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It All Starts with the Perfect Fit


Newsletter 21st June 2023

Help Support the Perfect Fit and Gain a Free Plus Size Garment

Getting the perfect fit from standardised clothing sizes can be nightmare for many people. It is a well-known fact that if an item of clothing does not fit well it will often sit in the back of the wardrobe, get chucked out to a local charity shop, or even worse, end up as landfill.

Top UK clothing and footwear digital retailer, N Brown, is committed to being fully inclusive and providing clothes in a broad range of sizes. To ensure that its clothes fit and flatter, in 2019, N Brown invested in 3D body scanning technology. The scanner, with its 20 sensors recording around 150 measurements, has transformed the way that the N Brown team analyses body shape and sizing. 

To maintain an up-to-date, accurate reflection of customers’ body shapes N Brown regularly invites members of the public to get scanned, and on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June the N Brown 3D scanner is landing at the FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Road in Islington.

If you would like to support with this sizing data and walk away with an N Brown garment then please come along to FC Designer Collective, 113-115 Fonthill Road, London N4 on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June, 10am – 5pm.

Contact: Georgia Fletcher georgia@fashion-enter.com 

Repurposing in Production

Currently at FEL Wales the team is repurposing a collection of almost 3,000 men’s shirts from Jacamo to reduce the sleeves down from long to short sleeve. How impressive that! A leading retailer cares about not contributing to landfill and also provides Fashion-Enter with work for the machinists! This has been an absolute lifeline for FEL Wales after the news that we were not successful in gaining the Welsh NHS bid for the £4m nurses uniform order. This outcome has been contested and FEL has received phenomenal support from industry and local individuals. On a more positive note we are in talks to continue with training and recycling / upcycling initiatives in Wales.

Today’s Free Masterclass

A big thank-you to Nigel Rust for this morning’s free masterclass ‘Establishing Your Fashion Empire: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding Company Formation for Aspiring Brands and Designers’.

The session was scheduled for 1-hour but Nigel kindly went over time to answer questions on setting up a solid business structure as well as legal considerations and financial planning. Nigel explained everything clearly and was incredibly helpful and informative.

The next free masterclass takes place on the 13th July An Hour with Designer and Brand Owner Louisa Parris – hear how Louisa got her business off the ground and into boutiques around the globe.

Tap here to view our extensive list of supportive masterclasses. To join all you have to do is sign up and a Zoom link will be emailed to you closer to the date.

FEL at  the Future Fabrics Expo

Join our CEO Jenny Holloway next Wednesday, 28th June, at the Future Fabrics Expo, the largest dedicated showcase for sourcing certified, sustainable material solutions. 

Jenny will be part of 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.

Next Week: Summer Sample Sale at FC Designer Collective

Join us at the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road for our Summer Sample Sale. There will be some great bargains on offer alongside patterns and fabrics for those looking to get creative.

Save the date: Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July at FC Designer Collective, 113-115 Fonthill Road, N4 close to Finsbury Park tube station. Opening hours 10am – 5pm.

3 Studio Spaces Now Available

The FC Designer Workspace currently has three affordable private studios available to rent.Supported by Islington Council the FC Designer Workspace offers highly competitive rates for small businesses to flourish. 

To find out more please contact: beth@fashion-enter.com 

Masterclasses and Courses

Roll-on courses available at all campuses, Islington, Haringey, Newtown and Leicester…

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.

13th July An Hour with Designer and Brand Owner Louisa Parris (Free via Zoom)

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)

30th August Mastering the Fashion Business Blueprint: Fine-tuning your plan for success (Free via Zoom)

This summer the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road is thrilled to be collaborating with Jessica Purdie, founder and creative director of Prikli Pear. Jess will be hosting a series of four beginner crochet workshops at FEL’s shop throughout July tap here for more details.

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 enquire please contact: divya@fashion-enter.com 

Print With Us!

For all your fabric printing needs, from individual t-shirts to fabric runs we have you covered with our Kornit Digital printers – no minimum order quantity! Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can make fabric printing easy and efficient for you.

To get in touch email: callum@fashion-enter.com 

This Week on FashionCapital…

Fashion retailers green credentials meaningless without better supply chain engagement

And Finally…

Phoebe English designs

Thinking about scaling up your fashion brand but unsure where to start? Then come along to this powerful event moderated by Aga Segurana, founder of ASV. Panellists include our very own CEO Jenny Holloway as well as designer Phoebe English. Both will provide invaluable insight into how they’ve built their businesses to where they are today, the challenges of scaling up a sustainable brand and securing funding as a woman.

Until next time, have a great week,

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

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