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Open & Operational!


Newsletter 22nd September 2021

Open & Operational!

Last Friday we marked Day 1 of London Fashion Week with an industry event of our own: the official launch of the FC Designer Workspace! Supported by Islington Council, Mayor of London and LEAP, it marked the beginning of an innovative and affordable community hub for the area’s designers and creatives.

The FC Designer Workspace offers 8 individual studios to affordably rent centred around state-of-the-art sampling and production facilities. It will be home to the Stitching Academy and on-site tutors as well as providing the expertise and support that many small brands and creatives need.

The event attracted a wide range of individuals from the likes of Kate Hills founder of Make It British and Tamara Cincik founder and CEO of Fashion Roundtable, to speeches from Cllr Asima Shaikh, Executive Member for Inclusive Economy & Jobs and Jules Pipe, CBE, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills.

Heading up the project Fashion-Enter Ltd Development Director, Jenni Sutton said: “We’ve had an amazing response to the studio units, Mi-Bambino, Diva Choice, Another Earthling, Jannaty and Hashtag Made IV Me have already moved in and there’s interest and a waiting list for the remaining studios.”

For more on the launch tap here.

FC Designer Workspace, Studios 1 – 12, 9 Durham Road, London N7 7FB.


In the Press

Covering the impressive FC Designer Workspace launch Islington Council have compiled a press release tap here to view and the news has already been featured in Drapers and the Islington Gazette.

Join the Team

We have a brilliant opportunity for an admin assistant at the Fashion Technology Academy! Are you organised? Do you enjoy talking to new people? Are you a master of Microsoft? Then this job could be for you! Email tj@fashion-enter.com to apply.

Sustainable Manufacturing Insights Webinar

Yesterday, Tuesday 21st September, Fashion-Enter Ltd CEO Jenny Holloway took part in the ‘Sustainable Manufacturing Insights’ webinar hosted by NatWest with WMG and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The webinar is part of a series of five events that aims to provide education, inspiration, insights and business opportunities for the UK sector to build a more sustainable future. Tap here to find out more about this series.

Corporate Social Responsibility Update

We have just updated our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy all the details can be found on the FashionCapital ‘Who We Are’ page.

The Latest From the FC Designer Collective

Our Fonthill Road shop is always buzzing with creative activity. Leyla, our in-store expert seamstress has not only been busy teaching stitching skills to borough of Islington residents but she has been whipping up her own designs under her own brand Leyla Couture. Her bespoke poncho design makes for a great cover-up as we head into autumn and can be made-to-order in several colourways.

From the brands in the shop Diva Choice and B of London have been selling well, here are a few snaps courtesy of retail assistant Genieve.

FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH.

Shop opening days / hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

Congratulations to Erdem Apprentice Maddie

Maddie e-mailed to say: “Jason had just e-mailed me to say I have managed to get a Distinction in my Level 4 apprenticeship which is something I’m proud of!  I just wanted to send this email as a thanks for all your support over these last few years.”

Tazeen Ghaffar, Production Manager at Erdem replied: “Thank-you so much Maddie, it’s the best news! And so very well deserved! Congratulations! Well done to everyone who has contributed to this awesome result!”

Jenny Holloway Fashion-Enter CEO added: “Many congratulations Maddie, this was quite an epic journey but gaining a distinction is just superb news. I really also want to acknowledge Louis too who I know spent personally hours on the assessment and identifying criteria to be completed. Wishing you good luck for the future Maddie.” 

Looking for a Fashion Apprenticeship? Tap here to view the latest posts.

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Zoom Masterclass

Essential insight for your business for only £20! ‘What does it take to launch a successful fashion business’ – 23rd September 9 – 11am via Zoom. In this 2-hour masterclass, fashion wholesale & brand launch expert Carley Johnson will focus your attention on 4 key areas that will help you launch successfully. Tap here to book your place.

Create a Halloween Headdress

At the FC Designer Workspace Mary Obaseki the creative behind Another Earthling will be holding a series of headdress making masterclasses. Held throughout October the 2-hour sessions will range from Halloween inspired to bedazzled party headpieces. No prior skills are necessary. Learn new craft skills whilst having fun and meeting new friends. All resources will be provided. If you are interested in attending contact jenni@fashion-enter.com For the first Halloween inspired session tap here for further info and to book.

Masterclasses & Courses

On-going short courses in Stitching and Pattern Cutting available – to find out more visit our FCFTA website or contact education@fashion-enter.com

What Does It Take to Launch a Successful Fashion Business? (Online)

Why PR Should Be Part of Your Strategy (Online)

Free Sewing Masterclasses (Islington residents)

Halloween Headdress Masterclass (FC Designer Workspace)

How to Produce a High Selling Product (Online)

Optitex 2D & 3D – 3 Day Course

How to Wholesale (Online)

Fabric Swatch Selection

This spook-tastic, purple tie-dye material is perfect to get your hands on ahead of the Halloween season. Not forgetting to mention it’s printed with one of the world’s most sustainable fabric printers. Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £4.50 a metre.

On FashionCapital This Week…

We report from the much-awaited London Fashion Week SS22 and the return to a full schedule of physical events; catwalk shows, presentations and drinks parties, alongside globally accessible digital films. A big thanks to photographer Chris Daw for capturing some of the action.

And Finally…

This weekend the Fashion-Enter team are heading over to Newtown in Wales for the annual staff party. The event will bring together staff from London and Wales to enjoy a live band (with lead singer Simon Platt AKA Sourcing Director at ASOS), a hog roast and a disco! Let the fun commence!

Until next time, have a great week.

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