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The Benefits of Making in the UK!


Newsletter 6thOctober 2021 

The Importance of MakeUK

The Manufacturers’ Organisation MakeUK is celebrating some of the best and most influential in the industry with regional, in-person, Awards & Dinner events throughout October and November. Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway is thrilled to be invited as an inspiring after-dinner speaker at the South regional event on 19thOctober in Swindon.

With the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) due to take place at the end of this month the protection of the environment is high on the agenda and this is where manufacturing in the UK can really shine. Jenny Holloway comments: “To think, no flying in of production from off or near shore, saving jobs in the UK and making garments in ethically audited, leading status factories. Makes you wonder why it has taken retailers’ and brands so long to see the benefits of making in the UK!” 

Tap here for more information on the MakeUK Regional Dinner & Awards events.

Save the Date – 21st October!

N17 Creative Callings: Creative Careers Event

From 09:00 – 11:00 on Thursday 21st October Fashion-Enter, in conjunction with the N17 Creative Callings initiative supported by the Mayor of London & European Social Fund, will be hosting a morning for creative jobs within fashion today at their Careers & Employer Engagement event at their HQ in north London.

Learn how to work with the multiples with special guest speakers from ASOS and Kornit

From 12:30 – 15:30 on 21st October 2021 listen to the experts on what etailers are looking for today with speed of response fashion and how Kornit, the most ethical printer in the world, is making one piece flow 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! 

From 14:00 – 16:00 on 21st October 2021 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’s are part of the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund working in collaboration with Islington Council. 

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

Join the Fashion-Enter Team!

We are currently recruiting for a receptionist / administrator and a tutorat our Fashion Technology Academy. Tap the links to find out more about each position and how to apply. Good luck!

Garment Industry Outreach Worker – Leicester

Highfields Centre is currently recruiting for a Senior Community Engagement & Outreach Worker with the Leicester Garment Workers Advice & Support Project. This is a full-time position and the ideal candidate will be multi-lingual with an extensive understanding of garment workers issues in the area. The deadline for applications is the 7thOctober to find out more and apply tap here

Your Career, Your Future Wales

Fashion-Enter Wales will be at the Your Career, Your Future digital career and jobs fair. Taking place 19th, 20th& 21stOctober 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 19thOctober 1 – 3pm.

To find out more about this event tap here.

Islington Climate Change Festival – Free Upcycling Workshop

Fashion-Enter’s FC Designer Workspace will be joining the Islington Climate Change 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, 29thOctober, at the FC Designer Workspace, Studios 1 – 12, 9 Durham Road, N7 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 hereto book your place.

FC Designer Collective News

Just arrived at the Collective on Fonthill Road is a new jewellery collection by designer Margret Griffith. This local jewellery designer handcrafts her contemporary designs in sterling silver and uses semi-precious and precious stones. Her collection is beautifully timeless and available at the shop now.

Another designer doing well with her statement jewellery is Diva Choice, here is a customer wearing a Diva Choice choker and cuff at a recent White Party.

FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH.

Shop opening days / hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

Creative Headdress Making Masterclass

In this two-hour session you will be taught how to create a stunning headdress. Using repurposed materials, vintage and hand dyed flowers, upcycled jewels and gems, Mary, founder of headwear emporium Another Earthling, will guide you step-by-step. Take your pick from a Halloween inspired headdress to a Midnight Queen Bedazzled design to a Goddess Halo! By the end of this creative and informal session you’ll be able to walk away with your own show-stopping masterpiece. Tap hereto book your place, early bird offer until 18thOctober £25-

Top Tips on PR

This morning founder of PR Dispatch Rosie Davies-Smith presented a Zoom masterclass on PR for product-based businesses.She revealed her top tips on gaining and securing press and influencers attention and debunked some common PR myths.

Tap herefor all up and coming masterclasses.

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 (Islington residents)

How to Produce a High Selling Product (Online)

Headdress Making Masterclass(FC Designer Workspace)

Islington Climate Change Festival: Upcycle My Wardrobe Free Workshop (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

We have picked out this monochrome circle print jersey an ideal fabric to create those trans-seasonal layers in a print that never goes out of style. Available at the FCFabricStudioat £3.50 per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital…

We acknowledge and celebrate the 1styear anniversaryof our second factory in Newtown, Wales.

Here’s what Annabella from the Welsh factory had to say:“We are all so grateful to Jenny for believing in us and can’t believe that we have reached our first anniversary! We have all learnt so much and look forward to working with ASOS, NBrown, ISIF, Onesta, N16 Vintage, Urban Eden along with new customers in the future. We are also looking forward to the launch of Spyce Jones and we would like to extend a big thank-you to everyone in head office for all their help in the past year and continued support in the future years to come. A big thank-you from all your colleagues in Wales!”

And Finally…

Next on the online masterclass agenda is: How to produce a high selling product with Carley Johnson. Learn how to find your niche, understand demand, data, market and audience research, work out your pricing strategy and achieve validation. This session takes place Thursday 21stOctober. Tap hereto book your place.

Until next time, have a great week.

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