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Newsletter 24th January 2024

Calling Fashion & Textile Creatives in East Midlands

Come and join the Fashion-Enter Ltd team on Thursday 8th February for an inspirational evening of talks and advice to support your business.

Open to East Midlands fashion & textiles creatives, Fashion-Enter Ltd has partnered with the East Midlands Creative Consortium and Create Growth funding to support businesses form winning strategies to expand operations, attract finance and create jobs.

From left to right: Simon Platts, Jenny Holloway and Thami Schweichler

Hear all about it alongside inspirational talks on:

  1. FASHION FOR GOOD – Simon Platts, CEO & Co-Founder of Recomme and former Responsible Sourcing Director ASOS.COM 
  2. DIGITAL FASHION – Jenny Holloway, CEO and Founder Fashion Enter Ltd
  3. REPAIR IS THE NEW COOL  – Thami Schweichler CEO At United Repair Centre

The Create Growth Fund programme is open to creative sector businesses based in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Rutland and Lincolnshire.

The first cohort of Create Growth Fund recipients will receive a series of industry led workshops, peer support and mentoring.

East Midlands Create Growth is a business support programme for the creative industries, funded by the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

To attend please contact: jackie@fashion-enter.com 

National Apprenticeship Week 2024

Christy JD Sports apprentice

Coming up from 5th – 11th February National Apprenticeship Week promotes and celebrates apprenticeships across a broad range of industry sectors. Flying the flag for JD Sports and FEL Islington Council recently interviewed apprentice Christy for their website and print publication.

When asked: What advice would you give to other young people thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

Christy responded: “I would suggest to anybody who is considering an apprenticeship to make sure the role is suited to them and to grab the opportunity by the horns. Apprenticeships are hard work, they require dedication and a willingness to learn, but if treated correctly can be the first steps taken towards a successful career. I think the benefits are invaluable and the experience you will gain will put you in a good stead for your future.”

Next Week’s Free Zoom Masterclass

Join us via Zoom next Wednesday 31st January at 10am for a free and informative masterclass on: ‘Navigating the First Steps of Finance for Fashion Brands & Designers.’

We understand what a minefield the financial side of a fashion business can be, in this 1-hour session we will provide essential knowledge and skills to tackle the financial aspects of starting and running a micro business. From understanding basic financial terminology to setting up financial systems and managing cash flow, participants will gain the confidence and practical tools needed to establish a solid financial foundation for their ventures.

Tap here to book your free place and a Zoom link will be emailed to you closer to the date.

Courses and Workshops Coming Up…


5th – 7th February Style3D for Beginners – £199 – Haringey campus

19th – 21st February Style3D for Beginners – £199 – Haringey campus

Stitching and Pattern Cutting:

Saturday Stitching and Pattern Cutting Clubs (February classes sold out)

Half Term 4-Day Courses:

12th February 4 Day Beginners Stitching course

12th February 4 Day Beginners Pattern Cutting course

Fashion Studio Client Heron’s Ghyll

Good luck to Mark Francis and his menswear brand Heron’s Ghyll with his collection launch tomorrow, 25th January. Mark has been working with the Fashion Studio since 2021 to develop his exquisite, tailored designs that combines a variety of global influences.

If you would like to get a sample made or develop your collection the Fashion Studio team can make anything from tailored jackets to delicate lingerie. Whether you are a designer, brand, or final year student we can help!

Contact: thefashionstudio@fashion-enter.com

Coming Soon – FTA Wales

A Fashion Technology Academy is in the planning stages for Newtown, Wales in collaboration with Powys County Council and NCPT Group of Colleges. Exciting times…more on this soon.

UKFT Network Meeting

Today, 24th January, FEL founder and CEO Jenny Holloway is attending the UKFT Education Partners Network meeting at the University of Westminster. The central topic being discussed is on aligning employment strategies for industry and education in this period of change. The meeting also provides an excellent opportunity to discuss new ideas and sustainability programmes with industry peers.

New Staff Members


We are thrilled to welcome Emran and Maria to our United Repair Centre team. Both have excellent stitching skills and will be a great asset to the repair team. 


Maria is a former FTA stitching student and Emran and his brother, Mansor are refugees from Afghanistan. Both came to FEL back in 2022 and we supported them with training and opportunities. However, the government relocated the brothers to Manchester, much to the disappointment of all concerned. Fortunately for FEL Emran has returned to the capital and we were able to provide him with employment and his brother is looking to return soon.

This Week on FashionCapital…

Noon by Noor SS24

Predicted Summer Fashion Trends for Women

And Finally…

Just dropped on SilkFred.com – new B of London styles that are perfect to smarten up your daily style. The latest pieces, made at our London factory from deadstock fabric, includes: wrap blazers, wide leg trousers and relaxed fit waistcoats in black or cobalt blue, tap here to view and shop!

Until next time, have a great week,

From the Team at FashionCapital 

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