Recent Activities

RIFT Summit Berlin Responsible Innovation for Fashion and Textiles

 

Under the title “Responsible Innovators for Fashion & Textiles” the first
Berlin RIFT Summit invited over 80 participants, pioneers, creators and
multipliers, to bring their input and interests into a multi-disciplinary
dialogue in the overlap between sustainability- and technology innovation
as well as craft and industrial practices. The expert forum took place on
Thursday June 8th, 2017 at Kulturbrauerei Palais Atelier in Berlin, as a satellite event to the Wear It Festival.

Recap Rift 2017

 

“What will the future bring if we
keep everything we know a secret?”
– Marte Hentschel (Sourcebook)

A recent visit to "Gullo filati" in Palermo

We recently visited Gullo Filati, a haberdashery store in Palermo. Gullo filati was born as a wholesale warehouse and retail store in the heart of Palermo, its windows overlooking Sant'Anna Square and through first floor balconies you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Palazzo Ganci terrace, the famous ball location in the movie "Il Gattopardo" (“The Leopard”) by Luchino Visconti. Piazza Sant'Anna was once the center of a district dedicated to the textile merchandise, with numerous wholesale grocery stores, those that sold the kapok produced in Palermo, fabrics shops, specialized drugstores in fabric colours, starch and potassium permanganate. For some years, the company suffered from the crisis in the sector, which began with the disappearance of retail stores scattered around the city, their main buyers. The crisis was then followed by the new city plan of pedestrianization of the city and the introduction of the ZTL, which confined the square in a too quiet island for the commerce.

 

 

However, the company owners did not discourage, and instead of closing down the business, they focused on two innovations:

• using e-commerce to sell goods in stock

• focusing on the clientele growth to encourage retail sales

This last wager was played with the Knit Café launch: free weekly days of knitting, crochet, weaving and embroidery in their shop, having expert tutors. The experience is completed by an annual event in the square: The world knitting day.

"People come here without paying," says Michele Gullo, "I also offer coffee and cookies so to create a nice atmosphere, I do not have a direct economic return, but in the end I gain because I increase my clientele, making them more conscious and interested in DIY."

Gullo filati is now a member of the TCBL network and it is preparing for the next call to become an associate. At the same time I see in this experience all the characteristics of a Pace Lab and soon with Luca Leonardi we will facilitate its insertion between TCBL Labs.

Abbiamo recentemente visitato Gullo Filati, un negozio di merceria a Palermo. Gullo filati nasce come magazzino di vendita all’ingrosso e dettaglio nel cuore di Palermo, le sue vetrine si affacciano su piazza Sant’Anna e dai balconi del primo piano, utilizzato come magazzino, si apprezza una vista mozzafiato della terrazza di Palazzo Ganci, la location del famoso ballo del film “Il Gattopardo” di Luchino Visconti.

Piazza Sant’Anna era un tempo il centro di un distretto vocato alla merceologia del tessile, dai numerosi magazzini all’ingrosso di merceria, a quelli che vendevano il kapok prodotto nel palermitano, ai negozi di tessuti e corredi, a coloro che commerciavano abiti usati di provenienza militare, alle drogherie specializzate in superiride, amido e permanganato di potassio. Da qualche anno l’azienda soffriva la crisi del settore, iniziata con la scomparsa delle mercerie al dettaglio sparse per la città, loro principali acquirenti. La crisi è poi proseguita col nuovo piano di pedonalizzazione della città e l’introduzione della ZTL, che ha confinato la piazza in una isoletta troppo quieta per il commercio. I titolari dell’impresa però non si sono scoraggiati e, piuttosto che chiudere il proprio esercizio commerciale, hanno puntato su due innovazioni: 

• affidarsi all’e-commerce per vendere i grandi stock di merce in magazzino 

• dedicarsi alla crescita della propria clientela per incentivare la vendita al dettaglio 

Quest’ultima scommessa è stata giocata con il lancio del Knit Café: appuntamenti settimanali gratuiti della maglia, uncinetto, tessitura e ricamo all’interno dei propri locali, avvalendosi di tutor esperti. L’esperienza poi si completa con un evento annuale in piazza il “world knitting day”. “la gente viene qui senza pagare - dice Michele Gullo - offro anche caffè e pasticcini e si crea una bellissima atmosfera, non ho un ritorno economico diretto, ma alla fine ci guadagno perché aumento la mia clientela, la rendo più consapevole e interessata al fai-da-te.” Gullo filati è adesso membro del network TCBL e si prepara alla prossima call per diventare impresa associata. Al contempo io vedo nella sua esperienza tutte le caratteristiche di un Pace Lab e presto con Luca Leonardi faciliteremo il suo inserimento fra i Lab TCBL.

 

#TCBL_2017 in Athens

TCBL 2017 in AthensThe #TCBL_2017 event in Athens has come to a close, and we extend our thanks to our Greek partners for their great organisation, as well as the over 120 participants and 50 speakers to made the event such a great success! We'll be posting the powerpoint presentations to the pages on the special section of this website during this week, and during the summer we hope to begin releasing the videos of each presentation. Stay tuned for further updates.

