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Looking Back at 2020


Newsletter 16th December 2020

Looking Back at 2020  

A message from Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway:

‘Hope you are keeping well.

‘Well, it’s nearly Christmas and I think we all need the rest – a time to reflect on what 2020 has impacted on all of our lives and to remember the good times and the unfortunate times. One outcome for sure is the personal and business world as we know it has changed and so we must change and adapt too.

‘We should take hope that the vaccine is around the corner and there is a chance for a return to some normality, but I am personally not sure what that normality is any more – for all of us. 

‘However, one thing is for sure 2020 was a year when “we got a lot of stuff done!” From opening a second branch to manufacturing PPE – you can read all about our year in this article: ‘One Year Later…Fashion-Enter 2020 Review.’

‘It’s a time when we met lots of new clients and members, such as Louisa Parris, Lauren Morrison and Studio EHR (pictured below) sharing their growth and success is also success for us.

‘So thank-you all for working with us and we hope that you enjoy the festive break with your loved ones. Relax and enjoy your family and the time of year – recharge the batteries and get ready for a storming 2021!’

From all at Fashion-Enter

Partnering the NLWA on their Reusable Mask Campaign

We are honoured to partner the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) on an important reusable facemask campaign. Masks have become a daily necessity however there is a growing problem with disposable face coverings. According to the NLWA nearly 70 per cent of people are unaware that disposable facemasks are often made from single-use plastic and there is a real concern about the impact of these on the environment. Figures state that 102million disposable facemasks are thrown away each week!

To raise awareness the NLWA are now running a campaign stressing the importance of reusable face coverings. As a partner on this campaign Fashion-Enter Ltd has created 1,400 reusable facemasks that will be distributed in the run-up to Christmas via food banks and other support services across north London.

The Chair of NLWA said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work with great local organisations such as Fashion Enter to give more north Londoners a stylish, washable mask they can wear again and again.”

With so many single use masks left scattered around the country the press have been keen to pick up the story:

The Independent

My London News

Sky News

Let’s Recycle

Trainee Machinist Required – Fashion-Enter Wales

The Welsh division currently have a position available for a Trainee Machinist.

Overall purpose of the job: To stitch garments as instructed, working with the bundling process as well as the sampling process when required.

Key Responsibilities: Stitch fabrics together to construct garments. Be able to identify the correct machine settings required for different fabrics and styles. Maintain an inventory of tools and supplies. Resolve and amend faults and imperfections when required. Be flexible to stitching different processes on a day-to-day basis. Follow instructions given from supervisors and factory managers. Carry out basic maintenance on your machine daily. Maintain a clean and safe working area. Inform supervisors immediately of any broken needles/machinery, and if required collect all parts in a safely manner (i.e needle parts). Strive to maintain a ‘Right first time’ record.

Other requirements: To contribute to Quality Control checks and packaging when required. Wear protective clothing (i.e. closed toe shoes) and have hair tied back at all times.

To apply please send your CV to annabellalewis@fashion-enter.com

We also have an apprentice sewing machinist position with Derek Rose based in Congleton to find out more tap here.

Fashion-Enter Wales Donate to the Salvation Army Food Bank

The team at Fashion-Enter Wales set up a food donation box at the factory, which quickly filled with store cupboard essentials. A big thank-you to all those that donated. Colleen O’Brien the manager of the Salvation Army Newtown branch came in this week to pick up the box. She said: “Thank-you to the entire team at Fashion-Enter for their kind contributions.”

Joanne Thomas (pictured above) organised the food bank she added: “No one knows when they may need a helping hand especially this time of the year. We supported when at Laura Ashley for the last three years so it’s great we can continue this act of kindness at Fashion-Enter.”

Fashion-Enter Makes The Fashion Awards 2020

Held earlier this month the annual Fashion Awards, like many events this year, took a back seat and was presented as a short online film. Forget the usual format of award categories such as ‘Designer of the Year’ this short film was all about celebrating those at the forefront of change with three distinct categories: Community, Creativity and Environment. It made a refreshing change to view the event in this way and it was wonderful to see that we were mentioned for our work on PPE and NHS scrubs at the beginning of the film. To watch The Fashion Awards 2020 30-minute film tap here.

New Fabric Sourcing Masterclass

Scheduled for Friday 29th January from 10.00 – 12.00 fabric expert Mark Dodds will deliver an online masterclass on Sustainable Fabric Sourcing. The two-hour session will cover: Sustainable fibre types, certification, limitations of sustainable fibre and fabric sourcing. Attendees will learn what sustainable fibres to look for, challenges around using sustainable fabrics, where to source and much more. This online masterclass costs £20 plus VAT with a 20% discount for members. Tap here to book.

Masterclasses and Courses

Stitching, Pattern Cutting, Tailoring & More 

The next intake for Stitching Level 1 and 2 courses is 18/01/2021. Contact: education@fashion-enter.com

Online Pattern Cutting Course 

Advanced Gerber Masterclass 

Sustainable Fabric Sourcing Zoom Masterclass

Learning from Home eTelestia Online Courses

Pattern Making – Womenswear

Pattern Making – Menswear

Fashion Design Technical Drawing 

Level 2 Telestia Diploma in APD 

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Head into the New Year armed with some industry created paper patterns. This fitted shirt pattern makes for a brilliant wardrobe staple! Ideal for a home sewing project. To view and buy this fitted shirt pattern tap here.

This Week on FashionCapital

Time to embrace new technologies that accelerate textile supply chain transparency

And Finally…

Need some last minute sparkle for Christmas? Stocked at the FC Designer Collective ‘Diva Choice’ has some wow factor gems that will brighten up any outfit and make for a gorgeous gift too. Here is Tricia’s (Diva Choice founder) mum modelling the Devine necklace. Happy shopping! FC Designer Collective, 113 – 115 Fonthill Road, London N4.

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