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Newsletter 24th November

FCFTA Online Update

The team have been busy behind the scenes on the new FC Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) website. The new version includes all of our courses, training, apprenticeships and jobs on offer for both FTA London and FCFTA Leicester. Please explore: www.fcfta.com

Big thanks to the creative team and SwofMedia.

Official Launch Ready!

Next Tuesday the official launch for the FCFTA Leicester will take place. The Academy soft launched with its first cohort of stitching students a few weeks ago and is now ready to officially open with the Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, Cllr Adam Clarke and guest speakers Nick Beighton, former CEO of ASOS and Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway. We’ll be covering the launch on our social media platforms, so make sure you’re following us for the latest from this exciting event. 

New B of London Styles Live on SilkFred

With Christmas and New Year rapidly approaching the design team have created a capsule collection of timeless outfits to dress up and party in! Now up and live on SilkFred.com all of the styles are ethically made at our London HQ and are selling fast!

Free Christmas Market Stall Available

This year we are involved with organising a selection of designers and retailers to sell their products at the Fonthill Road Christmas Market. Taking place Saturday 4th December 11am – 6pm, the aim is to support local, small businesses and bring the community together.

We can now offer one free stall at this north London market. If you are interested please follow the @fashioncapital page on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, explain your business in the comments and tag 2 friends. The deadline is 11am on Monday 29th November!

Local Designers & Makers at Fonthill Road Christmas Market

We have a diverse range of designers and local makers lined-up for stalls at the Fonthill Road Christmas Market. TemAD are “excited to be part of this event” and will be offering ‘Elegant with an African twist’ womenswear. Tricia from Diva Choice said: “I am so excited to be trading at the Christmas Market on the 4th of December. We will be selling our current Cultural Elegance Jewellery collection along with other little Secret Santa stocking fillers perfect for the festive season!” 

A full list of all the businesses taking part will be announced next week. 

Fashion-Enter presents the Fonthill Road Christmas Market, taking place alongside the Family Festive Event and Christmas lights turn on at 4.30pm.

Date: Saturday 4th December – 11am – 6pm Fonthill Road, London N4 right next to Finsbury Park tube, rail and bus station.

Workspace & Equipment Available to Rent

Did you know we have the only space in London where you can rent out industrial machines, pattern cutting tables and mannequins, all in one place?

We can offer:

Prices range from £5 per hour, £30 a day or £100 a week. It’s also inside the UK’s first fashion forward factory.

If you’re interested in the rentable workspace please email Jenni@fashion-enter.com

CPPD’s and Educational Tours

Yesterday, 23rd November, we welcomed a group of students from the University of Westminster for an educational tour of the factory. The session was tailored to correlate with their course and learning in logistics and supply chain management. Feedback from the tour and seminar was excellent with many of the students giving the session 10 out of 10. One student said: “The seminar was really informative and related well to my course of study.” 

Also over this past week we have welcomed teams from George at ASDA and for the first time All Saints for Factory Uncovered workshops.The four-hour workshop gave the participants a unique and invaluable insight into how an ethical factory in the UK operates and what polices and audits are in place for full compliance. Feedback included: “It was great to have a refresh of factory knowledge after 2 years of not being in a factory. The 3D pattern making was fascinating. Really informative. Will recommend!” Dave, Head of Buying.

For more on our CPPD’s and Tours tap here.

Coming Soon…Clo3D Course

Clo3D takes heritage from the gaming industry, giving the software the ability to create highly realistic digital garments and render stunning imagery like no other.

This course will take you from a beginner through to professional standard renders. Along this journey, you’ll learn the basics of garment construction within Clo3D, how to speed up your workflow with advanced tools, simulate the correct fit, and finally, add realism with render techniques.

To find out more and put your name down for this course please email: education@fashion-enter.com 

Expert Advice On-Demand

Spend 8-hours with fashion wholesale & brand launch expert Carley Johnson. Learn & listen to her 4 recorded masterclasses as & when you like for essential expert advice on building a fashion brand, product sales success, omnichannel strategy, wholesale tips & more – all for just £20+VAT. Tap here for further info. 

Masterclasses, Courses and Events

On-going short courses in Stitching and Pattern Cutting available – to find out more visit our FCFTA website or contact education@fashion-enter.com

Free Sewing Masterclasses (Weekly for Islington Residents)

Fonthill Road Christmas Market 4th December 11am – 6pm. Shop local fashion, crafts, jewellery and food

Discover 5 Key Strategies to Make 2022 Your Best Year Ever! (Free – FC Designer Workspace)

Diva Choice – Cupcakes & Cocktails Shopping Event – FC Designer Collective 18th December

Optitex 3-day Course (18 – 20 January)

Gerber 3-day Course (26 – 28 January)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Like a full-bodied red wine this deep burgundy shade conjures up thoughts of winter and Christmas. Easy to work with and soft to the touch, what would you like to make with this versatile fabric? Available at the FCFabricStudio at £3.50 a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital

While many Christmas shoppers are poised to snap up some Black Friday deals (on and around 26th November 2021) a growing number of consumers are deliberately holding back, opting to buy less from sustainable sources instead. Find out why we won’t be discounting this Black Friday, tap here to read the article.

And Finally…

Over at the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road Mary, founder of Another Earthling, and retail assistant Genieve have created a display of Mary’s one-off, statement headpieces – standout from the crowd this party season! To view the designs visit 113 – 115 Fonthill Road, London N4.

Until next time, have a great week.

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