Community of Interest event - 29th January, Huddersfield, UK.

On 29th January 2016, in Huddersfield, the TCoE was proud to host the 1st Community of Interest meeting for the TCBL project.

This was an exciting, successful day attended by an audience of senior representatives from national and local textile designers, manufacturing, business support, local government and universities.

TCoE Managing Director Bill Macbeth and local MP Barry Sheerman reminded the audience of the importance of the textile industry to the local area and highlighted some of the ways in which Huddersfield was also in the forefront of advances in technology that could transform textiles. Jesse Marsh, TCBL Project Director, provided an excellent overview of what TCBL is about and how, when and where businesses and individuals could get involved with the project over the coming months. He highlighted a number of the services in development that participants will be able to take advantage of via the project.

There were spirited discussions over what type of ideas and concepts might be applicable to TCBL with notable contributions from delegates, including Jenny Holloway and Clare Hussey. Conversations were carried on and developed through the networking opportunities provided during the day with the possibilities of a new Business Laboratory and a Business Pilot emerging as a result.

Part of the TCoE’s Making Laboratory was in use with a number of people currently unemployed but with experience or interest in sewing as a business opportunity. They were using the facilities as a taster session under the watchful eye of one of our expert tutors, Sue Taylor.

A short video of the event captured the thoughts of some of the participants: Hear from the delegates.

 

TCBL visits Textile Forum 2017 to discuss ideas for innovation in short run production

Bill Macbeth, of TCBL partner The Textile Centre of Excellence, visited the fashion fabric show, held at One Marylebone on 14th & 15th March, to gauge the reaction of the design and fabric buying community to an idea - put forward by the industry - to reduce some of the barriers to short run production. It's widely recognised as an issue for much of the industry so TCBL partners are in the process of developing a platform capable of bringing designers and manufacturers together and help them to do business. Aggregating demand from smaller designers to meet minmum thresholds, offering a trade floor for surplus stock and providing access to online design and business tools to improve communications and quality control between designers and manufacturers are just three of the elements that Bill discussed with exhibitors.

The results? There was genuine excitement that this could make a real difference! Sites exist that offer individual elements but no one was aware of any existing provision for the industry with such breadth.

Partners will be working hard over the next three months to demonstrate a working model with real business examples.

Short runs meetings in Prato make progress

Partners from Prato, the Textile Centre and the Veneto met businesses in the Prato district last week in order to cement progress towards the construction of a programme of short run opportunities. TCoE representative Bill Macbeth spoke to around twenty local textile companies at the Textile Museum in Prato: short run slides (English) or short run slides (Italian). He provided a succinct summary of opportunities being created by TCBL by bringing designers and manufacturers together across Europe, including via the local pratoexpo site. Individual meetings also took place with Trafi and Lottozero. Finally, Slovenian partner eZavod identified further opportunities for collaboration.

Fabio Giusti, of Trafi, displays a range of designs utilising various dyeing and punch needle techniques.

Here are just a few of the possible short run opportunities under discussion:

1.       An artisan designer in Yorkshire providing patterns to a short run producer in London with the transaction to be facilitated by the TCoE

2.       A British designer working with a specialist dyer and textile recycling house in Prato, Italy. This will be facilitated by the TCoE (UK) and Prato (Italy).

3.       A designer in Sicily working with a print producer in the Veneto, facilitated by UCV

4.       A group of designers around the Prato region working and collaborating in a shared space with access to business and textile support. This will be facilitated by Prato.

5.       DALi Sport is interested in producing textiles for helicopter pilots from material with fire-proof characteristics. This will be facilitated by eZavod in Slovenia.

If you have your own ideas for innovative or practical ideas for collaborations on short run productions, please let us know.

FashionCapital Trunk Show to take place in Plymouth!

 

Our second FashionCapital Trunk show has been scheduled for Thursday 22nd June in Plymouth in collaboration with Millfields Trust, a Community Economic Development Trust that has been set up to enable local people to contribute and manage the regeneration of the Stonehouse neighbourhood in Plymouth. Alongside Plymouth College of Art, a specialist, independent art college supporting a community of artists with a heritage dating back 150 years.

The three-hour seminar involves in-depth advice from a selection of leading industry experts and our Manchester audience were brimming with praise:

“We need more of these events in Manchester for fashion designers to grow their businesses!”– Beryl

“Today has informed me about different fabrics, how a factory works and all about PR! It was such a good morning!”– Kirsty

 “I have been inspired to re-visit my own brand and try to start out again!” – Kerry

“Today was very useful – as a lecturer I would be keen to bring students to both the factory and future events!” – Anna

“I’ve learnt a variety of information covering many topics – great speakers and amazing knowledge. Thank you!” – Jenni

This exclusive seminar will provide you with "bags" of pertinent information that all new start-up brands need, including fabric sourcing, how to work with a factory/CMT unit, ethical sourcing, spreadsheets and finance, legal status of you and your company, PR and press and much, much more.

Next stop for the FashionCapital Trunk Show is Plymouth on the 22nd June 2017.

