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Love to Learn


Newsletter 24th June 2020

Dear all,

‘The key to success is dedication to life-long learning.’ – Stephen R. Covey.

While we have all been challenged this past three months the desire to learn has continued to be strong. Our regular N17 Creative Callings online seminars have been extremely popular for those on the business support programme and others further afield. This leads us into today’s webinar…

Optitex – The Future of Fashion Production

Today, 24th June, Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway has joined forces with Elizabeth Brandwood and Alexandra Vassilaki for a Webinar on the power of advanced technologies within the fashion manufacturing sector. Optitex is being heralded as the number one end-to-end digital solution leveraging speed and flexibility into factory processes. As a company we can’t rate Optitex software and its capabilities highly enough and many big brands are also keen to know more. The webinar has over 180 registrants including the likes of Sainsbury’s, Carmel, M&S, Next, Tesco, Arcadia and others.

In the meantime at the Fashion Technology Academy we have just started a 3-day Optitex course. If you would like to know more about Optitex and how it works we also have a 1-day Introductory course scheduled for the 22nd July 2020 with further courses coming soon.

Working With Graduate Fashion Foundation & TikToK

June would usually be the month when it’s time for our graduates to shine, fashion in particular with its own Graduate Fashion Week and packed schedule of shows and exhibitions will be sorely missed. All is not lost however, the Graduate Fashion Foundation have announced a new partnership with TikTok to provide a platform to final year fashion students to showcase their talent as they embark on their careers and we, Fashion-Enter, are involved.

The partnership will task fashion students with designing TikTok’s first-ever range of merchandise that is fashionable, ethical and distinctly TikTok, with all entries set to be judged by an expert panel of judges. Two students will then be selected from each university to participate in a 5-day creative TikTok residency, held within Fashion-Enter’s professional factory environment in north London, giving a total of more than 70 students the opportunity to access practical industry experience and learn new skills. They will learn about design for manufacturing, grading and realising designs into commercial patterns, production lines, quality control, as well as being mentored by some of today’s leading designers, GFF patrons and TikTok Creators.

Caroline Ash, Production Director at Fashion-Enter Ltd comments: “We are delighted to be working with Graduate Fashion Week & TikTok in our new Unit 4 Tailoring Academy and over the next two weeks we shall be working closely with the students on commercialisation of designs and understanding the principles of ethical production in the UK.”

Tap here for the full article.

Do You Need an Apprentice?

Need support within your business? An apprenticeship course is 18-months long & the apprentice spends 4-days a week with you & 1-day a week with us at the Fashion Technology Academy training for their qualification. By offering apprenticeships, you can ensure your workforce has the practical skills & qualifications your organisation needs to thrive now & in the future. Tap here to find out more about recruiting an apprentice.

Chunking Seminar Today

This afternoon, 24th June, the FTA team are holding their regular Chunk-ing Seminar for their current cohort of apprentices.

CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “Every six weeks we chunk the learning that our apprentices and learners undertake by holistically providing a two-hour seminar relating industry to learning. It’s great! It’s a free open session for apprentices to understand how all the components of their apprenticeship fits together so they are totally industry ready. Particularly pleased that Louis has joined us as he has so much industry experience that the apprentices can learn from.”

Louis added: “This will be my first Chunking seminar with Fashion-Enter and I’m looking forward to not only having the opportunity to learn from Jenny and Caroline during their presentations, but to also take part in the Q&A with learners, to hear their views regarding what they have learnt during their time with Fashion-Enter and on their apprenticeships so far.

“In the final segment of today’s seminar I will be asking our learners to tell us what sustainability means to them, based on a research task I set as a part of our July Enrichment program. This task was focused around ‘World Environment Day’ on 5th June and I’m looking forward to hearing the different views and which sustainable changes our learners wish to see in the textile industry.”

For more on our apprenticeships tap here.

N17 Creative Callings – Graham Parker

N17 Creative Callings participant Graham Parker is a freelance sub editor/content editor with more than 20 years’ experience working on print and online titles for some of the UK’s leading content marketing agencies and magazine publishers.

Graham recently enrolled with Fashion-Enter Ltd on the business support initiative ‘N17 Creative Callings’, a two-year programme supported by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund. To find out more click here. The aim is to provide small creative businesses with all the advice, networking and further education that they might need to ensure their business flourishes and is a success.

CEO of Fashion-Enter Jenny Holloway comments: “Graham has come a long way since the start of the N17 Creative Callings programme. He has now completed his Level 4 qualification in Digital Media with programme partners Collage Arts and he has significantly improved his skills.

Click the link to view Graham’s N17 Creative Callings animation: https://youtu.be/YRoK-giosKE

“The lockdown has not been easy for anyone but absolute credit to Graham who has continued to complete his work and concentrate on his consultancy business offering animation, copywriting services and digital support for other creatives. We are now at the stage of completing forecasts and budgets for his business; Graham the world is your oyster! Well done so far.”


Courses and Masterclasses

Stitching Academy Level 1 & 2 courses have recommenced, these are on a rolling programme to find out more tap here.

Pattern courses Level 1 & 2 will commence from next Monday 29th June 2020.

And the Tailoring Academy will be opening end July 2020.

Optitex 2D & 3D – 1-day Introductory Course – 22nd July

Online Telestia Pattern Cutting Course with tutor support – on-going

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass – 4th July

Gerber AccuMark 3-day Course for Beginners – 29th / 30th / 31st July

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Not so much a fabric swatch as a cotton fabric mask. Our selection of face masks are now available for children and adults on FCFabricStudio tap here to view the range.

This Week on FashionCapital

Read all about N17 Creative Callings participant Negin and her vibrant hand embroidery and embellishment services.

Back on track – the educational departments resume at the FTA.

Plus – read the review on the latest N17 Creative Callings online seminar – Happy is the New Luxury presented by Lauren Morrison.

And Finally…

Our CEO Jenny Holloway has been nominated as a StoryTerrace #UnsungHero – for repurposing her fashion business to make scrubs for the NHS. To find out more and see other UnsungHero nominees tap here.

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