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Time to Change for the Better


Newsletter 20th March 2019

Dear all,

Happy Happiness Day!

It’s officially the First Day of Spring and additionally the International Day of Happiness. Time to think positive and plant those seeds for a fruitful year ahead. Next month our in-house label ‘Belles of London’ will be introducing their three new Belles and their ethical capsule collections at a series of eco fashion events across London. Fashion has often been stigmatised as being a somewhat shallow industry, all about appearance and profit. However, we are in the midst of change where we are thinking about the bigger picture: from best practises in factories to quality designs made to last to giving back to local communities; there’s no better time to change for the better.

Belles of London Spring Launch

The Belles of London Spring Launch event will include Prosecco and these gorgeous cupcakes by Print Cakes’ www.printcakes.co.uk as well as a talk from style advisors Red Leopard. The event will take place at The Factory, Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 167, Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ from 5 – 9pm. To RSVP contact: hello@bellesoflondon.com

Belles will also be at:

EcoLux Expo – 18th April, Mayfair London.

Ethical Brands for a Fashion Revolution – 27th April, Museum of Brands, London.

Sustainable & Ethical Fashion – 30th April, Millfield Arts Centre, North London.

To find out more about any of these events click here.

Apprenticeship Open Day

On 4th April we will be holding an Open Day for the Fashion & Textiles Apprenticeship programme at the Fashion Technology Academy from 10.00 – 13.00.

The FTA is the first apparel manufacturing training academy in the country to operate alongside a live Factory and Fashion Studio ensuring that learners gain exposure to real ‘Best of British’ manufacturing skills whilst training for their accredited qualifications.

If you would like to learn more about the qualifications and how to apply for an apprenticeship this is the perfect opportunity. You will meet the team, hear a talk on what the 18-month apprenticeship programme entails, learn about all current jobs available and have a tour of the Factory, Fashion Studio and Fashion Technology Academy.

Currents jobs include assistant garment technologist, assistant designer, production assistant, studio assistant, assistant merchandiser, digital apprentice and more!

To attend please email apprenticeships@fashion-enter.com or call 0208 809 3311

Apprenticeship Post of the Week

Halfpenny London are currently offering a Studio and Production Assistant apprenticeship for a hard working individual to assist with all aspects of the day to day running of a busy workroom. To find out more and apply click here.

Bloomsbury Fashion Books Discount Offer

The FashionCapital / Bloomsbury fashion books offer for our newsletter subscribers is still available. Click hereto view the FashionCapital/Bloomsbury Members Only page and browse the current selection of fashion books. To receive your exclusive 35% off savings code subscribe to the weekly FashionCapital newsletter.

Visiting The Factory Today

We have a cohort from River Island in at the Factory today undertaking a CPPD workshop to deepen their understanding of how quality issues can have an impact on pre-production and production in a factory, how this effects lead times and more. We deliver CPPD training for industry professionals seeking deep rich learning in a live factory environment to ensure full understanding of the complete garment life cycle is achieved. Workshops include Garment Technology, Buying and Merchandising as well as bespoke tailor made courses to suit your company’s specific needs. Want to know more then click here.

Meet Yvonne Radley Founder of Big Me Up Media

At the recent International Women’s Day / Make It Happen conference in Marbella, Spain, our CEO Jenny Holloway had the pleasure of meeting Yvonne Radley. With her exceptional background in journalism Yvonne is now advising and supporting small businesses on media and social media coverage. Read her story here.

Last Chance To Join Della’s Masterclass – How to Generate Sales!

Della Nelson is a highly creative and motivated design leader in women’s fashion, forecasting, design, tailoring and heading up creative teams within mid-market and premium retailers. She is passionate about developing a brands identity, ensuring an innovative and relevant product development process to the brand and its clientele. Join her on Thursday 28th March where she will cover how to plan your range and generate those all-important sales. Click here for more information and to book.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Thinking spring we’ve picked out this colourful Daisy print crepe available via the FCFabricStudio at £4.50 a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Kate Farley’s weekly Fashion Fix focuses on accessory trends heading our way this summer.

Fashion Enter’s Development Manager, Lorna Tavares attended ‘Talking Shop: Wholesale in a Digital World’ where she picked up some advice gems from buyers and brands.

And Business Advisor Dean Craven gives us his forth instalment of ‘Beware of the Cookie Cutter Business Plan’ brimming with useful tips and advice.

And Finally…

It’s not long until Fashion Revolution Week (22nd – 28th April 2019), ask #whomadeyourclothes and get proactive with the brands that you wear. Click here to find out more.

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