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What It Takes To Be A True Fashion Creative


Newsletter 7th July 2021

TikTokxGFF Round 2

Design creativity is in overdrive at Unit 4 of the Fashion Technology Academy as the team are busy teaching and advising the second batch of 30 TikTokxGFF graduates on their 5-day residency.

The first group of 30 ended their residency on a high last Friday when they were joined by special guests…GFF Global Ambassador Henry Holland and Charlotte Dodds from TikTok. The pair got to meet each graduate, hear about what they had learned and review their finished designs. Alongside their designing, sampling and making the graduates also got a glimpse inside the ethical and compliant Fashion-Enter clothing factory.

Yasmine from University for the Creative Arts said: “It’s been a wonderful experience making my TikTok designs come to life.”

“I had the best week at the TikTokxGFF merchandise and design competition. Thank-you so much for having me.” Emily from University of Northampton.

Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway added: “It’s been fantastic to run these two 5-day graduate residencies with our technical team at Unit 4 and credit to the TikTok & GFF for thinking outside of the conventional education box here! The feedback from the grads themselves absolutely sums up what we find…fashion is fantastic but you need the technical skills to go with design to be a true fashion creative today. We see time and time again graduates leaving unprepared for industry and then they come along to our FTA to learn real industry technical skills in a fun but demanding environment. We welcome all levels to our technical courses. Come and join us!” 


The K.DAYS of Summer: Why On-Demand is Now in Fashion

On the 6th July Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway joined the Kornit Digital K.DAYS live event, open to Kornit’s global family of customers and potential clients. The event provides the opportunity for Kornit to present their latest technology and in Jenny’s case, talk about how it can enable streamlined production with on-site digital printing that is sustainable and on-demand.

A recording of this event will be made available soon.

Panel Discussion: A Sustainable Future in Fashion & Textiles for Leicestershire

This morning, 7th July, Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway joined Simon Platts, ASOS (chair), Gillian Proctor, DMU, Paul Alger, UKFT, Sunny Patel, Meesha Group, Barry Head, Stretchline and Nick Turner, Sew Systems for a panel discussion on the industry challenges and opportunities for Leicester’s fashion and textiles hub. Leicester has the largest manufacturing cluster in the whole of the UK and the discussion, held at De Montfort University in Leicester and online, focussed on responsible sustainability and the future of the industry within the Leicestershire region. 

This event was live streamed and a recording will be made available in due course.

Job Vacancies With Us

We are now recruiting for a Production Assistant / Merchandiser to work at our London HQ on accounts such as ASOS, Nbrown, Jaeger and Lipsy. Tap here to view this vacancy and other job openings.

FC Designer Collective Event – Saturday 24th July

Taking place at the FC Designer Collective in north London – the fashion accessories brand Diva Choice, Cupcakes & Cocktails event is scheduled for Saturday 24th July 12 – 5pm. Customers are free to pop in for music, cocktails and cupcakes while browsing the latest designs. Along with some on-the-day bargains those spending over £30 will get £5 off on Diva Choice and Fashion-Enter’s ‘Made in the UK’ brand B of London.

The Diva Choice Cupcake & Cocktails free event will take place at the FC Designer Collective, 113-115, Fonthill Road, London N4 3HH. Close to Finsbury Park tube station.

B of London Style of the Week

A timeless wardrobe staple the little black dress never goes out of style and here we have an easy go-to that can be accessorised for many occasions. The Sara black Bardot midi dress is this week’s style pick from our popular in-house brand B of London, ethically made at our London factory.

Masterclasses & Courses

How to Build a Brand with Dancing Leopard (Online)

Optitex 3-day course – July

The Sampling Process (Free online)

How to Build Your Omnichannel Strategy (Online)

Sustainable Fabric Sourcing (Online)

Gerber Accumark 3-day Course for Beginners – September

How to Do Your Own PR (Online)

What Does It Take to Launch a Successful Fashion Business? (Online)

How to Produce a High Selling Product (Online)

How to Wholesale (Online)

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Just in at the FC Fabric Studio is this quirky, tropical print jersey, ideal for adding splashes of personality to your soft furnishings at home. Printed sustainably on the Kornit Presto order and buy now at £4.50 a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk

The Design Museum in London has just announced an exciting new exhibition for autumn 2021: Waste Age: What Can Design Do?

And Finally…

Next week…secure your place with Rosie Middleton, Marketing Director of Dancing Leopard and her masterclass ‘How to Build a Brand’ via Zoom. This session will be full of expert advice and attendees will have the chance to ask their own questions. Thursday 15th July 10am – 12pm. Free for FC members / £20 – non-members tap for more info.

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