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Newsletter 26th June 2019

Dear all,

Live From FashionSVP

It’s the second and final day of FashionSVP at Olympia London and on the Fashion Enter stand the team are demonstrating their fashion production know-how as well as providing ‘drop-in’ practical workshops to reflect some of the skills that are required to make quality garments. If it’s sampling and production that you are after members of the team are on hand to answer all your questions until 5pm today.

Fashion Enter Career’s Open Day

Fashion Enter is offering an invaluable experience for students at schools and colleges in the local area of Haringey to experience first hand the wide variety of jobs available in the fashion industry today. Every step of the garment life cycle will be covered, including areas that require STEM and industry expert skills – giving real insight behind the scenes. Students will be invited to tour the Factory and Fashion Studio as well as hear all about the industry and ask questions.

Fashion Enter Career’s Open Day: Monday 8th July 2019 at Fashion Enter Factory/FTA Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ. From 10.00 – 16.00.

If you are a school or college in the area and would like your students to attend this Career’s Day event please contact education@fashion-enter.com tel: 0208 809 3311.

Fashion Enter give grateful thanks to the Haringey Mayor – Councillor Peacock for this local initiative.

Important Parliamentary Meeting for Apparel Manufacturer’s

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion Enterare organising a meeting at the Houses of Parliament on July 8th to discuss which visas and why, our sector needs in order to continue to thrive. The meeting will take place from 10am – 12pm in Room C of 1 Parliament Street. Lord Young has confirmed his attendance, if you are a British manufacturer, designer or work directly with British production please email: rafaella.defreitas@fashionroundtable.co.uk if you would like to attend. Please note places are limited.

ASBCI Members’ Technical Visit to Fashion Enter

On Tuesday 25th June a group of ASBCI members’ were invited for a Technical Visit at Fashion Enter. Representatives from the likes of Whistles, Next Retail, Shop Direct, Dimensions and Matalan attended, along with ASBCI’s Chairman, Dr Alistair Knox and the organisation’s Editorial and Strategic Advisor, Sue Waters. Fashion Enter CEO – Jenny Holloway, Production Director – Caroline Ash and Senior Tutor – Julia Burrows discussed their various departments with the group along with the effective use of the Galaxius System and how it traces every stage of the garment production process to ensure the Factory is fully transparent and compliant.

Jenny comments: “Grateful thanks to Alistair Knox, Chairman and Sue Waters for organising the ASBCI visit to our ethical factory; it was great to welcome the group. The ASBCI is a unique association with a wide membership base across the industry from fibre to garment making.  We were very impressed with how genuine ASBCI is and clearly has technical and commercial competency too. We were very happy to answer questions that were diverse and deep and hope that everyone had a positive experience of SMETA and Fast Forward approved factory.”

Fashion Boot Camp Heading Your Way

On Saturday 13th July we will be hosting an all-day Boot Camp that will cover a broad range of industry topics and information that you need to know to create a successful fashion brand. From production to finance, sales to press and PR. This seminar will include expert industry wisdom along with the option to gain one-to-one advice. Taking place from 9.30am – 4pm including lunch, more details to follow. If you are interested in attending please contact info@fashioncapital.co.uk for more information.

TR Pattern Cutting Taster This Weekend

TR Pattern Cutting (Transformational Reconstruction) is a form of origami pattern cutting which translates into immediate and intuitive 3D creations, in opposition to the more conventional way of drafting.

Claudette Joseph has been using and teaching TR pattern cutting for seven years, she is a five times TR Master and a three times TR Super Master, she holds regular classes and workshops in this creative form of pattern cutting, annually she holds a master workshop in her Essex studio with the creator and founder of TR pattern cutting Shingo Sato a truly inspirational Japanese artisan.

The next 3-hour taster session takes place this Saturday 29th June from 10am – 1pm click here to book your place.

New Masterclasses Coming Soon From Eric Gilston

Life and Business Coach Eric Gilston will be providing a series of free monthly masterclasses that will positively support and encourage students on both a professional and personal level. Following the success of his previous sessions Eric will cover the following topics:

The Fashion Enter and FTA team understand the importance of personal development, growth and confidence along with positive wellbeing and attitude and we are thrilled that Eric has committed to this on-going programme with us. More details on the sessions to follow. Contact education@fashion-enter.com to express your interest.

With Thanks From Ralph & Russo

How exciting our learners have been involved in creating a couture show-stopper for Ralph & Russo. The design house needed some extra help with time-consuming handwork – to cut and stitch flowers on a voluminous dress and Kini, Mhteb and Elvis came in help and ensure the piece was ready for Paris on Monday 1st July. Emmanuelle said: “I wanted to tell you a huge thank-you for sending us learners to help with collection.”

New Apprenticeship Posts On Offer

Two new apprenticeship positions have just come in for Sistaglam based in Hendon. They are recruiting for an apprentice Merchandiser Assistant and Production Assistant, these along with roles for Erdem, Fashion Enter and the FTA/Tailoring Academy can be found here.

Haringey’s Festival of Learning

The Fashion Technology Academy will run an event to support Haringey’s Festival of Learning on Wednesday, 10th July. The festival is a local initiative to get local residents involved into what goes on in their borough and encourage them to pursue training in a particular field. The FTA event will be from 10am to 1pm and will comprise the following:

–          Tour of the factory

–          Pattern cutting exercise (half size inverted pleated skirt)

–          Sewing a wallet

–          Garment Life Cycle apprentices to give their experience on the job/course.

For those interested in taking part please email esme@fashion-enter.com

Mentoring Zoe Corsellis

We have been working with designer Zoe Corsellis on her launch collection Retro-Futurism with a focus on high-end finishes and quality made designs. Created here at Fashion Enter in North London Zoe was adamant that ethical manufacturing and sustainable fabric provide the very backbone of her brand. We are now continuing to mentor Zoe to develop and take her brand forward. To view her launch collection visit: https://www.zoecorsellis.com/

More Masterclasses…

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making Course for Beginners  7th, 14th and 21st September
 The Gerber AccuMark For Beginners is a 15-hour course that will provide you with the skills required for the workplace and within the industry. Led by two leading industry experts who have more than 30-years Gerber experience between them. It is a three-day course, which takes place on Saturday’s from 10am – 3pm.

Advanced 2-Day Gerber Course12th and 19th October
 Take on as much or as little as you like with our new Follow-On Gerber course. Get into the nitty-gritty depths of the Pattern Design and Explorer and/or continue with your own journey of drafting and amending patterns.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Inspired by Zoe Corsellis’ luxury silks in bold hues we have picked out this bright blue 100% silk at £8- per metre. Available from the FCFabricStudio now.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

This week in the world of fashion, a designer legend was awarded a symbolic knighthood for services to fashion, whilst another icon was honoured in Paris and luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter launched a considered fashion platform that is dedicated to sustainable brands, it’s all in this week’s Fashion Fix.

We take a look at the key handbag trends as we head towards 2020.

And we report on the recent news that the government has rejected the Environmental Audit Committee’s proposals, including charging fashion producers 1p per garment to raise £35m for better clothing collection and recycling.

And Finally…

Belles of London are delighted to be joining the Ethical Brand Directory (EBD) platform. A launch party to celebrate the platforms’ new website and 2nd Birthday will be taking place mid-July #StrongerTogether. 

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