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Learning for Life


Newsletter 17th July 2019

Dear all,

Eric’s First Motivational Masterclass Next Week

Eric Gilston has been a Life & Business Coach for the past 17-years and is a regular contributor to FashionCapital & the FTA with his motivational life skills and personal development articles. His series of free masterclasses scheduled over the next 6-months are filling up fast with his first rapidly approaching: ‘The Power of Your Mindset’. This masterclass takes place on Friday 26th July 2019 10am – 12pm in the Glassroom at FashionCapital HQ.

Key topics will include:

This is a free masterclass that aims to support and encourage on both a professional and personal level. To book your place click here.

Belles of London Swimwear

We are almost ready to reveal our next three Belles collections including this gorgeous swimwear line due to go live on the https://www.bellesoflondon.com/shop/ online shop any day now. Here is a glamorous one-piece taster in the colour of the season…orange.

Belles & The Ethical Brand Directory

Roberta Lee, Sustainable Stylist and founder of Ethical Brand Directory (EBD) is just about to review the Belles of London Ophelia Grecian style dress – watch this space.

Jenny to Join the Panel Discussion at EBD Tomorrow

We will also be joining her for the Ethical Brand Directory 2nd Birthday: Ethical Fashion Panel & Party in Mayfair, London tomorrow night (18th July). Celebrating its 2nd Birthday the event will include networking, a short panel discussion, that will include our very own CEO Jenny Holloway, about the ‘Future of Fashion & Conscious Consumerism’ and a phase 1 launch of the new EBD website. For those in the party mood there will be music and dancing to follow. To find out more and get tickets click here.

Made in Britain Belles Listings

Made in Britain and proud we are thrilled to have Belles of London included in the following website listings:



Final Call for UK Manufacturers’ Survey

Following the full house All-Party Parliamentary Group for Textiles and Fashion meeting on visas and employment last week there is a final call for data from UK manufacturers. The Group are collecting data to compile a document about the state of the UK garment manufacturing sector. If you would like to contribute please complete the following brief questionnaire: https://forms.gle/SC4ZV5u243MaDisY9

The final document will be sent to relevant governmental departments to draw attention to the importance of supporting the sector.

The FTA Opens Its Doors for the Festival of Learning

As a part of Haringey’s Festival of Learning initiative Fashion Enter / FTA HQ opened its doors on Wednesday 10th July and welcomed local residents to take a good look around and get insight on the manufacturing services, apprenticeships and courses that we provide. Visitors were able to take a tour of the factory, take part in pattern cutting and sewing exercises and talk to apprentices about their experience.

Feedback from attendees included:

“Plenty of useful information and I learned all about pattern cutting and apprenticeships with the company.”

“I enjoyed every part. The apprenticeship presentation was fantastic. I’d be very interested in joining.”

“I got to learn about the different options available. The existence of the variety of positions within the industry along with the variety of apprenticeships.”

Introducing Contur – Fashion Studio Client

Fashion Enter and the Fashion Studio have been working with Claire Turpin on her ‘Contur’ brand since November 2018. Contur was conceived after Claire became a working mum of two, faced with busier days and low body confidence she looked for shape-enhancing activewear to work across her life as she returned to the gym. Finding none, she created Contur as a premium activewear brand to enhance women’s natural curves as they work on their health and fitness.

The brand is all about embracing, enhancing and empowering all women while remaining ethical and sustainable at the same time. The label uses repurposed nylons, ocean plastics and recycled cotton to create sustainable sports fabrics for its ranges. Blended in Italy, super-soft textiles provide flawless muscular compression, breathability, shape retention, abrasion resistance and strong UV protection. Manufactured with us in North London the activewear is also packaged in recycled materials.

View and shop the Contur launch collection here.

Facebook & Insta @conturuk

Fashion Boot Camp – 21st September

Taking place all day on Saturday 21st September Fashion Brand Bootcamp is an intensive masterclass where you get to hear from six industry experts. The bootcamp will cover each key area of business including; developing your collection and your brands signature, supply chain and logistics, sampling and production, sales and promotion, understanding costs and keeping on budget, along with how to keep yourself motivated and positive. Attendees can pre-book one-to-one 20-minute sessions with one of the industry professionals at the end of the session. To find out more click here.

Sistaglam Apprenticeship Posts

We have two fantastic apprenticeship opportunities with Sistaglam, the one stop party girl shop. SistaGlam, first launched in 2011 with the aim of bringing celebrity fashion to everyone. A small team of dedicated people created a collection full of flirty floral prints and sleek silhouettes to make the wearer feel red carpet ready. From party dresses to bridal attire Sistaglam is all about the special occasion and now they are looking for two new apprentices to join their busy team based in Hendon, North London. Click here to view the posts for Apprentice Production Assistant and Apprentice Merchandiser Assistant.

Chelsea Independent College Students Take the Factory Tour

International summer programme students at Chelsea Independent College will be taking the Factory Tour today (17th July) to gain insight into the business side of the manufacturing industry. Two groups are scheduled for one morning and one afternoon 2-hour visit where they will see each stage of the production process, including lay plans, costings and the use of the Galaxius System.

Staff News

The team held a social gathering for Fashion Studio Manager Jenny Beth Golding to wish her well as she heads off on maternity leave. We welcome Angela who will be the point of contact for Fashion Studio clients in the meantime.

Masterclasses Coming Soon

The Fashion Enter and FTA team understand the importance of personal development, growth and confidence along with positive wellbeing and attitude and we are thrilled that Life and Business coach Eric Gilston has committed to an on-going programme with us. Eric’s masterclasses are free and include:

We also have a 3-Day Beginners course with Gerber taking place in September and a 2-Day Advanced Gerber course available in October all the details can be found here.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we’ve picked out this bold two-way stretch, oversized mesh, poly-elastane that can be worked into panels or used to create entire pieces. Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £6- p/m.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

We offer some top tips on breaking into the sports fashion industry.

We reveal the outcome of the Fashion Technology Academy’s latest Ofsted Provider Monitoring Report published earlier this month.

And we feature in Draper’s twice in one week due to our involvement with the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Textiles and Fashion skilled production workers Parliamentary meeting.

More from the FashionCapital team next week.

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