Jenny comments:

“We're so excited to be travelling to Plymouth and meet new designer businesses in this creative corridor of the South West. We are delighted to be working with both Plymouth College of Art and the award winning Millfields Trust. This hard hitting seminar starts at 1 pm and continues until 4 pm and is perfect for any start up business.”

Tickets cost £35 and £20 for students with a limited number of complementary tickets for early bird confirmations

Contact: info@fashioncapital.co.uk / 0208 809 3311 for more information and to purchase tickets

Did You See Us on Channel 4 News?

 Channel 4 News filmed and interviewed our CEO Jenny Holloway at the Factory on Friday 28th April to discuss the latest UK manufacturing figures and how Fashion Enter is adopting flexible strategies to cater to an ever-changing retail market.

To view the report on Channel4.com click here.

Commenting on the latest PMI data, Ms Lee Hopley, Chief Economist at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:

“While all the indicators are pointing to the potential of another year of decent growth for manufacturing, the importance of a comprehensive and enduring industrial strategy for the UK must not get lost in the noise of election campaigning.”

FashionCapital Trunk Show

 

The first FashionCapital Trunkshow hit Manchester and bodes really well for the Fashion Enter and TCBL future collaborations!

Thursday 30th March marked the launch of the first FashionCapital 2017 trunk show at Manchester Art Gallery...

With Manchester’s fashion scene booming, the FashionCapital team couldn't have picked a better place to launch the first in a series of six UK trunk shows to really lift the lid on the inner workings of the fashion industry.

The event, hosted by Freeths and supported by the ABC Awards, comprised of two three-hour seminars attended by universities, students, lecturers, brands and individuals looking to gain insider knowledge from the top.

Joined by Gabby Shiner-Hill, Rosie Davies, Deborah Shulton, Freeths and ABC Awards the team were able to provide guests with a wealth of knowledge from industry experts that together have over 30-years of industry expertise and insight!

Starting the day off, CEO of FashionCapital / Fashion Enter, Jenny Holloway welcomed the first group, before introducing Deborah Shulton who discussed fabrics and their properties and the implications fabrics can often have on manufacturing and cost.

“Aesthetics, feel, country of origin, production, wearability and aftercare are crucial to consider before purchasing fabrics for your collection..” she explained before continuing to state, “key factors that influence costs of fabrics are fibre qualities and spinning systems that are used, which mainly impact raw materials.”  Offering her expertise, she advised that when looking for a fabric mill, you must ask yourself what is the country of origin and what implications could this have?  How can you ensure that bulk production costs the same as the samples?  How can you ensure continuity throughout?  Deborah also highlighted that customers may not often realise it, but the quality of the fabric impacts the cost of the garment as well as the wearability and aftercare.

Next to take the stage was Gabby Shiner-Hill, who was on hand to explain the design process and product development. “Product development is the process of a design idea right through to an actual product, whether it be creating an entirely new product or improving an existing one.” Advising that a designer should always start off small and plan at least a year in advance, Gabby went on to explain that a tech pack is a crucial element and must include sketches of garments with annotations including stitching, measurements, fabric information, secondary fabric, trims, artwork and finishing.  Often finding that designers often miss many important factors from their budget, Gabby explained, “you must consider the price of fabrics, patterns and grading, samples, shipping, labels, trims and packaging before you actually get to the cost of the garment.  The way you aim to sell will also determine the overall budget you need in place and also the cost price of your garment.”

On hand to inform the group of Intellectual Property, Contracts, Copyright and employment types, Charlotte from Freeths along with Lindsey and Sarah took to the stage.  “When you enter a business relationship you need to know who you are contracting with, how to form a contract, who is responsible for the contract and who is responsible if things go wrong…” advised Lindsey who stated, “retail is as much about people as it is about product.” Sarah Moore then discussed portfolio solutions, what Freeths can offer and gave an overview of Freeths and their current clients who include Michael Kors, Paul Smith, River Island, Kikki K, Models Own and Speedo. “To us, team work is key. Tailored to your needs of course… When working with Freeths we ensure that we understand your business objectives, listen to what you want, deliver on time and on budget, and more.”   Charlotte then discussed different types of employment, from part time, to full time, self-employed to freelance and the benefits and advantages as well as disadvantages to each.

Jenny Holloway, once again took to the stage, to discuss the history of Fashion Enter, starting right at the beginning in 2010 through to the present day.  Highlighting cabbage, the Stitching Academy, the Modern Slavery Act and how a manufacturer becomes Fashion Forward audited and SMETA Approved and what this actually means for a British Manufacturer. Jenny left no topic uncovered as she discussed many of the job roles at the Fashion Enter factory and how each process in the garment life cycle is crucial!  “Start small, end big… network and take advantage of social media and ecommerce platforms as well as events to grow your brand and sales.”

Last but certainly not least, founder of The London Fashion Agency, Rosie Davies, shared her secrets on how to successfully do your own PR!  “Before you start with any PR you need a strong brand identity, brand ethics, brand story and brand imagery!” Rosie began, before stating, “social media is crucial to brand awareness and it is great for establishing relationships with editors, bloggers and your customer… but you have to ensure that your tone of voice is consistent throughout!”  Telling the group the benefits of working with editors and influencers, Rosie continued, “working with influencers is great for building brand awareness, however, this may not always translate to sales straightaway. When working with editors, always remember to show thanks… they will remember this!”

