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New designers open day
On the 2nd August, our factory doors will be open for free from 12:00 to 1:30pm to designers who would like to gain knowledge about ethical production. During the tour, we will show you our Fashion Studio, which is specialised in haute couture, tailoring and wedding dresses etc and The Factory, that is designed for producing large units up to 10,000 garments with a minimum order quantity of 500 units.
This is a tremendous opportunity for new designers wanting to have a rough idea of what fashion production is like.
Tap the link to book now: https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/product/new-designers-open-day/?id=masterclasses
Welcome Cllr Bull.
We were delighted to welcome Cllr Gideon Bull who is the Cabinet Member for Local Investment and Economic Growth for Haringey Council
Over the last five years FEL has worked closely with the council with the creation of the Fashion Technology Academy which provides qualifications from level 1 -5 and the new Tailoring Academy which is due to be opened October 2019.
Jenny Holloway commented “It was a real pleasure to meet Cllr Bull who has been working within the council for over 25 years. His knowledge of the area, the businesses and the residents was highly impressive. He is passionate about regeneration and all the positives that social inclusion can create. He was an absolute hit with the learners in both the Stitching Academy and the Pattern classes.
Contur has been featured in OM Yoga magazine
This week, we are honoured to say OM Yoga has featured Contur, a fitness brand we have been working with. Apart from accentuating natural curves to make women look and feel amazing working out, Contur takes ethics seriously by solely choosing repurposed nylons, ocean plastics and recycled cotton.
Founder of Contur, Clair Turip has commented ‘It’s been a fabulous journey working with Fashion Studio and I look forward to continuing with things and developing new products going forward.’
Click to shop the collections now: https://www.conturuk.com/
We welcomed The Summer Fashion School
The Summer Fashion School has visited us this Monday, 29th July to further their knowledge in ethical fashion production.
The Summer Fashion School provides pre-university students with an insider’s view into the current fashion industry, whilst promoting enquiring young minds for the diversity of the fashion future.
Programme Director of The Summer Fashion School Caroline Gration has left a positive comment on our factory tour and workshop.
‘We loved it, your entire team is super and the students were absolutely buzzing on the coach back.’
Our Production Director Caroline Ash has thoroughly enjoyed showing the pupils around the factory and commented:
‘The pupils were a delight and very bright. We would very much like to engage again and can offer courses on many aspects of garment manufacture and design.’
For more information about The Summer Fashion School, click the link: https://www.summerfashionschool.com/
Our apprentices have attended The Pure London Fashion SS2020 show
Pure London is the UK’s leading fashion trade show, connecting the entire fashion supply chain under one roof and provides a gateway between the UK and the world.
Our senior Lecturer Jo Price thought the show had opened students’ horizons to the UK’s fashion industry.
‘it was a great opportunity for the apprentices to attend Pure London this year. We all attended a talk by Unique Style Platform that gave us four trend predictions for Spring/Summer 2020 which were Honest, Limitless, Ritual and Brave. The trends focused on lifestyle, what’s trending on social media as well as political and environmental influences and all had ideas for styling and detail and their own colour charts. Many of the apprentices has a walk round looking at the collections displayed and attended other talks including colour predictions by Pantone. The information gathered will be used for the Investigate markets, materials and styles unit and I am very much looking forward to seeing the outcomes.’ Jo Price, Senior Lecturer.
Our CEO Jenny Holloway believes it is crucial to give our apprentices an idea of what the ‘real’ fashion market is like. This is what distinguishes us from other fashion apprenticeships.
‘One of the salient areas Ofsted noted was the deep dive we undertake with industry practices and industrial standards
We pride ourselves on continually being up to date in ethical and sustainability with garment manufacturing and it’s therefore important all of our learners know exactly what employers’ expectations are.’ CEO, Jenny Holloway
For more information about Pure London: https://www.purelondon.com/
Launching our new brand B of London
We have been delighted with the success of Belles of London especially on the online platform of Silk Fred. However, we knew that this was a premium range using the finest of silks from Macclesfield and wools from Huddersfield. After working closely with the amazing buyers of Silk Fred we have now created B of London which is a mid-price range of sultry garments! Enjoy! Here is sneak peak!
Welcoming new members of staff
We welcome our new Brand & Development Officer, Stephanie Knapp and Junior Production Assistant/ Merchandiser, Saffron Shoobridge.
Brand & Development Officer, Stephanie Knapp
‘I have always been passionate about fashion. It is enlightening to see how busy the environment is and how hard people work behind the scenes. My team has been extremely friendly and helpful.’
Junior Production Assistant/ Merchandiser, Saffron Shoobridge
‘I have been working in hairdressing for six years. One day I decided to change my career and fashion was the first thing that came across my mind.
It is so lovely to see an ethical fashion factory where they treat their workers like families.
Today is my 8th day and I feel I have already settled in thanks to my friendly production team!’
Premium fashion brand Brora has joined Fashion Enter
It is wonderful to be now working with two premium accounts in tailoring. Brora, where we are producing beautiful wool skirts, trousers and scarves and cruise uniforms for P&O Ferries. We are delighted to have the talented team of seamstresses including Yasmin and Jan! When we open the Tailoring Academy they will take pride of place.
Yasmin commented “I have worked in tailoring for over 30 years and I am so pleased I have joined Fashion Enter. I am now working with the Head of Machining in the Fashion Studio, Gonul, and I can’t believe we are related! It’s such a small world!
Tailoring Academy update – the fire alarm is in and we are on course to open to the planned date of October 2019.
Get your brand ready with our intensive Fashion Brand Bootcamp
This is a not to be missed opportunity for fashion start-ups!
On Saturday 21st September FashionCapital is providing a one-day masterclass with industry experts that have been through the real highs and lows of running a brand. They are going to share essential information and tips on how to succeed, how to avoid mistakes and provide guidelines on how not to spend your precious money unnecessarily!
From 10:00 to 16:00, we will get you and your fashion brand ready with our six industry experts. The bootcamp will cover each key area of business including; developing your collection and your brands signature, supply chain and logistics, sampling and production, sales and promotion, understanding costs and keeping on budget, along with how to keep yourself motivated and positive. Attendees can pre-book one-to-one 20-minute sessions with one of the industry professionals at the end of the session.
Click now to start achieving with your very own fashion brand: https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/product/fashion-brand-bootcamp-intensive-1-day-masterclass/?id=masterclasses
Our very first life coaching seminar has been a huge success
We are highly thrilled to say our very first life coaching seminar ‘How to realise your goals personally and professionally’ by our experienced life coach Eric Gilston has been a huge success. 100% of our attendants thought the course inspired them to think positively and set up implementable plans to achieve their personal and business goals.
“If it’s to be, it’s up to me”. Eric Gilston has been working as a life coach for almost 20 years helping individuals from young children aged 10 years right through to CEOs, resolve any issues that they might have and move them forward to reach their true potential.
One of our stitching students, Janice Tagoe attended our first life coaching seminar. She felt the seminar had given her confidence to make a change in life.
‘It gave me food for thoughts, I was able to go home and rethink about my directions in life.’ She commented.
Click the link to watch the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0llkDTALv4/
Until next time and have a great week ahead!