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Innovative, Creative and Fresh Thinking


FashionCapital Newsletter

13th June 2018
Dear all,


This week it was all eyes on menswear as London Fashion Week Men’s showcased SS19 collections over the course of 4 days. The FashionCapital team were in attendance to review the shows, presentations and exhibition. On the final day David Beckham showed up and stated that; “London is a city that really encourages innovative, creative and fresh thinking. We push boundaries and that’s why our talent are the most sought after in the world.” A personal high for FashionCapital and sister company Fashion Enter was seeing designs produced in our very own Fashion Studio come to life. This season our super skilled team made the tailored garments; the shorts, shirts, jackets and coat in both Linen and Gaberdine for CV22 – Rugby – England as well as cotton and linen pieces for Phoebe English. (Both pictured below)

Jenny & Claudia Talk New Technologies in Greece

As we speak our CEO Jenny Holloway and Klaudia are over in Greece to look at new technologies and to review the entire CADCAM package with Anastasia founder of Telestia. Fashion Enter works with many new brands that need affordable software packages. With the opening of a new Tailoring Academythe time is perfect to introduce new technologies. A huge thank-you to Anastasia for her kind hospitality.

New Masterclass Announcement

We are delighted to announce the return of the hugely successful ‘How to do your own PR’ masterclass with PR Dispatch and FashionCapital!

Topics covered will include:

  • What do you need before you look for PR?
  • When should I start contacting magazines?
  • How do I gain coverage?
  • What should I include in my pitch?
  • I’ve gained the attention of an editor!  What now?
  • What about influencers?
  • How do I pitch to an influencer?

To find out more and book your place click here.

Caren Downie Masterclasses…Coming Soon!

Back by popular demand the highly experienced, industry expert Caren Downie will head up multiple masterclasses covering the complete design, sampling and production process.

Topics will include:

  • How to start your own label,
  • Planning and Forecasting prices,
  • Production and lead times,
  • Buyer / Supplier Relations and
  • Marketing, Virals and Websites!

Dates will be announced soon. To express your interest email: jenni@fashion-enter.com

New Financial Year Message from our CEO

Jenny Holloway comments: “As we now enter into a new financial year it’s time for reflection on year 11 and speculation for year 12. 2016/17 has been harder than we thought. Disappointed that we did not see a spike in production output this year. We will ensure this will not occur again in our new year and diversify. For us we will start leaving our own footprints in the sand by looking a new technologies and putting the staff first. It’s time to invest in B-C. I am certainly immensely proud of our workforce and they deserve ‘more’ this new financial year. Thank you to all the wonderful learners we have had the pleasure to teach and to our wide client base. Our suppliers have been true professionals too!”

June & July 1-day & 2-day Courses

An Introduction to Pattern Cutting:Constructing a Skirt Block
+ Skirt Adaptations
+ Constructing a Bodice BlockAbsolute Beginners Stitching CourseIntermediate Stitching Course – Constructing a Skirt/Trouser

Advanced Stitching Course

And the TR Pattern Cutting Taster Course are all taking place from the 16th June to the 15th July, to find out more details and to book please click here.

Please note with some of these courses a 10% discount will be applied if follow-on sessions are booked.

Garment Technologist Apprenticeship With F&F At Tesco

An apprenticeship post has opened with F&F At Tesco. They are looking for passionate candidates who are motivated to drive success and achieve individual goals. This role is available on the Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard for Garment /Sewn Product Technologist and is an 18 – 24 month programme where the apprentice will spend one day a week training for the qualification at Fashion Technology Academy and four days at F&F in Hertfordshire.

To view more information and to apply please click here.

Blended Learning Essentials: Digitally-Enriched Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are changing. The UK Government has introduced new standards to ensure apprentices are receiving quality training. Now many apprenticeships including those in fashion and manufacturing incorporate digital technology to enrich the apprentices’ experience and open up opportunities for organisations.

Click here to view the FutureLearn.com videos which includes footage shot at the Fashion Technology Academy in North London, and see how digital learning can enhance and update apprenticeship learning.

Promoting Our Courses at JCP

Daniel and Ana have been busy this week promoting our Stitching Academy and FTA courses at Job Centres in London. Daniel was at Medina Road in Finsbury Park and Ana talked to potential learners in Hackney.

Fabric Scraps for a Good Cause

Leftover fabric scraps from our factory are always put to good use from practice swatches for our FTA learners to designers wanting to recreate the materials into something new. This week we have donated our leftover fabric to the Kurdish Women Organization, Roj, a non-profit charity that aims to improve the life of Kurdish and Turkish Women living in North London. The charity runs a textile project in Woodgreen, with the aim to train socially isolated Kurdish and Turkish women to learn new skills such as sewing, pattern making, and learning English while they are working.

Free Coaching for Fashion Enter Learners

As a part of her Diploma in Transformational Coaching Debbie Quick is offering free coaching sessions for those studying with Fashion Enter. For those interested, Debbie is available on Friday 15thand next Wednesday 20th June. An initial one-to-one 30-minute session will be arranged at a mutually convenient time. After that, if agreed, then three 60-minute coaching sessions will be available. Please contact jenni@fashion-enter.com to book a time. To find out more click here.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

A soft, two way stretch Slinky with an intricate and eye-catching abstract, geometric digital print. Available from the FCFabricStudio at £5- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

It’s been all about menswear this week, to find out about some of the up and coming names to watch check out the reviews from final day of the SS19 event.

50 Years on from Dagenham, Has Progress Been Made? Callum Cliffe looks at the gender pay-gap today.

If you are Midlands based and would like to take part in the annual Midlands Fashion Awards showcase there’s just three days left to apply. To find out more click here.

And Finally…

All the Fashion Enter / FTA / Factory and FashionCapital staff had a blinding work trip away in Blackpool last weekend. The outing coincided with Gay Pride which brought out the party, not forgetting to mention – vocal, spirit! We think the photo’s say it all!

More from the FashionCapital team next time, until then we wish you a great week.

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