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Whatever Happens We Have To Make It Work!



FashionCapital Newsletter

Wednesday 16th January 2019
Dear all,

UK Manufacturing & Brexit

The overwhelming rejection of the PM’s Brexit deal made history in the Houses of Parliament last night. With the government and the possibility of an alternative deal hanging in the balance UK business leaders have expressed frustration and anger with the government failing to reach a compromise. Our CEO Jenny Holloway comments:

“I think for UK manufacturing it’s a positive with or without Brexit. Our enquiries are at an all time high because retailers need little golden nuggets of newness and that can only be achieved from the UK with UK fabrics. Leicester is thriving with fabric developments.

“We can make British manufacturing great again. Whilst we may never return to the heady days where M&S was 94% British made we can see an increased percentage of production from the UK and ASOS.com have very much proved that this model works.  We can turn around new product development from idea creation to delivery within just 3-4 weeks for a brand new idea and just two weeks for repeats.  No other country can offer that speed of response.

“Every cloud has a silver lining and we have to make this work which ever way the vote goes.”  

Make It British Podcast

Just out is Jenny’s insightful Podcast interview with Kate Hills from Make It British. Talking fast response fashion, starting the factory and in-house label: Belles of London, Kate describes Jenny as one of the ‘trailblazers in re-shoring manufacturing back to the UK.’

Click here to listen to the podcast

Fashion SVP Today

This morning, 16th January, Jenny headed over to the bi-annual Fashion SVP trade show to discuss the topic Sustainability in Fashion – ‘How to Balance People, Planet and Profit’. Followed by a Fashion Station slot that offers invaluable advice and guidance where Jenny can offer her expertise on working with an ethical factory – transparency explained.

Next Stop: Pure London

Fashion District, an ambitious new hub for London’s fashion industry will be up for discussion during Pure London’s February trade show also at Olympia. As a part of Fashion District initiative Fashion-Enter is currently developing the Tailoring Academy in Haringey, alongside its existing Fashion Technology Academy. This and many other Fashion District projects will be revealed in a panel discussion at Pure London on Tuesday 12th February.www.purelondon.com

Followed By: Fashions Finest

Fashions Finest runs in line with London Fashion Week and provides emerging brands a platform to showcase their designs and network with industry experts. Back again on the 16th February 2019 Fashion Enter and the Fashion Technology Academy will be there to promote the support services and courses we provide. The event will take place at Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St. London WC1B 3LS to find out more click here.

National Career Service Advisor Visits The FTA

Denise Robinson, National Career Service advisor at Medina Road JobcentrePlus visited the Fashion Technology Academy she commented: “I always refer customers to join the Stitching Academy Level 1 course but I had never visited the FTA before. I am really impressed with the training facilities! All the customers I have referred are very happy they have joined and even though some of them had sewn, made clothes and designed clothes previously, they learned something new every day. Fashion Enter is a fabulous place and I am so glad I was able to visit. I shall continue to encourage my customers to study here.”

If you would like to enrol on the Stitching Academy Level 1 (Beginners) or Level 2 courses then the next intake commences from Monday, 18th February 2019.Click here to find out more.

And the next intake for Perfect Patterns Level 1 and Level 2 is due to commence from Monday, 11th February 2019.

Click here to find out more about the Perfect Patterns courses

As Seen in the Windsor Girls’ Newsletter

As we mentioned previously secondary school teacher Mrs Piazza, formerly Ms Chambers, visited the factory and FashionCapital HQ towards the end of last year. The meeting was to discuss an upcoming monthly vlog which will round up fashion industry news and future apprenticeship programme opportunities for Windsor Girls’ students. Here’s coverage of the meeting featured in the schools newsletter. We look forward to meeting and showing Windsor Girls’ students around the factory and FTA soon.

Salvatore on His Bespoke Tailoring Course

Meet Salvatore, he initially studied tailoring in his home country, Italy, where he developed a passion and skill for the bespoke, handcrafted technique. He soon discovered however that it was in London with the Fashion Technology Academy where he could gain hands-on experience on how the real heritage industry works.

Salvatore said: “Rebecca is a very good tutor, she has taught me secrets and tricks of the trade I would never have learnt before this course.”

He is due to complete the 18-week course next month and his plans are to move back to Italy where he now feels much more confident in his ability to achieve a successful career as a tailor.

To find out more about our Bespoke Tailoring courses click here

Masterclasses Coming Soon

Two new masterclasses have just been added to the schedule; first up we have ‘Getting to Grips with Intellectual Property’ with Rosie Burbidge. Rosie is an Intellectual Property Partner at Gunnercooke LLP and the author of European Fashion Law: A Practical Guide from Startup to Global Success. Rosie will guide masterclass attendees through the key intellectual property issues which the fashion industry faces on a day-to-day basis. She will also give her top tips on how to save costs and when you need to spend some money in order to invest in the future of your business.

To find out more and book click here.

We can also offer the one-day course ‘Essential Elements to Make your Pattern Production Ready’ with Maggie Stott. Production pattern making is often sidelined by the more glamorous sounding creative pattern making, but the reality is, the production pattern is the real star. Grading, marker making and manufacture cannot start without a production pattern, and the quality of its execution will set the standard for the whole factory process. Maggie is so knowledgeable, it’s a real privilege to be able to learn just a little of her skills! I’m really looking forward to learning more.” 

Della Nelson’s 3 Stage Brand Building 

interactive masterclasses:

Stage One – Who Is Your Customer

Stage Two – Planning Your Range

Stage Three – Howto Sell Your Brand

How to Build A Successful Brand with Caren Downie 31st January

How to Do Your Own PR with Rosie Davies 21st February


Gerber Accumark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners 

We now have February dates for the next Gerber Accumark Digital Pattern Making for Beginners course. The three-day course takes place on Saturday’s from 10am – 3pm and knowledge gained in Gerber is considered a valuable asset by industry.

The February three-day course takes place on 2nd, 9th and 23rd February click here for more details.

Belles Fab Friday – The Doors Are Open

Every Friday is ‘Belles Fab Friday’ where we open our doors to show you what transparent British manufacturing is all about, as displayed rather aptly by the making of our own Belles of London garments. If you would like to visit and see what we are all about please email hello@bellesoflondon.com and specify your date and time.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

It’s fair to say animal print is having a moment, however it has always been a style staple that never seems to date. Just in is this animal print jersey with a wet look foil finish. The fabric can be used the same way as a normal jersey and is great for leggings. Available at FCFabricStudio now at £5- a metre.

This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk 

Our featured masterclass of the week is Della Nelson’s ‘Who is Your Customer’ which takes place tomorrow.

We tell you 10 positive reasons why Belles of London have got their priorities right.

And we get creatively inspired by the latest Selfridges campaign State of the Arts.

And Finally…

You’ve met the first three Belles and very soon they will be joined by a fourth. Who will the next Belle be?
Belles of London

More from the FashionCapital team next week.

(Header image Steventai SS19 by Chris Daw)

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