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Retails High Street Return


Newsletter 27th May 2020

Dear all,

The Return of Retail

It’s official, the PM announced on Monday that as of the 15th June all non-essential shops can re-open, under appropriate Covid-19 risk assessment guidelines of course. UK high streets can gradually start to reopen but it won’t be retail as we know it. Changing rooms will remain closed and the idea of touching, testing and trying on goods will be temporarily on-hold as we enter this uncharted territory of easing out of lockdown.

Masks Now Available Online

The retail saviour throughout all this has been the option of buying goods online. After almost two-months of making PPE at our North London factory we have also begun retail client orders and masks for the general public. The children’s matching masks and scrunchies are doing particularly well with children preparing to go back to school. We also have adult sizes available in a selection of colours and prints. Click here to view our masks priced at £4.99

Additionally we are offering a free mask with any Belles of London order.

Quality Guideline Handbooks

As a brand you really need to know every detail behind your garments so that’s why we have created a set of handbooks for you to use. We have honed into the exact detail of formal and casual trousers, dresses and blouses, how to measure and also how to conduct a visual quality control review of your garments within a factory. These handbooks provide an excellent way of also communicating with your factory so they understand your exact requirements too. Always eliminate the risk of sampling and production going wrong and be one step ahead.

The handbooks launched last week and are already receiving excellent feedback, each costs £15 plus VAT tap the links below to find out more about the contents and to purchase.

Formal & Casual Bottoms – Quality Guidelines

Woven Tops & Dresses – Quality Guidelines

Womenswear Length Standardisation – Quality Guidelines

Free Fashion-File Download Taster on Colour Forecast Trends SS21

Your affordable, information-packed, easy-to-use trend forecasting service has arrived! At the request of many designers and brands we are pleased to announce a collaboration with Fashion-File to provide a much-required Trend Forecasting Service.

The beauty of Fashion-File’s service is that you only download and pay for the information that you specifically need, whether it’s a colour forecast for SS21 or material and mood information tailored for the lingerie market.  Fashion-File will cover many market sectors including: womenswear, tailoring, menswear, childrenswear, knitwear, lingerie and activewear.

The service will launch on Monday 1st June and exclusive to FashionCapital users Fashion-File is offering a free download taster on Colour Forecast Trends for SS21.

Prices for the digital resource files start from £25.00 to find out more tap this link.

N17 Creative Callings – Manufacturing Part 2

This morning part 2 of our N17 Creative Callings Manufacturing seminar took place with a focus on bulk production and working lean. With over 40 participants signed up the team discussed how to scale-up your brand whilst protecting your cash flow position and how to work effectively on lean manufacturing techniques. A part of the N17 Creative Callings Employer Engagement programme, supported by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund, this seminar provided crucial need-to-know advice to avoid costly mistakes.

Next On the Programme – Legal Eagle

Next on the agenda is a focus on what can be a minefield – the legal side of the industry. Nick Gould will be joined by co-partners at Aria Grace, the genuinely ethical law firm, to explain key legal topics such as: law of contract – how to stop disputes occurring, understanding IP infringement – what to do if someone “copies” your work, the difference between trade marks, copyright and passing off as well as employment contracts – responsibilities of ownership.

This is an excellent opportunity to ask experienced lawyers any legal questions you have regarding your business. Please note that time is limited so please send in your questions before the Zoom seminar commences.

The N17 Creative Callings free Legal Eagle masterclass with Nick Gould and co-partners at Aria Grace will take place Thursday 4th June 11:00 – 13:00 tap here to book your place.

Also On the Masterclass Agenda…

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D – 3-day Course – 24th / 25th /26th June

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.

Online Telestia Pattern Cutting Course with tutor support – on-going

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Masterclass – 4th July

Fabric Swatch of the Week

We love this dreamy nude crepe, such a stunning colour as we head towards summer. To view and buy this fabric visit FCFabricStudio.com

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Retail to re-open but how will Covid-19 protection measures affect the way we shop?

Launching a new business is both an exciting and a challenging time. Starting a business the wrong way is very easy to do. We have compiled four top tips to ensure your fashion business launches the right way.

The Manufacturing Part 1 Sampling and Small Run production seminar received some excellent feedback with the highest number of participants to date, find out what was discussed in this short review.

And Finally…

As the lockdown eases stitching students have started to return to the Fashion Technology Academy with patterns students due back on the 1st July. To find out what our industry-led, ABC Showcase Center, training academy can do for you tap here.

Until next time, stay safe!

The team at FashionCapital

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