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Production and Positivity


Newsletter 1st April 2020

Dear all,

Message from Fashion-Enter Ltd CEO Jenny Holloway

“Six weeks ago no-one could have ever foreseen the effects of Covid-19. I know lots of people in many walks of life and actually what saddens me most is the absolute fear and anxiety that the virus brings into people’s lives. I know it’s horrendous and I know the situation is genuinely awful because no one knows whether they will have mild symptoms or be in a life-threatening situation. We have to learn coping mechanisms and realise what’s important in our lives such as our families and loved ones.  

“Perhaps it’s time to appreciate the tiny things in life that makes us content and realise that now is a time to reflect on as many positives as possible. Extraordinary acts of kindness have taken place up and down the country and here at Fashion-Enter we want to do our bit for the NHS. We are now working on scrubs and masks (as seen in the image below) – we want to support in every way possible because eventually Covid-19 will decline and even though I don’t think life will ever quite be the same again we do have so much to look forward to. 

“Keep well and keep safe.” 

Watch out for Jenny and the Factory headlining on the BBC News at 6pm this evening!

BBC Business Reports on UK Manufacturers and Essential PPE Orders

Published on the 29th March 2020, Fashion-Enter Ltd was one of the manufacturers interviewed by BBC Business reporter Simon Browning, on the topic of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) orders currently in production in the UK.

In his article titled: ‘Coronavirus: UK ‘wasting time’ on NHS protective gear orders’ the piece discusses the benefits of utilizing UK based manufacturers and workers but questions why the orders for frontline NHS staff weren’t placed at least 10 days ago.

From the article:

Jenny Holloway CEO of Fashion-Enter Ltd, garment manufacturer in North London mentioned that like many factories, it has seen orders from normal retail clients’ collapse.

They are currently working on a small order of masks for a private client. But Ms Holloway said she had applied to the Cabinet Office because her firm would love to work for the NHS.

“We have lots of single ladies and disabled staff. We can furlough them but they want to work and be part of this effort.”

To read the full article tap this link.

Design Your Own Range Online

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design your own range? Be the designer you always wanted to be? We have teamed up with Telestia to offer online tuition supported by a qualified tutor. Get collection ready and get productive during this time of indoor lockdown. To find out more tap here.

N17 Creative Callings Seminars Now Available Online

Due to the restrictions on individuals gathering at this time we have made adjustments to our series of N17 Creative Callings seminars, which will now be available online via Zoom. The first from the Design Cycle Series will take place tomorrow – Thursday 2nd April 11:00 – 14:00.

If you are interested in accessing a seminar please register via our ‘Events’ page and further details will be sent to you.

Online seminars include:

Fabric Appreciation Taster with Deborah Shulton – 8th April 2020

How to Sell Your Brand with Jenny Holloway – 17th April 2020

Trend Analysis with Lauren Morrison – 23rd April 2020

The Design Cycle Series:

Part 1 How to Start a Fashion Brand – 2nd April 2020

Part 2 Sampling & Production – 15th April 2020

Part 3 Budgeting, Finance & IP – 30th April 2020

Part 4 How to Sell Your Brand – 6th May 2020

Watch Out for our ‘How To’ Guides

Each week on our social media channels we will be featuring a ‘how to’ guide, time to dust off your sewing equipment / machine and get practising! Let’s get mending!

Behind the Seams with a Garment Technologist

Fashion-Enter’s Garment technologist Elle reveals her day-to-day agenda with us in her latest article: ‘A Day in the Life’. Check back as Elle shares more information on getting a career in fashion and specifically garment tech, working with patterns and more of her top tips.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Try a fun home sewing project with our star print cotton! In bold red with fun stars – great for home furnishings and craft activities with children! Available from the FC Fabric Studio. New fabrics have been recently added. Happy fabric browsing!

This Week on FashionCapital…

Chinese retail players are doing these things to stay alive during the coronavirus crisis advises Elena Gatti, MD of Azoya Europe.

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has launched the BFC Foundation Covid Crisis Fund, supporting creative fashion businesses and individuals to survive the coronavirus crisis.

Our resident Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston shares his top ten tips for staying positive at this uncertain time.

And Finally…

‘Have the Mindset that things WILL get better, and that we have a lot of positives in our life that we have to think about in times of adversity. So, make a GRATEFUL LIST of all the things that are good in your life and that you are grateful for. My list has 34 items. Can you beat this?’ – Eric Gilston

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