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Newsletter 7th April 2021

Hello Customers & Creatives

Just six more days until we can re-open the FC Designer Collective shop doors! We have truly missed being a part of this creative family where local designers can collaborate and sell their designs. Please note that we will be open from Tuesday 13th April. Alongside unique one-off fashion and accessory designs we also offer gifts, fabrics and haberdashery with an on-site alteration and repair service.

FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH.

Shop opening days / hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 17:00

Sewing Masterclasses with Leyla

Also taking place at the shop our super experienced sewing expert Leyla will be on hand for alterations and masterclass sessions. Learn how to sew in these informal and fun masterclasses with Leyla:

28th April 10am – 12pm – Using Industrial Sewing Machines 
5th May 10am – 12pm – Basic Sewing Techniques
12th May 10am – 12pm – Zip insertion  

For more information visit the link: https://fcfta.com/insights/events1/internal-events

These space limited sessions are free for Islington residents, to book your place email: jenni@fashion-enter.com  

A Full ‘Gerber’ House

It is fantastic to see a full class of Gerber students in today upskilling their pattern cutting knowledge ready for the production workplace. If you are interested in joining the next 3-day course then we have places available for the 7th – 9th June. Tap here for more details.

See What We Do On YouTube

In this latest short video Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway explains what the company does on a day-to-day basis. Apart from being a SMETA and Fast Forward approved British garment factory, Fashion-Enter also provides a range of apprenticeships, courses, mentoring and projects that supports those starting out in industry.

New Apprenticeship Positions Now Available

We currently have apprenticeship positions with Mountain Warehouse in London, Fashion-Enter in Newtown, Wales and Adero located in Poplar Works, London, E14. Positions range from Studio Assistant Apprentice and Trainee Machinist to Garment Tech. To view and apply for these positions tap here.

New Jobs Just In

We also have some new job positions just in. Neighbouring business the Albion Knitting Company have two positions available for a QC and Packing Supervisor and a QC and Packing Technician. We also have an opening for an Admin Assistant here at the Fashion Technology Academy. To find out more and apply click here.

In Discussion…The Future of Fashion

Fashion-Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway will be joining an array of industry experts for a ‘Future Fashion Factory’ virtual discussion on Thursday 15th April. The panel will explore the issues impacting our changing sector and share in the conversation about what will shape the future of the fashion industry. Speakers joining Jenny include: Fashion designer Joshua Kane, Patrick Grant, founder of Community Clothing, Danielle Elsener, zero waste fashion designer, Laura Culligan, Global Director of Strategy, Burberry and Shailja Dubé, British Fashion Council Institute for Positive Fashion.

To find out more about this Virtual Showcase event and the Future Fashion Factory innovation programme based at the University of Leeds tap here

Spring in Production

As you can see you can tell spring has arrived on the lines at the Factory as it’s awash with colour, print and oversized checks.

Masterclasses and Courses

Online Telestia Pattern Cutting Course

N17 Creative Callings: Why Make in the UK with Kate Hills (online)

N17 Creative Callings: Sustainable Fabric Sourcing with Mark Dodds (online)

Optitex 2D & 3D 3-day course

N17 Creative Callings: Your Omnichannel Strategy – How to Launch on Ecommerce (online)

Gerber Accumark 3-day Course for Beginners – June

N17 Creative Callings: How to Do Your Own PR (online)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

We are looking forward to the return of the Great British Sewing Bee back on TV as of next week. Want some summer fabric inspiration? Then how about this power mesh in nude, this super stretchy fabric is brilliant for adding texture and layers to your summer styles. Available now at the FCFabricStudio at £3.25 a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Introducing Ilana…An Online Marketplace for Black Fashion Designers

And Finally…

The Fashion-Enter crew are looking forward to their annual summer trip and this year the London team will meet with the Welsh in Newtown. Fingers crossed all pandemic restrictions will be lifted as planned and it will be time to party with a disco and a hog roast!

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