An extremely successful day, feedback included:

“Today was really informative, thank you!" – Emma

“I’ve learnt so much and can take something away from every guest speaker… I particularly enjoyed Deborah's session and hearing Jenny speak on all aspects of garment production.” – Sam

“Today has taught me lots about the industry from fabric, to design and more from such a talented group of speakers. Thank you so much!” - Bethany

“We need more of these events in Manchester for fashion designers to grow their businesses!” – Beryl

“Today has informed me about different fabrics, how a factory works and all about PR! It was such a good morning!” – Kirsty

“I would definitely be interested in working with the factory as I was so impressed!” – Sarah

“I’ve really enjoyed my experience and extended my knowledge in retail opportunities!”- Ethan

“I have been inspired to re-visit my own brand and try to start out again!” – Kerry

“Today was very useful – as a lecturer I would be keen to bring students to both the factory and future events!” – Anna

“I’ve learnt a variety of information covering many topics – great speakers and amazing knowledge. Thank you!” – Jenni

“This have given me so much knowledge into starting your own business that I had never even thought about!” – Olivia

“Every small business or idea has a chance – thank you!” - Emma

"It was great to be involved with an industry event and to be updated on important issues by people who have great passion! Thank you." - Judy

"Today has taught me that the British fashion industry can be regenerated!" - Jackie

"ABC Awards was delighted to help and support with the FashionCapital Trunk Show. The speakers were all so interesting and knowledgeable and I for one learnt so much.  People I spoke to throughout the day were so complementary about what you had achieved by holding such a fabulous event. ABC Awards would be delighted to support and collaborate with you in the future." Bernadette Done, Business Development Manager ABC Awards

"Just wanted to thank you for inviting me to attend yesterday. I met some interesting people and the presentations proved useful, even though I am not in the manufacturing business. I was particularly impressed with Fashion Agency London, and how she started out with few connections in the industry." - Louisa

The next FashionCapital trunk show stop will be Plymouth, more information to follow in due course. If you think your area needs a visit from the FashionCapital trunk show team please express your interest to jenni@fashioncapital.co.uk

Fashion Enter Welcome SilkFred For Factory Uncovered Workshop

 Fashion Enter welcome SilkFred to the factory for their first ever CPPD course.

 
On Thursday 13th March we welcomed the team from Silk Fred to The Factory for their first 'Factory Uncovered' CPPD workshop.  Dividing their time across two weeks, the team this week reviewed the process of garment production, how a garment is costed, lay plans, how factories use standard minutes and what makes an ethical, compliant factory.
 
Next week the team will return for a practical pattern cutting session with our Head of Patterns and will also be presented with the opportunity to use the industrial sewing machines in our Stitching Academy.

 
On their visit the group commented;
 
“I have learned from this seminar about how the factory works. How they deal with problems that occur within production and the processes that they installed to solve any issues. I also learned about the garment lifecycle, from the toile right through to the finished garment in production.” Kate Darker
 
“I have learned from this seminar, how the factory operates as a whole and as a team, I was really interested in the costing of production and how this is completed. It was great to be shown and taught about the entire process from, fabric buying all the way through to the finished garment. This seminar was very informative and well organized. I think it's great that Fashion Enter Ltd provide these learning opportunities and run an apprenticeship program here which provides learning on the job.” Francesca Raggio
 
“I have learned that cutting fabric for production is an art and takes such skill. There is so much work that goes into it, they have to inspect the fabric that arrives in bulk and have to be extremely well trained for health and safety reasons. The seminar was presented with great communication and was very welcoming, I really felt part of the factory team.”Ana Maria Satie
 
“After I completed the seminar I left with so much more knowledge of how a factory works in the UK. This has really helped me for the future when working with factories myself with my own collection. It makes such a difference when the designer knows how the factory works, this way they can work together in order to get the collection completed efficiently.” Charlotte Dore
 
“I have learned from this seminar about lay plans, factory policies and all the different types of production that the factory does. The seminar in itself provided us with so much information in a clear and easy to understand way. Thank you Fashion Enter Ltd.” Aleisha Hammond
 
“I have learned from this seminar about lay plans, costing, fabric, and factory job roles. It was really interesting to learn about timeframes and trends. The information that was provided was invaluable, it was such an amazing opportunity. Thank you Fashion Enter Ltd.” Amelia Crick
 
“I have learned from this seminar all about lay plans and costing. It was really interesting to learn about cabbage stock and how that develops and the policies with that stock. They also taught us the importance of knowing if you're being ripped off by your manufacturer. Everything was done so honestly and openly here at Fashion Enter Ltd. such a fantastic seminar.” Faye Williams
 
“I have learned from this seminar about the production process as a whole, from toiling to the finalized product. It was really interesting to learn about SMETA, fast forward audit, fabric consumption, lay plans and how to build on best sellers. It was great to actually see the factory in full flow. Fashion Enter Ltd. was so welcoming and great speakers. Such great communication and the lots of information was delivered. It was such an impressive Factory!” Abbey Bingham
 
“I have learned from this seminar what SMETA is and why it is so important. It is definitely something that everyone needs to be informed about and this was done so clearly. The tour was great and very informative.” Katy Kennedy

On Thursday 20th April we welcomed the group from Silk Fred back to the factory where they continued their Factory Uncovered workshop with two practial sessions.  They spent time with our head pattern cutter Debbie evaluating patterns, fit and the sealing process. They were shown the reasons of poor fit and the rules to apply to resolve fit. They then went into the Stitching Academy to experience the bite of an industrial sewing machine and basic garment construction. It has been fantastic working with the team at Silkfred!

