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From Courses to Careers – You Choose!


Newsletter 21st August 2019

Dear all,

As Seen in OK Magazine!

We were thrilled to start the week with some press coverage on our in-house brand Belles of London. Thanks to Julia Sugden PR our Belles of London ocean blue, sports bra from Katie’s gym range was featured in a photo shoot for OK Magazine. The first printed press for Belles of London – exciting times!

GCSE Results Day and Summer Careers Festival

Good luck tomorrow (22nd August 2019) if you are receiving your GCSE results. If you would like to explore the various pathways into a career in fashion then come along to the Summer Careers Festival this Friday 23rd August at Hackney Town Hall. Members of the FashionCapital team will be there to answer questions and provide advice for Year 11 students that want to look for an alternative pathway to sixth form.

Summer Careers Festival Friday 23rd August, 12pm – 3pm at Assembly Halls, Hackney Town Hall, Reading Lane, London E8 1EA.

To read about the pathways we offer in fashion click here.

EFI Optitex 2D/3D Pattern

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering EFI Optitex 2D/3D Pattern Design Software at the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) and our new Tailoring Academy due to open in October 2019. The Software offers a unique solution that combines powerful 2D design and true to life 3D visualization in a single platform that answers the needs of the apparel industry.

Throughout August FTA tutors and staff have received in-house training with the new Software. CEO of Fashion Enter and the FTA Jenny Holloway said: 

“After carefully evaluating 3D CADCAM systems there really was no other alternative but EFI Optitex! The software is the most advanced on the market and easy to use. You create avatars for your body blocks. Then you can design to those blocks and patterns are automatically created. Better still you can then ping over the patterns for samples to be made. This cuts out so much time in sampling and fitting. This is a mini revolution and we are proud to be offering classes in our new Tailoring Academy – huge thank you to EFI Optitex.”

Perfect Patterns and Stitching Academy Commencing 2nd September

We are now accepting new learners on our highly recommended Stitching Academy and Perfect Patterns 6-week courses. The Level 1 and Level 2 Perfect Patterns courses use the innovative applications of Telestia to ensure a perfect fit every time.

“The tutors were great, always willing to answer any questions of which I had so many because I have always been curious about clothes and about how they are structured – it was revolutionary to see how it all happened and how it all comes together.” – Chionma former Level 2 Perfect Patterns learner.

Skills acquired on the Stitching and Patterns courses can open several doors to the industry from employment to further education or an apprenticeship. Both courses commence from Monday 2nd September. Click here for more details about the courses.

BehindBras – 17th September

As the accredited training provider on the BehindBras initiative we will be providing tuition in a variety of fashion skills to offer female prisoners the chance of a real career and a fresh start in life.

The crowdfunding launch and Stakeholders event for this important initiative has been scheduled at HMP Brixton on Tuesday 17th September. Fashion Enter CEO Jenny Holloway will be there, as a guest speaker, and the event will provide the ideal opportunity to network and make connections with organisations and influencers in the fashion, criminal justice, equality and employment sectors.

Further dates at HMP Styal, Cardiff and High Down will open the programme to the public.

To find out more, book your place or to contribute to this exceptional programme click here.

September Masterclasses

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.”

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making – 7th 14th and 21st September 

We also have a 3-Day Beginners course with Gerber taking place in September and a 2-Day Advanced Gerber course available in October all the details can be found here

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we’ve gone for a slinky, gold crepe backed satin. Definitely a statement fabric to be seen! Available from the FCFabricStudio now at £10 per metre. Also available in pale blue and ivory.

And Finally…

Jenny Holloway recently paid a visit to Development Director Jenni and here she is looking happy and healthy with baby Jaxson. Congratulations Jenni, Jaxson and husband James.

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