The Fully Equipped FC Designer Workspace
Newsletter 8th September 2021
From Disused Car Park to Designer Workspace
Last Thursday 2nd September the Fashion-Enter team welcomed over 60 individuals to its fully equipped FC Designer Workspace. For the last two years FEL has been working with Islington Council, Mayor of London and LEAP to transform what was a tired, disused car park into this innovative and affordable workspace that will support the borough’s designers and creatives.
The soft launch was a great success bringing together councillor’s, local community groups, stakeholders and press. Even MP for Islington North Jeremy Corbyn rolled up his sleeves and got involved by having a go on an industrial sewing machine!
FEL Development Director Jenni Sutton said: “Today we opened the doors to the FC Designer Workspace for the community launch and it was a huge success! It was so wonderful to meet the local sewing and community groups and showcase what resources and services we can now offer to Islington residents. This is just the start of a truly visionary project supported by Islington Council, the Mayor of London and Leap.”
An official launch for this innovative FC Designer Workspace will now take place on the 17th September in line with the opening day of London Fashion Week. The evening event will include drinks, networking, Jules Pipe and Jeremy Corbyn, sewing demonstrations and tours of the space.
FC Designer Workspace, Studios 1 – 12, 9 Durham Road, London N7
FC Fashion Technology Academy Leicester.
FTA Courses – Read What Our Learners Had to Say!
At the Fashion Technology Academy learners on our courses are stretched and challenged to make sure that they fulfil their potential. We actively seek regular feedback to ensure we are providing the best learning experience that we possibly can. Tap the links to read some of the feedback from the Level 2 Stitching course and the Level 1 Perfect Patterns course.
Here’s what Level 1 Stitching learner Sarah (pictured above with Jenny Holloway) had to say: “I really loved it, I was taught by Ana as I was a complete beginner and I had a lot to learn. I learnt so much in just six weeks, it was fun and I made lots of masks. I am now excellent at mask making.”
The FTA’s Stitching and Pattern Cutting courses run regularly throughout the year to find out more visit: https://fcfta.com/short-courses
CEO Comment: Apprenticeships & Training Providers Seriously Jeopardised
There is so much talk from Government regarding the importance of an education for all and skills development is a necessity to improve social mobility and job creation, yet there is a mismatch between what Government states and what the reality is. As a niche training provider Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway discusses the difficulties training providers currently face and the issues that the Department of Education urgently needs to address. She also reveals the excellent FEL achievement rates over the past four years and how all the hard work is being jeopardised by ineffective direction from the government. Tap here to read: ‘Where is the Adult Education Budget for Hard Working Training Providers?’
Yesterday, 7th September, the BBC came to film at the Factory and interview Production Director Caroline Ash for a story on Haringey. More on this soon.
Learn To Do Your Own PR
PR Dispatch founder Rosie Davies-Smith is back to share her invaluable knowledge and top tips in securing media coverage for your brand. With the continued uncertainties, PR is more relevant for small businesses than ever and she’ll show you how you can take control of your own PR so that you can increase your brand awareness. This online masterclass costs just £20 +VAT tap here to find out more and book.
B of London Dress of the Week
Our in-house B of London team love to hear back from customers on their recent online purchases. Recently this comment was posted on our social media pages: “Hi, I just wanted to say thank-you so much for this dress, I absolutely love it! Such good quality and got so many compliments.” This customer was commenting on the Mae Polka dot bodycon dress tap here to view and shop.
Masterclasses & Courses
How to Do Your Own PR (Online)
How to Wholesale (Online)
Fabric Swatch Selection
Autumn may be closing in but that doesn’t mean we have to put the florals away! We love Autumn/Winter florals that combine darker shades and tones to create stunning desk to dinner styles! Available now at the FCFabricStudio at £4 per metre.
This Week on FashionCapital…
Read all about The Rise of Waste Developed Textiles to create truly sustainable and environmentally friendly fabrics.
It’s #ZeroWasteWeek. The entire Fashion-Enter Ltd family is trying to reduce waste as much as possible, while there is always room for improvement every implemented action helps, from repurposing waste fabric and using fabric efficient CAD systems to implementing new efficient technologies such as the Zünd D3 Digital Cutting technology and the Kornit Presto printer. Every positive change is a step in the right direction.
Until next time, have a great week.