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Time to Take Responsibility


FashionCapital Newsletter

18th April 2018
Dear all,
As individuals and as cogs in the fashion industry’s wheels we all have the opportunity to make a difference – no matter how small. Right now buzzwords like ‘circular economy’, ‘sustainability’, ‘fashion footprint’ and ‘considered purchases’ frequent the media so how can we incorporate healthy practises throughout our industry?


Sometimes we need help when it comes to finding that right path and decision-making. For several years established Life & Business Coach, Eric Gilston has been providing FashionCapital with his tips and motivation to achieve positive life and work skills. To view Eric’s posts go to ‘Advice & Support.’

Following on from this he will be coming in to FC HQ in North London to give a Masterclass on “How to Motivate Yourself to Success.” Scheduled for Thursday 10th May Eric will share his techniques to provide clarity and unlock true potential. To express an interest in this Masterclass please contact info@fashioncapital.co.uk


After several decades in the business we have built up some valuable contacts, some of which are generous enough to give up their time to share their experience and knowledge. Tomorrow (Thursday 19th April) we have not one, but two leading experts not to miss.

First up Caren Downie, one of the most influential women in British fashion, is back to deliver a ‘How to Build a Successful Brand’ Masterclass – essential for any growing fashion business. Taking place from 3pm – 5pm, capacity is limited please click here to find out more and book.

FC Fashion MeetUp #3

Caren’s Masterclass will be swiftly followed by our third FC Fashion MeetUp, a free informal networking event for designers, brands and fashion entrepreneurs to meet, have a drink, network and to hear exclusive insight from a special guest speaker.

Buying Controller from River Island, Tina Baum, will be our industry expert, with a career spanning 38-years, to join our CEO, Jenny Holloway, for the Big Black Sofa Conversation.

FC FashionMeetUp #3 takes place Thursday 19th April 2018 from 17.00 to 20.00

Please RSVP to reserve your place: info@fashioncapital.co.uk


We currently have several opportunities available ranging from a bespoke apprenticeship position with Gieves & Hawkes to apprenticeships with Phase Eight, M&Co and CMT London.

Berlin Showcase – Members of the Fashion Enter team will be heading to Berlin to take part in PRINT MAKE WEAR 2018, a live ‘fast fashion’ production showcase plus expert seminar programme and catwalk to promote latest innovations in garment and accessories production which takes place at Messe Berlin, Germany, from 15 to 18 May 2018.


You can never have enough knowledge and learning is a continual journey, particularly true if you want to develop the latest skillset for your career. Hence the many masterclasses, courses, talks and workshops available right here at our North London HQ.

Courses Coming Soon…

Claudette Joseph is offering TR Pattern Cutting taster course to get that creativity flowing, Saturday 28th Aprilclick here for details and to book your place.

The next Perfect Patterns six-week course will commence from Monday 30th April. This course covers the fundamentals of pattern making: how to draft blocks and use them to create your patterns.

Technical Design and Pattern Cutting CAD Course a 16-week online study course plus 5 class meetings, including a session with pattern and fit guru Anastasia Vouyouka who is flying over especially from Greece to share her invaluable expert knowledge, will commence from the 11th and 12th May.

Gerber for Beginners – The next intensive three-day course led by industry experts Ben and Declan will take place on the 12th, 19th and 26th May.

To find out more about any of the courses and to book your place please contact: education@fashion-enter.com


As we mentioned last week the FC and Fashion Enter teams will be joining Fashion Revolution Week (23rd – 29th April), by sharing posts on ‘who made your clothes’ and showcasing that ethical fashion production is the only way forward for the industry. We also welcome the renowned Tiverton Primary Choir to sing on our factory floor on the 24th April – it will be the first time our staff and learners will be treated to an uplifting, live, choral performance.

If you would like to see the live choir performance as well as receive a tour of our ethical production facilities we will be hosting an ‘Open Factory’ from 2pm – 3pm on Tuesday 24th April where anyone is welcome to drop in. To attend please email jenni@fashion-enter.com

Opening this weekend The ‘Fashion from Nature’ exhibition at the V&A will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.


Have you ever thought about hiring an apprentice for your fashion business? It’s easier than you think and the rewards work both ways click here to find out more.

Read all about the latest app to tackle the problem of recycling unwanted clothing items.

Join this year’s Fashion Revolution Week – click here to find out how you can make a difference.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

This beautiful, delicate ‘Paula’ paisley printed cotton is the perfect natural fibre to use for garments to keep cool in summer while the print looks striking and effortless. Available now from the FCFabricStudio at £5- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Kate Farley discovers the infusion of oriental prints and wonderful beaded embellishments that create Nana Gotti’s latest collection.

Thanks to all those that attended the Factory Open Day last Friday read all about it here.

We take a look at high-end designer brands and how keeping it simple plays a key role to their spring window displays.

And Finally…

We need to update all our subscribers on DATA PROTECTION – Important New Regulations to protect your personal data. A new, Europe-wide, regulation comes into force soon which will affect you. The regulations are called GDPR, which stands for General Data Protection Regulations. They are designed to give you more control over how your personal data (such as email addresses, phone numbers etc.) is handled. We will soon be emailing you our Privacy Notice which tells you what you need to know about how we handle your data.

To read more about this click here.

More from the FashionCapital team next time, until then we wish you a great week.

Image left and header: EDDA SS18 by Nicholas Kristiansen

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