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We’re Turning Our Backs on Black Friday


Newsletter 16th November 2022

The Black Friday Backlash

The anti-Black Friday movement is growing, sustainable footwear brand, Air & Grace, for example, advocates slow, seasonless fashion and the team at Fashion-Enter Ltd (FEL) couldn’t agree more! 

While some brands are promoting purchasing incentives such as tree planting we are offering something different with our ‘Mystery Upcycling Pack’. Each pack includes 3 deadstock items from our ethical London factory, plus trims and extras so that you can upcycle and create your own personalised outfit. Available in sizes S-M or M-L, the deadstock items are factory overruns in good condition.

Check out Leah and Gee reworking their items to incorporate their own personal style. To find out more about the packs tap here.

Need Upcycling Support?

If you would love to have a go at repairing or upcycling one of your garments then why not join our next free Repair and Upcycle workshop at the FC Designer Workspace, close to Finsbury Park tube station – Friday 25th November, please register to confirm your place.

Leicester Giving Day 

We are also offering a free repair and upcycling session at our FCFTA Leicester academy. In unison with ‘Leicester Giving Day’ – a simple but impactful initiative set up by Embark UK – the academy will open its doors on Stonebridge Street to the general public on Friday 18th November from 10am – 3pm. Visitors will be able to use the machines and gain tutor support, don’t forget to bring in a garment to work on!

To reserve a place please contact: Divya@Fashion-Enter.com 

Rent Our Space

Alternatively, at both our London and Leicester campuses there is the opportunity to rent our state-of-the-art equipment and spaces by the hour, day or week.  Hourly Rate – £6 per/hour; Day Rate – £25 a day and £100 for 5 days – all prices inc VAT. On hand is our experienced tutors to provide light touch guidance. 

To book please contact: Divya@Fashion-Enter.com

FEL CEO at the Sustainable Materials London Conference

Jenny Holloway, CEO & Founder, Fashion-Enter Ltd, has been invited to speak at the Eurofins | BLC Sustainable Materials London Conference next week, 23rd November. The Conference will address the key sustainability issues for the materials industry today and discuss potential solutions. Jenny’s topic; ‘The Social Value Matrix: A Supplier Perspective’ will cover the sustainability landscape, risks and new requirements, along with measuring social outcomes in order to benefit the local community.

Tap here to find out more about this Conference 

N17 Entrepreneurial Callings – This Afternoon

This afternoon from 4 – 6pm Esme will be at Blighty café/co-working space, Tottenham High Road N15, to discuss the N17 Creative Callings initiative and how the programme can support local businesses in the area. Held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week Esme will be joined by Toby Fernandes of Collage Arts to showcase what this FREE programme is all about.

Tap here to reserve your place.

News From the Factory…

A big thank-you to ASOS for the current orders – it’s so great to see the factory busy again!  Also thank you to Community Clothing which is now a new and growing account. Great to work with Patrick Grant, Jayne and Susana.

Visitors on our popular Factory Uncovered CPPD’s and seminars this week included students from the Fashion Retail Academy, Knightsbridge School and the London College of Fashion. Meanwhile, our apprentices had a guest lecture from Helen Walczak for a second ‘Fit Surgery’, Helen has 30+ years working in the fashion industry so her garment tech knowledge and advice is invaluable.

A Warm Welcome to Rachel

Rachel will be joining the FEL team as Apprentice Tutor & Quality Assurance Manager. Rachel has extensive experience in both the fashion and teaching sectors and will no doubt be an asset to the apprentices and the FEL team.

We wish all the best for Louis who is moving on to pastures new. 

FC Designer Collective Events

We have not one, but two, in-store events coming up at the FC Designer Collective shop on Fonthill Road. Modesty wear brands Ennay & Anaqaa Apparel will be co-hosting their event on Saturday 26th November, while Diva Choice and Hash Made IV Me will present their Christmas shopping soiree on Saturday 3rd December. 

Do pop by and see what these local brands have to offer – FC Designer Collective, 113-115 Fonthill Road, London N4. 

Masterclasses and Courses

Ongoing Stitching, Patterns and Tailoring 

Entrepreneurial Callings – How I Did It – (free) 16th November

Sourcing and Supply Base Strategy via Zoom (free) – 23rd November

Repair and Upcycle Workshop (free) – 25th November

4 Day Sewing Course – 13th – 16th February 2023

Outfit of the Week

This week we’ve picked out our amazing custom print t-shirts! Take your pick from 100% cotton in white, black, red or green, select your size and add a print of your own choice. There you have it – a unique, staple t-shirt for just £6! Tap here to view this service.

This Week on FashionCapital…

Reshaping fashion: Sports Apparel and the Metaverse

And Finally…

Next Wednesday 23rd November our very own Deputy CEO Jackie Bertram will provide essential insight into sourcing and supply base strategy. This free 2-hour masterclass will take place via Zoom from 10am – register to book your place and gain industry insight!

Until next time, have a great week.

From the team at FashionCapital

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