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FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Dear all,

2019 is here! Happy New Year to you all. The FashionCapital / Fashion Enter team sincerely wishes you a healthy, happy and successful year ahead.



Experts to Help You Succeed

While we are on the subject of success we are super excited by the growing number of industry experts working with us to provide mentoring, masterclasses and tuition. New to the team this year we have Rosie Burbidge, Partner at Gunnercooke LLP and author of the due to be launched book ‘European Fashion Law’.  Rosie will be holding a masterclass on the hot topic of Intellectual Property in the Fashion Industry on Tuesday 26th February. In particular what rights are available, common mistakes and how to prevent them.


 Jenny with Rosie at The Factory
A preview of Rosie’s book


We are also thrilled to have Dean Craven from ‘Business Growth Systems’ on board to advise on business planning and growth. Dean is passionate about helping small business get established and grow and has a wealth of experience and expertise to ensure that every area is covered. He is also providing FashionCapital with regular article installments full of top tips and advice for those starting their own business. Click here to read the first installment of ‘Beware of the Cookie Cutter Business Plan.’ Dates for Dean’s masterclasses will be announced in due course.


To register your interest in these masterclasses contact: info@fashioncapital.co.uk

Fashion SVP – 15th and 16th January


Fashion SVP the fashion and denim apparel and accessories sourcing and manufacturing event is back in London for its 9th edition. Taking place on 15th & 16th January the show will feature some of the best fashion, denim and knitwear manufacturers coming from the UK, Europe and Asia.

The Fashion SVP seminar line-up will include our very own CEO Jenny Holloway who will be joined by Tamsin Lejeune, CEO & Founder of Common Objective and Ethical Fashion Forum, for a panel led discussion moderated by Lauretta Roberts, MD and Editor-in-Chef, The Industry on ‘Sustainability; Can we really balance People, Planet and Profit?’ To find out more and register click here.

Mountain Warehouse Deadline Approaching

On the 23rd January we will be holding assessments at the Factory for the Mountain Warehouse apprenticeship If you are living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education then this could be your way in to the dynamic fashion industry.

Meet the Team

Want to find out more about the team and what we do then check out this YouTube video

Closing the Gap Between Education and the Workplace


It was great to welcome back secondary school teacher Theresa Chambers again, she previously attended an educational visit of the factory and was highly impressed with the entire set up. Many congratulations on her new job with Windsor Girls School. We invited Theresa down on to the factory floor, which despite all the doom and gloom, is busy! This really did generate so many great ideas on how we can work with schools such as Windsor Girls School to integrate STEM and the importance of technical skills into the secondary school curriculum. We look forward to working with Theresa in March and we are definitely going to start doing a blog for schools. Great idea Theresa and thank you!

Welcome to New Staff Member Marcia


Marcia Bennett is the new teaching assistant in the Stitching Academy and she will work along side Ana Cover.

Ana comments: “Happy New Year to all of our lovely students in the Stitching Academy. I am so excited to confirm that we are so impressed with one of our students Marcia that we have offered her a job of being a support teacher along side me for our Level 1 and 2 qualifications.  We are so pleased she has accepted the job. This just goes to show that you should always push yourself and strive for a better life! You never know what will happen next.  We welcome you to our team Marcia and look forward to working with you.”

We also welcome new apprentice:  Aweis Saeed.

How To Develop a Super Memory

Eric Gilston’s masterclasses have gone down a storm with Fashion Enter’s apprentices and learners, with 100% saying that they would like to attend another workshop run by Eric. His next masterclass takes place next Thursday the 10th January and focuses on memory skills. This life enhancing 2-hour session is just £10- to find out more and book your place click here.

More masterclasses coming your way with Della Nelson:

Stage One – Who Is Your Customer

Stage Two – Planning Your Range

Stage Three – How to Sell Your Brand


How to Build A Successful Brand with Caren Downie 31st January

How to Do Your Own PR with Rosie Davies 21st February


Gerber Accumark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners from the 12th January 2019.

TR Pattern Cutting 2-Day Master Course Stage 1, 25th and 26th January 2019.


Belles Fab Friday

Want to see ethical, made in the UK fashion production? Then why not attend a Belles Fab Friday session. Every Friday between 11am and 4pm we open the factory doors so that you can see ethical Belles production first hand. This week we will be welcoming our VIP client Carole Bertolotti who has already purchased the peacock blouse and is coming back for more. …We love a happy customer!

Fabric Swatch of the Week

New in – this sheer lightweight cotton marl jersey, easy to work with and handle 100% Cotton available from the FCFabricStudionow at £3- at metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk 

Fashion Inside Out: Meet pattern cutterDymphna Harrison.

Savile Row Tailors Gieves & Hawkes lead the way in sustainable company practices and have received accreditation from The Planet Mark.

And New Year New You! Check out all themasterclasses coming up over the next couple of months to ensure you stay in the know and on the ball.

And Finally…

See you at LFW Men’s, which kicks off this weekend. The team will be there spotting the latest trends, designers and street style looks of the moment.

In the meantime check out this Belles UK sourced wool tailored jacket which has been extensively researched to ensure that the perfect fit is achieved. Belles of London

More from the FashionCapital team next week.

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