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You Heard It Here First!


Newsletter 3rd February 2021

You Heard It Here First! Just-Style Interview

Fashion-Enter CEO Jenny Holloway has just given an exclusive interview to Beth Wright at Just-Style.com – the online news, insight and research portal for the apparel and textile industry. Published on the 1st February Jenny discusses the company’s plans for a new fashion academy in Leicester, along with a similar site in Wales and why developing production skills is crucial to the UK fashion and textiles sector. She also talks about mental health, an issue that is close to her heart, and the potential to set up a Foundation that centres on help for young people in need of mental health support. To read the full article ‘Fashion-Enter on a mission to boost made in Britain’ tap here.

Production Growth in Wales

Along with our core clients the Welsh team have also been working on independent brands such as N16 Vintage.

Jenny Holloway comments: “We worked with Josie back in 2006 when she had an amazing range of dresses with her ‘Where are you now Josie?’ label. Back then we managed to open an account in Topshop for her. Today she’s flying with her N16 Vintage range and it’s so great that we are supporting her with our production in Wales! To me this is what business is all about. Loyalty to friends and established relationships!”

Guest Speaker at the TSA Conference

On the 13th May Jenny Holloway has been invited to attend (pending on lockdown restrictions) the TSA Spring Conference in Warwickshire as a guest speaker. She will be updating delegates on the progress of the Textile Care Operative Apprenticeship standard. Jenny will explain who Fashion-Enter is and what we can bring to the Textile Care Operative apprenticeship. 

Excellent Feedback from the Fabric Sourcing Masterclass

Last week, Friday 29th January, Mark Dodds delivered his 2-hour Zoom masterclass on Sustainable Fabric Sourcing and the feedback was excellent. Here are a comments received from attendees:

“Very well organised and Mark Dodds was so engaging, can’t believe he was talking for nearly two hours!”

“As a bespoke maker and educator I found it really useful. It built on my previous knowledge gained over many years and helps to keep me up-to-date with developments.”

“Brilliant! Very informative and helpful for future sourcing.”

Did you miss this masterclass? Due to popular demand Mark Dodds will return for another online session 23rd April 2021. Tap here to find out more and book.

Next Up: How To Do Your Own PR

In this online workshop, PR Dispatch founder Rosie Davies-Smith will share her invaluable knowledge and top tips in securing media coverage for your brand.

Previous attendee Emma said: “I have learnt really useful information to help with brand awareness and social media!  Really informative seminar with plenty of information to help any brand/company grow. Rosie was really interesting and engaging.”

How To Do Your Own PR will take place on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 -10 – 11:30am and costs £20 plus VAT with a 20% discount for members. Tap here to find out more and book.

Free Zoom Session for Students Writing Dissertations on UK Garment Manufacturing

On Tuesday16th February at 10.00am, CEO Jenny Holloway and Production Director Caroline Ash will provide a free zoom session for students in the process of writing their dissertations on the UK garment manufacturing industry. 

There will be a brief introduction and overview of Fashion-Enter Ltd explaining who we work with, our expansion plans. Jenny and Caroline will then talk openly about factories in the UK, working with retailers, the challenges around operating a fully compliant factory, why unethical practices do occur, the difference between UK production and overseas and much more. 

Numbers are limited, to attend please email jenni@fashion-enter.com with your University, course, title of dissertation and up to five questions. You will then be sent the zoom invite details. 

ASOS Acquires Arcadia Group Brands

First Boohoo and now ASOS have announced brand acquisitions that will see long established high street labels head over to online platforms. While the news is tinged with sadness for the UK’s bricks and mortar high street it does mark a new beginning for retail and ‘Made in the UK’. ASOS has a long-standing commitment to UK manufacturing, developing jobs and skills, as we have seen with the Stitching Academy and Fashion Technology Academy. Manufacturing on home soil makes perfect sense not only environmentally but also in terms of getting key product lines to market quickly. #MadeintheUK

The Latest From B of London

Watch this space as the team are in the midst of creating a B of London website – sister brand to Belles of London. B of London has been selling extremely well via SilkFred and last week we saw a big order on our fishtail maxi dresses perfect for weddings and special occasions.

Masterclasses and Courses

How To Do Your Own PR with Rosie Davies-Smith (online)

Gerber AccuMark 3-day Course for Beginners

Sustainable Fabric Sourcing with Mark Dodds (online)

Learning from Home eTelestia Online Courses:

Online Pattern Cutting Course

Pattern Making – Womenswear

Pattern Making – Menswear

Fashion Design Technical Drawing 

Level 2 Telestia Diploma in APD 

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Looking for that finishing touch? We have some fantastic haberdashery staples like this stripe bias binding, available now at the FCFabricStudio.

This Week on FashionCapital

The Impact of COVID-19 on Modern Retailers

And Finally…

It’s #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek 1 – 7 February 2021 & now more than ever mental health awareness is needed across all age groups. In this short video on instagram our CEO Jenny Holloway opens up about her personal experience of mental health & how we can all be there for each other, whether at home, work or school. #bethereforeachother

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