"I have learnt about the fittings of garments for example; darts in clothes when sewing. I am very thankful for the experience." ​Aleisha

"Today I have learnt about pattern cuttings, sewing skills and how to deal with issues in garment fits." Abbey

"The workshop has taught me how to communicate with manufactures and I now have a better understanding of the stitching process." Emma (CEO)

"I have today learnt about the pattern process and what it is like to do things from a manufacturing point of view." Amelia (stock manager)

"Today was my first time using a sewing machine and I found the experience to be very informative it was great." Charlie

"I have learnt about problems with certain types of fits and how they are solved." Faye

"I have learnt about the process of pattern cutting and key things to consider when working with factories. I also got a chance to use the sewing machine and learnt basic sewing skills." Francesca (brand manager)

Budding Designer Competition

 

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Fashion SVP have launched a New Designer Award in association with Fashion Enter.

 IDEX, the organisers of Fashion SVP, the unique sourcing tradeshow, have announced a new initiative to support up-and-coming British fashion talent with the launch of the Fashion SVP New Designer Award. This award will highlight the depth and diversity of design skills, and will feature a cash award and other benefits to enhance the winner’s professional profile.

The competition will be judged by an invited panel of industry luminaries, including Caren Downie and Harold Tillman, CBE.

The overall winner will receive an exciting prize consisting of: A cash award of £750, a bursary for a Fashion Enter Technical Academy short course and a design interview with a leading fashion brand. All will be awarded to the winner at the June 2017 edition of Fashion SVP at Olympia, London on the 28th June.

“We’re delighted to launch this new annual competition which is designed to support individual talent and the future of the UK apparel industry, as well as the continued development of professional skills within the industry”, said Fashion SVP event director Buzz Carter.

Fashion Enter’s CEO Jenny Holloway added: “This new designer competition is perfect for today's fashion industry with an emphasis on combining true creative flair with the government’s newly announced T-Levels - technical skills. We are looking forward to meeting the next generation of real industry-led designers.”

All entries will be judged by an invited panel of industry experts and the top 10 will be featured at Fashion SVP Gallery in June.

The top 3 designs will be made-up as fully commercial pieces and will also be on display as part of this Gallery and the overall winner will be selected and announced at the show on Tuesday 27th June.

Entries open are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 28th April 2017.

Best Of Britannia and Fashion Enter Join Forces

 

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 9.35.00 amBest of Britannia and Fashion Enter join forces this year to support British Manufacturing.

Launched in 2012, Best of Britannia is an event that showcases and celebrates British heritage, products and the people behind them, showcasing the best of British manufacturers and supporting the home grown talent spanning across a number of industries.   This year, The Old Truman Brewery, East London, will become home to the event from Thursday 12th October – Friday 13th October.

“Best of Britannia, the unique showcase for new and heritage British brands, is extremely proud to announce a partnership with Fashion Enter, England’s leading provider of the Fashion and Textile apprenticeships programme – a unique combination of training and career specific work experience.”

Returning for a second year running Fashion Enter will host a live stand to showcase the skills and work of the team and will also be joined by current apprentices at the Fashion Technology Academy, who train for their qualifications with British retailers including ASOS, Marks and Spencers, Hobbs, and House of Fraser, will showcase their skills gained in a real life working environment. 

“As a social enterprise proudly manufacturing in the UK and waving that “Made in Britain” flag, we are delighted to 

be returning to BOB for a second year running,” says Jenny Holloway, CEO, Fashion-Enter. “As the on shoring of UK garment production continues to thrive it is imperative we successfully plan for the future and up skill the next generation.”

About Best of Britannia

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Launched in 2012, BEST OF BRITANNIA is a celebration of all that is beautifully made in the UK. From British heritage products to exciting new innovations, the annual London exhibition is the perfect opportunity to reach trade and consumer customers who care about quality, provenance and sustainability and want to purchase high quality products made right here in Britain by people who take great pride in making things beautifully. The BEST OF BRITANNIA Event Platforms, and developing online retail site, feature Britain’s brightest brands in interiors, art, fashion, food & drink, ceramics, jewellery, cycling and motoring.

This year BEST OF BRITANNIA London will be held within The Old Truman Brewery, East London. Over the two days in October trade buyers, press and consumers will be able to meet the makers face-to-face, hear their stories, watch product being honed and crafted and browse and buy their wares.

