Newsletter 26th May 2021
Alvanon Generously Supports FCFTA Leicester
Alvanon, the global innovations company specialising in fit and sizing for the apparel industry, has continuously supported the educational division of Fashion-Enter by providing Alvaform technical fit mannequins and bursaries for stitching and pattern cutting students.
The Alvanon team recognise the urgent need for new talent to train and gain expertise in fashion technical skills and once again they have agreed to generously support the new FC Fashion Technology Academy in Leicester with the offer of 22 Alfaform mannequins.
Alvanon CEO Janice Wang stated: “Firstly I must take this opportunity to congratulate you on the impending opening of Fashion-Enter’ new FC Fashion Technology Academy, FCFTA, in Leicester. You have demonstrated what can be achieved through determination and collaboration and your partnership with Leicester City Council and the clothing manufacturer Ethically Sourced Products Limited is another example of what can be achieved if we work together.
“To this end it is with the very greatest pleasure that Alvanon will donate a full set of men’s, women’s and children’s physical Alvaform mannequins and fit tools to your new FCFTA in Leicester. The donation comprises of 22 forms plus accessories with a retail value of £38,585.”
A massive thank-you to Alvanon for this very generous donation, to find out more about the FCFTA Leicester tap here.
Kornit Presto Printer Arrives!
Exciting times! On Monday 24th May, the Presto digital printer from Kornit Digital arrived at Fashion-Enter HQ. The beast of a machine is now being installed ready for on-site, on-demand manufacturing, marking the start of a mircofactory revolution here in the UK!
Tap here to read the full story on the collaboration with Fashion-Enter, ASOS and Kornit Digital.
We have been working with Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), a UK Government agency that works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers, on a Level 1 Labour Exploitation Award. Today, 26th May, we joined the GLAA team on their ‘Preventing labour exploitation: an education and business partnership’ webinar, to talk about this important and innovative qualification for learners and production workers. The Level 1 Labour Exploitation Award is available in London and will also be available in Leicester from this summer. Tap here to find out more about this course.
On the Radio…
The first conversation will be airing on Sunday 30th May at 2.00pm (UK Time Zone). And the guest will be Jenny Holloway, CEO of FashionCapital & Fashion-Enter Ltd. Jenny will share her journey and truth about the current pandemic, local businesses & manufacturing, new technology, mental health and social enterprises based in Islington & Haringey.
Tap here for the link to listen live to the conversation.
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Mountain Warehouse Apprentice Update!
Last Friday we hosted a virtual assessment with Mountain Warehouse for the 12 candidates who had all made it to the first stage interviews. The roles they were applying for were Garment Technologist Apprentice and Ethical Packaging and Labelling Apprentice, both on the Level 4 Product Technologist programme. The virtual session consisted of an introduction and overview of Fashion-Enter by Development Director Jenni Sutton, followed by an introduction to Mountain Warehouse and then specifically what the job roles entail.
Mountain Warehouse then arranged group tasks, one-to-one interviews and a maths test. Overall, the candidates did fantastically. Six have now been selected to go through to the second stage interviews on 4th June where they have been tasked with presenting a SWOT analysis.
As most of the chosen candidates are interested in the garment tech role, applications have opened up again for the Ethical Packaging and Labelling Apprentice role. We are looking for someone with a passion for the environment, someone who wants to be part of positive change and is excellent on Excel with an analytical mind! If this sounds like you, please submit your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff News…Welcome Judith – Fashion Studio Manager
Judith has been working in the fashion industry for many years and started as a design room assistant/sample cutter. This cemented her love of fashion and with no formal training she then went on to become a design room co-ordinator in companies that supply the high street manufacturing, dresses, jersey and woven, soft separates and tailoring in Turkey, Romania, Sri Lanka and the far East.
She is now looking forward to being a part of the Fashion-Enter team, helping Fashion Studio clients expand their knowledge and promoting the sustainable and ethical side of UK manufacturing.
New ‘How to Build a Brand’ Masterclass
We are excited to announce a new masterclass with Rosie Middleton, Marketing Director of the vibrant fashion brand Dancing Leopard. Rosie will be diving into ‘social media for brands’ discussing everything from brand identity to working with influencers! Tap here to book your place.
Please note this masterclass is free for FC Members, N17 Creative Callings participants, learners and creatives at the FC Designer Collective please email email@example.com to confirm your place. The ‘How to Build a Brand’ session is also available to non-members at a cost of £20- plus VAT.
Masterclasses & Courses
For our continual agenda of Stitching, Pattern Cutting and Tailoring courses please tap here.
How to Do Your Own PR (online)
Fabric Swatch of the Week
The sun may be shining, finally, but on the Great British Sewing Bee tonight it’s ‘Winter Week’ with a party dress bespoke challenge. With this in mind we have picked out this black polka dot mesh, perfect for adding detail or volume to a standout party outfit. Available now at the FCFabricStudio.
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