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FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 10th April 2019

Dear all,

Mindful Practises At Every Stage

With Fashion Revolution Week taking place later this month (22nd April) click here to find out how you can get involved, and environmental issues plastered all over the media there has never been a more poignant time to question our actions. From what we buy to how we operate our own businesses, here at FashionCapital HQ we are mindful of every process, particularly now with our own in-house label Belles of London. Of course we know there is always room for improvement but here’s what we have implemented so far…

1. Fabrics where possible are sourced within the UK.
2. All garments are designed, made and finished in London.
3. The Fashion Enter manufacturing unit is SMETA and Fast Forward approved.
4. All Fashion Enter staff are treated with respect and fairly paid.
5. The company is transparent and accountable.
6. Made to order – we can adapt styles to fit specific measurements.
7. The company is non-discriminate and provides equal opportunities for all.
8. Fashion Enter adheres to good environmental practises.
9. The company offers additional learning and life skill opportunities.
10. Open door policy – we invite you in to see Belles garments being ethically made. Come and see for yourself!

Indeed you can come along and see the latest Belles capsule collections and where they are all designed and made at our spring launch tomorrow evening. Taking place at The Factory in Haringey, North London N4 1LZ, from 5pm, view all the collections, listen to a talk from colour and style experts Red Leopard and enjoy Prosecco and cupcakes with us! To RSVP contact: hello@bellesoflondon.com

To view all the collections please visit www.bellesoflondon.com

Belles will also be at:

EcoLux Expo – 18th April, Mayfair London.

Ethical Brands for a Fashion Revolution – 27th April, Museum of Brands, London.

Sustainable & Ethical Fashion – 30th April, Dugdale Theatre
39 London Road, Enfield.

To find out more about any of these events click here.

Meet New Mentor Elizabeth

Elizabeth Stiles has joined the FashionCapital team of mentors, she is a fashion brand consultant with over a decade of industry experience. It’s safe to say she knows the buying and supply process inside out; she now wants to share everything with you so that you’re set to create new collections or develop your product range armed with the knowledge to succeed. We look forward to working with Elizabeth, watch this space for her debut masterclass with us.   

Apprenticeships Currently on Offer

From Erdem to Halfpenny London to N16 Vintage we have some really great apprenticeship opportunities available. To find out more and apply please visit our sister FCFTA website.

Fashion Books Discount Offer

The FashionCapital / Bloomsbury fashion books offer for our newsletter subscribers continues to be available. Click here to view the FashionCapital/Bloomsbury Members Only page and browse the current selection of fashion books. To receive your exclusive 35% off savings code subscribe to the FashionCapital weekly newsletter.

Apprenticeship Open Day Success

On 4th April we hosted an Apprenticeship Open Day at the Fashion Technology Academy. It provided the opportunity for candidates interested in joining the programme to learn exactly what is involved in the training and review the current apprenticeship roles available.

Feedback included:

‘I learnt a lot about apprenticeships in general as well as more specific information regarding my own interests. Very informative time, excellent speakers and I found it very interesting to learn about the factory and academy.’ Kayla

‘Good overview of the different pathways. Very warm welcome. I really appreciate the positive attitude of Jenni and Andres and their ability to listen. I think the FTA is an amazing place to study and acquire new skills.’ Ludivine

‘It was a really informative morning. I learnt about the industry and the standards needed to progress.’ Grace 

CFE Production Workshop

Today we have a group of 20 designers from the CFE (Centre of Fashion Enterprise) taking part in a bespoke Production workshop. Here they are with our CEO Jenny Holloway talking about all the services we provide in the Glassroom at the FTA/Factory. Find out more about our bespoke courses here.

Thanks to SilkFred

We were recently invited to a SilkFred Brand Partnership induction afternoon; to meet the team, learn all about the company, how they operate and top tips on making the very best of the brand partnership with them.

Lorna Tavares, Fashion Enter’s Development manager said: “Thank-you SilkFred for your warm hospitality, really insightful, the enthusiasm and dedication from the team shone through, we are thrilled to be working with you. Not forgetting to mention that the Prosecco, sandwiches, miniature cakes and goody bag were fab!”
Click here to view Belles of London on SilkFred

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

Introducing: Fashion Masterclass – Let’s Create Your Own Fashion BrandOne day intensive course Tuesday 21st May 10.00 – 16.00 at The Factory

In this one-day course you will be supported by a team of industry experts who will advise you through every touch point of the garment process from design to the sampling process to production and finding the right manufacturer. Further 1:1 mentoring can follow with in-depth targeted advice for your brand!Cost £99. Full agenda will be announced next week. To express your interest email jenni@fashion-enter.com

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass – 13th April

 We have the last few places left for his Saturday’s TR Pattern Cutting Taster course. Taking place from 10am – 1pm you will learn exquisite pattern cutting techniques from the queen of seams herself Claudette Joseph. To book e-mail: education@fashion-enter.com

Effective Trend Prediction For Your Brand – 17th April

Next Wednesday 17th April don’t miss Fashion Forecaster Lester DC Pedersen’s masterclass, she will reveal the process of developing trends from research through to finished product design.

Gain insight into the SS20 key silhouettes, colours and trends and learn how to develop your own personal style of trend forecasting to keep your brand on track.

‘Effective Trend Prediction for Your Brand’ will take place on Wednesday 17th April 11am – 1pm at FashionCapital HQ, The Glassroom, Unit 13 / 14, Crusader Estate, 167, Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ and costs £40 +VAT.

Please email jenni@fashion-enter.com to book your place!

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making Course for Beginners  11th, 18th and 25th May

The Gerber AccuMark For Beginners is a 15-hour course that will provide you with the skills required for the workplace and within the industry. Led by two leading industry experts who have more than 30-years Gerber experience between them. It is a three-day course, which takes place on Saturday’s from 10am – 3pm.

Advanced 2-Day Gerber Course 1st and 8th June

Take on as much or as little as you like with our new Follow-On Advanced Gerber 2-day course. Get into the nitty-gritty depths of the Pattern Design and Explorer and/or continue with your own journey of drafting and amending patterns. Saturday 1st and the following Saturday 8th June.

To find out more and book e-mail: education@fashion-enter.com

Fabric Swatch of the Week

We have picked out this striking black floral print scuba, a 4-way stretch this is the perfect fabric for making fitted dresses and separates. Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £6- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk…

Kathy Allen, senior marketing strategist at e-commerce and digital marketing agency,Visualsoft gives her 5 top tips for fashion retailers to make the most out of seasonal gifting occasions.

This week’s Fashion Fix looks at the small Montréal based fashion brand ThreeThreeFourSeven, a label brought to life by creative director Courtney Pedersen, characterised by its quirky, ethical values.

And Samantha Richards advises on how to turn your craft skills into a thriving fashion businesswith a little help from the web.

And Finally…

We will have a stand and showcase Belles of London designs on the catwalk at the up and coming Eco Luxury Showcase next Thursday 18th April in Mayfair, London. For more details and tickets click here.

More from the FashionCapital team next week.

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