Newsletter 11th October 2023
Repair and Reuse is Fashion’s Way Forward
Exciting news for Fashion-Enter Ltd and the fashion industry. We are thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Makers Unite, a textile creative agency rooted in ethics and sustainability based in Amsterdam.
The new partnership will create a London branch of the United Repair Centre situated at FEL’s Factory in Haringey. Officially commencing from 1st November the partnership will focus on repairing stock and returns from major sustainable brands such as Patagonia.
FEL CEO Jenny Holloway said: “We are absolutely delighted! This new collaboration means that our amazing stitchers can be fully employed on creating new garments out of old! We have already undertaken trials and these proved to be very successful. After such a long dark tunnel there is now a great bright light on the horizon and it’s right for the industry and our glorious artisans too.”
Tap here to read ‘Repair is the New Cool: How Amsterdam Started a Fashion Revolution’ by Emma Beddington featured in The Guardian 11th October 2023, the Makers Unite and FEL partnership is announced in this article.
FEL Smashes TOMs Targets!
Since opening the FC Designer Workspace, we have used the National TOMs (Themes, Outcomes and Measures) framework on a monthly basis, this not only ensures FEL is adding social value within its business structure, but it provides crucial information to project partners, in FEL’s case with the FC Designer Workspace – Islington Council.
To date FEL and the Workspace initiative has delivered £794,327 of social value in just three years so we are very ahead of our contractual target which is to achieve £1.1m over a ten-year period. This is brilliant news for the team at the FC Designer Workspace and accompanying retail unit the FC Designer Collective, and it underlines what FEL is all about – putting people and communities first.
Tap here to view what goes on at the FC Designer Workspace.
Why Learn Tailoring with Us?
Because our recent external assessment from the Skills and Education Group states that FEL’s Fashion Technology Academy works to a very high standard within a professional premises.
This is excellent news for the FTA and its Tailoring provision. When learners complete a course with the FTA the team always provide an exit survey and those from the Tailoring course comment that ‘the facilities are amazing and that Francesco is a fantastic teacher,’ which cements the positive review from the assessor.
Tap here to find out more about the FTA’s Tailoring courses.
Next Free Online Masterclass…
Will take place from 10am Wednesday 25th October, The Fashion Entrepreneur’s Toolkit: Strategies for Operational Excellence and Growth, will delve deeper into the practical aspects of starting a fashion brand.
To book your free place tap here, a Zoom link will be emailed closer to the date.
Want to Repair or Upcycle Your Own Garments?
The why not drop into the FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Rd with your garment (or textile) for free upcycling and repair support and tuition. Thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Islington Council the FEL team can offer these free drop-in sessions on a monthly basis.
The next workshop will take place: Tuesday, 17th October 10am – 5pm at FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London, N4 3HH.
Half Term Short Courses
We are pleased to offer two short courses during October half term:
23rd – 25th October 3-Day Beginners Pattern Cutting course Haringey
27th October 1-Day Textile Upcycling and Repair Workshop Islington
Please tap on the links for more information and to book.
Roll-on courses available at all campuses Islington, Haringey and Leicester:
If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
Masterclasses and Short Courses
25th – 27th October Gerber Accumark 3-Day Course for Beginners
8th – 10th November Optitex Technology 2D and 3D 3-day course
22nd November Unlocking Success: The Secrets Behind Cost – Effective Sampling and Production for Aspiring Brands and Designers (Free via Zoom)
14th December Profitable Pricing: Strategies for Accurate Costing and Pricing in the Fashion Industry (Free via Zoom)
This Week on FashionCapital…
Do you want to see what a micro factory looks like? Have a look at our latest YouTube video that features 3D design, digital printing and cutting and our team of expert stitchers all in one place!
Until next time, have a great week,
From the Team at FashionCapital (Sister company to Fashion-Enter Ltd)