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The Launch of the Tailoring Academy


Newsletter 13th November 2019

Dear all,

It’s official, London’s first state-of-the-art Tailoring Academy is here and ready to educate a new generation of tailors and skilled production workers.

This would not have been possible without funding from the ‘Good Growth Fund’ and Haringey Council. Additional funding and support has been generously provided by Clothworkers’ Foundation, Optitex EFI, Vetigraph, Gerber Technologies, Eastman Staples, K Sewing, Rupitex Fabrics, Marcos Trimmings and Telestia. 

Also a big shout out for Jan Kattein Architects – the space really does look fantastic.

Images by Jan Kattein Architects

CEO of Fashion-Enter ltd Jenny Holloway said: “The continual rising of demand for UK manufacturing has created a skills gap that has been part-supported by the Fashion Technology Academy but now finite skills are required for Tailoring. When I was a buyer for M&S we bought tailoring extensively from the UK – these days are surely going to return and the Tailoring Academy will be the perfect learning environment for specialised fine skills required in pattern making, cutting and tailored stitching. Sincere thanks to everyone who has made the Tailoring Academy opening possible.”

Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, added: “Fashion manufacturing is seeing a resurgence in this area of London, and this project will make a big difference in ensuring that trajectory continues. The Tailoring Academy will upskill London’s next generation of makers – whether starting their own businesses, or joining the skilled workforce required by modern manufacturers.”

Click here to view the Tailoring courses now available.

The Tailoring Academy’s Industry Launch

Tomorrow, Thursday 14th November, we will welcome the new Tailoring Academy with an industry launch. Guest speakers will include Nick Beighton – CEO ASOS, Debbie Jackson – Interim Executive Director of Development, Enterprise and Environment at the Greater London Authority, Denise Watson – Current learner at the Fashion Technology Academy with high aspirations for her future, Marquel Williams – Former learner, apprentice and now designer based in Tottenham’s Creative Enterprise Zone and Jenny Holloway  – CEO of Fashion-Enter ltd. Keep an eye on our social media pages for all the latest launch news.

Tailoring Academy Launch Agenda

18:00 – 18:15

Welcome drinks & canapé service

18:15 – 19:00
Opportunity to experience the live demonstrations and enjoy the interactive sessions:

Education (Green) – FTA Executive Andres Ochoa-Mikan

Stitching Academy students will be presenting live demonstrations of their portfolios and work

Pattern Cutting Academy students will be presenting live demonstrations of their portfolios and work

Cutting table – students using hand rotary cutters demonstrating marking out and cutting

Gerber Sample Cutter- Automated Sample Cutting

CAD CAM Demonstrations – Optitex, Gerber and Vetigraph

N17 Creative Calling Stand

Level 5 display of Bespoke Tailoring Apprenticeship – Alex Lamb and Matthew Lam

Industry (Yellow)

Caroline Ash, Production Director and Chris Toumba Factory ManagerCutting Demonstration – Use of Straight Knife cutting equipment and small lay – rotary

Stitching Demonstration – Established machinists providing demonstrations of different sewing techniques

Pressing Demonstration – Head of Pressing, Joe Ampong

Mannequin display of current orders from PO Ferries and Brora

Mechanic display – review of specialised machines

19:00 – 20:00

Guest Speakers, hosted by Jenny Holloway, Founder & CEO of Fashion- Enter Limited:

Nick Beighton, CEO of ASOS.com

Debbie Jackson, Interim Executive Director of Development, Enterprise and Environment at the Greater London Authority

Jenny Holloway – The Tailoring Academy

Denise Watson, Former Fashion Technology Academy Learner,

Marquel Williams; Former Fashion Technology Academy Learner and;

Jenny Holloway, acknowledgements and closing address

20:00 – 21:00
Networking opportunity for all guests.


Cutting the Ribbon at Artspace 5

Last week our very own CEO, Jenny Holloway, was invited to cut the ribbon at at Assembil’s Studio at Collage Artspace 5 – a permanent home for artists in Wood Green. Thanks to the Mayor’s Good Growth Initiative and a long-term partnership with the regeneration team at Haringey Council Artspace has been able to offer 80,000 square feet of affordable studio space to local creatives.

Artspace 5 is also houses the Roj Women Textiles workshop. The Roj Women Association was founded 10-years ago to provide services to young minority ethnic girls and women migrated to the United Kingdom from Kurdish regions fleeing from war, persecution, oppression and discrimination within Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. The Textiles workshop aims to create the space and facilities for Kurdish women to rekindle with the weaving and seamstress skills they have been taught from a young age by the older generation of women. Jenny also met with the various artists and community groups such as the Roj Women’s Association and Sophie from Assembil Books who have made Artspace 5 their home.

With Thanks to Ethical Brand Directory

Last week Belles of London joined other ethical brands to showcase on Ethical Brand Directory’s ‘Ethical & Sustainable Edit’ stand at the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ Fair at London, Olympia. It was a great opportunity to present Belles to a consumer audience at the week long event. A special thanks to Roberta, founder of the Ethical Brand Directory, for including our in-house brand.

Masterclasses Available Now

Ethical Fabric Sourcing and Production with Mark Dodds – 15th November 2019

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners – 16th November 2019

Your Body; Your Block – Creating Your Own Skirt – 19th November 2019 (1-day, evening classes or 2-half day options available.)

Strategies for Handling Stress with Eric Gilston – (Free) 21st November 2019

Essential Alterations & Upcycling Techniques – 29th November 2019

Introduction to Sewing: Making a Tote Bag – 6th December 2019

Fabric Swatch of the Week

How about this bold striped, sheer chiffon for your upcoming fashion and interior projects? Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £4- per metre.

Our First Optitex Class Today!

It’s great that we have now opened the  Tailoring Academy and already we have started our first Optitex Training.  Delighted to welcome lingerie makers Buttress & Snatch to our Academy using the amazing 3D software that uses moving avatars that allows you to make a garment digitally without creating the actual physical form! This is the future!

For the next courses please email: stephanie@fashion-enter.com

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Pattern and fit guru Anastasia Vouyouka discusses fundamental issues behind fashion sustainability and how the industry’s approach to design, fit and production requires a much-needed overhaul.

In this week’s Fashion Fix Katie Farley reveals this year’s winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Prada’s sustainability deal and Zac Posen’s fashion brand closure.

And of course we talk about our new 11,500 square foot Tailoring Academy click here to read all the details.

And Finally…

It’s #WorldKindnessDay! Help make kindness the norm in your workplace & neighbourhood! Small actions add up!

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