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Strength Lies in Differences, Not in Similarities


FashionCapital Newsletter

1st May 2019

Dear all,

Happy #internationalworkersday! We would like to say a big thank-you to all of our staff and factory workers, the team is made up of a diverse mix of nationalities, skill sets and personalities and we are all the more stronger for it. #peoplenotprofit

Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Event

Last night CEO Jenny Holloway talked about her skilled workforce to attendees at the Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Event hosted by the North London Sustainability Network. Alongside engaging talks the event showcased ethical fashion (including Belles of London), products, cosmetics and food.

Lorna Tavares, Development Manager at Fashion Enter said: “The Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Event was a great social event with industry brand speakers talking about why and how they started their own sustainable business. There was true determination and spirit for positive change amongst exhibitors and attendees. Talented young designers from Middlesex University showcased their latest collections with focus on the environment and climate change. Thank-you to Sonya and Stephanie and congratulations on your first fashion event.”

Can Cheap Fashion Really Be Ethical?

Our CEO Jenny Holloway has kicked started some fierce debate with her latest LinkedIn post: Level playing field? Really! On the day #fashionrevolution publishes their Ethical Transparency Index Boohoo Group PLC announce bumper profits for full-year sales.” What do you think? If you are on LinkedIn please add your thoughts to Jenny’s post.

Could You Support the UK’s First Tailoring Academy?

The Tailoring Academy is the latest initiative by Fashion Enter Ltd and will be a first for the UK. Following a successful application for the Good Growth Fund from the GLA, the new state of the art Tailoring Academy is due to open in September 2019 and will provide the finite skills required in tailoring today. Qualifications will range from Level 1 – 5 and highly experienced tutors are in place to pass on their skills and expertise to a new generation. Fashion Enter is looking for sponsorship to support this initiative if you can help please contact Jenny jenny@fashion-enter.com

Ethical Brands for a Fashion Revolution

Last Saturday 27th April 2019, Fashion Enter and in-house label Belles of London joined a selection of independent ethical clothing brands from around the UK to showcase at ‘Ethical Brands for a Fashion Revolution’. Held at London’s Museum of Brands in Notting Hill, the event, consisted of exhibition stands and talks, aimed to show consumers that there are viable and ethical alternatives to the high street and cheap fashion.

Lorna Tavares Development Manager at Fashion Enter said: The event had a fantastic turnout of people from all walks of life who are genuinely interested in sustainable fashion. There were many talks from exhibitors and workshops to get involved with, it was busy all day.” 

Welcome Chantelle

Chantelle will be covering for Development Director Jenni Sutton while she is on maternity leave over the summer, welcome Chantelle.

Apprenticeship Posts Currently On Offer

We are currently recruiting for apprentices with the following companies: Neon Sheep, Mountain Warehouse, Erdem and Halfpenny London. Please check out our latest apprenticeship posts here.

Coaching Sessions With Debbie Quick

Debbie Quick came in to deliver a much-valued life coaching session to our current cohort of learners. Jo Price, senior lecturer said: “What a great experience it was to learn some coaching tips from Debbie, the apprentices benefited from the activities in the first classroom session and a few had the privilege of having some one-to-one sessions a month later. I was also coached by Debbie and found the sessions enlightening and I have gained some useful tips from it. We all need some coaching in our lives as it gives clarity to the important things and how to be more proactive in these areas.”

Jenny Holloway, CEO, added: I have known Debbie for about ten years and she really is excellent at her job and a genuinely kind person. Debbie was actually my next-door neighbour and I know how hard she worked and trained to become a specialist in this field.

“The feedback from the apprentices and learners on Level 1 and 2 was absolutely outstanding. We all need direction and a brighter perspective sometimes whether it’s to do with work or not. We are most grateful to Debbie for her kindness and support she has shown our learners.  Huge thank-you Debbie.”

Fashion Enter at FESPA 2019

A team of our skilled machinists will be demonstrating live at FESPA 2019 inMunich Messe, Germany from the 14 – 17 May. FESPA 2019 is Europe’s largest international wide format professional printing exhibition. Where over 700 exhibitors showcase their latest innovations and product launches in the digital and screen printing sectors for graphics, signage, décor, packaging, industrial and textile applications. The team are really looking forward to taking part in this exhibition and showcasing the skills and services we provide at Fashion Enter.

Bridge Academy Career’s Fair

Today Operations Manager for Education and Learning at Fashion Enter, Esme, is at the Bridge Academy biannual Careers Fair to promote post 16 and 18 year-old opportunities available at the Fashion Technology Academy.

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

Fashion Masterclass – Let’s Create Your Own Fashion Brand

One 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. Click here for the full agenda and to book.

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

This week we’ve picked out an elegant nude lace with an intricate floral design. Ideal to use as an over-layer, inserted panel or trim. Available from the FCFabricStudio now at £5- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

We take a look at environmental charity Hubbub’s latest initiative to reduce UK textile waste.

Katie Farley takes a look at 3 of the best eco-friendly jeans labels in this week’s Fashion Fix.

And we take a look at the 90s trends that have re-emerged with a 2019 flavour.

And Finally…

We’ve had a brilliant response to our ‘Win a Belles of London Outfit Competition’ and have decided to extend the deadline for another week. Don’t miss out on your chance to win a bespoke outfit worth £200 click here to enter.

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