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Raising Your Fashion Game!


Newsletter 23rd October 2019

Dear all,

Belles to Join the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Shopping Fair

Ethical Brand Directory (EBD) is hosting a 7-day pop-up at the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ shopping event, showcasing a wide-range of ethical and sustainable products under one roof and our in-house brand Belles of London will be joining them.

The Spirit of Christmas fair will take place at Olympia, London from Monday 4th – Sunday 10th November and Belles of London will be located in the EBD’s ‘Ethical & Sustainable Edit’ section. The pop up is the ideal place to source sustainable, ethical and unique gifts with positive brand values whilst enjoying all the various exhibitors, workshops and experiences the fair has to offer.

To come along click here to book your ticket.

Courses at The Brand New Tailoring Academy

We are just weeks away from opening the doors of our state of the art Tailoring Academy! While the builders finish preparing the 11,500 square foot space the team have finalised the details on all the courses the Tailoring Academy will provide. Alongside tailoring specific courses such as Introductory, Intermediary and the Accelerator to Bespoke Cutting Diploma the academy will also offer options in Pattern Cutting, Stitching Skills, Production Skills, EFI Optitex, Retail & Management as well as a variety of Taster Courses. The rolling programme will include courses at all levels of ability and will be fully announced in due course.

If you are interested in a course and would like to find out more please contact Stephanie: stephanie@fashion-enter.com

New Belles Designs Available

This week we have been adding new, one-off items from our Belles collective. Remember that bold zebra print we previewed a couple of weeks ago? Here it is fashioned into a midi shirt dress, a great layering piece with a statement print. More designs will be added in the weeks to come.

Assistant Designer Apprenticeship Available with Amazon

A new apprenticeship has opened up with Amazon for an assistant designer. The ideal candidate will assist the Softline’s Private Brands WW Design team in creating and developing Private Brand products. To find out more about this exciting opportunity and to apply click here.

As Seen In LittleBlackDress Magazine

Gayle Evans recently published an article entitled ‘Fixing Fashion – Sustainability Promise’ and Belles of London and its accompanying Fashion-Enter factory in North London were featured as a LittleBlackDress sustainable partner. Tap here to view the full article.

Stitching and Patterns 6-Week Course

Places are available for our next intake of Level 1 Stitching Academy and Perfect Patterns learners.

“On the course I have learnt so many new skills. I came with no prior experience but I know that I am progressing well and feel confident in my abilities… I love that the course is practical and hands on. The setting is also an advantage. I would definitely recommend the perfect patterns courses and I would love to progress onto the Level 2 course.” – Chiadi

Please note that fee remission is available to those unemployed, looking for work and receiving valid benefits, and not on the work programme.

Contact Tel: 0208 809 3311 or Email: education@fashion-enter.com for more details and to apply.

Saturday Stitching Success

We recently held a Saturday Stitching & Patterns class and the feedback was fantastic. When you get 100% satisfaction on your short course then you know you are doing something right!

“10 out of 10. This has been a great intro into pattern cutting, how to adjust, as well as using industrial machines and overlockers – great info!” – Annabelle

“Julia has been a pleasure to learn from, she is warm and friendly as well as very experienced and she is good at communicating that to us. She has always been admirably patient and gave that extra mile to help. Thank-you Julia.” – Felicity

The home stitchers and crafting market is on the up and we will be holding a selection of day / weekend courses aimed at the home sewer wanting to learn more. These will include, an introduction to sewing – making stocking fillers, alteration and upcycling techniques, introduction to the sewing machine – making a tote bag, your body your block – making made to measure separates and dresses.

To enquire about any of our courses please email: education@fashion-enter.com


Tomorrow (24th October) Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston will inspire and boost confidence in his next monthly masterclass entitled ‘Raising Your Game!

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D – 3 Day Course

Take your 2D pattern cutting skills a step further with innovative EFI Optitex technology. This software is not only excellent for pattern making but 3D rendering and garment manipulation on avatars. The next 3-day EFI Optitex course takes place Wednesday 30th, Thursday 31st October & Friday 1st November. Click here for more details and to book.

Gerber Accumark for Beginners

The Gerber AccuMark digital pattern making course will provide you with the skills required for the workplace and within the industry. The next three-day course takes place on 16th, 23rd and 30th November to find out more click here.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This week, with Halloween in mind, we have picked out this black crochet lace – perfect for those cobwebby looks! Available from the FCFabricStudio at £5- per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

UK Click & Collect Market Set to Grow

This week’s Fashion Fix focuses on the recent spate of designer collaborations.

And we list 5 top shop fitting tips to bring your store to life.

And Finally…

Check out Sarah looking fabulous in her Pippa pussybow Belles of London dress, here’s what she had to say: “My experience of being a Fashion-Enter Belle was brilliant. I was treated so well and made to feel very special. They have a terrific talented team. They empowered me to feel great as I celebrated my birthday as a Belle!”

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