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Jobs & Courses Available as Lockdown Eases


Newsletter 3rd June 2020

Dear all,

25 Positions Now Available

As we ease out of lockdown and client orders return to the Factory floor we now have 25 positions available for machinists. Do you want to work for an ethical, SMETA approved factory based in North London please contact: caroline@fashion-enter.com

Free Stitching Courses

We also have 40 free stitching course placements available for those on Universal Credit or earning less than £20,572 a year. If you are interested in gaining much-sought after stitching skills please contact: esme@fashion-enter.com

PPE Continues

As you can see from the image above we are continuing to make PPE and hope to continue to do so. We have garments for ASOS.com on the lines as well as 10,000 disposable gowns that we are producing each week.

Welcome back all the ASOS buying, sourcing and garment tech teams and congratulations to Ashleigh Brownlee who is back from maternity leave.

Machinists Make It on to the Shortage Occupation List

For over one-year now Fashion-Enter Ltd alongside the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Textiles and Fashion, MakeUK and other UK manufacturers have been fighting for the rights of skilled machinists to ensure they are recognised as ‘skilled’ and can continue to work under the new points-based immigration system. Excellent news! Machinists have made it on to the ‘Shortage Occupation List’ (SOL)! This is a bold achievement for the industry to ensure that we retain and gain skilled migrant workers. We need to continue to stand by and support our skilled production workers, fashion and textiles companies can continue to provide evidence to the MAC consultation on SOL on the Governmental portal up until 24th June 2020. Read more about the progress so far here

Just Launched: Fashion-File Trend Service

Fashion File has joined forces with the UK’s leading fashion portal FashionCapital.co.uk to provide an essential, much-required affordable Trend Forecasting Service that will cover all market sectors at a cost-effective price point that is right for you. Stay one step ahead of the curve, track ‘what’s new’ and ‘what’s next’ with Fashion File.

Available now: Free Download Taster on Colour Trend Forecast for SS21 visit https://www.fashion-file.co.uk/ and see how Fashion-File can inspire and inform you!

Meet: SAMUEL GUÌ YANG Design Studio

SAMUEL GUÌ YANG is a design studio with roots in both London and Shanghai. The collections are marked by the duality of the team behind them. By mixing and merging Chinese and Western codes, and historic and contemporary references they create a language that both fits and challenges.

With a meticulous focus on construction and fabrication the goal is to create pragmatic wardrobe pieces imbued with strong character and a sense of mystery.

The brand aims to operate with a holistic sustainable approach where choices of fabrics, manufacturers, design and ways of presentation are all taking into careful consideration.

Visit: Samuelguiyang.com


Fashion In Lockdown – The Trend Academy Podcast

Hear Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway thoughts on how our industry will and must change, why the words ‘nimble’, ‘flexible’, ‘communication’ and ‘customisation’ are paramount to brand survival, and how falling off her horse 3-years ago taught her how to be resilient in challenging times.

Tap here to listen to this Podcast.

Thank-you to Marie Oakes, founder of The Trend Academy.

Now Available Online:

100% cotton face masks for adults and children, plus matching scrunchies.

Quality Guideline booklets that give you exact details of formal and casual trousers, dresses and blouses, how to measure and also a review of how to conduct a visual quality control review of your garments within a factory. These handbooks provide an excellent way of also communicating with your factory so they understand too your exact requirements. Always eliminate the risk of sampling and production going wrong – be one step ahead.

Belles of London – we are now focusing on a bespoke service for our Belles clients to ensure the fit is spot on and that the garments will be cherished and made to last for seasons to come.

More Masks!

We are also in the midst of making 300 sunflower face masks for the London Early Years Foundation LEYF day nurseries.

Fashion Studio Reopening

For all Fashion Studio clients the department will be re-opening but at a limited capacity from Monday 8th June. 

N17 Creative Callings Masterclasses

This morning Zoom seminar attendees were treated to a highly informative 2-hour N17 Creative Callings session ‘The New Fashion Paradigm’ with James Stewart.

Next on the agenda is a focus on what can be a minefield – the legal side of the industry. Nick Gould will be joined by co-partners at Aria Grace, the genuinely ethical law firm, to explain key legal topics such as: law of contract – how to stop disputes occurring, understanding IP infringement – what to do if someone “copies” your work, the difference between trade marks, copyright and passing off as well as employment contracts – responsibilities of ownership.

This is an excellent opportunity to ask experienced lawyers any legal questions you have regarding your business. Please note that time is limited so please send in your questions before the Zoom seminar commences.

The N17 Creative Callings free Legal Eagle masterclass with Nick Gould and co-partners at Aria Grace will take place tomorrow – Thursday 4th June 11:00 – 13:00 tap here to book your place.

Followed by:

N17 Creative Callings: Start Your Brand Today! 11th June

June & July Courses…

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D – 3-day Course – 24th / 25th /26th June

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D – 1-day Introductory Course – 22nd July

Online Telestia Pattern Cutting Course with tutor support – on-going

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass – 4th July

Gerber AccuMark 3-day Course for Beginners – 29th / 30th / 31st July

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we are seeing stars in this bright red and white star print cotton.

Brilliant for home projects or making face masks! Available now at the FCFabricStudio

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Read about the 10 reasons why the Fashion Technology Academy leads the way in providing quality education.

Support our skilled manufacturing workforce and make the government understand that we need skilled migrant production workers to sustain the UK’s apparel manufacturing industry.

Find out what participants learnt about in the N17 Creative Callings: How to Manufacture Your Garments Part 2 online seminar, with a focus on bulk and lean production.

And Finally…

#VolunteersWeek2020 is a great opportunity to thank everyone who volunteers! Here at FashionCapital HQ and the Factory we have PPE making volunteers such as Olivia, Elaine and in this picture – Jules, she normally works for Gieves & Hawkes. A big thank-you to you all!

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