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To a New Decade and New Opportunities!


Newsletter 18th December 2019

Dear all,

As we enter the final weeks of 2019 our thoughts look to the future, to a new decade and to new opportunities. If you are looking to work in fashion, are a designer, or a brand start-up, or even own a creative business in the Tottenham area – then we can help you. From courses, seminars, mentoring, production services to local business initiatives – we are here to support you.

Success Story: Louisa Parris

Louisa Parris started her eponymous label in 2011 and her company has flourished ever since. Known for her bold prints, graphic shapes and striking use of colour Louisa has her unique garments stitched and made up at our Fashion Studio in North London. Recently she had her SS20 collection photographed and she sent this wonderful message to all involved:

“I just wanted to email you all to say a huge thank you for being part of the SS20 collection that is slowly tricking out into the world from December. Please, on my behalf can you thank all the printers / cad teams / cutters / male & female seamstress that helped make this collection so beautiful.”

Klaudia, CAD/CAM Pattern Cutter at the Fashion Studio, replied: “They look fabulous Louisa! So proud to be a part of it!”

Amiyah Gyemi, Fashion Studio Assistant added: “The shoot looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I have shown our team of machinists and I must say we all love the art direction. As Jenny Holloway says you absolutely deserve every success and this will continue on the growth of Louisa Parris!”

Here is a sample of Louisa’s SS20 collection shot by Laurette Suter – a shining example of a fantastic team effort.

If you are looking for fashion production then the Fashion Studio offers short run production from 1 unit to 300 units. Tap here to find out more.

Optitex – Services and Courses Now Available

Earlier this month Claire Solley, EFI Optitex / Senior Pattern Cutting tutor at Fashion-Enter and the Fashion Technology Academy, held a free introductory masterclass on EFI Optitex pattern design software. She explained the many benefits of the package including how to prepare patterns for 3D simulation, garment fit, applying colour, pattern and texture and much more. We are now pleased to announce that along with Optitex courses we can also offer a range of Optitex services…


1-Day course – Introduction to Optitex

3-Day Course – Basic 2D & 3D

(January and February dates available)

1:1 tuition


2D/3D Pattern Cutting Services

Taking Imported 2D CAD Pattern to 3D


To enquire about any of these courses or services please contact Head Office: 0208 809 3311 / info@fashioncapital.co.uk

London’s One and Only Tailoring Academy

Alongside all the production courses and apprenticeships available at the Fashion Technology Academy we can now offer tailoring specific training at our state-of-the-art Tailoring Academy. From introductory to intermediate – to a bespoke diploma, the rolling programme will include courses at all levels of ability and you can browse and book via our Fashion Technology Academy website.

If you are looking for a tailoring or fashion production specific course then please contact Esme: mailto:esme@fashion-enter.com

Local Support for Creative Businesses

Are you based in the Tottenham CEZ area? Do you run a creative business, or are about to start one? Did you know that thanks to a new project: ‘N17 Creative Callings’ funded by the Greater London Authority and the European Social Fund, and supported by Haringey Council, you can now receive free business support and practical solutions to ensure business success. Fashion-Enter has recently gone live with the initiative that offers free advice, support, networking and training opportunities.

We can offer accredited training in: Fashion and Textiles, Leadership and Management, Creative and Digital Media, Developing Social Potential, Professional Development, Retail, Customer Service and Finance.

Each business is unique which is why we offer bespoke business training and support and have an excellent selection of partners to cover your needs. The Fashion-Enter team have worked in Haringey for over 12-years and understands its vibrant and diverse mix of residents.

If you would like to put yourself / your business forward for this free support initiative please contact: N17creativecallings@fashion-enter.com

Get Stocked at the FC Designer Collective

This week more local designers have been joining the FC Designer Collective located at 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4. The shop offers selling space to local fashion design talent alongside fabrics, haberdashery plus an onsite bespoke service. If you are based in the North London area and would like to join this exciting retail project please contact: stephanie@fashion-enter.com

Work With Us!

Start the New Year off with a new job! We have a fantastic apprenticeship position with Fashion-Enter for Assistant Shop Manager. This is no ordinary retail position as it involves working with local design talent to foster creativity, inspire customers and other retailers within the area. This role requires a real multitasker from sales to social media – could this be for you? Tap here to find out more.

B of London Doing the Business on SilkFred

The latest designs from ‘B of London’ – sister line to Belles of London has seen sales go through the roof on the independent online store SilkFred. B of London provides dresses and jumpsuits that are perfect for those dress-up occasions – all of which are ethically manufactured in our London based factory. Tap here to view B of London designs.

Masterclasses Coming Soon…

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D Pattern Design – 3-day January course 8th, 9th and 10th January 2020

Gerber AccuMark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners course – 15th, 16th and 17th January 2020

Essential Alterations & Upcycling Techniques – 22nd & 29th January 2020

If It’s To Be, It’s Up To Me with Eric Gilston – 23rd January 2020

EFI Optitex 2D & 3D Pattern Design – 3-day February course – 5th, 6th  and 7th  February 2020

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Get your Christmas table ready with this luxury ivory satin – perfect for a festive tablecloth! Available from the FCFabricStudio now at £6- per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

The four-year pan-European programme ECAP (the European Clothing Action Plan) is about to complete this month with the publication of its report “Driving circular fashion and textiles” – we take a look.

As we edge closer to the start of a brand new decade, now is the perfect time to reflect on the biggest news that has hit the fashion scene in 2019 in this week’s Fashion Fix.

And last week Garment Tech students from the Fashion Retail Academy joined us for some on-site factory production insight via a Factory Uncovered tour.

And Finally…

Last but not least, the team Wish You a Happy Christmas and an Exciting New Year! Please note our Christmas closing dates are: 24th December 2019 – 2nd January 2020.

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