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Inspiring the Next Generation


Newsletter 31st May 2023

Work Experience & Apprenticeships

At Fashion-Enter Ltd we are open to all, regardless of age, and this includes the very young, those at secondary school trying to figure out what course or career path to take. It can be overwhelming knowing what to do after GCSE’s and each industry, including fashion, has so many niche areas. Over the past month we’ve had young adults join us for work experience, at three of the FEL campuses, to see for themselves the various departments and job roles at FEL. We are also part of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and actively engage with employers to commit to and provide apprenticeships in the UK.

Apprentices at NEXT

For more on our apprenticeships tap here

Or contact us: education@fashion-enter.com 

It’s Not All About Money!

We’re delighted to confirm that all the good work we have been undertaking is finally paying off with TOMs for Islington.

The total Social Value delivered for April totals £155,387.59 

The team at FEL strives to offer free quality advice and support within the borough for businesses and learners. 

Gee, FEL Development Coordinator commented: “I’ve just been promoted and working with the FC Designer Workspace and FC Designer Collective is just so rewarding. I’m constantly coming up with new ideas to add value to the two sites and I love interacting with our tenants, learners and charities like Crisis.” 

If anyone has any new ideas that they would like to coordinate please email: georgia@fashion-enter.com 

It All Starts From Level 1…

Taylor at the Workspace

The team love to hear how individuals have progressed and one recent example is Taylor, a former Level 1 Stitching student. It’s fantastic news that Taylor, who started out on Level 1 Stitching is now at the University of the Arts London, on a fashion degree course.

FEL CEO Jenny Holloway said: This is exactly why we are a social enterprise engaging and working with the local community. There is such a sense of pride and fulfilment when you teach and work alongside creatives that literally grow in confidence and blossom!”

Workshop Fun at Westfield

A big well done to Westfield shopping centre (London White City) for promoting recycling and sustainability with their Westfield Good Festival. 

On bank holiday Monday FEL team members hosted two workshops Refreshed Threads an upcycling workshop, and The Perfect Fit where participants could learn different hand stitching techniques to achieve the correct fit. FEL’s CEO Jenny Holloway, also presented a masterclass, ‘Behind the seams of ethical and sustainable fashion’ to talk about ethical and sustainable practices in the industry from audits to greenwashing.

Jenny commented: “It is unusual for Fashion-Enter to do consumer-facing events but this was really enjoyable, it was really well organised by the staff of Westfield and Amplify. We had such positive feedback from all the participants on the day.”

These free workshops will take place again at Westfield Stratford on Thursday 1st Junetap here to find out more and for the links to book your place.

Drapers Future of Fashion 

FEL CEO Jenny Holloway will join the Drapers Future of Fashion event, 8th June, where 30+ industry leaders will discuss the topic of “innovating for a new era”.  

Tap here to find out more about this event.

Future Fabrics Expo 2023

Jenny has also been invited to speak on the 28th June at the up and coming Future Fabrics Expo, the largest dedicated showcase for sourcing certified, sustainable material solutions. 

She will join an industry panel which is connected to the curated display “Revival of the UK Textile supply chain: through the Sustainability lens” supported by Alexander McQueen.

Tap here to find out more about this Expo and to register.

End of Year 17 for FEL 

Jenny commented:Well, that was a tough year, as it was for many companies and individuals. However, we’re leaner and fitter than ever before and now we certainly know who our friends are too. A huge thank-you to N Brown, Very Group and Community Clothing who have all been excellent. New accounts such as Vivien of Holloway have been fantastic as well.

Our relationship with Kornit Digital has continued to grow and we’re delighted with the development of a major account in the USA too.We’re currently working on the next big thing (of course we are!!!) and hope to make an announcement in the next few weeks.

Due to an unexpected disappointing year with a core account FEL has to undertake a restructure; we’re in the middle of that now! 

A huge thank-you to all the staff who are just outstanding and have been as solid as a rock over the last six months!  Year 18 has much to offer!” 

Get Creative With Us This Summer

Yesterday may have been #NationalCreativityDay but we want to promote creativity all year round! Why not try your hand at something new this summer with one of our 1 to 4 day courses? Whether you are a beginner or more experienced our affordable sessions provide tuition at your own pace in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Take your pick from Beginners Stitching and Upcycling to Corset Pattern Making and Stitching. All six courses take place at the FC Designer Workspace, Studios 1 – 12, 9 Durham Road, London N7 7FB close to Finsbury Park tube station.

Please note places are limited, to find out more and book your place please visit the FashionCapital Masterclasses page.

Short Courses with FCFTA Leicester This Summer

FCFTA Leicester is also open throughout summer and able to offer an introduction to garment making courses to young people – this is a great way to see if fashion is a career for you. Courses are 1 day for £30 or 4 days for £75. 

To book a place please contact divya@fashion-enter.com 

Masterclasses and Courses

Roll-on courses available…

Level 1 & 2 in Stitching

Level 1 & 2 in Patterns

Various Levels in Tailoring

Diploma in Fashion Design and Business 

If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: education@fashion-enter.com to enquire.

31st July – 3rd August 4 Day Beginners Stitching and Upcycling

7th – 10th August 4 Day Beginners Pattern Cutting Course with recreation of your favourite personal garment

11th August 1 Day Upcycling and Repair Workshop (all levels)

16th – 18th August 3 Day Corset Pattern Making and Stitching Course (advanced)

22nd August 1 Day Reversible Tote Bag Stitching Course (beginners)

23rd – 25th August 3 Day Soft Furnishing Course (beginners)

Outfit of the Week

Perfect for a summer evening out our B of London Lola culotte jumpsuit looks tres chic and can be dressed up with a pair of heels and some jewellery. Tap here to view this style exclusive to SilkFred.com

This Week on FashionCapital…

How to kickstart your brands own personal merchandising line

And Finally…Repurpose your T-shirts with us! 

In this age of sustainable fashion don’t throw away your old Ts…print on them instead and give them a new lease of life! Repurpose! For printing enquiries email: callum@fashion-enter.com

Until next time, have a great week,

From the Team at FashionCapital (Sister company to Fashion-Enter Ltd)

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