Kornit Fashion Week London Wows The Industry
Newsletter 18th May 2022
Kornit Presents Fashion’s Future
It has been a hectic 3-days for the Fashion-Enter team as Kornit Fashion Week landed in London. As a Kornit Digital partner Fashion-Enter’s HQ in Haringey is also the home of the FashTech Innovation Centre where on-demand, no-waste digital printing takes place!
Just one-week ago these impressive Kornit Digital printers were busy printing fabrics for the many collections on show at the event from designers such as Preen, Manish Arora, LOVE HERO, House of Jaffa and Julia Clancey. Situated right next to our manufacturing facilities garments were turned around in days rather than months, pioneering demand driven production with absolutely no waste!
Throughout the event attendees were ferried from the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden to the FashTech Innovation Centre in Haringey to fully experience how Kornit Digital and one-stop, micro-factory production works.
Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway said: “The last three days have just been utterly amazing – 35-years plus in fashion and I realise that this really is now a new age. There are no structured buying seasons anymore!
“The catwalk shows at Freemasons’ Hall were as individual as the designers, an elegant 94-year-old model really stole the show! The guest speakers blew my mind – Bobby Simms is a guru for the future.
“So thank-you to the amazing Kornit team for allowing us to be part of this transformational fashion journey. We provided guided tours of exactly how the pixels relate to product reality and just have to reiterate NONE of this is possible without our glorious highly skilled machinists! Well done all!”
News from the Fashion-Enter Family
On Wednesday 12th May we welcomed Farhiyo from Women 4 change to the academy and she brought along some fantastic women to enrol on Level 1 stitching.
Business2Business in Leicester dropped by on Friday 14th May to meet some potential new Level 1 stitching learners.
The Restart scheme is to support those that have been unemployed for 12-18 months and works with them to help find a new career pathway. Level 1 stitching is great way to explore new opportunities.
Apprenticeship ALERT – IN Leicester
We have three fantastic apprenticeships available In Leicester. These are a great way to earn while you learn.
Each apprentice role is slightly different and has been funded by boohoo – to make the most of this opportunity please send your CV to:Education@Fashion-Enter.com
Tap the links to find out more about each role:
Thank-you to Envy Collections
Sheezad Valli from Envy Collections kindly donated some cut garment pieces to the Academy. These are overages and are a great way for our learners to practice on cut garment shapes.
Leicester Meet & Greet
Come and meet Leicester’s vibrant textile and garment makers on 16th June, to find out more and book your place tap here.
Celebrating Newtown’s Heritage
Last Saturday Fashion-Enter Wales took part in the Newtown Heritage Festival at the iconic Royal Welsh Warehouse, additionally known as the Pryce Jones building, also home to Fashion-Enter Wales! It was great to meet local businesses and members of the community. Manager Eddie was on hand to discuss the courses and manufacturing services that FE Wales provides as well as showcase the in-house homeware range, Spyce Jones.
Spring Fair This Sunday
Fashion-Enter Wales and in-house homeware brand Spyce Jones will be at the Spring Fair this Sunday 22nd May. From 12pm come along to The Hub in the Pryce Jones building for this community event bringing handmade products, delicious food and drink, craft making and more. This event is open to all and is free. Additionally for those interested in Fashion-Enter’s stitching courses the team will be available to provide further information and advise.
Novel Yarn Development – Spinning
Continuing with the development of the Novel Yarn project with SMARTCryum and Potter Group, this week Nick Evans discusses the need for re-localisation of raw material and processing machinery such as spinning machines. Tap here for the full article.
Meet Pattern Guru Anastasia
This Friday 20th May at 2.30pm pattern guru and founder of Telestia, Anastasia, will be at the FC Designer Workspace to discuss how pattern cutting can be easy, quick and how you can learn to make perfect patterns for any fit, size, shape and style.
There will be a free introductory Perfect Pattern Cutting Live Demo and discussion on brand and collection sustainability. This session is aimed at womenswear designers, start-ups and established brands, and anyone looking for a career in the fashion industry.
