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FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 26th September 2018
Dear all,

Industry Support for UK Garment Trade Workers

This week began with a visit to Leicester to deliver a workshop for fashion and textile manufacturers entitled ‘Drive Your Profitability.’ The workshop attracted a great collective of etailers, retailers, brands and garment manufacturers.

Jenny Holloway comments: “I was blown away with the honesty and commitment to upgrade Leicester and have a contingent of ethical garment manufacturers. The discussions today reflected that manufacturers and retailers can work as one and one etailer even brought two of their manufacturers with them!”  

Manufacturers at the workshop admitted how they often have no choice but to make garments for next to nothing…and, yes, this is still happening right now in the heart of the UK. However the tide is turning, the Factory here in North London is working proof that factory’s can work transparently and ethically with fair-pay and high standards. Time to readdress the balance!


Fashion Enter Featured on the EEF Website

EEF – the voice of UK manufacturing and engineering and a leading provider of business support featured Fashion Enter in their regular ‘Meet The Maker’ feature section on their website. Published on 25th September 2018, the feature includes a video of CEO Jenny Holloway talking about how the company began and its ongoing ethos and includes shots of the factory and further comment from Production Director Caroline Ash.

To view the video and read the interview click here.

Tottenham Hotspur and Tip-Top Tailoring

We just love breaking new ground in our teaching! On 11th October we are welcoming Tottenham Hotspur and Alex Lamb from Kilgour Savile Row tailors to provide an inspiring afternoon to review how master tailors really work. This will be an invitation only event with guest speakers Lord Young and Simon Platts, Sourcing Director at ASOS.com. We will be reviewing how to canvas a coat by hand and inspire a new future generation of tailors. This is part of our Level 5 Bespoke Tailoring apprenticeship, which is flying! More on this unique event soon.

Factory Graded as ‘Performing’ by ASOS.com

Great news from The Factory – after a regional visit from the ASOS.com team The Factory has been graded as Performing and assigned an overall ASOS risk rating of Green. The team were impressed with the standards at The Factory and thanked all at Fashion Enter for maintaining excellence throughout.

Makers HQ Launch Party Plymouth

The concept of Fashion Enter is multiplying! Following the successful Plymouth Trunk Show on the 22nd June 2017 at Ocean Studio Fashion Enter has been providing help, guidance and support on how this once thriving area of garment manufacturing can reignite a new age of sampling production and skills training.  Now the time has arrived for Makers HQ, a new sampling unit providing pattern drafting, digital grading and sample making facilities to the fashion sector and emerging designers. The launch is tomorrow, 27thSeptember, and we wish Studio Manager Sophie Glover and her team every success. http://makershq.co.uk

As Seen on Czech Republic TV

Česká Televize, a broadcaster for the Czech Republic, featured the Factory and our CEO Jenny Holloway in a news piece on British fashion and Brexit on 22nd September 2018.

To view the coverage click here

Marquel Launches Yodea Williams 

A few weeks ago we mentioned our former Stitching Academy student and Strictly Come Dancing apprentice Marquel and his next fashion career step – to launch his own collection. Last week he did just that with his label ‘Yodea Williams’ launching at the London Queer Fashion Show. With our very own CEO Jenny Holloway in attendance Marquel’s designs opened the show before a 1,000 plus crowd. Held at the V&A Museum of Childhood, the event featured 11 designers and over a 100 models, tripling in size from last year. A fantastic start Marquel – we wish you every success.

See you at CFE Manufacturers’ Trade Show

Next month, 10th and 11th October, we will be at the CFE Manufacturers Trade Show at Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St, LondonThis biannual event connects designer businesses with high-end fashion production units and services. For more information click here.

New Masterclass…

Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston is back with another inspiring masterclass to help individuals move forward to reach their true potential: ‘How to Become More Confident’ taking place on Thursday 18th October 11am – 1pm.

Courses Coming Soon…

On going: Perfect Patterns Level 1 and 2

On going: Stitching Academy Level 1 and 2

Remember we offer free technical fashion courses if you are unemployed or earn less than £15,800! Email esme@fashion-enter.com

Gerber Accumark for Beginners – 6th, 13th and 20th October

and 10th, 17th and 24th November.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

More animal inspired print this time in bold black & white Zebra print – certainly one to notice. This printed scuba is available to buy now at the FCFabricStudio at £6- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

5 autumn fashion trends to take note of now.

RIXO reveal how they built their fashion brand in 3 years.

And we explore how social media, e-mail marketing, technology and a whole lot more are becoming essential tools when selling online.

And Finally…

Congratulations to Dymphna our Senior Pattern Cutter who got hitched in France this weekend in a dress we made at the Fashion Studio!

More from the FashionCapital team next time, until then we wish you a great week.

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