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Newsletter 14th April 2021

Local Creative Business Support

The Fashion-Enter team are thrilled to be involved with the amazing N17 Creative Callings business support initiative. The programme offers free vital advice, support, facilities, training and more to up and coming businesses within the N17 region of north London. We hope the initiative will roll out to include more boroughs as we have seen some brilliant talent come through our doors and we have been able to give them that extra bit of knowledge or advice to ensure that their business succeeds.

Nick joined the programme in October with a view to launching a financially sustainable business that is embedded within the local community. He has now established his clothing range First Principals and is learning to sew and pattern cut at the Fashion Technology Academy as well as receiving tailored one-to-one business mentoring.

Nick commented: “I have been introduced to the Welsh Government, a shepherdess, learnt how to sew and now I am on a pattern making course. N17 Creative Callings is the most comprehensive support initiative I have ever come across and it’s tailor made for me and my business First Principals. Definitely recommend joining this free program if you live in Haringey.” 

Chema joined the programme in January looking for support and guidance with his fashion brand Chema Diaz and the J’Adore Hardcore range. Following the first mentoring session with Jenny Holloway business goals were defined and a plan of action put in place to find a way to make the brand more economically viable. Alongside regular one-to-one mentoring Chema has also joined the Level 2 pattern cutting course to hone in on his understanding of the design and sampling process. Chema commented:  

“Joining the N17 Creative Callings program has meant I have a mentor that understands and wants the very best for me. I have had so much help with legal matters, I am on a free course for pattern cutting and I have help whenever I need it to make sure my J’Adore Hardcore range is perfect in all respects. I did not expect this program to be this good – the people here are amazing.” 

Tap here to find out more about the N17 Creative Callings programme and how we can help you.

FC Designer Collective Now Open!

It feels like a long time coming but the doors to the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road next to Finsbury Park tube are now open! More than just a shop for a collective of local designers and creatives, you can also find fabrics, haberdashery, an alteration service and even learn how to sew.

Our super skilled sewing expert Leyla is on hand for alterations, repairs and masterclass sessions. Learn how to sew in these informal and fun masterclasses with Leyla:

28th April 10am – 12pm – Using Industrial Sewing Machines 
5th May 10am – 12pm – Basic Sewing Techniques
12th May 10am – 12pm – Zip insertion  

For more information visit the link: https://fcfta.com/insights/events1/internal-events

These space limited sessions are free for Islington residents, to book your place email: jenni@fashion-enter.com  

Skills England Chat Room

UKFT with Fashion-Enter is exhibiting at the Skills England events in the North West, South West and Humber regions on 21 April 2021.

This free, virtual event brings young people from the region into contact with employers, training providers, colleges, universities and professional bodies. It helps young people transition into the world of further study, work or training by identifying their ideal career pathway. Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway will be available in the Chat Room to answer any questions on the training, apprenticeships and courses for the fashion sector.

Tap here to find out more and book.

Fashion Jobs & Apprenticeships

Looking for a new opportunity in the fashion sector? We have several jobs and apprenticeships currently on offer to view the latest posts and apply tap here.

New Order for PPE

Along with our various etail, retail and designer clients the Factory is busy with on-going orders for PPE. The production team have worked hard to ensure that we can continue to manufacture PPE right here in the UK and we have received a new order for NHS scrubs as a result. The first order is due out later this month.

Today…Why Make in the UK

Today we welcome Kate Hills founder of Make It British for our next N17 Creative Callings masterclass instalment on Why Make in the UK. Taking place from 2pm – 5pm this session will be full of insightful gems on working with British factories. If you missed this session a recording will be available at a later date.

Tomorrow…Future Fashion Factory Online Discussion

Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway will be joining an array of industry experts for a ‘Future Fashion Factory’ virtual discussion tomorrow, Thursday 15th April. The panel will explore the issues impacting our changing sector and share in the conversation about what will shape the future of the fashion industry. Speakers joining Jenny include: Fashion designer Joshua Kane, Patrick Grant, founder of Community Clothing, Danielle Elsener, zero waste fashion designer, Laura Culligan, Global Director of Strategy, Burberry and Shailja Dubé, British Fashion Council Institute for Positive Fashion.

To find out more about this free Virtual Showcase event and the Future Fashion Factory innovation programme based at the University of Leeds tap here

Masterclasses & Courses

N17 Creative Callings: Sustainable Fabric Sourcing with Mark Dodds (online)

Optitex 2D & 3D 3-day course

N17 Creative Callings: Your Omnichannel Strategy – How to Launch on Ecommerce (online)

Gerber Accumark 3-day Course for Beginners – June

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

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Just in…we have a stunning lightweight silk with a gorgeous floral print, brilliant for spring dresses and floaty skirts! Available at the FCFabricStudio at £8 per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital…

Hatch Regeneris was recently commissioned by Haringey Council to undertake a comprehensive and in-depth Economic Evidence Study of the Haringey borough. We take a look at the key findings that will shape the future for the area.

And Finally…

It has been a brilliant week for our diffusion line B of London. Spring is in the air and people are preparing to dress up and go out! Tap here to view the latest styles.

Until next time, have a great week.

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