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Newsletter 13th October 2021 

Open Day of Learning

On Thursday 21st October Fashion-Enter will be hosting an open day of insight and learning at their Factory and HQ in north London. The day is split into three sessions to include:

N17 Creative Callings: Creative Careers Event

09:00 – 11:00 Fashion-Enter, in conjunction with the N17 Creative Callings initiative supported by the Mayor of London & European Social Fund, will be hosting a morning to explain about the creative jobs within fashion today. This Careers & Employer Engagement event at Fashion-Enter’s HQ in north London will invite local school pupils to “have a go at being a fashion designer” as well as learn about the training and apprenticeship pathways that are on offer.

Learn How to Work with the Multiples with Special Guest Speakers 

12:30 – 15:30 Hear from leading experts from ASOS.com and Kornit on how the supply chain has to evolve to encompass speed of response and sustainable practices. Attendees will also find out how Kornit, the most ethical printer in the world, is making one-piece flow and the micro-factory a reality. This is a unique seminar not to be missed by any employer and brands within the N17 Creative Calling Employer Engagement program.  

STEM in Fashion Today – calling all schools in Islington! 

14:00 – 16:00 Pupils within the Islington borough can review how a live factory works and why STEM in education is so important. Schools can review the 132 touch points of how a garment is made, from design through to delivery, as well as “having-a-go” at design and creativity. The seminar is a part of the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund working in collaboration with Islington Council. 

To enquire and reserve your place for these free events please contact: jenni@fashion-enter.com 

Online Careers Event Wales

Fashion-Enter Wales will be at the Your Career, Your Future digital career and jobs fair. Taking place 19th, 20th& 21st October. This event gives attendees access to different organisations and employers and their job, apprenticeship and training opportunities.

The mid-Wales Powys & Ceredigion region live event will take place on Tuesday 19th October 1 – 3pm and Fashion-Enter Wales will be there to discuss the various training and apprenticeship programmes on offer within the fashion manufacturing sector.

To find out more about this event tap here.

Join the Team

We are currently have three positions available with our Fashion Technology Academy’s in London and Leicester. This includes:

Receptionist  / Administrator (London)

Tutor (Leicester)

And Optitex Tutor (London)

Tap the links to find out more about each position and how to apply. Good luck!

Fashion Technology Academy – Leicester 

The new, fully-equipped Fashion Technology Academy in Leicester is nearing completion and we are thrilled to announce some key dates for the diary.

27th October – Residents Open Day

11th November – AGM PPP Apparel Supplier Meeting 

30th November – Stakeholders Launch Event 

20th January 2022 – Fashion Industry VIP Launch Big Jazz Hands!

Check back on FashionCapital and the weekly newsletter for further announcements on the new FTA Leicester and its accompanying events.

Coming Soon…

Watch this space as the new Fashion Technology Academy website is about to go live very soon!

All Change At ASOS

Nick Beighton at the Tailoring Academy launch

News broke on Monday morning, 11th October, that Nick Beighton the Chief Executive at ASOS is stepping down after six-years in the role.

As a key UK supplier for ASOS Fashion-Enter Ltd CEO Jenny Holloway and her team have enjoyed a fantastic working relationship with Nick Beighton, and previously Nick Robertson, both had the foresight to invest in UK manufacturing and training facilities such as the Stitching Academy. Jenny Holloway said:

“Thank-you again Nick Beighton for all the support you have given the manufacturers within the UK. You were certainly well ahead of the curve, a forward innovator and a calculated risk taker and your passion for our glorious fashion industry will remain. I think 2022 will be one exciting year ahead for the fashion industry and one thing for sure…cream rises to the top; we will be seeing Nick Beighton at the helm again in the New Year. I am convinced of that!”  

Tap here to read the full article

Traders of Fonthill Road

Fonthill Road in the London borough of Islington has been established as prime location for the fashion trade since the 1980’s. Now that our retail outlet the ‘FC Designer Collective’ is based on this industry renowned street we are keen to join forces with our fashion neighbours to make Fonthill Road a prime destination. Yesterday, 12th October, we held a meeting with a variety of traders from the street including Lenovia and Katrin Fashions about creating a Fonthill Traders website that will showcase the varied fashion businesses based on this unique Road. More on this soon! 

FC Designer Workspace News

Coming up this month we will be joining the ‘Islington Together: Let’s talk about a greener future’ festival (18 – 29 October 2021) with the offer of a free repair and upcycle workshop. This interactive session will take place on the final day, 29th from 10am. Attendees will be invited to tour the workspace and hear about all the courses and facilities on offer as well as take part in the practical workshop that will teach alteration and upcycling techniques on clothing items from home. If you are a London Borough of Islington resident and would like to join this free workshop tap here to book your place.

All of our affordable studios are currently rented out however we can offer hotdesking and the use of the machines please contact jenni@fashion-enter.com with regards to this service.

Staff News…

A Warm Welcome to Maria Kozak

Jenny Holloway said: “I met Maria Kozak about eight years ago when she was working at Waltham Forest College. I think I then hounded the poor woman for the next five years to join us. I just love Maria’s ‘can do’ attitude, a pillar of strength and she’s an absolute rock. 

“I am absolutely delighted Maria is joining us as our Head of Quality Assurance along side Esme who is our Head of Operations. We are seriously going to make the world of education in fashion skills rock!” 

Masterclasses & Courses

On-going short courses in Stitching and Pattern Cutting available – to find out more visit our FCFTA website or contact education@fashion-enter.com

Free Sewing Masterclasses (Free – Islington residents only)

How to Produce a High Selling Product (Online)

Learn How to Work with the Multiples with Special Guest Speakers (Free – Fashion-Enter Factory London)

Islington Together: Let’s talk about a greener future: Repair & Upcycle Workshop (Free – FC Designer Workspace)

Optitex 2D & 3D – 3 Day Course (FTA)

Gerber Accumark 3-Day Course for Beginners(FTA)

How to Wholesale (Online)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Did you know we have hundreds of sustainable, end-of-role and deadstock fabrics at the FC Fabric Studio like this orange ribbed jersey, perfect for all your sewing projects. 

This Week on FashionCapital

Is Gen-Z Driving the Change for Rewearing and Repurposing?

And Finally…

Fashion-Enter Wales just held their first Sample Sale and it was a huge success. Annabella said: “The first sample sale was very successful, we had a lot of very happy customers. The jumpsuits and dresses were particularly popular. Staff members also took full advantage. Everyone loves a bargain!” 

Regularly check the newsletter to find out when the next sample sale will take place!

Until next time, have a great week!

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