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FashionCapital Newsletter

4th April 2018
Dear all,


Over a month ago FashionCapital / Fashion Enter CEO, Jenny Holloway, decided to support her close friend, 16-year-old Lydia, who was diagnosed with leukaemia from the age of 11, by fundraising for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group. Jenny shaved off her hair as an act of solidarity and to raise awareness and funds that can be allocated towards the best possible treatment and care and to also support vital research. Jenny’s target was to raise £2,000 and thanks to all the generous donators out there she has doubled the target currently reaching £4,054. Today Lydia is going into hospital to try a new treatment and we all want her to know we are thinking of her here at FashionCapital HQ. Good luck Lydia!If you would like to support the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group Jenny’s fundraising page will be open until the 1st of June.


Savile Row Success

We love a success story, meet Samina, she progressed from a Level 1, 2 and 3 apprenticeship and has now secured a full time position at Huntsman on Savile Row.

(Here is Samina with Victoria Duke at her desk at Huntsman.)

Savile Row Apprenticeship Available

Would you like to be a part of the quality, skill and craftsmanship associated with Savile Row? Kilgour are currently looking for a Bespoke Apprentice. To apply submit your CV to apprenticeships@fashion-enter.com

Now A Highfield Approved Functional Skills Centre

We are pleased to announce that the Fashion Technology Academy has been approved as a functional skills centre by Highfield, a global leader in regulated, work-based learning qualifications, and can now offer English and Maths qualifications to its apprentices and learners.

Jenny Holloway comments: “With all the recent press regarding poor reading abilities and the use of technology creating concentration problems it’s superb timing that Fashion Enter has been approved as a functional skills centre by Highfield. We will teach practical English and Maths skills that are vital for business today. Another plus for the team of the Fashion Technology Academy…well done!” 

‘Know your Ethical Factory’ Masterclass

Do you really know what an ethical factory looks like, or how to communicate with your manufacturer? Understanding the complete process and key elements to a costing will save you time and money. On 13th April from 11.00 – 13.00 we will host a Masterclass on ‘Know your Ethical Factory’.

Click here to book your place.

How to Build a Successful Brand with Caren Downie

Carer Downie, one of the most influential women in British fashion, is back to deliver this informative masterclass essential for any growing fashion business.

Over the course of two-hours Caren will offer masses of advice and expert guidance on what it really takes to run a successful brand, how to build a network of followers, focus on your target market and most importantly generate sales!

Thursday 19th April – 3pm – 5pm to book your place click here

Courses Coming Soon at the FTA

Technical Design and Pattern Cutting CAD Course

The course covers 16-weeks online study and 5 class meetings, including a session with pattern and fit guru Anastasia Vouyouka who is flying over especially from Greece to share her invaluable expert knowledge.

Starting dates: 11th and 12th May, cost £500, to find out more and book your place contact education@fashion-enter.com

Absolute Beginners Stitching one day course

On 7th April from 10.00 – 14.00 this practical workshop for beginners will give you the essential tools and knowledge to take on any sewing challenge. Only £65.

Pattern Grading with Maggie Stott

This 2-day course teaches the basic principles of pattern grading by introducing manual pattern grading for womenswear covering a bodice, skirt, sleeve and trouser with the highly experienced Maggie Stott.

Saturday 14th and 21st April for £130

Gerber for Beginners

Last few places are available for this three-day course led by industry experts Ben and Declan – due to take place on Saturday 7th April, 14th April and 28th April from 09.30 – 15.00 each day.

TR Pattern Cutting Master Course

Learn how to pattern cut like an origami expert in this 2 day Master Course with 5 x master cutter Claudette Joseph! 20th and 21st April for £385.

For all of the above courses email: education@fashion-enter.com to book your place.

FC Fashion Meet Up #3

The next FC Fashion Meet Up will take place from 5pm onwards on Thursday 19th April. Join us for informal networking, drinks and our Big Black Sofa Conversation where Jenny Holloway will be talking business with guest speaker Tina Baum, Buying Controller at River Island. To attend please email events@fashioncapital.co.uk

Blogger Event: Behind the Seams

On Friday 6th April from 10.00 – 13.00 Fashion Enter will be opening its doors to host an exclusive bloggers event. This event will be a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity for the bloggers to have an exclusive ‘Behind the Seams’ factory experience including a TR (Transformation Reconstruction) Pattern Cutting session with a 5 x Master Cutter! Bloggers will also receive a tour of the factory and a tour of the Fashion Studio followed by the opportunity to browse and purchase the hundreds of rolls of fabrics available at wholesale. Each blogger will leave with a goody bag.

If are a blogger and would like to attend this event, please email Vanessa@fashion-enter.com

Are you looking for space to rent? 

Not only do we have studio space with industrial machines and pattern cutting tables to rent, we also have a large office now available for £500 per month.  To enquire please email jenni@fashion-enter.com

Flash Sale This Friday!

Looking to stock up on your haberdashery supplies? Then head over to William Gee on Kingsland Road, Dalston this Friday 6th Aprilfor an in-store flash sale where everything is 10% off!

William Gee, 520 – 522 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AH.

Fabric Swatch of the Week

Spring florals continue to sell well at the FCFabricStudio but as many designers demonstrated on the catwalks of late flowers can be incorporated to brighten up any season – how about this Angelina Blue Floral Scuba, currently available at £6.00 a metre.

This week on FashionCapital.co.uk

Pop Goes the High Street, Rebecca Walker and Helen Wheddon from Stevens & Bolton LLP, discuss how retailers are utilising the pop-up concept to their advantage.

Fashion model and mogul Alexa Chung, is launching ‘Virginia’, her fourth clothing collection that extracts fundamental references from the iconic Bloomsbury Group, Kate Farley takes a look.

Just under one month to go until the 5th edition of Fashion Revolution Week (23rd – 29th April 2018) the campaign is calling for each and every one of us to be a part of the biggest global movement campaigning for a fairer, safer, fashion industry, we will be joining them – will you?

And Finally…

Production is at an all time high at our ethical, North London factory, now manufacturing 10,000 garments a week…who says you can’t manufacture in the UK!

More from the FashionCapital team next time, until then we wish you a great week.

Image left and header: NICOPANDA at LFW AW18/19 by Magda Magdalena Jakubik

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