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Putting People Before Profit!


Newsletter 12th April 2023

Supporting Positive Mental Health

This morning FEL staff spent time reviewing their mental health with Jenni Sutton. Some of you may already know former FEL Development Director, Jenni, as she has a 17-year history with the company. Since leaving last year she has trained as a cognitive hypnotherapist and Belief Coding facilitator and is now in a position to offer support and guidance.

Today she spent an hour with staff to discuss strategies to overcome stress and anxiety and she will continue to support both staff and students in a group or one-to-one basis.

CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “As CEO I genuinely care about our staff and their wellbeing so this is why Jenni Sutton has come back to give her first ever presentation on how to help anxiety and how perception is everything! 

“Stress is all around us and it’s how we handle that stressful situation that’s important. It was great to see how Jenni has expanded and grown as a person and how she’s changed her wants and needs as she enters the next decade of her life. This was a great presentation and very heartfelt with Jenni encouraging all to face their fears and embody the future. 

“The learners from our FTA will be having their wellbeing seminar on 25th April at 10am at Haringey and then 2pm at Islington.”

Learn to Repair & Upcycle Sponsored by YOOX Net a Porter

Thanks to generous sponsorship from YOOX Net a Porter, we are able to offer up to 25 individuals a free place on the Repair & Upcycle 1-day Workshop on Friday 21st April.

With Fashion Revolution Week and Earth Day just around the corner the time is now to learn how to make the most of your own clothes. If you would like advice and support on how to repair, alter or upcycle existing garments to give them a new lease of life and save them from landfill, then tap here to find out more and sign up for a place. 

This workshop takes place at the FC Designer Workspace, 9 Durham Road, London N7 7FB. 

See An Ethically Compliant Factory in Action

This year’s Fashion Revolution Week marks 10-years since the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh. At FEL we are committed to providing good quality Made in the UK fashion in factories that are compliant and ethical. At FEL our Haringey factory has a leading status in the ethical and technical Fast Forward audit and is also SMETA audited. As a result FEL Director, Caroline Ash, organises CPPD’s and educational tours of the Factory, Fashion Studio and FashTech Innovation Centre for industry professionals and education providers. Last week we had designers from Fashion Works and students from Glasgow Caledonian University visit our factory. Tap here to read their feedback.

If you would like to enquire about a tour or bespoke factory seminar please contact Caroline Ash: caroline@fashion-enter.com  

Free Business Support via N17 Creative Callings

Fashion-Enter Ltd and Collage Arts have been working as one to deliver hand-held support and business advice that aims to enhance business growth and prosperity. The programme: N17 Creative Callings is due to close this June. If you run a creative business and would like to receive mentoring and skills training there is still time to join this free programme. To find out more about N17 Creative Callings and to enquire about joining please visit: https://n17creativecallings.com/ 

New to the Team

The FEL team warmly welcomes Josh as our new Accounts and Finance Manager. Josh is currently learning the ropes from Steve. On gaining the position he said:

“With the new ESG regulations that will be coming into effect I wanted to work with a company that is ahead of it’s time; has vision for the future.

This is why I accepted the job with Fashion-Enter and is entirely different from my last job at Barclays. It’s refreshing to see a company that cares so much about its employees, is sustainability focused and is intent on being a positive impact in its community.

“I’m determined to play a central role in growing Fashion-Enter into becoming a major multi £m company that expands throughout the UK.

“Everyone I’ve met so far has an amazing skill base and a positive can do attitude. I am thankful for this opportunity and am looking forward to the future.”

Latest From Leicester

If you are based closer to our Leicester campus then we are currently offering the following at our state-of-the-art, fully equipped Academy on Stonebridge Street:

+ Free Courses in Level 1 & 2 Stitching and Patterns

+ Technical Residencies

+ Studio Space for rent

Current learner Sally hascompleted the Level 1 Stitching Courseand has now progressed on to the Pattern Cutting course, she commented on the campus: “Great place, amazing, supportive and helpful tutors and equipment.”

If you are interested and would like to know more please contact: divya@fashion-enter.com

Free Zoom Masterclass: Thursday 27th April

Do you want your brand to commit to having an ethical stance using sustainable fabric and practices? What does this entail? With ‘greenwashing’ rife in the fashion industry we take a look behind the curtain at all the key elements you need to consider when building an ethical brand.

Caroline has over 30-years’ experience in production management. She is a highly experienced production coordinator, sourcer and product developer with strong problem solving and analytical skills, delivering finished products that meet lead times, quality expectations and ethical requirements. Join Caroline on this free masterclass ‘Create an Ethical Brand from Yarn Sourcing to Work Rights’ via Zoom on Thursday 27th April, tap here to find out more and book your place.

Masterclasses and Courses

Ongoing Stitching, Patterns and Tailoring throughout 2023 availability in London, Leicester and Wales

27th April: 10 Strategies to Create an Ethical Brand from Yarn Sourcing to Works Rights’ with Caroline Ash (Free)

24th May: Top 10 Tips to Create a Strong Team and Partnership with Your Manufacturer with Caroline Ash (Free)

31st May – 2nd June Gerber Accumark for Beginners

T-Shirts of the Week

As the Diamond Jubilee State Coach gets polished and ready the UK is preparing for a historical Royal event – the coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen of the United Kingdom. Taking place on Saturday, 6 May 2023, the FEL team have prepared some unique coronation t-shirts on their super sustainable Kornit printer. These will be available to buy at our shop FC Designer Collective and on FonthillFashion.co.uk

Tap here to find out more about printing your own t-shirts.

This Week on FashionCapital…

The demand for physical retail remains a crucial part of the shopping experience among luxury shoppers, according to insights from The Evolving Art of Luxury Experiential Retail, a new report from BoF Insights and Royalmount.

And Finally…

Both cohorts on our 4-day Stitching and Pattern Cutting courses are getting stuck in and are already making fantastic progress. Watch this space as we are due to announce more short courses along with a Repair and Upcycling Cafe coming soon.

Until next time, have a great week.

The Team at FashionCapital (Sister company to Fashion-Enter Ltd)

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