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Newsletter 12th February 2020

Dear all,

London’s Creative Leaders of the Future

Fashion-Enter is thrilled to be a part of the Creative Enterprise Zones Mayoral initiative with the business skills programme N17: Creative Callings also supported the European Union. It’s programmes like this that ensures artists and entrepreneurs, regardless of background, are given the support they need and become London’s creative leaders of the future.

Jenny Holloway with Zara Afflick

Meet Textiles designer Zara Afflick, she founded Box Of Prints LTD in April 2016, specialising in creating unique printed fabrics. She recently joined the N17 Creative Callings programme to gain further business insight, mentoring and support.

Zara comments: “Since being a part of N17 Creative Callings I have been motivated to dig deeper in my business. With great guidance from the team, I’ve been networked to individuals and groups who look to support my venture. The mentorship has also enabled me to strategically plan for the future and make the right the decisions not only for the company but personal development.”

If you are looking to grow a small creative business in the Tottenham CEZ area, then please get in touch and we will advise on how N17 Creative Callings can help you and your business. Contact Esme: esme@fashion-enter.com

Next on the Agenda

Starting from next week Fashion-Enter will be holding a series of taster workshops, masterclasses, open days and educational events in line with the N17 Creative Callings initiative and the Islington Affordable Workspace project. If you are a resident and run a creative business in the Islington or Tottenham area then now is the time to sign-up and gain informative insight and business support.

On the agenda:

How to Run Your Business Successfully – Profit is Sanity masterclass 20th February.

Business has to be a business and not a labour of love. It’s time to focus on management skills and budgetary requirements to ensure your business is operating on viable margins for GP, NP and ROI.

In this easy-to-understand seminar business owners will have the opportunity to bring their own cash flow forecasts and budgets to the table to discuss individual requirements with our experts as a part of a group masterclasses for creatives and digital businesses operating in N17.

Many of these masterclasses / events are free to attend for those on the N17 Creative Callings programme with the exception of Gerber and Telestia, where discounts can possibly apply (postcode dependent) – please contact esme@fashion-enter.com

Make It British Live!

The team will be back at Make it British Live! 17th & 18th March at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. Now in it’s 7th year, Make it British Live! has established itself as the UK’s leading sourcing event for the complete supply chain. As a Made in Britain manufacturer we have fully supported this event from the outset. Come and find us on stand G24 as well as on stage to discuss

‘How to find an ethical factory.’ Click the link for more info: Make it British Live!

Back From Pure London

Our CEO Jenny Holloway is back from Pure London where she talked about ‘fast-fashion’ on the Origin Theatre stage as well as joining a panel discussion on ‘Fabric Sustainability criteria and metrics’. Feedback from the 3-day event was upbeat and positive, despite storm Ciara, buyers from stores including Selfridges, Debenhams, Next, Galeries Lafayette, Pamela Shiffer, Sunday Best, ASOS, New Look, The Dressing Room, and Jules B flocked to Olympia for the AW20/21 presentation of over 1,300 inspirational and trend-led collections.

SW commented: “Thank-you for giving the talk – as someone just starting up in fashion it was incredibly useful to hear your industry insight!” 

Speaking at City Hall

Marquel Williams and Jenny Holloway

On Monday 9th March 2020 creative leaders, entrepreneurs, public sector and partners will convene for a conference Creative Enterprise Zones: One Year On at City Hall, London. Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway will join an afternoon session entitled: ‘How can Creative Enterprise Zones genuinely benefit local people?’ She will be joined by Marquel Williams, former Fashion Technology Academy student, Tottenham resident and supporter of the N17 Creative Callings programme. Marquel will share his inspiring story on how Fashion-Enter helped him gain the skills and experience needed to succeed in the competitive fashion industry.

In the News…

Today we have The Times visiting the Factory meanwhile our recent apprenticeship standard in Textile Care was featured in the February edition of Laundry & Cleaning News magazine.

More Masterclasses…

How To Realise Your Goals Personally and Professionally with Eric Gilston – (Free) Thursday 5th March 2020.

Your Body; Your Block – Constructing a Bodice Block – Tuesday 10th March 2020.

TR Pattern Cutting Taster – Saturday 14th March 2020.

The Power of Your Mindset with Eric Gilston – (Free) Thursday 16th April 2020.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Get spring ready with this gorg blush power mesh! We love this colour; it’s perfect for a stunning draped dress for a spring wedding! Tap here to view this fabric.

This Week on FashionCapital

Minju Kim

Red Carpet Green Dress™ collaborated with textile giant Lenzing’s new luxury brand TENCEL™ Luxe to launch a range of eco-couture textiles as seen at the Oscars®.

Big congratulations to fashion designer Minju Kim! Minju was recently announced as the winner of Netflix’s ‘Next in Fashion’ competition. Not that we like to brag, but we spotted Minju’s talent back in 2015!

Fashion-Enter joins the ‘Creative Enterprise Zones: One Year On’ conference at City Hall where CEO Jenny Holloway and former Fashion Technology Academy student, Marquel Williams will discuss how the Creative Enterprise Zones initiative can genuinely benefit local people.

Any Finally…

We have been welcoming students from various schools over this past week for Factory Uncovered educational tours. Siobhan Hanley, lecturer at Limerick School of Art & Design said:

“Thank-you for receiving us; myself Siobhan Hanley and my students of the Limerick College of Art and Design/LIT, Thursday 6th of February 2020. I would like to compliment Caroline Ash for her excellent presentation. She covered everything. It was extremely educational and of huge benefit to the students.”

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