Since 2012, BEST OF BRITANNIA has featured over 600 brands, the majority making their first foray into promotion via a trade/consumer show. It is extremely proud to have introduced many of its carefully curated selection of brands to influential buyers, trade bodies and media and to have seen some grow from infancy to worldwide recognition. On-going relationships have been secured with the likes of Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and numerous other retail outlets. Further details on the BOB story can be found on our website – Bestofbritannia.com/the-britannian.

For more information visit the Best Of Britannia website here; http://bestofbritannia.com/events/bob-london-2017

Fashion Revolution Week 2017

fashion rev 2017 headerFashion Revolution, a global movement that calls for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain, will be hosting its annual #whomademyclothes campaign this April.

The event of which is formally titled, Fashion Revolution Week is a campaign that encourages millions of people to ask brands, ‘Who made my clothes’ by using the hashtag #whomademyclothes. 

The campaign is held on the 24th April every year, as this is the date of when the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh had collapsed and had killed and injured over 1, 138 workers on site. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of all aspects of the fashion supply chain from the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased and to demand greater transparency within fashion garment production. 

There are a number of ways everyone can get involved. Below is a rundown of the Fashion Revolution Action Kit of ways everyone can participate. If you would like further information on how to take part the Action Kit is available to download free via the Fashion Revolution website. 

Ask the brand

One of the many ways you can get involved is to take a photo of yourself with a garment of your choice, making sure the label is visible and post the image on Instagram/Twitter during Fashion Revolution Week (24 – 30th April) with the hashtag #whomademyclothes. Be sure to also tag the brand in your post so that they can see your question. 

Write a letter to a brand

Write a letter to your favourite brand and ask the brand #whomademyclothes? by using the template provided on the Fashion Revolution Action Kit. Fill in the brand’s name and sign yours at the bottom. Once you have completed the letter you may proceed to share the letter on social media ensuring you tag the brand and @fash_rev. Alternatively, you can also print out and post the letter to the brand’s HQ address. 

Write a postcard to a policymaker

Governments have a significant impact on the lives of those who make our clothes. By writing a postcard to a policymaker you are actively raising awareness of the issue at hand and are helping to make a positive change to workers in fashion garment production. Legislators ultimately decide on the minimum wage, mandate working conditions and create laws in relation to protecting people and the environment.  

There are several ways you can write a postcard to your public official. 

  1. Research online for members of government who represent your neighbourhood
  2. Take down their email, postal address or if they have social media take down their Instagram/Twitter handle
  3. Use the postcard template that is provided on the Action Kit and fill in the brand’s name and sign yours at the bottom.
  4. Take a photo of your postcard and post it to social media and tag them in the post. Alternatively you can also print out the postcard and post it to the brand’s HQ address if you would like to. 
  5. Share the response you receive from your photo and tag @fash_rev 

 

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Write a love letter or share a story about a piece of clothing that means a lot to you. You can do this by making a video for Youtube, posting a photo on Instagram or writing a piece about it on your blog or the Fashion Revolution blog.

Haulternative 

#haulternative is a way of refreshing your wardrobe without having to buy new clothes. There are eight different haulternatives to choose from, they are: Love story, Broken but beautiful, Fashion fix, 2hand, Swap, DIY, Vintage, Hire and Slow. Out of the eight options available, pick one that inspires you the most and create a haulternative video for Fashion Revolution Week. For further details you can download the #haulternative guide on the Fashion Revolution website.

 


Put on an event 

Host an event during Fashion Revolution Week and notify your Country Coordinator of the event so they can upload the details on to the Fashion Revolution website calendar. 

Your voice has a power, use it to make a difference! Click here for more info on how to get involved

By Sabrina Shafi 

Images courtesy of Fashion Revolution

 

Congratulations To All!

 

Here at FashionCapital we would like to say a huge congratulations to all at TCBL on the INTERREG-MED programme, "CreativeWear" which had a meeting last week in Valencia where partners discussed their plans for building local Creative Hubs as a possible additional component of the TCBL ecosystem. These bring together cultural and creative people and businesses at the local level and explore how they can interact with the T&C industry.  Local manufacturing is the way forward for the Circular Economy.

http://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/services/press-cuttings/15719-fashion-enter-and-the-factory-featured-in-the-telegraph

THE FACTORY GETS A GREEN THUMBS-UP AS A SUPPLIER TO ASOS.COM

 

In a committed bid to become supply chain transparent ASOS.com is about to publish its factory list on its corporate website and we are proud to say that our Factory based in Haringey, North London is on that list and has achieved a Green 4 leading status.

By the end of the month (March 2017) ASOS.com will publish their factory list for all to see online and amongst 360 companies Fashion Enter’s - The Factory is one of two that has achieved a Green 4 leading status. These factory audits are rated from red (for those that include critical breaches to Code of Conduct), to orange to green (the ideal rating meaning that the factory is low risk and compliant.)

Supplier Name

Factory Name

Factory Risk Rating

The Factory

The Factory

4 - Green

 

It has taken ASOS numerous years to build on its Ethical Trade programme, the company first joined the UK’s Ethical Trade Initiative 8 years ago, implementing an audit programme, developing partnerships, and working directly with supplier colleagues to move ‘beyond audit’, to make positive changes.

