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‘Leading’ Status Retained!


Newsletter 19th May 2021

‘Leading’ Status Retained!

The Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) factory has just received excellent news on their recent Fast Forward Audit. A factory audit was conducted on an unannounced basis in April and once again has achieved ‘Leading Status’ – the highest stranding. The FEL factory in north London ‘sets an example for good practice’, well-done FEL team!

Time for Transformative Growth

This week began with further easing on government restrictions and hospitality venues across the UK were permitted to reopen and trade more freely. However, for those running a business it’s no longer about returning to ‘how things were’ pre-pandemic, but time to adapt and harness innovative strategies implemented during the pandemic to meet the challenges ahead…

Free Online RSA Discussion Tomorrow (20th May)

When it comes to the fashion and textiles sector – the future, including environmental, social and technological trends, will be what the RSA, the Royal Society for Arts, will be discussing in their online event: ‘Textiles: Research, Innovation and Procurement’. Taking place tomorrow Thursday 20th May 2021 from 11am – 12.30pm this free online event will include comment from Lynn Wilson FRSA, circular economy specialist and a student team she has led, our very own CEO of Fashion-Enter Ltd Jenny Holloway and Sadie Dainton from the British Standards Institute.

Tap here to register for this free event.

Webinar: Future of Fashion: The Transition to On-Demand Production 

With increased prices, delivery delays, and big pushes towards sustainability and eCommerce, today’s fashion companies need to rethink their supply chain. Please join the online panel discussion “Future of Fashion: The Transition to On-Demand Production” on Tuesday, May 25th to discover how digitalization and on-demand manufacturing improves efficiency, sustainability and profitability while making it easy to keep with the uncertainty around consumer demands.

The panel will include Sherri Barry of FABRIC and Mike Sanders of TVF and will be moderated by Ricardo Nava of Kornit Digital and Ketty Pillet, Vice President of Marketing and Communication at Gerber Technology. Tuesday, May 25th – 1:00pm

 Tap here to register.

N17 Creative Callings Events

Last Thursday, 13th May, we held an excellent N17 Creative Callings masterclass session on omninchannel strategy for fashion brands with leading expert Carley Johnson. The feedback has been fantastic and included: 

“Great answer to my question about making connections with buyers and getting your collection seen.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the masterclass so thank-you.”

“I found the section on when you are ready to go 3rd party and the examples given to explain really useful.”

Carley will return later in the year for another informative masterclass, also on the N17 Creative Callings agenda: How To Do Your Own PR.

Apprenticeships Available

We have 3 apprenticeship opportunities with Sew It In London, as well as positions with Adero and Mountain Warehouse. Learn while you earn and gain in-demand industry skills. To view all apprenticeships tap here.

Fashioning our History at Willesden Green

The ‘Fashioning our History’ exhibition showcases an extraordinary range of artwork from the 26 participants of the ‘Fashioning our History’ Programme and it’s core team. The project itself is a Brent Council Culture Fund Project, as part of Brent 2020: London Borough of Culture. The work, from participants ranging from ages 12 to 22, explores the rich history and culture within Brent through a range of media and will be viewed alongside a hand-illustrated fashion installation piece. Elements of participants work are illustrated onto an eighteenth-century inspired dress, created by the projects Creative Director, Warren Reilly and Garment Technologist, Nicola Cummings. By reclaiming this style of dress (originally associated with the aristocratic elite) the installation piece represents a symbol of social change.

Fashioning our History is on now until 13th June at The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, London NW10 2SF.

Introducing FC Member Karen Anderson

“My name is Karen Anderson. Born in Zambia, I moved to London with my childhood sweetheart and got married in 1990. We have lived in Torquay, Devon with our three sons since 2011.

“Coming from an entrepreneurial family, I always dreamed of having my own business. I have loved fashion as far back as I can remember. I briefly studied at London College of Fashion. Although I had applied and was interviewed for a place on the Fashion Styling course, I was persuaded to do Fashion Business instead. It was not a good fit for me.

“I have worked in fashion retail for many years. My increasing awareness of ethical and sustainability issues gave rise to a desire to work in an environment that prioritised them. I got such a lot from FashionCapital’s seminars during the first lockdown. I felt inspired. Not long after that, I was made redundant. It was just the push I needed.

“I created Minycled. The name combines ‘minimalism’ and ‘recycled’, which are key values of the business. Minycled will produce unique women’s fashion items using sustainable, eco-friendly and recycled fabrics, with hints of African influence, made in-house and UK manufactured.”

Karen is now developing her brand and her designs will be uploaded to www.minycled.co.uk very soon.

Masterclasses & Courses

The next Level 3 Tailoring course will commence from 26th May click here for more details

Gerber Accumark 3-day Course for Beginners – June

N17 Creative Callings: How to Do Your Own PR (online)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

It’s Reduce, Reuse and Recycle week on tonight’s Great British Sewing Bee and our deadstock fabrics do just that! Pick up a fabric bargain such as this snakeskin print jersey in bold orange, available now (in limited supply) at the FCFabricStudio at just £4- per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Repair, Remake & Reuse at the FC Designer Collective – read all about our alteration, bespoke and repair services as well as our on-site stitching club.

And Finally…

The winner of our B of London £250 voucher giveaway has been announced. Big congratulations to Sarah Byers – happy dress shopping! Another giveaway will be announced soon via B of London social media channels.

Until next time, have a great week.

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