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Fonthill Fashion at your Fingertips


Newsletter 30th March 2022 

Going Live – Fonthill Fashion

Following funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (EDRF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 – 2020, the Fashion-Enter marketing team have been working hard behind the scenes to launch an e-commerce website dedicated to Fonthill Road featuring Fonthill traders and Islington fashion designers.

The website will celebrate the history and heritage of the famous Fonthill Road, London N4, as well as introducing new designer talent based in Islington. Each brand will have its own shop where they can showcase and sell their fashion and accessories.

The website fonthillfashion.co.uk will be going live today, Wednesday 30th March, and will shine a spotlight on the broad range of designers, wholesalers and businesses we have in this vibrant area.

PPE Workwear Repair Training

We are absolutely delighted to confirm that we have agreed a unique training plan for the Textile Services Association (TSA). FEL / FTA will be running a two-day PPE Workwear Repair Course that will allow the members of the TSA to have a bespoke training plan that will cover both core and high level skills for repairing a wide cross section of PPE. 

The first course dates are 26th and 27th April and its already full with a waiting list. For the next course details please contact shyju.skariah@tsa-uk.org 

Save the Date 

Thursday 16th June – A Meet & Greet with Leicester’s leading manufacturer’s – the hub of the UK’s fashion and textile sector. Details to follow.

Fashion-Enter Haringey & Head Office

This month Prof. Jo Pritchard, Director, Health and Social Care at socialenterprise.org.uk received her OBE at Windsor Castle. In keeping with her support for social enterprises she had her dress for the big day designed and made by our in-house Belles of London team. Her look was coordinated with a unique fascinator by Mary from Another Earthling, an independent designer based at the FC Designer Workspace. 

Congratulations Jo, you look amazing!

Jo said: “Thank-you so much for the help to make my lovely dress for the awards ceremony at Windsor Castle. It feels truly special.”

Find out more about our Belles of London bespoke services here

FC Designer Collective – Fonthill Road

Just in at the shop we have all the designs from the modest wear launch last week, beautiful cover-up pieces from Anaqa Apparel, ENNAY Official & Shama, along with a variety of spring creations from our resident designers and our in-house brand B of London. Don’t forget Leyla is available for any bespoke or alteration requests.

FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH. Shop opening days / hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

FCFTA Leicester

Recruitment Event – JCP – Pegasus House 

FCFTA (Leicester) were invited to a recruitment event at Pegasus House Job Centre in Leicester on Wednesday 23rd March. 

Pegasus House is the main Job Centre for 16-24 years old’s – but this event was open to everyone and there were over 40 businesses at the event. Many were recruiting for available jobs in the city and others like ourselves were offering skills and education. 

FTA Leicester were promoting their free Course in Level 1 Stitching and also discussing apprenticeships course opportunities. 

Jackie – Manager FTA: Thank-you to the Community Renewal Fund, the fact that we can offer FREE courses to those that need it most is amazing. Many of the people we chatted to at the event were so keen to learn a new skill, to improve their English speaking, build their self-confidence and improve their prospects of employment. We have seen our learners shine whilst learning at the academy and we are looking forward to welcoming our next group of learners in April.”

Compliance Support as a part of the Community Renewal Fund

Fashion-Enter is working in partnership with LCC and DMU to provide skills and compliance support to Leicester businesses as part of the Textile Renewal Project. 

Leicester is a real hub of textiles and garment making in the UK with a variety of businesses in one place – garment makers, print houses, dye works and embellishment and textile makers – you name it Leicester has got it. 

As part of this support TJ from Fashion-Enter has been providing compliance guidance and support to some of these businesses  in Leicester. This support has been so well received and the meetings have been really constructive. 

TJ HR and Compliance Officer at Fashion-Enter: “It has been great to be able to support the representatives at these sites with information and advice on certain areas of improvement in order to strengthen their own ethical compliance management systems. I feel that the support has been extremely well received and is something that I hope to continue to be able to provide during the remainder of my visits to the companies registered on the programme.” 

Learner’s Words-  Level 1 Stitching 

Leicester’s second group of Level 1 stitching learners are coming to the end of their course – we asked them to tell us about their experience of learning at the FCFTA in Leicester, with courses funded by the Community Renewal Fund. 

Valentine: “I would recommend this course, if you want to learn how to use the machines, how to sew, how to thread a machine then the Fashion Technology Academy is one of the best and the teachers are amazing.” 

To contact the Leicester campus: education@fashion-enter.com 

Fashion-Enter Wales

Welsh Wool Heritage

This past week Eddie Bebb, Commercial Manager at Fashion-Enter Ltd Wales, has continued the ongoing desktop research for the four month Novel Yarn recycling feasibility study with SMARTCryum with a focus on Welsh wool, its heritage and value today. To read about the research for this sustainable project tap here.

Personalised Products

Our in-house kitchenware brand Spyce Jones is expanding its range of products to include personalised aprons. Here we have the gorgeous Jaxon (son of Jenni) modelling his personalised apron. The first print runs look great and we are about to launch this service via https://spycejones.com 

Stitching a New Career

Here is our newest stitching student Rhiannon Sinclair. Rhiannon would like to become a full time garment machinist at the factory in Wales on completion of the Level 1 stitching course. 

To contact the Wales campus: info@fashion-enter.com 

Jobs and Apprenticeships

Fashion-Enter Ltd is currently recruiting for a Fashion Studio Apprentice and Production Sewing Machinists based at the Haringey HQ. To find out more and apply visit this link.

Just in…Fashion-Enter is also looking for a Junior Designer to join their busy team in north London. If you are interested in this position please email: beth@fashion-enter.com 

Staff News

A warm welcome to Richard and Alesha to the patterns dept at Fashion-Enter Ltd.

Masterclasses & Courses

Ongoing Stitching, Patterns and Tailoring Courses

Gerber 3-day course for beginners (6 – 8 April)

Optitex 2D & 3D 3-Day Course (26 – 28 April)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

New in at the FC Fabric Studio some cotton jersey options perfect for spring/summer, such as this patterned jersey in pastel blue, available now at just £4- per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital

Photo Credit: RCGD Global

The 2022 Oscars may well be remembered for all the wrong reasons, however one fashion initiative we do applaud is the on-going TENCEL™, and RCGD Global partnership for shining a spotlight on sustainable eco-couture.

And Finally…

While our sunny spring season has temporarily left us it seems the mood for spring newness has well and truly hit. In amongst the best sellers this past week is this B of London double breasted blazer in sky blue check, brilliant to layer over and smarten up those spring casuals. Tap here to view and shop.

Until next time, have a great week.

From the team at FashionCapital

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