Over the last decade customer awareness has grown surrounding the ethics of how a garment is produced. ASOS.com customers are demanding more and more information about the clothes they buy and the brand is keen to ensure they are doing all they can that their garments are being produced responsibly and ethically across the entire supply chain.

The UK Modern Slavery Act has introduced additional criteria around transparency and NGO’s like Oxfam, Labour Behind the Label, Fashion Revolution and other lobby groups are increasingly campaigning in this area, using social media and the press to drive change. As a result companies such as ASOS.com, are working diligently with trusted partners, are now choosing to publish their factory lists to demonstrate their commitment to responsible sourcing. 

For The Factory, Fashion Enter’s manufacturing unit, this drive for brands to work towards complete transparency marks a positive step forward for the industry. As a SMETA approved and fast fashion audited factory based in the UK The Factory’s success is down to its backing from ASOS.com, who have fully supported it, along with Fashion Enter’s learning facilities from day 1. 

CEO Jenny Holloway comments: “Our Factory operates totally transparently and ethically proving you can make garment manufacturing successfully in the UK today. Having worked so closely with ASOS.com for the last 8-years I have the highest respect and admiration for the ethos of the company. Without ASOS.com we would not be here today, they have fully supported our learning facilities, Factory and the growth of ‘Made in Britain’ production and their dedicated effort to become publicly transparent will hopefully lead the way for other brands to follow suit.”

FROM THE NEEDLE-POINT TO THE BOARD-ROOM

 David Reay, fashion industry leader, will present a workshop for owners of high-growth fashion brands with ambition: “From the Needle-point to the Board-room”...With a career spanning four decades David Reay www.davidreay.co.uk has influenced the shape of some of the world’s leading brands, renowned for their quality, precise in their delivery and efficient in their processes. David now coaches the leadership teams of the global brands of tomorrow, from fast-fashion to high-end luxury names. With postings across the globe from East to West, from Shanghai to Casablanca, Beijing to LA, David Reay has a network that spans the globe. From the leaders of established brands to the supply chain companies that work with them David understands the fashion industry inside-out, from the needle-point to the board- room. In this workshop David will present his valuable insights, facilitate discussions and answer your questions on: * Features that will distinguish the successful fashion brands of the future * Coupling your creativity with commercial power to grow a profitable and sustainable brand * identifying the true cost of manufacture, the hidden costs in your business that erode profit * Challenging the manufacturing journey from sourcing and supply to production and fulfilment David has over 35 years’ experience in the clothing and textile industry and has held senior posts with J Barbour & Sons, Jockey International, M&S, Warnaco and other well-known international brands. David hails from the North East of England and is committed to furthering the renaissance of the fashion industry in the UK.Hosted by FashionCapital on Thursday 27th April 2017, 10am – 12pm the workshop will be held at The Fashion Technology Academy, Unit 13, Crusader Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, London N4 1LZ. (Nearest tube: Manor House)To book please email: info@fashioncapital.co.uk

Time for T-Levels

 We’ve all heard of A-Levels but the demand for technically skilled employees is seeing the rise of the T-Level and the Chancellor of the Exchequer couldn't agree more…In a multibillion-pound drive to improve technical training Chancellor Philip Hammond is set to unveil radical plans at this week’s Budget that will see technical education on a par with academic studies. School leavers that undertake technical training courses such as engineering or manufacturing, such as the ones available at the Fashion Technology Academy, will spend 50 per cent longer learning and will gain more hands-on skills experience.The initiative has been devised in order to make Britain ‘match fit’ and boost productivity before Brexit comes into full force.http://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/industry/news/326-learning/15715-time-for-t-levels 

Telestia Centre To Open at the FTA

 After a successful run of Perfect Pattern courses incorporating the Telestia methodology we are pleased to announce the opening of a Telestia Centre at our Fashion Technology Academy (FTA), based in North London…Jenny Holloway, CEO of FashionCapital, Fashion Enter and the FTA comments…“We have been working with Anastasia Vouyouka (pictured fourth from the left), the founder and designer of Telestia, for over 2-years now and it's a logical progression to open a Telestia Centre here at the FTA.  We shall be opening September 2017 and we shall be creating taster days for designers to experience the expertise of the Telestia programme.”Telestia was originally created as an online distance-learning programme for fashion and clothing skills developed by SITAM-AB. Founder Anastasia learned her business skills through studying a Business Studies Course at the City of London Polytechnic as well as taking training in a Pattern Cutting and Fashion Design in Italy.In 2004 SITAM-AB launched the eTelestia eLearning portal which offers Online Courses for Self-Learning with Tutor Support, in 6 languages. These courses are based on the original training materials of SITAM-AB, using its patented methodology and an innovative pedagogical approach in the use of multimedia.The eTelestia course has been chosen among 100 projects to get the ‘Platinum European Seal of Excellence in Multimedia 2005’ by the EMMAC (European Multimedia Associations’ Conventions). It has also been given the ‘Europrix Quality Seal Award’ 2002.Anastasia has the belief and vision that: “Keeping a central guiding principle, clarity and simplicity in learning, we innovate and improve all the time, to help and let creators be free to focus on creation.”On working with Fashion Enter Anastasia says: “I came across Fashion Enter about two years ago and I was immediately struck by the way the company operates in such a similar way to Telestia. The aim of improving skills and up-skilling the workforce is what I have always strived to achieve and that's why our unique collaboration with Fashion Enter is a winning formula.For over 2-years now Fashion Enter has adopted Telestia’s methodology and practices in the classroom after an in-depth visit and introduction by Anastasia. The Level 1 and 2 Perfect Patterns courses have since offered hands-on skills in technical pattern drafting and cutting.“Telestia provides for the Fashion Industry a coherent, accurate, proven pattern making and design methodology, which allows an articulate dialogue between the designer and the pattern cutter.”  Nicola Ridd-Davies, former student.“I have learned more in 5 days than I have in 5 years of education and 20 years of practice.”The Telestia Centre at the FTA is due to open this September 2017 - more details will be released in due course.http://www.fashioncapital.co.uk/industry/news/326-learning/15748-telestia-centre-to-open-at-the-fta

