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Newsletter 20th September 2023

Welcome to the Styleverse Innovation Centre

One of the most innovative and visually exciting shows at London Fashion Week this season came from KWK by Kay Kwok. Kwok has embraced new technology and uses avatars to design and sample his creations, which gives a new found freedom and saves a lot of time! The benefits of new technology within fashion development and production are clear to see and the Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) team are thrilled to be working with Style3D on a state-of-the-art Styleverse Innovation Centre.

16th September 2023, The Block, London. KWK by Kay Kwok presents his catwalk show as part of London Fashion Week. © Chris Yates/ Chris Yates Media

Based at FEL’s Haringey factory in North London this specialised 3D design training facility will be officially opening on Thursday 28th September and will compliment the micro-factory facilities that are already available.

Exciting times ahead! Tap here to find out more about Style3D and FEL. 

FEL Physical Garments On Show at Digital Fashion Week London

On the 15th + 16th September Digital Fashion Week invited attendees to explore endless possibilities through the Metaverse, AI and the very latest 3D technologies. 

In preparation the FEL team were super excited to work alongside PhygitalTwin turning digital designs by Blanc de Blanc x Phygital Twin and Stephy Fung x Phygital Twin into physical garments, thanks to the brilliant Kornit Digital printing and Fashion Studio facilities situated at FEL’s HQ in Haringey. Both the digital and physical designs were showcased on models during Digital Fashion Week alongside multiple others. 

Tap here to read more on Digital Fashion Week.

FC Designer Workspace Tenant Presents at LFW

Based at the FC Designer Workspace in Islington, Elisa and her brand ‘Dreaming Eli’ presented her latest collection: ‘Wild Hearts Bleed’ as part of the official LFW schedule. In recent weeks the FEL team have seen Elisa’s SS24 collection come to life, transitioning from mannequins to live models, and all the work and preparation that goes into a collection and show. 

Dreaming Eli

A big well done to Elisa for a stunning presentation, tap here to read all about it.

The FEL marketing team and catwalk photographer Chris Daw also attended a variety of LFW shows gaining industry insight, reviews and trend information.

For an overview of the designers and trends showing at LFW SS24 tap here.

Fulfilment for LGB Alliance

Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) is thrilled to offer its on-demand print, production and fulfilment service to the LBG Alliance. Formed in 2019 and registered as a charity in 2021, LGB Alliance exists to provide support, advice, information and community to men and women who are same-sex attracted. Kate Barker, LBG Alliance CEO, is working with the FEL team in Haringey to provide fulfilment for their new range of 100% cotton t-shirts featuring their logo.

Hope-FX Project

Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) is delighted to be working with North Central London NHS Trust and their Hope-FX project that supports young adults with positive mental health initiatives. 

A group of 10 young adults will be working on their own unique, t-shirt design project with wrap-around support and tuition from the FEL team. The group have already attended an open day and will start the 3 – 6 month project from 22nd September.

FEL CEO Jenny Holloway commented: “As a social enterprise this is what Fashion-Enter Ltd is all about – supporting and encouraging individuals from the community. As a society we are waking up to the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing and getting stuck in with a creative project like this gives direction and encouragement. I am personally excited to see the designs that the group will come up with and we are able to follow through with selling opportunities as well.”

Leicester Textiles Festival

Today, Wednesday 20th September, the FCFTA Leicester team is taking part in the Leicester Textile Festival by holding a series of Garment Upcycling masterclasses at the Highcross Shopping Centre. So far the morning session has been busy, however there are a few places remaining for drop-ins from 2pm. Come and see the FCFTA team at the Upper Mall, Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester Textiles Festival Unit.

Monthly Repair & Upcycling Drop In’s for Islington Residents

Over at the FC Designer Collective on Fonthill Road we have partnered with Islington Council and can now offer free Repair and Upcycling drop-in sessions on a monthly basis.

The dates are as follows:

17th October

14th November 

12th December

16th January

13th February

19th March

Please come along on the above dates with a garment you wish to repair/upcycle to FC Designer Collective, 113-115 Fonthill Road, London N4 between 10am – 5pm.

FEL Exclusive: Optitex 30-day Free Trial

Fashion-Enter Ltd has partnered with Optitex technology to provide short course learners access to a remote license on a 30-day, free trial basis. Post trial users will then be able to receive special rates on the Optitex license subscription. Tap here to find out more. The next Optitex 3-day course dates are 3rd – 5th October.

Louisa Parris Masterclass Cancellation

Apologies to all signed up for the Zoom masterclass with designer Louisa Parris this morning, due to unforeseen circumstances the session had to be cancelled, however a new date will be announced in due course.

Next Free Masterclass: Mastering the Art of Building and Launching Winning Products

Join Sonya, Product Consultant, next Wednesday 27th September at 10am, for a 1-hour Zoom masterclass as she shares invaluable insights and strategies to help students and start-up businesses excel in building and launching successful products. For more info and to book visit: Mastering the Art of Building and Launching Winning Products

Ongoing Courses

Roll-on courses available at all campuses Islington, Haringey and Leicester: 

Level 1 & 2 in Stitching

Level 1 & 2 in Patterns

Various Levels in Tailoring

Diploma in Fashion Design and Business 

If you are unemployed or low income (below £23,302.50), over 19-years-old, you could be eligible to join some of our courses for free. Email: education@fashion-enter.com to enquire.

Masterclasses and Short Courses

27th September Mastering the Art of Building and Launching Winning Products (Free via Zoom)

3rd – 5th October Optitex Technology 2D and 3D 3-day course

4th October The Fashion Entrepreneur’s Toolkit: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Fashion Venture (Free via Zoom) 

25th – 27th October Gerber Accumark 3-Day Course for Beginners

22nd November Unlocking Success: The Secrets Behind Cost – Effective Sampling and Production for Aspiring Brands and Designers (Free via Zoom)

This Week on FashionCapital…

London Fashion Week September 2023: Creativity Rises When the Chips are Down

And Finally… 

As International Day of Sign Languages is coming up on the 23rd September the FEL team wanted to introduce employee of 10+ years Glenford, who is deaf, and has been teaching members of the team a few signs. Glenford features in the second half of this short YouTube video.    

Until next time, have a great week,

From the Team at FashionCapital (Sister company to Fashion-Enter Ltd)

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