Newsletter 18th October 2017
We are truly proud of the growing number of courses and qualifications available via our learning division – the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA). While fashion designers in the UK are world renowned for their creativity and innovative ideas, the construction, technical and production aspects have long been overlooked. And yet details such as the perfect fit, flattering cuts and quality made garments are crucial elements of a successful fashion business. That’s why we are working alongside Telestia and their highly successful pattern making methodology to ensure we provide ongoing training for those already working in the industry.
The new Online Pattern Cutting Course – Telestia Creator for Perfect Fit and Style is a course that will deepen the learner’s understanding, enabling them:
– To make Perfect Basic Blocks for any body shape variations.
– To draw Technical Specs for any design or body shape.
– To check and correct the interpretation of your pattern styles.
This course will commence onthe 6th November for further information, costs and availability please contact: [email protected]
New Fashion Studio Assistant Qualifications
Running now in conjunction with the UAL Awarding Body, the FTA can offer a Level 3 and Level 4 Diploma for Fashion Studio Assistant. Designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to work within the fashion industry; with a specific focus on working within a fashion studio. This qualification is suitable for students aged 18 and above who are currently working within a fashion studio and wish to further develop their skills.
For more information on this qualification please click here.
Newcastle Here We Come!
Tomorrow (Thursday 19th October) the FashionCapital team will be in Newcastle to present the third FC Trunk Show aimed at fashion students, graduates and new business start-ups! Taking place at Sage Gateshead and sponsored by Sage the seminar will mark the launch of a start-up package for new designer businesses to manage their accounts and finances effectively and simply in one easy to use app.
Speakers will include: Jenni Sutton, Fashion Enter on Ethical Manufacturing, Deborah Shulton on Fabric Appreciation, Garment Tech Consultant Sophie Glover, Bernadette Done from the leading national awarding organisation ABC Awards, finances with Alex Coburn from Sage and PR tips from Rosie Davies.
FashionCapital fully supports the eradication of slavery and unethical practices in the fashion industry. We all know how blighted the rag trade is when it comes to such practices, some of which are happening right now on home soil. The facts and figures are pretty shocking: 21 million people are victims of forced labour, 168 million children in child labour, $150 billion illicit profits generated annually. This is too much to ignore. Time to work together and get behind initiatives that will enforce positive change. We can all do our bit and suggest this book: Slave To Fashion to understand the depth of the problem and what we collectively need to do.
Best of Britannia
Last Thursday and Friday the team set up a FashionCapital / Fashion Enter stand at the Best of Britannia (BOB) show in East London. The event showcased over 150 brands and champions British made goods and manufacturing. Jenni comments: “The BOB event gave us another opportunity to present what Fashion Enter is all about; from the garment life-cycle to apprenticeships, training, manufacturing and mentoring. It felt good to be alongside other British brands and enforce that the ”˜Made in Britain’ trademark is very much alive and well.”
Presentation at the Centre for Fashion Enterprise
Fashion Enter’s Development Manager, Jenni Sutton, has headed over to the Centre for Fashion Enterprise in Hackney today to give a presentation on production to designers. She will cover key points designers need to look at when selecting to work with a production unit as well as the ethical side of the industry.
How To Manage Your Finances
Yesterday, Tuesday 17th October, we welcomed Business Coach Nigel Rust to present his workshop on ”˜How To Manage Your Finances’. Nigel passed on his top tips on managing money properly, how to control cash flow, bookkeepers V’s accountancy software and much more.
The next FashionCapital workshop aimed at fashion start-ups is: Fabric Appreciation by Deborah Shulton, Former Fabric Technologist Marks & Spencer to be held on Thursday 26th October.
Click here to read about Deborah’s previous workshops.
Please contact Jenni Sutton [email protected] for further details and to confirm your attendance.
Members get priority access to all seminars and workshops including 20% discount to find out more click here.
FC Video of the Week
This week we feature an insightful video by Sonny Hardy, accompanied by music from Prolterbeats, that takes you on a quick tour of the factory and FTA. Plus a glimpse at our first (and may we add successful) FC Fashion MeetUp with guest speaker Caren Downie. The next FC Fashion Meetup will be back with another iconic expert, watch this space!
Click here to watch the video via Facebook.
The Next Saturday Stitching Surgery
Every last Saturday of the month our Haringey HQ holds an informal Stitching Surgery. If you’ve got a favourite item of clothing in need of repair, bring it along and learn how to fix it! It’s also a great opportunity to make your own samples, learn new skills and meet new people who share the same creative interests as you. Our friendly and experienced mentors are on hand to give you one of a kind expertise.
The next Stitching Surgery is scheduled for 28th October 2017.
Please register your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. Or please call 0208 809 3311 for further information.
A Warm Welcome
To our two new apprentices; we have Alex joining Topman and Ria with Topshop.
Fabric Swatch of the Week
In line with #woolweek we have picked out this pure black wool, ideal for coats, jackets and general Autumn/Winter attire. Natural, soft and durable, you can’t go wrong with wool! Available to buy online via FCFabricStudio.com at £14 a metre.
This Week on FashionCapital.co.uk
Editor JoJo Iles headed over to Wool Fusion on Baker Street, the exhibition coincided with Campaign For Wool – ”˜Wool Week’ and celebrates the versatility and beauty of wool in the most innovative of ways.
Our trend expert Katie Farley focuses on the corduroy comeback that is emerging as a key current trend in both the designer and high street markets.
In Business Advice we explore the art of delegation a key skill that business owners need to master to ensure company success.
And we wish all the finalists at this Friday’s Midlands Fashion Awards the best of luck and we look forward to hearing about the 2017 winners in due course.
Boutique Pick of the Week
This week it’s all about wool, well, this month is really, and we’ve selected this Crochet Heart of Mine Jumper Kit that combines colourful and cosy all into one. Wool & the Gang specialize in knit and crochet kits embracing DIY with natural materials. The kit contains all you need including the chunky Peruvian wool in a huge range of colours and is aimed at those with intermediate crocheting skills. The Heart of Mine Jumper Crochet Kit includes patterns and instructions for size 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Kits are available now from Wool and the Gang from £125-