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Newsletter 29th July 2020

Dear all,

The Apparel Industry is Crying Out for Tech Savvy Pattern Cutters

As with all industries technology in fashion is constantly evolving and changing the way we work. In terms of fashion production the requirement for CAD pattern cutters has rapidly increased within the industry. In order to keep up with the demand manual pattern cutters need to upskill and adapt the way that they work to incorporate these new technologies.

The Fashion Technology Academy has been running Gerber courses – beginners, advanced and one-to-one, for several years now and has received a 100% success rate. Gerber and Optitex equip pattern cutters with the skills employers require today and we regularly run introductory 1 to 3 day courses in both.

To find out when the next courses are due to take place visit: https://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/events/

Optitex by the Hour

As requested by our learners we can now offer Optitex by the hour for those that have completed the introductory course and would like further practice. Subject to availability Optitex at the Academies can be booked by the hour at the rate of £15 per hour. Please contact beth@fashion-enter.com to book.

Free Zoom Seminars Courtesy of N17 Creative Callings Programme

For those of you that missed our series of popular N17 Creative Callings online Zoom seminars during lockdown we are running them again. N17 Creative Callings is an excellent business support initiative that we are involved with; it includes mentoring, business advice, networking, short courses and industry experience for those with, or starting, a creative business in the Tottenham area.

Tap here to view the Zoom seminar agenda:

It has been wonderful to see various individuals develop their businesses from the likes of Graham, a well-established copywriter that has widened his skillset to include animation and digital support, to embroidery and hand embellishment artisan Negin, who is now providing her services right here at the Fashion-Enter factory.

Lauren, another N17 participant, is the founder of Mi-bambino and Fashion-File, she comments: “Jenny Holloway from FashionCapital invested her time to understand me as person and also understand what drives me to establish my fashion business. As an entrepreneur who has developed her growth solely by herself, and by helping other brands in the process. I realised I needed help independently from my own fashion tribe, to navigate my business and brand in order to verify my own fashion knowledge, skills and business development. Jenny Holloway has been a cornerstone in realising my true potential and provided me with a platform.”


Fashion-File Trend Forecasting Service

Did you download Fashion-File’s free SS21 Colour Forecast yet? Keeping you informed and inspired Fashion-File provides an affordable trend forecasting service where you only download the files that you and your business needs. New to download is the COVID-19 What Does This Mean for Fashion file – to help you identify emerging seasonal material & mood macro and microenvironments for the fashion market.

FC Designer Collective Opening this Saturday

This Saturday will see the soft launch of our concept store – FC Designer Collective. The store will act as a hub for all creatives in the area and will include on-site classes, alterations and bespoke services as well as unique products from local designers. The team are planning an official launch for the store during London Fashion Week in September. If you are a fashion or accessories creative based in the London borough of Islington and would like to get involved please contact: fcdesignercollective@fashion-enter.com

Please pop by and visit us at the FC Designer Collective 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH.

Community Sewing Groups Make Over 500 Masks

Community sewing groups based in the London borough of Islington / Finsbury Park area of north London have joined forces to produce more than 500 face masks for vulnerable residents during the lockdown whilst learning vital skills that have opened up employment and training opportunities.

The project involved individuals from various local sewing groups all with a varied range of sewing skills from complete novice to experienced. The Finsbury Park Women’s Network helped co-ordinate the volunteers and the council connected them with Fashion-Enter, who supplied them with their first batch of material and threads.

To read more about this project tap here.

New Luxe Masks Now Available

Alongside our 100% cotton range of face masks we can now offer a luxe range of masks made from satin, cotton and crepe. Now that masks are becoming essential in everyday life we have discovered that it is useful to have several on rotation to regularly wear and wash. To view the luxe masks please tap here.

Courses and Masterclasses

How to sell your brand online

Stitching Academy Level 1 & 2 courses are on a rolling programme with free places currently available to find out more tap here.
Pattern courses Level 1 & 2 are also on a rolling programme place are available for next month.
The Tailoring Academy has now reopened.

Virtual Open Day – 5th August from 10.00 – 11.00 via Zoom

If you are looking for a manufacturer or are in the early stages of setting up your label, this free session will provide you with an insight and understanding of exactly how we can help. You will learn about our masterclasses with industry experts, mentoring programme, sampling and production facilities, upcoming retail unit and the soon to be launched business bundles!

You will be emailed details on how to join the Zoom session for free!
Gerber AccuMark 3-day Course for Beginners –19, 20, 21st August

Following the success of the recent N17 Creative Callings free masterclasses held via Zoom we have launched the following dates:

What makes a manufacturer Ethical – 4th August 10.00 – 12.00 

Start your Fashion Brand Today – 12th August 10.00 – 12.00 

How to Manufacture your Garments Part 1 – 19th August 10.00 – 12.00

How to Manufacturer your Garments Part 2 – 26th August 10.00 – 12.00 

How to sell your Brand online – 9th September 10.00 – 12.00 

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week we have picked out a classic black and white geometric print 100% silk, perfect for tops, shirts and lightweight dresses. Available now at the FCFabricStudio at £8 per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital

Could Modal fibers be the answer for a more sustainable textile industry?

Brits get creative during lockdown as small scale fashion and accessories labels increase.

And Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway’s views on factory ethics and compliance were recently featured in an article by Lauretta Roberts for The Industry. Fashion website

And Finally…

Do you need studio space? Located at the Fashion Technology Academy in Haringey, north London we have studio space available to rent within our hub of creativity. The space includes the latest machinery, pattern cutting tables, desk space and skilled technicians.  To enquire or book please email: info@fashion-enter.com

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