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Leading Status for our London Factory!


Newsletter 11th December 2019

Dear all,

Introducing Patterns to the FCFabricStudio

Our sister website FCFabricStudio has been well established with home stitchers and designers for its range of affordable, quality fabrics. Recently we have added haberdashery to the online store, which has been extremely popular, and now we have a selection of patterns for sale in classic tailored styles. Take your pick from a tailored jacket or waistcoat to a fitted shirt, a pair of trousers or a pencil skirt. All patterns cost £15 and can be found here.

Leading Fast-Forward Status for our Factory

Fashion-Enter’s fast-track quality apparel factory has just been graded as ‘Leading’ after a recent Fast Forward audit. This equates to a Green grading which is a brilliant achievement for the Factory and the team.

Deme, Ethical Trade Partner at ASOS.com said: “I can see that you have gone beyond compliance on a number of our technical standards, including areas around imposter switching and ethical labour practices in your supply chain, which has contributed to your Leading status and I would like to thank you and your whole teams efforts into making this happen.”

N17 Creative Callings – Free Fabrics!

Now that we’ve begun the ‘N17 Creative Callings’ local business support program with the GLA the issues that many start-ups face, particularly in fashion, have become clear. Issues involve:

1 – Fabric Sourcing – so we’re now providing free fabrics (selected)

2 – Production – we can help with every production query you have including perfecting fit 

3 – Selling – we have a beautiful shop in the heart of the fashion district specifically for local product (postcodes apply)

Tricia Blake and her brand Diva Choice is stocked at the FC Desginer Collective she said: “Having the space in a retail shop on Fonthilll Road is just want brands like Diva Choice need. We have the most amazing products but without a direct link to consumers it’s so hard for brands to be established. Thank you Islington Council and Fashion-Enter for this opportunity. I am going to come in myself on Saturday and help promote my collections.” 

If you live in the North London area you could be eligible for free N17 Creative Callings support please e-mail esme@fashion-enter.com  – it’s time to make your brand work!

N17 Creative Callings at Tottenham Winter Fest

Last Saturday, 7th December, FTA Operations Manager Esme was at the annual Tottenham Winter Fest at Tottenham Town Hall and Bernie Grants Arts Centre to promote the N17 Creative Callings support project to local businesses and start-ups.

The event comprised of food, gifts, drinks and gift packs – Kidz Zone – craft making workshops, face painting etc. This coincided with the Crafty North Londoner Makers Market, full of very talented crafters and makers London has to offer providing everything from handmade jewellery to stationary, home décor essentials to one-off pieces of art.

It provided a great opportunity to promote the N17 Creative Callings project, bringing awareness to the local community about the free bespoke business training, support and skills programme for people in the creative sector based in Tottenham.

Esme commented: It was a really great event where I had the pleasure of meeting and engage with talented people, some of which were eligible to gain support via the programme. We look forward to them joining!”

Back at Fashion SVP – 29 – 30 January 2020

We will be back for the next edition of Fashion SVP, Olympia London from 29th – 30th January 2020.

The team will be demonstrating pattern cutting and sewing on industrial machines and advising on all things fashion manufacturing from; costings, where to source fabric, trims and labels etc, how to find an ethical manufacturer, the courses and apprenticeships that we provide, business support and our range of Fashion Studio services. To find out more and register visit: https://www.fashionsvp.com/

Followed by Pure – 9th – 11th February 2020

Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway has been invited to speak at Pure London in February and discuss two topics. On day 1 of the event, 9th February 2020, Jenny will join a panel at the Origin Theatre to discuss: ‘Fabric Sustainability Criteria and Metrics’. She will then take to the stage on her own for a presentation on ‘Understanding Garment Making in the UK and shedding light on the ‘Fast Fashion is land-fill’ misconception.’ Pure Origin, together with leading fashion trade show Pure London, is the only UK trade show that offers visitors the full supply chain under one roof. 

To find out more about Pure London and to register please click here.

Optitex Introduction

Last Friday Claire Solley, Senior Pattern Cutter, held a free introductory masterclass on Optitex pattern design software. She explained the many benefits of the package including how to prepare patterns for 3D simulation, garment fit, applying colour, pattern and texture and much more. Caroline Ash, Production Director, then took the group on a tour of the factory to see the patterns incorporated into the manufacturing process.

Attendee Helen said: “Claire was very helpful and very knowledgeable in the use of the software and the customer.”

We have a 3-day Optitex course planned for the 8th, 9th & 10th January please contact education@fashion-enter.com if you would like to know more and put your name down.

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners course – 15th, 16th and 17th January 2020

Essential Alterations & Upcycling Techniques – 22nd & 29th January 2020

If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me with Eric Gilston – 23rd January 2020

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Get ready for Christmas with a dose of glitter! You can never sparkle enough! Available at the FCFabricStudio now at £5 per meter.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Fashion-Enter’s clothing factory has been graded as ‘Leading’ after a recent Fast Forward audit. This equates to a Green grading which is a brilliant achievement for the Factory and the team. To find out more click here.

Sustainability has been high on the agenda along with the concept of a circular model that incorporates textile innovations that aim to push the industry towards a greener future. We take a look at textiles making a difference as we head into 2020.

In this weeks instalment of ^The Fashion Fix^ we find out who the big winners were at The 2019 Fashion Awards, as well as exploring eco-friendly collections that are hot on every editor’s list.

And Finally…

Name drop alert! We have a VIP coming to visit next week. More on this soon!

And our Christmas closing dates are: 24th December 2019 – 2nd January 2020

(Image: Belles of London Noelle soft tailored jacket)

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