If you would like to meet the founder and learn more about the course please confirm your attendance by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Sewing Sessions
We are currently hosting a series of weekly sewing masterclasses at the FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Road, these sessions are FREE for all Islington residents. 2-hour masterclasses include: Basic Sewing Techniques, Upcycle Your Wardrobe and Using Industrial Machines.
Tap here for dates and availability.
Join Us at the London Festival of Architecture
On 18th June FC Designer Workspace will join the London Festival of Architecture event at Thane Works to showcase the designers and promote the sewing courses available in the workspace. This event will include local artists, weavers, actors, media enterprises, musicians, makers and architects, all based in Thane Works.
This event is free and open to all. Browse the full LFA programme here.
High Inflation is Hitting Small Businesses
As a small UK business we are feeling the pressure of the inflation hike, now at a 40-year peak. Having worked through the pandemic and Brexit the pressure of paying more for materials and energy is squeezing our business during a crucial time of recovery. The factory floor is busy with orders and yet recovery seems near impossible in this current climate. The eye-watering cost of Covid-19 for SME owners, including lost work, earnings and loan repayments, now sits at a total of £109.6 billion according to a recent simplybusiness.co.uk survey. As a result, two in five (46%) SMEs are calling for long-lasting financial support from the government to help them get back on their feet after Covid-19 and we endorse that government support is needed to ensure jobs and businesses are safe during this difficult period.
Reimagining Britain’s High Streets
Earlier this week the Financial Times published: ‘An online sales tax will further blight the high street’, concluding that Tottenham provides a great example of what a vibrant high street should look like. The article said:
‘Instead of trying to reverse history, the Conservatives may be better advised to reimagine the role of Britain’s high streets. They need look no further than Tottenham, north London, where riots erupted in 2011, to see what the future could hold. There, within the orbit of the breathtaking new football stadium, the high street is gradually finding a new purpose. An architectural firm, recording studios and a fashion training institute occupy — or will soon do so — premises that once housed shops.’
Thank-you for this recognition, providing training facilities and jobs in the heart of communities such as Haringey, Leicester, Islington and Wales is what we are all about!
Grant Success for Learner Angela
Fantastic news for learner Angela, the Skills and Education Group have agreed to provide her with a grant towards the purchase of an industrial machine adapted for her needs, help with the costs of setting up her new business and food and drink for college.
Angela commented: “I am so thankful and overjoyed that I have received this grant. I am so grateful and I appreciate the assistance I received so far to obtain this grant, it has motivated me to pursue my career in the fashion industry to be a pattern maker, designer, and a machinist, so that I can work for myself since no one wants to employ me based on my disability with garments. Fashion-Enter has been really supportive and helped me with the application process. The grant process has been quick, efficient, and stress-free for me.
“In this course, I have recently learned how to coherently and effectively convey my story with garments. Garment construction without a decent sewing machine can be very difficult to put ideas together. When I receive the grant, I will order my industrial sewing machine straight away. I’m so happy that I can have it adapted with hand-controlled buttons for stop and start and an up and down function for needle control too. This will allow me to use both hands, which I am unable to do on a domestic sewing machine.”
Courses & Masterclasses
Ongoing Stitching, Patterns and Tailoring Courses
How to Grow Sales downloadable masterclasses with Carley Johnson
Free Sewing masterclasses in Islington (Throughout May & June)
Leicester – Manufacturing Meet & Greet event (16th June)
Gerber Accumark 3-day course for Beginners (6th July)
Fabric Swatch of the Week
Inspired by all the vibrant and exciting digitally printed designs at Kornit Fashion Week? Here we have a snake print jersey straight off the Kornit Presto, available at the FC Fabric Studio at £4.50 a metre.
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To fully understand fashion you need to get to grips with how a garment is put together and our stitching and pattern courses are the perfect place to start. Whether you are a designer, home sewer or want to gain fashion production skills we have Level 1 and 2 courses that will give you core knowledge and understanding. Tap here to find out about our courses, you may be eligible for free enrolment if you are unemployed or on a low income.
Until next time, have a great week.
From the Team at FashionCapital.