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The Greatest Good is What We Do For One Another – Mother Theresa


Newsletter 16th March 2022

Fashion-Enter Wales 

Collecting for the Ukraine

This week we start the newsletter from the Fashion-Enter team in Wales and their proactive approach to what is happening in the Ukraine. The team are currently collecting essential items for displaced Ukrainians. If you are from the Powys region and would like to get involved please tap here to find out what items are needed and where you can drop off. Thank-you

Other news from Wales…

The team are currently looking for learners to sign up to the Free Level 1 Stitching course as well as 30 sewing machinists. Places are filling up fast but if you are interested in learning from the best seamstresses, some of whom are ex-Laura Ashley staff with more than 30-years’ experience, then please contact: info@fashion-enter.com 

Novel Yarn Project

Now into the forth week of the four month Novel Yarn recycling feasibility study with SMARTCryum the team have been undertaking desk top research into sustainability within the UK textiles sector. This week the focus is on the resource and guide – ‘Fashion As Sustainability in Action’ compiled by Centre for Sustainable Fashion, a University of the Arts London research centre, based at London College of Fashion. Tap here for more on this research.

Latest from FCFTA Leicester

International Women’s Day Event at Wesley Hall

FCFTA (Leicester) attended Wesley Hall on Thursday 10th March as part of the International Women’s Day event. Wesley Hall is a busy learning centre providing Early Years, Mental Health Services and local community activities. The day was a great celebration of Women – their diversity and strength in the local community. At this event Jackie shared with the community the courses available at FCFTA (Leicester) that are being funded by Community Renewal Fund.

“This event was so full of celebration – it was a pleasure to be able to share the courses we have available and to also make some great connections.”  Jackie

Careers Festival at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Hinckley Campus

Jackie and Divya attended Hinkley Campus to share with them apprenticeship courses provided by FCFTA. It was a great opportunity for students at the Hinkley Campus to research into a range of careers, understand employability skills and learn about possible progression routes and career pathways. 

Apprenticeships are a great choice for those that want to earn whilst they learn and follow a different route than a traditional degree or university route. 

The apprenticeships we offer will provide the skills, knowledge and understanding to work in the fashion industry. 

These apprenticeships are funded by Boohoo Group who have gifted £85,000 from its apprenticeship levy to provide these courses. 

Students commented: “It’s good to know what options are available to me.”

“I didn’t know about the Fashion Technology Academy in Leicester.”

FC Designer Workspace Islington

Meet the Designer Louisa Parris Postponed

Due to illness we have had to postpone the Meet the Designer Louisa Parris event due to take place at the FC Designer Workspace tomorrow. We apologise and will reschedule for a new date in due course.

Modesty Wear Brand Launch Next Wednesday

Next Wednesday 23rd March we will be launching modesty wear collections from Shama, ENNAY and Anaqa Apparel. From 10am the collections will be displayed alongside live demos on styling hijabs and stitching / pattern cutting as well as music and food. 

Shama Afefat commented: We create modest clothing & hijabs suitable for our customers, made with love and quality fabrics. We love to cover up and look beautiful at the same time, allowing our customers to feel like a queen in our modest clothing. Our aim is to provide modest clothing lines that are affordable.” 

The range of hijabs, modern dresses and kaftans will then be available to buy at the FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Road from the following day – 24th March. 

To attend please email: jenni@fashion-enter.com

Workspace and Equipment to Rent

At the FC Designer Workspace & Fashion-Enter Haringey you can rent industrial machines & pattern cutting tables for only £5 an hour. The spaces have everything you need to work on your collection, practice your skills and more.

 In the workspace you can:

+ Use industrial machines and pattern cutting table

+ Develop and make your collection

+ Learn how to use an industrial machine

+ Work in peace and quiet

+ Rent by hour, day or week

Prices range from £5 an hour, £30 a day or £100 a week. If you’re interested in rentable workspace/equipment in north London, email: jenni@fashion-enter.com 

Fashion-Enter HQ in Haringey

Skills Revolution

Next week former apprentice and Fashion Studio Assistant Georgia Fletcher is being filmed and interviewed alongside Production Director Caroline Ash for a national campaign on Skills.

Factory Tours

Visiting us this week we’ve held educational Factory Tours with students from Ravensbourne University and Oaklands College, along with a CPPD with employees from Sainsbury’s.

In the Press

We’ve also had more press on our collaborative Fashtech Innovation Centre with Kornit Digital, tap here to view all the press coverage to date. As well as a fantastic feature on our apprenticeships in the March/April 22 Chamber of Commerce and Industry publication: London Business Matters.

In Support of Fashion-Enter Advisory Board Chair – Lord Young

Lord Young with Ronen Samuel CEO Kornit Digital

Fashion-Enter ltd CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “I’d just like to sincerely thank Lord Young of Norwood Green for all the support he provides us at FEL. Lord Young is the Chair of our Advisory Board and he is a constant rock, a solid person that supports us in every way he can. When we had Ofsted he was there with Caren Downie flying our flag. An incredible man and we’re so proud that he is our Chair.”

N17 Creative Callings – Knowledge Exchange

Next Wednesday 23rd March the Greater London Authority have invited Fashion-Enter / N17 Creative Callings programme to the first CAKE (Collaboration & Knowledge Exchange) event for ESF Creative Sector Skills projects and associated projects sponsors. Equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills to develop their creative businesses has been incredibly fulfilling and we look forward to this first meeting with parallel project providers.

New Start Date: Technical Design & Pattern Cutting CAD Course

We have limited space available on our Saturday / Online Technical Design & Pattern Cutting CAD Course with Telestia. This course will enable you to quickly design and draft a pattern block with guaranteed perfect fit. Join this 12-week Saturday course with online tutor support. Learn essential design and pattern skills that are quick, accurate and easy to learn. This course will take place at the FC Designer Workspace from 2nd April, tap here for further details.

Courses & Masterclasses

Meet Designer Louisa Parris (Date TBC – free)

Technical Design and Pattern Cutting CAD Course (2 April 12-weekly Saturday classes with online support)

Gerber 3-day course for beginners (6 – 8 April)

Optitex 2D & 3D 3-Day Course (26 – 28 April)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Did you know we have some recycled fabric available that is perfect for making swim or sportswear? Available in hot pink, electric blue or turquoise the material is 22% elastane 78% polyamide. Available at £9 per metre at the FCFabricStudio.

This Week on FashionCapital…

What emerging and existing technologies have been used to ensure firms in the supply chain are reducing their carbon footprint and taking CSR seriously? Have a read in Smart Technology for Supply Chain Carbon Neutrality.

And Finally…

Supporting and helping people is really what we are all about and Patterns tutor Lan felt quite emotional when a Level 1 Patterns student, Koko told her: ”No one has ever taught me properly until I met you.” It’s seeing her confidence grow and feedback like this that makes all the difference.

Until next time, have a great week.

The team at FashionCapital

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