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FashionCapital Newsletter
28th March 2018
Dear all,
‘I think you’ve taught my students more than I have in the entire year!’
This is why we do what we do, this is why we operate a totally transparent factory and open our doors to the next generation so they can learn about the real world of garment manufacturing. We were delighted to receive this feedback from founder of the Fashion Debates and part time lecturer at the London Metropolitan University Olivia Pinnock last week following a tour with her fashion journalism students.  Thank you Olivia for being so honest!
Student Success Story!
Matthew Lam who has just completed the Perfect Pattern Cutting Level 2 has been snapped up by the official tailors and manufacturer for the Queen, Kashket & Partners! Matthew will join the company as an Apprentice tailor…
‘I came with a degree to the Fashion Technology Academy but realised I did not have the right technical skills to understand patterns and stitching for industry. 12 weeks later I am so much more confident and now I am about to start a level 5 apprenticeship with military tailors Kashket and partners. I am over the moon! This is all thanks to the team at Fashion Enter’s training academy.’
These are the results we want for our students and this is proof it can happen! To join our Level 1 or 2 Perfect Pattern Cutting course email education@fashion-enter.com now!
Tailoring Academy update!
Plans are progressing with the Tailoring Academy and a huge thank you to all the positive comments and well wishes we have received. We are now reviewing machinery requirements and we just wanted to thank Alan Cannon Jones for his support. There are some really talented people out there in industry and Alan is one of them who just excels.
Estimated opening time October 2018. 
‘Know your Ethical Factory’ Masterclass
Do you really know what an ethical factory looks like, or how to communicate with your manufacturer? Understanding the complete process and key elements to a costing will save you time and money. On 13th April from 11.00 – 13.00 we will host a Masterclass on ‘Know your Ethical Factory’.

Click here to book your place. 

Date for your Diary!
If you are an emerging brand we have a very exciting announcement for you. Thursday 19th April is a date not to be missed as we welcome two very special guests to the Factory for a Masterclass followed by the evening FC Fashion Meetup networking event.

From 15.00 – 17.00 Caren Downie, former Buying Director Topshop, ASOS and Finery will deliver a much anticipated Masterclass on ‘How to make your brand Successful’. This will then lead onto the FC Fashion Meet up with guest speaker  Tina Baum, Buying Controller at River Island who will be offering her invaluable advice in the next Big Black Sofa conversation with Jenny!

(Image – FC Meetup with Shailina Parti)
To express your interest in the Masterclass and FC Fashion meetup email jenni@fashion-enter.com
Upcoming Courses at the FTA
Technical Design and Pattern Cutting CAD Course
The course covers 16 weeks online study and 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.
Starting dates: 11th and 12th May, cost £500, to find out more and book your place contact education@fashion-enter.com

Absolute Beginners Stitching one day course
on 7th April from 10.00 – 14.00 this practical workshop for beginners will give you the essential tools and knowledge to take on any sewing challenge. Only £65
Pattern Grading with Maggie Stott
This 2 day course teaches the basic principles of pattern grading by introducing manual pattern grading for womenswear covering a bodice, skirt, sleeve and trouser

Saturday 14th and 21st April for £130 

Gerber for Beginners
The three day course will take place on Saturday 7th April, 14th April and 28th April from 09.30 – 15.00 each day.
Lead by industry experts Ben and Declan –
‘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 Master Course
Learn how to pattern cut like an origami expert in this 2 day Master Course with 5 x master cutter Claudette Joseph! 20th and 21st April for £385.

For all of the above courses email education@fashion-enter.com to book your place. 

Apprenticeship Jobs available now
If you are looking to kick start your career in fashion an apprenticeship is an excellent option with real hands on industry experience alongside training and getting paid! The following roles are available on the Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship:

Sourcing Trainee at M&Co

Garment Technologist Apprentice at Phase Eight

Production Assistant at CMT London

Design Assistant at Moseley Road 

Submit your CV to apprenticeships@fashion-enter.com

Are you looking for space to rent? 
Not only do we have studio space with industrial machines and pattern cutting tables to rent, we also have a large office now available for £500 per month.  To enquire please email jenni@fashion-enter.com
Open letter to the ETI 
On 27th March Jenny Holloway delivered a workshop to garment manufacturers in Leicester on Improving Profitability.

The three hour session however took an interesting turn which culminated in Jenny giving her word that she would personally contact the ETI Ethical Trading Initiative with concerns raised by the manufactures. The letter has now been compiled and sent to the Executive Director, Peter Allister.

You can review the letter here

Thank you from Jenny
‘I am overwhelmed by the support and kindness shown by everyone on the donate page. The target was set at £2k and we have nearly doubled that. It was actually much harder than I thought mainly because of how others perceive you with a shaved head! I didn’t expect that at all however not for a moment do I regret it. Seeing all the comments that have brought joy to Lydia makes it all worthwhile!’


This week on FashionCapital.co.uk
ASOS.com Score a Hat Trick at The Retail Week Awards

Is there a New City on the Fashion Week Circuit? and blast from the past Geoff Hollot from the 2009‘Stitch in Time’ project which offered hands-on, career opportunities in the fashion sector to the unemployed returns to discuss further training projects!

Finally thank you to Fi from KAMBA

for our lovely flowers to the team in the Fashion Studio 

More from the FashionCapital team next time. Until then we wish you a great week and a Happy Easter!

Image Claire Tagg, photographer Chris Daw 2018 

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