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Newsletter 16th September 2020

The All New Fashion Studio

The Fashion Studio situated in the Factory is the first port of call for brand start-ups or short run designers. It’s the place where first patterns, toiling, seals, grades, sampling and short run production from a one-off piece to 300 units takes place. Our experienced and skilled production team can stitch any product including tailoring, haute couture, wedding dresses, promotional garments, lingerie, swimwear and theatre costume garments, and the department now has a new management team headed up by Production Director, Caroline Ash, Pattern Cutting Manager, Claire Solley and Studio Assistant, Georgia Fletcher.

For Fashion Studio enquiries contact: fashionstudio@fashion-enter.com

Fashion-Enter Back on the BBC

The Fashion-Enter factory has once again appeared on the BBC News this time in a feature addressing environmental sustainability. ‘Will fashion be better for the planet after coronavirus?’ asks BBC Political Correspondent Helen Catt. Bringing the supply chain closer to home was discussed and the BBC film crew visited the Factory and talked to Production Director Caroline Ash about making in smaller quantities and reducing waste.

To watch the 3 minute and 23 second news feature tap here.

The Latest from the FC Designer Collective…

Sundown Society Join the Collective

We have gained more interest from the local creative community. The latest brand to join the Collective is ‘Sundown Society’. This slow fashion label provides vibrant and chic options in home and sleepwear. Designed in Islington, printed in Wembley and manufactured in Haringey, Sundown Society designs aim to bring style as well as comfort to stay-at-home dressing.

Learn to Stitch at the Collective

Our highly experienced stitching tutor Leyla has started on-site stitching tuition at the shop with sessions booked for new students. Tuition is one-to-one and adheres to all the current health and safety regulations. If you would like to learn to stitch or want to upgrade your machine stitching skills then please pop by the shop or contact: 


Official Launch Postponed

In light of the latest ‘rule of six’ government guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19 the team have decided to postpone the official FC Designer Collective launch, however we will be releasing a video that will feature the creative hub, its products and its services, so watch this space!

FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH.

Shop opening days / hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

FC Designer Collective – Featured Designer of the Week

Each week FashionCapital will shine a spotlight on one of their creative talents stocked at the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road, London N4. This week it’s the turn of Tricia Blake, owner and founder of Diva Choice. Specialising in statement jewellery, swimwear, lingerie and accessories the ethos of Diva Choice is to empower and bring out every woman’s inner diva! Click here to read Tricia’s story.

Apprenticeships Available Now

We have new fashion & textile apprenticeships available, apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity to get your foot firmly on the fashion career ladder and to earn while you learn!

Tap here to view our latest vacancies.

Telestia Training

Six former FTA learners have begun the Telestia Tutor Training Course in Pattern Making. The six-week course is mainly taught online and once fully completed the students are awarded with a certificate and can officially become Telestia tutors. Here are three of the students with FTA Senior Tutor Julia receiving an introductory, virtual welcome from Telestia ambassador Anastasia Vouyouka. 

Learner Denise comments:  “I love the programme and you can work at your own pace, it is perfect for me as it allows you to go over areas as many times as you need! It is ideal for people who have commitments at home. If you have purchased the Telestia tool and book, it is a great way of working from home.’

Fashion Technology Academy

3D Tech Festival Now On

Have you been listening in on the 3D Tech Festival now into day 3 of the 4-day global-wide event? Don’t forget our Production Director, Caroline Ash will discuss the title topic ‘Are you industry ready?’ during the Careers Day segment of the programme tomorrow, 17th September at 2pm UK time.

Tap here to find out more and register for this free online event.

London Fashion Week Livestream

London Fashion Week is one of the very few international events to still be going ahead, and has been split into three sections to include brands showing digitally, physically or both. What was once deemed as an ‘invite only’ event is about to be democratised on the world-wide-web for all to see. The LFW digital platform will be freely accessible to everyone, industry professionals and global fashion consumers alike. The platform will host exclusive multimedia content from designers and brand partners, enabling collaboration and bringing together fashion, culture and technology. The event kicks off on Thursday 17th September with Burberry’s SS21 collection.

To find out more and view online content go to: www.londonfashionweek.co.uk

Make it British Live! Online

Make it British Live! has gone virtual to connect buyers and designers with UK manufacturers of fashion, textiles and homeware. The trade show was due to take place on 17th & 18th March at London’s Business Design Centre, but like all trade shows and events this year it had to be postponed. However, Kate Hills, founder of Make it British, has seen a rise in enquiries from UK businesses wanting to manufacture closer to home. She could see that to provide support and networking now is incredibly important and so she has come up with Make it British Live! Online. Just like the physical trade event, the virtual event will retain all of the shows features and Fashion-Enter will be a part of it.

Tap here to register for this free industry event taking place on 24th & 25th September.


Legal Eagle with Nick Gould 

Gerber Accumark for Beginners 

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we’ve picked out a classic black & white polka dot in super stretchy scuba, great for creating structure and making that statement fashion item! Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £4.50 a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital…

London Fashion Week is coming but not as you know it

And Finally…

We couldn’t agree more with Peter Marsh, founder of www.madeherenow.com on his recent comment regarding PPE production in the UK – supporting UK manufacturing, securing jobs and keeping that carbon footprint down. At Fashion-Enter we continue to make PPE, with thanks to Private White VC for their support.

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