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The new generation of master tailors step this way


FashionCapital Newsletter
7th March 2018

Dear all,

Very exciting news! We have just heard that we have won a funding bid to develop a state of the art Tailoring Academy!

CEO of Fashion Enter, Jenny Holloway comments: “Everyone at the Fashion Technology Academy is ecstatic at the news that we have been awarded funding for a Tailoring Academy. I was a tailoring selector at M&S many moons ago and I always loved tailoring and the complexities of fit and construction. Now we are in a position to invest in new machinery to fill a 11,500 sq. foot space and we can build up skills for bespoke tailoring such as handmade buttons holes, canvasing a coat by hand, understanding the construction of floating chest pieces etc. Today marks the start of a new generation of master tailors!”

The Tailoring Academy, will be situated at neighbouring Unit 5, Crusader Estate, the 11,500 square foot space will be fully equipped with the latest tailoring machinery to train and develop new skills and standards for the sector. Click here for the full article.

National Apprenticeship Week 2018

As it’s National Apprenticeship Week the team have naturally been attending various events. On the 5th March Fashion Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway was at the House of Lords to discuss the topic of ‘Promoting the Prestige of UK Apprenticeships’– a dinner discussion that focused on how the government pledge to create 3m new apprentices by 2020 is progressing.

On Tuesday 6th March, Jenni Sutton, Development Director at Fashion Enter and FashionCapital, spoke to Year 2 students at Waltham Forest College about the various apprenticeships opportunities that are available within the fashion and manufacturing sector.

While Esme Tecle, Operations Manager – Education and Learning at the FTA, was busy discussing and recruiting new apprentices at Job Centre Plus in Hackney.

Fashion Enter’s Apprentice of the Year 2018

Drumroll please… each year Fashion Enter runs an award for their outstanding apprentice of the year and we are pleased to announce that this year’s winner is Georgia Fletcher who works as an aspiring garment technologist on the factory floor.

Georgia Fletcher comments: “I’ve always wanted to work in the fashion industry and eventually become a fashion designer. The apprenticeship programme has enabled me to upskill in so many ways that I wouldn’t have been able to do if I had gone to University. I am truly thankful to have had the opportunity to attend the apprenticeship scheme and grateful I was made aware of the programme via the website www.fashioncapital.co.uk.”

CFE Manufacturers Trade Show

Next week, 14th and 15th March, we will be at The CFE Manufacturers Trade Show – a sourcing event for fashion businesses looking to connect with high-end production units and supporting services. Exhibitors will include manufacturers, pattern cutters, fashion software and embroidery services, that cater to smaller scale quantities for fashion entrepreneurs.

To find out more and register to attend this FREE event in London click here.

Stock Up! – William Gee Flash Sale

William Gee’s Spring Flash Sale is happening this Friday 9th March – a perfect time to stock up on your threads, zips, haberdashery, linings and over 9000 professional sewing products! Just head to http://www.williamgee.co.uk and save on your entire bill with coupon code SPRINGTREAT.

Everyone who orders in the flash sale will receive a complimentary bag of threads too! Please note this is an online-only sale, which ends Sunday 11th March, so be quick! 

Next Masterclass on the Agenda

Led by former Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer Deborah Shulton, the Fabric Appreciation Masterclass will teach the importance of understanding properties of fabrics and the influences on cost, quality and lead times. Taking place on Thursday 15th March 10am – 12pm to book your place click here.

Courses to UpSkill Your Career

The next three-day digital pattern-making course with Vetigraph will take place at the Fashion Technology Academy from 19th – 21st March from 10am – 4pm each day. This three-day intensive course is ideal for either beginners or those with prior experience that need to brush up on their skills.

New dates for the popular Gerber for Beginners course are 7th, 14th and 28th April. Gerber students are welcome to practice on the FTA’s computers during and after the course.

Production Pattern Cutting with the highly experienced Maggie Stott provides industry level insight to benefit those already in the sector looking to fine tune their skills. Places are available for the 17th and24th March and the 7th April.

While the TR Pattern Course, a form of origami pattern cutting that translates into immediate and intuitive 3D creations, is running a taster course on the 17th March and a master course on the 23rd and 24th March.

To find out more about each course, costs and to book your place click here.

The Power of Lean

Last week (28th February) ‘Lean’ specialist Michelle Dove started to work with FashionCapital’s sister company Fashion Enter and its production team to look at ways of improving their processes and productivity. The pilot project will last a few weeks and is aimed at helping the team to learn and implement the power of ‘lean’ in their work.

To find out more about this concept click here.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Stripes were all over the SS18 catwalks and this multi-coloured Quin C3 stripe featuring an arty bleed effect certainly makes a statement. Available now online via the FCFabricStudio.com at £4- per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Kate Farley takes a look at the Paris collections and Dior’s political parade that aims to empower women the world over.

Did you enjoy the snowy interlude at the end of last week? Seems like we blame the weather for everything and when it comes to retail and footfall it looks like we really can.

Tomorrow, 8th March, is International Women’s Day and in keeping with this movement the Women in Manufacturing Summit (22 June, Exhibition Centre Liverpool) will see 150 manufacturing professionals – role models, mentors, and board-level leaders from across the UK come together to inspire and support.

And Finally…

A huge thank-you to those that supported our CEO Jenny Holloway with her head shaving fundraising for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group. Jenny aimed to raise at least £2,000 but thanks to some generous donations she has now reached £3,394.00, which is fantastic. Here she is with her new close crop with her friend Lydia that inspired her to take on the challenge and Jenny’s son Zac.

“I am genuinely blessed with such wonderful caring friends. Thank you all! Lydia onwards and upwards. We are all here for you.” – Jenny

Until next time, have a fantastic week.

The Team at FashionCapital.

(Header street style image by Sherion Mullings)

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