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New Talent & the New Normal


Newsletter 6th May 2020

Dear all,

Global Action Week for Education

Global Action Week for Education took place between the 26th of April and 2nd of May 2020. Here at Fashion-Enter we truly believe that the future of fashion and manufacturing relies on high quality, hands-on learning. Whether it’s a short course in stitching or pattern cutting or an apprenticeship as a fashion studio assistant or bespoke tailor – skills and knowledge are vital at every stage. We recently received this fabulous quote from senior tutor at the Fashion Technology Academy Julia:

“Many of our students come to us with little or no knowledge of garment pattern making. A few are unemployed or face personal difficulties. During our courses we teach them a real skills that can help them into the workplace, or to start micro businesses of their own. We look nurture their talents and the whole person and I have seen how the student’s confidence grows. A student once said “you do not just teach us to pattern cut, you change our lives.”  This is why adult education is so very important.” 

To find out more about our courses and apprenticeships click here.

Continued Lockdown Learning

While the current situation has temporarily put the Fashion Technology Academy and Tailoring Academy on hold the team have still been able to support current apprentices through online learning. Level 3 apprentice Oliwia Blachut comments:

“Due to Covid-19 a lot has changed with both my work and studies. 

“My workplace has been closed for nearly a month now and I have been working remotely from home. My working hours have changed and I had a difficult time adjusting to a new routine. 

“I have started my Level 3 course in January and have been working with my new tutor Louis to complete work from home. I have received a lot of support from Louis through phone calls, emails, Whatsapp messages and Microsoft teams. Every week I start of my study day by talking with Louis over the phone and catching up on any work that I have done or will be working on. I appreciate Louis calling me because it feels nice to have a more human interaction when talking to each other than just messaging. I think that Microsoft teams is a good tool to use however I only used it to update my training log. 

“I feel that both Louis and Fashion Enter have done the best they can to support me in this difficult time.”

In the Press…

Over this past week our work on NHS scrubs and gowns has been highlighted in the Tottenham Community Press, along with our dedication to education and teaching technical production skills to local individuals in the area. To read the full article tap here.

Additionally an image of our machinists at our Factory making NHS scrubs was featured in The Sun yesterday, 5th May, in an article that discussed an increase in mask production for the general public.

It has now been over a month since we switched our production lines from fashion to frontline medical apparel for the NHS. Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway comments: 

“We’re just very proud to be doing our bit – [we] are delighted to be supporting the NHS.”

“This is quite a dynamic, moving situation, and at the moment we are happy making the scrubs – we know they’re lovely, and they’re made with love from Tottenham.”

Find out more about Fashion-Enter and PPE here.

Sonny’s Masks

Last week we mentioned former Stitching student Sonny has turned his attention to mask making and fine tuning a style that will contour the face comfortably. The custom fit designs are available to order.

Tap the link for the measuring guide and fabric options: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-4A3EJNl0VSwo5LsP2c-nRSHgEgsHTT1?usp=sharing

MakTie Gets A Positive Influencer Review

We recently featured MakTie a new product innovation by Mariusz Makowski. His tie design ensures that the classic tie stays in place and is being called a revolution for tie wearers around the globe. Recently Polish men’s style commentator and influencer Tukasz Kielban reviewed Mariusz’s product and made this short You Tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFb2sA_PYlc

N17 Creative Callings Update

The N17 Creative Callings seminar agenda has certainly been busy this past week. From finance to positive mental health to today’s seminar on ethics in fashion production. You can find out more about the programme here: http://n17creativecallings.com/

If you have just started or are looking to grow a business in the Tottenham CEZ area, then please get in touch and we will advise on how N17 Creative Callings, supported by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund, can help you and your business. Contact Esme: esme@fashion-enter.com

N17 Creative Callings Online Seminars Coming Soon…

How to Manufacture Your Garments Part 1 – Sampling and Small Run Production – 20th May

How to Manufacture Your Garments Part 2 – Bulk Production and Lean Manufacturing – 27th May

Other Courses:

Online Pattern Cutting Course with tutor support – ongoing

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass July – 4th July

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Get set for summer with this floral digital print on a scuba base, brilliant for statement summer style! Tap here to view this fabric.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

The International Design Awards (IDA) has launched “COVID-19 Design Innovation Grant in collaboration with European Product Design Awards (ePDA) for fashion, interiors, graphics and product design.

Packed full of essential need-to-know information Nigel Rust gave an informative N17 Creative Callings seminar on Budgeting, Finance and IP.

Held on the 1st May 2020 Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston shared his top tips for staying positive during this uncertain and unprecedented time. 

And Finally…

This Friday is Victory in Europe Day. It is the perfect time to pause for thought and an opportunity to look forward. Many things have changed since the end of WWII however key ideas around working together, helping each other and being loyal to local have stayed the same.

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