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Time To Change or Die


Newsletter 28th August 2019

Dear all,

Environmental concerns, slave labour and retails collapse across the UK has left many questions surrounding the way the fashion industry operates. Big changes are imminent and it was a welcome step in the right direction to hear about the launch of The Fashion Pact at the G7 summit in Biarritz last weekend. President Macron asked Francois-Henri Pinault from Kering to unite 32 fashion companies including Chanel, Inditex and PVH, amounting to approximately 150 brands. The Pact revolves around environmental targets such as achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, restoring biodiversity and preserving the oceans by reducing the use of plastics.

Change or Die – Rethinking Retail

Fresh thinking is exactly what the industry needs right now – the old business model of pushing of stock onto consumers does not work! The high street is becoming littered with closures and CVAs. Compare this with the performance of a ‘lean retailer’ such as Inditex with strong double-digit growth over the past decade and now the largest fashion retailer with continuing strong performance. (The Inditex Group registered net sales growth of 5% in the first quarter of 2019.)

It’s time for retailers to put the good practices of ‘lean’ into their entire enterprises, changing buying strategies now and with the support of the experts below we are bringing a high level accredited Level 5 CPPD session for leading CEO/ COO and decision making directors.

Guest speakers include representatives from:

Kaizen Institute


Sonae Group


Leroy Merlin

James Stewart, Lean Director Burberry commented: “I can see first hand the importance that the Toyota business model or ‘Lean’ will have if your organisation is to survive in this industry. This happened and continues to happen in the automotive industry. As Burberry’s Director of Lean Transformation I believe there is only one way forward for retailers today. They must understand these new principals of a pull not push business model, flow V’s batch production and true customer centricity.

“This is why I’ve coordinated a top level accredited seminar with leading international speakers from some of those retailers who adopted this model. They can share their own experiences with huge success within their organisations who are now leading in their sectors of retail. I believe if retailers do not change now they will die!”

The 1-day seminar is strictly limited to ten places and will take place in October. To find out more and book a place please contact: stephanie@fashion-enter.com

See You at Fashions Finest

Fashion Week is around the corner and we will once again have a stand at the up and coming designer showcase Fashions Finest. Brand and Development Officer Stephanie will be on hand to talk about all the courses, sampling and production that we provide. Throughout the day there will be catwalk shows presenting new talent as well as industry talks and various exhibitors.

Fashions Finest Saturday 14th September 2pm – 9pm at the Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St, London WC1.

The Return of Legal Eagle – Nick Gould

On Tuesday 8th October 2019 Nick Gould, ‘the common-sense lawyer with mismatched shoes!’ will be back to host another of his highly informative Legal Eagle Masterclass aimed at new business start-ups.

Comments from his previous masterclass included:

‘I have learnt a lot of new interesting facts about setting up a company, the finances and legal bits. It was a nice, relaxed atmosphere with a lot of different backgrounds and knowledge. It will be great to meet up again.’ – Amy

‘I am taking away a lot of useful and key information on how to properly set up my business.’ – Olanike

‘This was a great, open discussion!’ – Rochette

For all things legal from IP rights, patents, copyright, database rights, UK product design, community designs and trademarks – this is a masterclass not to miss. Click here to find out more and book.

Pattern Cutting Skills with Telestia

Did you know we teach all of our pattern cutters how to create patterns using the Telestia method? Telestia provides a coherent, accurate, proven pattern making and design methodology, which allows articulate dialogue between the designer and patter cutter. Previous learner Nicola said that by using Telestia she has ‘learnt more in 5 days than she has in 5 years’ of industry pattern cutting!

Interested in Pattern Cutting? We have places available on our next 6-week block commencing 2nd of September. We also have availability and free places for those that are unemployed, looking for work and receiving valid benefits. education@fashion-enter.com

Jenny to Speak at Forward Ladies 2019

The FL (Forward Ladies) National Awards & Summit is now in its 10th year. To celebrate this milestone the organisers have invited some of the most successful and inspirational female leaders from across the various regions to speak at the event. FashionCapital’s CEO and former Forward Ladies awardee, Jenny Holloway, will be one of them. She will join the likes of Anna Keeling – Boeing Defence UK; Lara Oyesanya – Klarna Bank; Julia Gash – Julia Gash Enterprises plus others.

Strategy Day for the Company

Today the team have met up at Permira Advisers LLP in central London for our annual strategy meeting, more on this next week. With thanks to Chris North, Principal and Permira.

A Warm Welcome to Swof Media

We are pleased to welcome Steve Swoffer and his team at Swof Media as our IT support. Exciting times ahead.

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

Fashion Brand Bootcamp – 21st September

Fashion Brand Bootcamp

On Saturday 21st September FashionCapital is providing a one-day masterclass with industry experts that have been through the real highs and lows of running a brand. From 10am to 4pm we will get you and your fashion brand ready with our six industry experts. The bootcamp will cover each key area of business including; developing your collection and your brands signature, supply chain and logistics, sampling and production, sales and promotion, understanding costs and keeping on budget, along with how to keep yourself motivated and positive. Attendees can pre-book one-to-one 20-minute sessions with one of the industry professionals at the end of the session.

How to Realise Your Goals with Life & Business Coach Eric Gilston 26th September

Life and Business coach Eric Gilston has committed to an on-going programme with us, his masterclasses are free and including: How to Realise Your Goals’ Professionally and Personally on the 26th September 11am – 1pm. Learn the keys to effective goal setting and achieving those goals, the best techniques to set goals, see the benefits from taking action based on great goals and how to have a productive day today and every day.

TR Pattern Cutting for Beginners – 28th September

Our popular TR Pattern Cutting taster masterclass with the ‘Queen of seams’ Claudette Joseph is back with another instalment on Saturday 28th September at the Fashion Technology Academy. The three-hour session introduces learners to the TR pattern cutting technique, a form of origami pattern cutting which translates into immediate and intuitive 3D creations, in opposition to the more conventional way of drafting. For more details and to book click here.

Former learner Chionma said: “It just blew my mind when I did the TR Pattern Cutting course, it was like – wow, like a bolt goes off in your head.”

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making – 7th 14th and 21st September

We also have a 3-Day Beginners course with Gerber taking place in September and a 2-Day Advanced Gerber course available in October details for all the masterclasses can be found here.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

It’s always fantastic to see FCFabricStudio customers wearing their creations. Here is Juliette in our abstract geo print fabric made into a wrap dress. Feeling inspired we have picked out another bold, abstract print in soft jersey. Available online now at £4 p/m.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Last May (2019) FashionCapital’s CEO, Jenny Holloway, joined politicians, brands and advocacy groups at The Young Fabians Environment Network, to discuss the future of the fashion industry. You can now listen to the full debate (1 hour and 31minutes) via The Young Fabian Podcast plus there is an engaging Q&A session at the end.

‘Each of the 6 speakers have worked in their field of expertise for over 20-years.’ – Just one of the very good reasons why to attend Fashion Brand Bootcamp, find out more here.

Kate Farley’s Fashion Fix explores H&M’s new designer partnership with South African brand Mantsho, as well as discovering New Look’s latest launch of vegan-friendly footwear and handbags, plus sustainable uniforms for the U.S. Open created Polo Ralph Lauren.

And Finally…

We have just sold 6 Belles of London Ava fishtail maxi dresses to one lady that has bought them for her bridesmaids, such a timeless and elegant style in blush pink.

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