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Our Open Door Policy…


Newsletter 15th January 2020

Dear all,

Transparency and openness are essential traits that we adhere to here at Fashion-Enter and this week we’ve had many visitors walk through our doors – whether it’s to learn about ethical manufacturing, check out our facilities or start a new fashion course / programme.

Today – UAL Awarding Body

This morning we welcome Justine and Claudia from the UAL Awarding Body to review the current cohort on the Fashion Studio Apprenticeship, Product Development Pathway. First thing Justine and Claudia met with Course Director, Jo, and a Quality rep from Waltham Forest College to discuss delivery and assessment. They will continue to meet other key team members, review sample work and meet the students to discuss teaching, learning and assessment over the course of the day.

Tap the link to find out more about the Level 3 Diploma for Fashion Studio Assistant.

Not One But Three Visits From Beth Jacob Secondary Students

It was fantastic to welcome, not one, but three groups of students from the Beth Jacob Grammar School based in Hendon, North London. Each group was made up of Fashion & Textiles secondary school students that were eager to see how an ethical, SMETA approved factory works. The visits also provided the perfect opportunity to showcase how important manufacturing skills are, how STEM – Science, Technology, English and Maths are incorporated into production skills and that there is more to fashion than just design.

Feedback included:“I learnt a lot of interesting facts about the factory and sewing. Thank-you very much for an interesting day.” – Rachel

Since 2006 Fashion-Enter has provided learners at HE, FE and secondary schools a unique insight into the world of fashion. If you are interested in a factory tour tap this link to find out more. 

Exciting Installation Coming to the FC Designer Collective

The team are buzzing after an inspirational meeting that will see an impressive large-scale installation and bespoke fitout land at the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road. CEO Jenny Holloway comments: The Islington shop on Fonthill Road will be the most innovative designer boutique in London today! It will include an art installation by a high-profile award-winning British craftsman and it will be complemented by a bespoke fitout by a young emerging digital fabrication talent based in London. The space will be truly inspiring when we officially launch March 2020!” 

J. J. Cliff adds: “At the FC Designer Collective, we are working with Jenny and Stephanie to create a retail incubator for up to sixteen emerging local designers each season. But in addition to providing exhibition space for all those collections, there will also be pattern cutting, machining and a haberdashery on-site. All of us involved in the project agree that the contemporary high street should offer an experience, knowledge and skill exchange as well as community and convenience. 

“We are very fortunate to have the support of London Borough of Islington and the GLA to help us deliver what will be an exemplar of our combined strategic objectives (for active town centres made up of healthy high streets, full of popular local businesses driving strong local economies!). And of course for the aesthetes it should look pretty nice too.”

FashionCapital Retail Space opportunities

Need Studio Space? Then Come to Our Open Day

On Friday 24th January 2020 we will be opening our doors to those interested in utilising our space and equipment in our North London creative hub. Come along from 9am – 11am and we will show you the space, which includes the latest machinery, pattern cutting tables, desk space and skilled technicians. We have been inundated with enquiries and decided to give a guided tour.

FashionCapital / Fashion-Enter, Unit 13 / 14, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ.

Please contact info@fashioncapital.co.uk to confirm your attendance.

Next Visit our Ethical Factory 

A group from the British retail chain Next were in for an informative Factory visit this morning, Wednesday 15th January. The group, led by Production Director Caroline Ash, reviewed each manufacturing process along with the Gerber and Optitex CAD systems to ensure cost-effective and time efficient garment development processes.

Meet Tailoring Academy Student Alex

Alex comments: After completing my Level 3 apprentice in Garment Technology I was so interested in detail and fine skills I realized I wanted to become a master tailor. With the opening of the Tailoring Academy with Fashion-Enter thus was perfect timing.  I’m one week into my new apprenticeship and I’ve already secured additional training with Kilgour on Savile Row. This is a whole new chapter in my life and I can’t wait.”

Click here to find out about our selection of tailoring courses.   

ABC Awards – Good Practice Event

The ABC Awards is a brand of the Skills and Education Group Awards. A leading national awarding organisation with a long-established reputation for providing high-quality support and services to the educational sector. Today, Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway is at the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme – Good Practice Event to ensure all our accredited short courses are up-to-date and the training that we provide is the best that it can be.

Masterclasses Coming Soon

Essential Alterations & Upcycling Techniques – 22nd & 29th January 2020

If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me with Eric Gilston – 23rd January 2020

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D Pattern Design – 3-day February course – 5th, 6th and 7th February 2020

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners – 3-day February course Saturday 8th & 15th & 22nd February 2020.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we’ve picked out this floral print textured jersey with a faux denim print, brilliant for an exciting new sewing project in 2020! To view and buy click here.

This Week on FashionCapital

Appear Here, the leading marketplace for short-term retail space has announced the launch of its ‘Space for Ideas’ competition, could you win a free store in London, Paris, New York or LA?

FC Designer Collective aims to be more than just a shop, it’s a creative hub to provide opportunities, we find out the latest news from this exciting local project.

And Katie Farley takes a look at the 2020 catwalk trends that are beginning to emerge this coming Spring/Summer in her edition of The Fashion Fix.

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