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FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Dear all,

Belles Heads To Spain

The end of last week ended on a high as our in-house label Belles of London gained its first overseas stockist: Mapuchi Moda in Spain. Thanks to the Let’s Make It Happen / International Women’s Day Conference, where our CEO Jenny Holloway was the international guest speaker, we met with Sara Haley, owner of the boutique, which just goes to show how important it is to network and present to new markets. We are looking forward to establishing a successful and lasting relationship with Sara.

Let’s Make It Happen 

The women’s business and networking event was a complete success, full to capacity with ten inspirational speakers. Here’s what Jackie Groundsell – MD, 1230 The Women’s Company, 1230 TWC & Costa Women in collaboration, had to say:

“I’ve known Jenny Holloway for over 10-years, so I knew when she accepted our invitation as an international speaker at this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day – Make It Happen – our attendees would be in for a treat. Open, inspiring and humorous with the highs, lows and tips of her business journey, Jenny’s story encouraged everyone there – something for everyone to identify with, because she’s been there, done that, got the t-shirt. The evaluations for the day reflected Jenny’s popularity and value. I’m always happy to highly recommend Jenny as a speaker.”

Fashion Enter Ltd Announced as a CO Leader

We have just heard that Fashion Enter Ltd has won a CO 2019 Leaders Award! Out of over 700 applicants Fashion Enter has been selected as a clear leader, setting a new standard for best practice in the fashion industry. Ethical and best practice runs deep within the company and it is fantastic to be acknowledged and promote those trying to do the ‘right thing’ within the industry.

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Supporting Women in Business – BREW This Friday

We are thrilled to be involved with BREW Project, BREW stands for ‘Building Enterprise and Resilience in Women’ and targets women who are looking to build on prior experience. At the BREW event on 15th March, leading female entrepreneurs, such as our very own CEO – Jenny Holloway, will share their business stories and discuss why they believe being over 50 gives them a competitive edge. This inspirational event includes motivational speakers, a networking lunch plus coaching and support, and is a part of Wandsworth Enterprise month, the Council’s new Erasmus + programme. To find out more and to register for free click here.


Sustainable & Ethical Fashion North London Event

We will be joining the likes of Thought Clothing, Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Daisy Schubert, TRAID and Sian Conway of Ethical Hour for a unique event from the North London Sustainability Network. The event aims to bring together individuals and businesses to share ideas on sustainable and environmental issues. Middlesex University will provide a sustainable fashion show run by their Phd students and we will present our own ethical, Made in the UK, Belles of London brand. The event is scheduled for the 30th April at Millfield Theatre in north London, more details to follow.

CFE Manufacturers Trade show – 3rd April

FashionCapital/Fashion Enter Ltd has long supported and exhibited at the (Centre for Fashion Enterprise) CFE Manufacturers Trade Show, the next has been scheduled for the 3rd of April at LSO St Lukes, and sadly it will be the last one. Please put the 3rd in your diary for a day focussed on design and manufacturing for fashion and fashtech businesses. The CFE have provided amazing support for up and coming brands over the years including the likes of Erdem, Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, Marques Almeida and Craig Green. To attend please click here to register.

Chinese Delegation Visit The FTA

On Monday we had a visit from a selection of headmasters of leading Secondary Schools throughout China and international students from Oxford International to review the Fashion Technology Academy and Fashion & Textile Apprenticeships. The group were attentive and extremely knowledgeable about the Levy too!

Staff Announcements

We are pleased to announce the following in-house promotions:

Andres – Exec for the FTA and new Tailoring Academy
Julia – Senior Tutor at the FTA with Special Duties for the Tailoring Academy
Kelly – Special duties for the Tailoring Academy
Aweiss – Fashion Apprentice at the Tailoring Academy and additional support on the FCFabricStudio website
Marcia – Assistant to Ana Cover

Coming Soon New Belles Collections

The Belles of London jumpsuits have been doing the business on SilkFred (as seen below) and the next three capsule collections are due to go live very soon.

Courses & Masterclasses

The next two-day Digital Pattern Grading course with Vetigraph will take place at the Fashion Technology Academy on the 18th and 19th March from 10am – 4pm each day. This two-day intensive course is ideal for either beginners or those with prior experience that need to build on their skills.

More Masterclasses:

Planning Your Range & How to Sell With Della Nelson – 28th March

Essential Elements to Make your Pattern Production Ready – 13th April

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass – 13th April

Effective Trend Prediction For Your Brand – 17th April


Fabric Swatch of the Week

As seen in Paris – lemon, or chartreuse if you like, added some zing to the latest designer collections. Here we have picked out a bold lemon scuba available at the FCFabricStudionow at £5- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk 

We talk to YR co-founder Tim Williams about the phenomenal growth of his fashion tech company and on-demand production.

The annual Midlands Fashion Awards is making its 2019 call for entries for creative talent from in and around the region.

And London Loves Business features our very own CEO Jenny Holloway in recognition of International Women’s Day.

And Finally…

On 11th April, 5 – 9pm, Belles of London will launch the second edit of three capsule collections, and will celebrate with a talk from the Red Leopard style consulting team, prosecco and cupcakes. To find out more click here and to RSVP email: hello@bellesoflondon.com

More from the FashionCapital team next week.

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