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Mistakes: All Part Of The Learning Process


FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 15th August 2018
Dear all,

Food for Thought:

“Companies crave individuals that work outside the lines of their job description because they want their organization to succeed. We need more people that identify problems as opportunities to learn and progress, and less of people that notice a problem and finger point to the person in charge because it’s “not their job.”” – Orlando Crowcroft

CEO of Fashion Enter Jenny Holloway “loves this quote.” And adds, “it is so true of Fashion Enter. We all make mistakes; it’s what we do about them that counts. Lordy knows I have made some blinding mistakes in my career!”

Good Luck Tomorrow – A-Level Students

Students across the UK eagerly awaiting their A-level results will be able to collect their results tomorrow (16th August), as well as see if they’ve been accepted to their chosen university. We would like to wish you all the best of luck and remember that there are more options than university when it comes to the fashion industry. Training for the fashion industry: https://fcfta.com

Apprenticeship of the Week

N16 Vintage is looking for a Fashion Wholesale Production Apprentice. Working within the close-knit team, you will gain a full understanding of the Fashion Industry. By supporting the Senior Production Coordinator you will be trained on all key aspects of the production process. This is a great role for an entry-level candidate to join the team and progress within the company. To find out more and apply click here.

September Vetigraph Dates

Our popular Vetigraph Digital Pattern Cutting Course is back scheduled for the 24th and 25th of September.Course content includes:

•Creating a block pattern directly on the system
•Creating a pattern from the block
•Creation of dart, fullness, adding volume
•Digitise patterns
•Pattern amendments
•Generate and naming pattern pieces
•Adding seam allowance

To find out more and book your place click here.

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Course 

Taking place on Saturday 1st of September we have the TR Pattern Cutting Taster Course. TR Pattern Cutting is a form of origami pattern cutting, which translates into immediate and intuitive 3D creations, in opposition to the more conventional way of drafting. Led by TR pattern super master Claudette Joseph, learners are introduced to this highly effective technique, suitable for beginners. This 3-hour class costs £65 to book click here.

Beginners Stitching 1 & 2 Day Options

For those wanting to learn how to use a sewing machine and begin to make their own garments then the next Absolute Beginners Stitching Course will take place on Saturday 1st of September. Choose from a one-day £120 or two-days £199 of tuition from our highly experienced tutors. Both days include lunch and we can guarantee that you will know how to operate a sewing machine and make basic garments by the time you leave.

Masterclasses Coming Soon

How To Do Your Own PR – Thursday 6th Sept – 10am – 12pm.
How to Start Your Own Brand with Caren Downie will take place at FashionCapital HQ on Thursday 20th September 11am – 1pm.

Level 3 Apprentices Head To the V&A

Tutor Jo comments: “At the request of the Level 3 apprentices I took them to the V&A to see the Freda Kahlo exhibition. The reason behind the trip was to see where trends emerge from and to gather inspiration to develop their own range plans. The apprentices really enjoyed the exhibition, some of them had never heard of Freda Kahlo and it was insightful to them as they felt they learnt something new. They really enjoyed getting out of the usual class room environment for the day.”

Alvanon Bursary Awardees Meet CEO 

Alvanon’s Chief Executive Officer, Janice Wang, visited the FTA to meet the latest cohort of Alvanon bursary awardees. The learners were incredibly thankful for being awarded the bursary and meeting Janice in person, who explained a little more about how the Alvanon bursary came to be.

Janice Wang comments: “There is such a good partnership with Alvanon and Fashion Enter because of the focus it gives on technical skills. Everyone has their own stories on how they began their learner journey, and I hope that you will continue. Thank-you Olanike for offering to run a business plan workshop for learners at the Fashion Technology Academy.”

Alvanon Picture (Left to right: Caroline Ash, Gabriela Gower at the back, Cee Cee in the centre, Olanike centre right, Janice on the right.)

Summer Careers Skills Festival Hackney

Fashion Enter’s Ana will be offering advice on what we are all about at the Summer Careers Skills festival, organised by Hackney council on 30thAugust. The event is targeted at young people who have just completed their GCSEs and unsure about their next move. The organisations attending will include colleges, apprenticeship providers, careers support and guidance. The event is free and takes place at Hackney Town Hall, 1 – 4pm.

Fabric Studio September Sale

You can now purchase our fantastic fabrics direct from InstagramFacebook, via www.FCFabricStudio.com and even in person at the next fabric sale on 1stSeptember!

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we have picked out this striking Monica white and navy scuba fabric featuring arty, brush strokes, available from the FCFabricStudio now at £6- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Katie Farley reports on the latest footfall figures on the UK high street and how the impact of a hot summer and a change in consumer habits is impacting the retail market.

Financial woes overseas there has never been a better time to bring manufacturing back to home soil, says Jenny Holloway.

Plus accessories brand MAHI Leather created by a family-run workshop give their 3 top tips on building a brand in the fashion industry.

And Finally… 

Collaboration is key, working together to strengthen the UK fashion industry. This London Fashion Week find us at the Fashions Finest showroom to offer support and advice to up and coming designers. Followed by a one-to-one mentoring session with CEO Jenny Holloway, and the chance to win 60m of fabric valued at £3000 for the winning designer at the Midlands Fashion Awards in October.

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