leicester the FCFTA campus can accommodate with on-going Stitching and Pattern Cutting courses. To enquire please contact: Divya@Fashion-Enter.com  These courses are free for those on low income or in receipt of JSA or UC and live in Leicester. 

The Leicester team got in the festive mood last Friday 1st December with their Christmas decoration upcycling pop up at The Haymarket Shopping Centre. Deputy CEO Jackie Bertram also attended Leicester’s Cultural & Creative Industries Strategy – ‘What’s the Big Idea?’ event. The FCFTA  is excited to contribute to Leicester’s projected ambition and vision.

Jackie said: “Leicester has a proud heritage of garment and textile making and there is still a high demand for good work in this industry from those in the local community. Since the FCFTA opened 2-years ago over 200 people have used the centre with over 300 qualifications achieved. 

“Leicester has the talent and skills to become the Centre of Circular Fashion in the UK. It has the eco system, skills and location to lead in circular fashion.” 

As Recommended by Banana

Banana, the world’s first dedicated fashion crowdfunding platform, supports diverse fashion creativity, and additionally promotes quality manufacturers with an ethical approach to production. 

Tap here to view Fashion-Enter’s profile.

Free Masterclass Rescheduled

This months free Zoom masterclass on Profitable Pricing: Strategies for Accurate Costing and Pricing in the Fashion Industry has been rescheduled to Wednesday 10th January from 10am. The team apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you are already signed up a Zoom link will be forwarded to you.

Ongoing Courses

Roll-on courses available at all campuses Islington, Haringey and Leicester: 

Level 1 & 2 in Stitching

Level 1 & 2 in Patterns

Various Levels in Tailoring

Diploma in Fashion Design and Business 

If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: education@fashion-enter.com to enquire.

Masterclasses and Short Courses

12th December Repair and Upcycle Drop-In Workshop (FC Designer Collective Fonthill Road – free)

13th – 15th December Gerber AccuMark 3-Day Course for Beginners

4th January Repair and Upcycle Workshop

10th January Profitable Pricing: Strategies for Accurate Costing and Pricing in the Fashion Industry – free

16th January Repair and Upcycle Drop-In Workshop (FC Designer Collective Fonthill Road – free)

23rd – 25th January Optitex Technology 2D and 3D 3-day course

This Week on FashionCapital…

Read about B of London’s latest stockist: Now Stocked on Styli

And Finally…

Great news for Fashion-Enter Ltd on winning the Transport for Wales contract. FEL is part of a unique collaboration of four social enterprises that will manufacture the new Transport for Wales uniforms. For FEL this will centre on the design and creation of the maternity and menopause ranges that will incorporate Kornit Digital printing technology and kind pigment inks.

Well done to all the winners and nominees at the annual Fashion Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday night. Check out Elisa, founder of the fashion brand Dreaming Eli based at the FC Designer Workspace, working the red carpet!

Until next time, have a great week,

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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