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UK Garment Production Is Where Its At



FashionCapital Newsletter
14th March 2018

Dear all,

Did you see us on BBC Breakfast bright and early this morning? Presenter Steph McGovern interviewed CEO Jenny Holloway, live on location at our North London Factory and HQ, on the growth of on-shore garment production and how the market is moving away from mass, disposable fashion to smaller, quality runs on one particular style.

“Business is at an all-time high at the moment, there is definitely the on-shoring of garment production back into the UK, it’s a fantastic time to be in manufacturing.” Jenny commented.

Visit BBC iPlayer to view the report

Jenny with Steph McGovern and the BBC Breakfast cameraman

In the Press

After the fantastic news that our sister company Fashion Enter Ltd has won funding to develop a Tailoring Academy with Haringey Council Drapers ran the story the very next day. Click here to view the article.

Elsewhere, Development Director Jenni Sutton joined Kate Hills from Make it British for a live FaceBook interview to discuss women in manufacturing in line with International Women’s DayTo watch this interview click here.

Fashion Enter’s Apprentices – Where Are They Now?

This week we hear from Gloria Massamba-Lutama…

“I’m a Technical Admin Assistant at M&S where I’ve been during my 2-year Apprenticeship (ended in January). I’ve had the opportunity to experience soft textiles in the home department as well as woven and jersey dresses in womenswear, for a role centered on Quality Levels and Standards. I feel M&S / Fashion Enter was the best place to learn as they support your development with guidelines and external product knowledge courses.”

To find out more about the apprenticeships we offer click here.

Up Skill Your Fashion Career
Short courses commencing soon…

Perfect Pattern Cutting – Level 1 and 2 commencing from 26th March.

Matthew Lan is currently on the Level 2 Pattern Cutting course and plans to pursue a career as a pattern cutter and tailor on Savile Row he says: “This course is great, Do it right now!”

Stitching Academy  26th March a six week course, where you can learn the fundamentals of using a variety of industrial sewing machines: how to set them up and use them safely, maintain the machines and identify the correct settings for the fabric.

“The way they teach you here at Fashion Technology Academy is very simple and clear! The tutors are amazing and really take their time to teach you about the fundamentals of sewing and garment construction, you can easily learn about overlocking, cutting and stitching!” – Former Stitching learner Coumba

Pattern Grading with Maggie Stott –14th and 21st April

“Grading is a natural extension to the skills of any pattern cutter, but can also be treated as a skill in its own right.”

Digital grading with Vetigraph – 19th – 21st March

The next three-day digital pattern-making course with Vetigraph will take place at the Fashion Technology Academy from 10am – 4pm each day.

Gerber for Beginners – 7th, 14th and 28th April

Due to popular demand we are running another Gerber Accumark V10 for Beginners course three-day course.

“The two tutors for Gerber, Ben and Declan, are excellent. They have a combined 45-year experience of working with Gerber and they are incredibly patient too. The course is a must!” – Dymphna, Pattern Cutter

TR Pattern Cutting Taster Course – 17th March

With TR Pattern Cutting you work directly onto the base shape and manipulate the style lines by building the shape and creating the look, this way you can see instantly how the piece will look. This taster course is 3-hours long and costs £65.

Coming Soon – Technical Design & CAD course with Telestia

To find out more about these courses and book your place please contact education@fashion-enter.com or view more details via our FTA website

CFE Manufacturers Trade Show

Today and tomorrow reps from Fashion Enter and our in-house Fashion Studio will be at the CFE Manufacturers Trade show at One Marylebone, London. The CFE show is the sourcing event for fashion businesses looking to connect with high-end production units and supporting services. Exhibitors include manufacturers, pattern cutters, fashion software and embroidery services, that cater to smaller scale quantities for fashion entrepreneurs.

The trade show is free and open to industry professionals to register click here.

Tomorrow’s Masterclass

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.

The Alvanon Team Drop By

Last week reps from Alvanon, the leading global apparel business and product development consultancy, paid a visit to the factory and FTA. Alvanon have generously supported promising pattern cutters and stitchers at the FTA by awarding bursaries as well as donating technical fit forms – AlvaForms.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Mother’s Day, daffodils and buds on the trees, yes spring is on the way and we are in the mood for some florals – such as this Tahlua-hope printed floral scuba, available now from the FCFabricStudio at £5.50 per metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

As multiple stores like New Look, Maplin and Toys ‘R’ Us become the latest retail casualties on the high street the latest statistics reveal an optimistic rise in independents.

A whopping 80% of garment workers around the globe are female and this figure reflects right back here in our very own Factory based in North London. It’s women that make the fashion world go round!

The capital that creatively concludes another fashion week circuit, Paris stylishly saw a bevvy of trends that gave us plenty to get excited about for Autumn/Winter 2018/19.

And Finally…ByOcular

Caren Downie has played an influential part in British fashion for many years from Top Shop to ASOS.com and more recently Finery London. However, over a year ago she decided to take the plunge and set up her own brand and ByOcular is the stylish result. A designer eyewear concept for men and women, featuring artisanal glasses.

People make passes when you wear half glasses. Half Fashion, Half Function, Wholly Brilliant.”

Here is a taste of ByOcular style – watch this space as Caren will be hosting a FashionCapital Masterclass in the very near future.

Until next time, have a fantastic week.

The Team at FashionCapital.

(Header street style image by Sherion Mullings)


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