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‘Proud to be Part of this Innovation.’


Newsletter 30th October 2019

Dear all,

Fanfare please! The state-of-the-art Tailoring Academy is coming along very nicely and with the launch date scheduled for November we are delighted that Nick Beighton, CEO of ASOS.com is confirmed as a guest speaker.

Nick comments: “ASOS.com has long been a supporter of ‘Made in the UK’ brand. In 2008 ASOS.com provided Fashion-Enter with funding for their Stitching Academy and then further funding for the Fashion Technology Academy in 2015. We are delighted now to see that the success of high-level technical training has continued to extend to the new Tailoring Academy, which is going to create 50 jobs, plus help to create 750 apprenticeships for the future. The Tailoring Academy will act as a hub linking local talent to experts, specialist training, professional development courses, equipment and opportunities; ASOS.com is very proud to be part of this innovation.”

More on the new Tailoring Academy soon! To find out more about our various Tailoring Courses from Introduction to Diploma click here.

Belles Joins the Spirit of Christmas Fair

Fashion-Enter’s in-house clothing brand the Belles of London will be joining Roberta Lee’s Ethical Brand Directory (EBD) for a 7-day pop-up held at the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ shopping fair. EBD’s ‘Ethical & Sustainable Edit’ will showcase a handpicked selection of ethical and sustainable products including pieces from the Belles collections, such as gorgeous party dresses, chic jumpsuits and luxurious silk blouses and scarves. Come and see us on stand L37 at the Spirit of Christmas Fair, Ethical & Sustainable Edit, Olympia, London from Monday 4th – Sunday 10th November 2019. 

To come along click here to book your ticket.

Here is stylist and Ethical Brand Directory founder Roberta Lee styling the Belles of London Justina jumpsuit.

Apprenticeship of the Week – Fashion-Enter Assistant Shop Manager Apprentice

Fashion-Enter has an exciting apprenticeship opportunity for an Assistant Shop Manager. Become a part of a store community that fosters creativity, inspires customers and other retailers within the Fonthill Road area. This is no ordinary retail position. If you are creative, organised, have understanding of sales and retail and are excellent with people then this could be just for you. To find out more and apply click here.

Working With Her Majesty’s Prison Service

CEO of Fashion-Enter Jenny Holloway talks about our on-going training links with Her Majesty’s Prison Service:

We have been providing training services for HMPS over the last two-years and we are now delighted to expand our range of courses to include cutting.  No one really understands the complexities of cutting until you have to start creating lay plans for mass production. HMPS offer many services for stitching including T-shirts and curtains so it’s imperative that fabric, fabric properties, critical V non critical faults, lay plans and the use of all the different types of cutters are fully explained and put into practice whilst operating in a fully compliant environment. We are really looking forward to meeting the team this week.” 

Nick Gould to Step Down as SME Alliance Chairman

This week, 28th October 2019, SME Alliance chairman and Fashion-Enter’s Legal Eagle mentor, Nick Gould, announced that he is stepping down from his role as chairman after a duration of 4-years. He will stop at the end of November along with other director’s so that the organisation can then have the benefit of a new team. The SME Alliance is a member-based organisation set up to support, share knowledge, network and lobby with, and on behalf of, SME owners who have fallen victim to banking, financial and regulatory misconduct. In an ideal world it should not need to exist however in reality the work of this organisation is crucial.

Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway comments: Nick is one of the most genuine kind-hearted solicitors I have ever come across. Over the last four-years Nick has chaired the SME Alliance and has fought tooth and nail to support the little guys against the big banks and their mis-sold contracts. I know he has made a difference to scores of people and we wish the incoming chairman the very best of luck.”

Fashion Studio Client: LoveYourLook

LYL | Love Your Look, is a new workwear fashion brand with a difference. It caters to the young, ambitious woman on the rise, with a work hard, succeed and play hard ethos at its core.

Established in October 2019, LYL was founded by Chierika Onyuku-Opukiri a British born, business strategy consultant of Nigerian heritage. While working in banking, she was inspired by the style and elegance of strong female leads on shows like Scandal and Suits. Upon research, time and time again she noticed that many of these amazing and empowering workwear outfits were very high-end and out of reach for women on the rise.

She created LYL with Fashion-Enter’s Fashion Studio production team to fully cater to the lifestyle of the stylish professional woman with the aim of becoming the ultimate workwear choice for style conscious women.

Chierika comments: “Moving from finance to fashion with no prior experience was not an easy task. Had I not worked with Fashion-Enter and the Fashion Studio, I would not have been able to create our collection and learn so much about the design process. Their involvement was critical and they proved to be an invaluable resource.”

Find out more about the Fashion Studio here.

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D – 3 Day Course

Our first EFI Optitex 2D & 3D 3-day course is currently underway and is fully booked. This software is not only excellent for pattern making but 3D rendering and garment manipulation on avatars, it really does provide a cost effective and time efficient alternative for the garment development process. We will be holding more 3-day courses soon to find out more and put your name down for the next class please contact Stephanie: stephanie@fashion-enter.com

More New Masterclasses Now Available…

Introduction to Sewing – Festive Stockings

Get creative this Christmas season and make your own festive stocking. Join experienced tutor Ana Cover for an introductory step-by-step guide on cutting, stitching and making that can be applied to more festive items. This is ideal for beginners that would like to learn in an informal and friendly environment plus time permitting there will also be the chance to create a table runner. Friday 8th November from 10am – 4pm to find out more and book click here.

Ethical Fabric Sourcing & Production

Experienced textile professional Mark Dodds will provide an insightful introduction to sustainable fabrics; the various definitions, explain certification and the challenges with sourcing, plus the best methods to procure sustainable fabrics in this 4-hour masterclass on the 15th November – to find out more click here.

Visit the FashionCapital Masterclass page to find out more about the Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners masterclass as well as more inspiring self-development sessions with Life and Business Coach Eric Gilston.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

How perfect is this fabric for Halloween! A spider web scuba easy to sew and make that unique spook-tacular outfit! Available from the FCFabricStudio at £8 per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Interview: Florian Heubrandner, Vice President, Global Business Management Textiles at Lenzing, talks to FashionCapital about his career journey, the Lenzing ‘innovative by nature’ company ethos and how sustainability and eco-friendly practices need to be adopted by all product producers today.

In this week’s instalment of The Fashion Fix, we discover the nominees at this year’s Fashion Awards; H&M Group collaborate with Ikea to conduct a large-scale study of recycled materials, and online fashion retailer Nasty Gal establishes a partnership with Cara Delevingne.

Plus we take a look at silver jewellery trends as we move into 2020 and the key styles that emerged from the designer catwalk collections.

And Finally…

New Belles products have been dropping onto our online store over this past week. Take your pick from a head-to-toe sequined jumpsuit to one-shouldered velvet wrap dress – just in time for party season. Click here to view the latest designs.

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