Prioritising Ethical Practices
Newsletter 8th November 2023
United Repair Centre London Off to a Flying Start
Last Wednesday the London branch of the United Repair Centre officially opened at Fashion-Enter Ltd’s HQ in Haringey with Patagonia. The launch attracted over 100 attendees and has gained amazing feedback from press and industry.
So far, the news has been featured across 20 press publications, tap here to view all the press coverage, and has generated lots of discussion across social media channels. For FEL and the United Repair Centre this development is essential in terms of taking responsibility in business and prioritising ethical and sustainable practices.
Watch this short YouTube video with FEL CEO Jenny Holloway talking about the United Repair Centre launch.
The United Repair Centre London, Unit 4, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ.
New Style3D 3-Day Beginners Course
During this exciting and innovative 3-day course, learners will gain an understanding of the Style3D interface and its application. The course will explore how the software can effectively aid creative design and shape the development of digital garments.
This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in the metaverse, including fashion and game designers, creatives, managers and entrepreneurs in the creative industries. It is ideal for those interested in digital fashion, fashion illustration, sustainable fashion design and digital design as part of the sampling process.
Learners are not required to have any computer aided design or pattern cutting experience.
Style3D 3-Day Beginners Course, Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd November 2023 at Unit 4, Crusader Estate, Haringey, London, N4 1LZ.
To find out more and book your place tap here.
Don’t Miss Out on “Planning Paradise” this Peak Season…
Nearly half of fashion brands will face a peak season nightmare this year, whether it’s due to excess stock or out-of-stocks.
It doesn’t have to be that way! Come join us on November 9th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM GMT for Inventory Planner’s “Planning Paradise” webinar and get unmissable free advice about optimising your inventory at peak to boost your sales potential, as well as minimising stress over the busy period.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to:
🌴 Gain invaluable insights into optimising your inventory to boost revenue, predict customer demand, and avoid costly missteps.
🏖 Discover how to identify best-selling products, spot customer trends, and streamline essential processes with automation.
🍹 Hear directly from industry experts on how to save time and money during peak season and beyond.
😎 Feel well-prepared and confident in navigating the challenges of 2024.
Save your seat today and get ready to sail smoothly through the peak season.
Hot Desking / Machine Hire
Do you want to practise your sewing skills, make your own garments or develop your own collection? At Fashion-Enter Ltd, across all sites, we have the latest Juki industrial sewing machines available to rent by the hour, day, week or month.
In addition, we also have pattern cutting tables, a range of Alvaform mannequins and various production equipment such as; overlockers, baby locker, keyhole button machine and pressers, alongside space to work in a friendly and creative environment.
Access to the space and equipment, across all sites, is available during business hours, 9am – 5pm.
£10 plus VAT / hour (3 Hours Min)
£65 plus VAT / day (8 Hours max)
£275 plus VAT / week
To enquire and book please contact: email@example.com
Labour Behind the Label – Leicester Open Letter
The recent BBC Panorama programme on 6th November shone an ugly spotlight once again on the ongoing exploitation of workers and the lack of oversight in fashion company supply chains in the UK. The investigation highlights the continued unfair and abusive purchasing practices which squeeze suppliers on prices and lead times. In turn this impacts worker who are underpaid, harassed and forced into insecure jobs.
The past decade has seen numerous reports detailing similar practices in Leicester garment factories, and other factories both in the UK and internationally. The situation was also investigated during the 2019 Environmental Audit Committee investigation into Fast Fashion and concerns were raised in Parliament in December 2020.
As a result Labour Behind the Label is circulating an Open Letter requesting that Government take 5 essential and urgent steps. Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway has signed this letter and there is an ongoing campaign from Labour Behind the Label: ‘Garment Workers in Leicester Deserve Good Jobs’ tap here to sign the petition.
MakeUK Roundtable and The Green Jobs Plan
On 7th November, FEL CEO Jenny Holloway, attended a MakeUK roundtable meeting to discuss The Green Jobs Pan for the manufacturing sector.
Jenny said: “The Green Jobs Plan is an excellent initiative and we need to ensure that Green Jobs are created and sustained. For our industry we need new ways forward. At the roundtable I explained how we have a new programme with United Repair Centre and Patagonia.
“I also discussed how we have the only centre in Europe with sustainable on-site fashion practices with Style3D, Kornit and Zund – yet where is the commitment by industry? Why aren’t retailers using the technology and why doesn’t Government create a system whereby TOMs are recognised?
“It was great to meet and talk with the rest of the manufacturers too; the discussions regarding a lack of skills within the sector have been well documented for many years and it is a problem that continues today, especially with higher level skills.
“Thank-you to MakeUK for inviting FEL to this informative discussion.”
Free Pop In Repair at FC Designer Collective
If you are in the Islington location then don’t forget this coming Tuesday, 14th November, you can pop into our FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Road with items of clothing in need of repair. This monthly session, delivered by Islington Council and Fashion-Enter Ltd, can support you with repair support and tuition.
Tap here to book your free place. Tuesday, 14th November 10am – 5pm at FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London, N4 3HH.
Free Zoom 1-hour Masterclass 22nd November
Fashion students, designers, brand start-up’s and fashion businesses, don’t miss out on our next free Zoom masterclass: Unlocking Success: The Secrets Behind Cost – Effective Sampling and Production for Aspiring Brands and Designers from 10am on 22nd November. Add to basket to book your free place, a Zoom link will be emailed closer to the date.
Roll-on courses available at all campuses Islington, Haringey and Leicester:
If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
Masterclasses and Short Courses
14th November Repair and Upcycle Drop-In Workshop (Free – FC Designer Collective Fonthill Road)
20th – 22nd November Style3D Beginners 3-Day course (FEL Unit 4, Haringey)
22nd November Unlocking Success: The Secrets Behind Cost – Effective Sampling and Production for Aspiring Brands and Designers (Free via Zoom)
12th December Repair and Upcycle Drop-In Workshop (FC Designer Collective Fonthill Road)
14th December Profitable Pricing: Strategies for Accurate Costing and Pricing in the Fashion Industry (Free via Zoom)
23rd – 25th January Optitex Technology 2D and 3D 3-day course
This Week on FashionCapital…
It has been another extremely busy week (30th Oct -3rd Nov) with Seminars and Factory Tours at Fashion-Enter Ltd HQ in Haringey with students and industry professionals. Led by FEL Director Caroline Ash, each group experienced a personalised tour and seminar to align with their studies / working practices.
The feedback from these visits has been fantastic: “I learnt about sustainability, fashion design, production, efficiency, waste and the future of the industry. This was amazing! Thank-you so much.”
Tap here to find out more about our bespoke tours and seminars.
Until next time, have a great week,
From the Team at FashionCapital