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Made to Measure – Made to Last


Newsletter 20th November 2019

Dear all,

Tailoring Academy Launch Success!

The team are glowing after last Thursday’s (14th Nov) excellent Tailoring Academy launch. The event attracted over 140 guests with welcome drinks and canapés along with the chance to experience various live demonstrations and interactive sessions.

Nick Beighton, CEO of ASOS.com, was first up as guest speaker he said: “ASOS has long been a supporter of ‘made in the UK’ brands. In 2008, ASOS provided Fashion-Enter with funding for their Stitching Academy and then further funding for the Fashion Technology Academy in 2015. We are delighted now to see that the success of high level technical training has continued to extend to the new Tailoring Academy which will act as a hub linking local talent to experts, specialist training, professional development courses, equipment and opportunities. ASOS is very proud to be part of this innovation.” 

Fashion-Enter ltd CEO Jenny Holloway added: What a night – thank-you to the 140 plus attendees that celebrated the launch of the Tailoring Academy. Nick was totally grounded, spoke from the heart and totally understands what we try and do for our learners – his support and guidance has been incredibly valuable over the last ten years. Then a huge thank you to our amazing student speakers – Denise Watson and Marquel Williams who turned up for the occasion with stunning green hair!!! The launch is a true celebration of how public and private investment can work. So many thank you’s to so many people, however I have to say to the FEL team “You are truly Awesome!” How lucky are we to have some an amazing team! Now its time to train a future generation of tailors!”

After the event Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar from one of the additional funders ‘Clothworkers’ Company’ commented: “Thank-you so much for a really inspiring evening in the most amazing company and surroundings.  All four speakers were so powerful. I was delighted to see how the whole thing has taken shape.  What a great environment to work in! I even had a go on the pocket welting machine!

“Many congratulations and the very best of luck with your brilliant endeavour to replenish the pool of talent and skills in the UK. Many people will have been involved in getting everything to this state of readiness and in organising the event.  Do please pass on my appreciation.  Clothworkers’ are delighted to be a minute part of something so exciting.”

Tap here to read all about the launch

And here to view the Tailoring courses now available.

(A special thanks to Beth Davy-Day our Head of Creative – she did an amazing job of curating the space ready for launch and it really did look the business.)

Bespoke Suit Client CEO Nick Beighton!

The Tailoring Academy is currently in the midst of making a bespoke suit for Nick Beighton, here he is getting measured up. Contact Angela if you would like to know more about our made-to-measure suit service. angelasenior@fashion-enter.com

New for 2020…

A new location and new qualifications coming soon…watch this space.

Become A FashionCapital Member

“FashionCapital had been absolutely excellent in supporting me through each process of building my clothing brand up. I have never done anything like this before so it can be very daunting, but working with FashionCapital they have taught me new things I didn’t know and are showing me the steps I need to take to build a successful brand. I have attended many of their workshops, which are very useful and provide lots of information, you also get to network with people that have or are working within the industry – which is fantastic. FashionCapital provide excellent mentoring as well, which is brilliant for a start-up because they are with you every step of the way and have helped me believe in myself. The membership has allowed me to get access to workshops, fabrics, use of their studio and much more so I would definitely recommend it.” – Roxanne

Want to find out more about our membership package? Please tap here.

Upskill Your Fashion Career

Introducing Optitex. If you work in a design studio, in buying or garment tech you cannot afford to miss the latest technological developments that enables a simplified and time effective approach to design and garment development process.

Optitex has become the pattern cutting CAD system of choice among some of the biggest high street retailers and is soon to become the leading fashion product development tool on the market.

Coming soon a free introduction to Optitex – date to be announced.

For more information please contact stephanie@fashion-enter.com

New Dates for Gerber

We have new weekday dates for the next Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners course: 15th, 16th and 17th January 2020.

Previous Gerber learner Emily said: “I used to work as a tailor in E.Tautz and Ozwald Boateng on Savile Row and now I am working as a freelance Pattern Cutter for Simone Rocha. I see more industries require CAD pattern cutters than manual pattern cutters, so I realized I need to learn these new techniques.”

Last Chance To Book

Strategies for Handling Stress with Eric Gilston – (Free) Tomorrow 21st November 2019 at FashionCapital HQ from 11am – 1pm.

Other Masterclasses Available

Your Body; Your Block – Creating Your Own Skirt (evening class) – Starting from 27th November

Essential Alterations & Upcycling Techniques – 29th November 2019

Introduction to Sewing: Making a Tote Bag – 6th December 2019

Fabric Swatch of the Week

New in, we have this bold, multi-coloured digital print scuba available from the FCFabricStudio online store now at just £4.50 per meter.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Inside this weeks’ Fashion Fix it has been revealed that luxury British department store Harvey Nichols has made the controversial decision to stock real animal fur despite many conflicts and there’s a peek at the exciting new campaign for Puma X Balmain with supermodel Cara Delevingne.

Thinking of starting your own sports fashion label? There are a few important tips from our resident fashion experts that you need to know.

Plus it’s been a big week with our Tailoring Academy launch click here for more info and images.

And Finally…

It’s European Week for Waste Reduction – the biggest gathering of awareness raising actions about waste prevention in Europe. We can all try to do more so why not reuse, remake and upcycle your old wardrobe items? Our next Alterations and Up-cycling masterclass will show you how.

#ReduceYourWaste #EWWR2019 #EWWR

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