#LiftTheLid on Fashion with FashionCapital

 In just three days we lift the lid on the fashion industry with the first of our Trunk Shows in Manchester!Lifting the lid on the real UK garment industry #liftthelid FashionCapital is set to host its ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar with headline sponsor Freeths solicitors on 30th March at the Manchester Art Gallery from 10.00 – 13.00 and repeated at 14.00 – 17.00 There are now 5 spaces available for the morning session and 9 for the afternoon session. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Aimed at students, graduates and new business starts ups the fashion industry experts will offer real, invaluable advice on how to succeed in fashion today.  The agenda includes: 10.00am - Introduction and Welcome by Jenny Holloway, CEO Fashion Enter & FashionCapital The industrial Garment Life Cycle explained.    10.20 - Fabric Appreciation with Deborah Shulton Many graduates and new business start-ups understand fabrics and their properties but what affect does this have on your manufacturing and cost implications - you need to know the facts!10.45 - The Design Process and Product Development with Gabby Shinier-Hill How to make sure your production and sampling is right first time.  What you need to do from an industry perspective to save money. 11.10 - IP, Copyright and Protecting your Designs with Freeths Solicitors After all that hard work creating your perfect range you do not want IP infringement.  Learn how to protect yourself and your brand.11.30 - How to generate sales - Jenny HollowayThis is a business – it’s not a labour of love - you need sales and you need sales fast!  11.50 - Working with freelancers - Freeths Solicitors  Contract Essentials – What You Need to Know: When entering into business relationships, designers need to understand who they are contracting with, how a contract can be formed, what both parties are responsible for and who carries the can if things go wrong. The devil is often in the detail, and we will highlight what you need to look out for and some of the common pitfalls for the unwary. 12.10 – The Factory Uncovered - Jenny Holloway Cabbage - what it is and how to prevent it! Make sure you know how to identify bad practices in a factory.   12.30 - How to do your own PR with Rosie Davies, Director London Fashion Agency   You can’t afford your own PR agency but do you need one? With Rosie's know-how you can do press and PR yourself AND be successful! The Trunk Show is the first of a series of seminars to tour the UK offering real advice to today’s fashion start-ups. Supported by The Textile Institute, ABC Awards and the Northern Clothing and Textiles Network  the Trunk Show is an opportunity to reach out to up and coming designers based outside of London and ‘lift the lid’ on the real UK fashion industry. #liftthelid Book your place now - info@fashioncapital.co.uk

Can Brexit Ignite A British Manufacturing Revival?

 It’s fair to say that the predominantly pro-EU fashion industry was somewhat shocked at last summer’s Brexit decision, however despite all the negative press and businesses on pause to see what will happen next there is notable growth in the British garment manufacturing industry…Talk about a Made in Britain revolution when it comes to the apparel industry and you are often met with sceptical retorts: ‘We can’t compete on price or output with the likes of the Far East.’ ‘Made in Britain is just a marketing term that’s happening on a very minimal scale.’  ‘We don’t have enough skilled workers in Britain to develop the manufacturing sector.’Sister company to FashionCapital, Fashion Enter, responsible for a London based factory that outputs 7,500 units a week, along with related apprenticeships and production courses, disagree with the sceptics whole-heartedly. Jenny Holloway CEO of the company comments: “Since Brexit our factory orders and enquiries have gone up, we can turnaround a design concept to finished garment in just 3-weeks and we are fully addressing the skills shortage by providing on-site training via our Stitching Academy and Fashion Technology Academy.”Caroline Ash, Production Manager at Fashion Enter’s Factory adds: “We have seen an upturn in interest in the factory with Asda, Primark, Debenhams and many more large names, making enquiries. We are proud to have leading status in the Fast Forward audit which is being taken up by more and more high street companies, which centres particularly on the modern slavery act and how to eliminate it.”Britain’s online giant ASOS.com collaborated with Fashion Enter to set up the Stitching Academy, the plan to bring more of its production closer to home was always on the cards. Currently, just 4pc of ASOS’ clothes are made in two British factories, one of which is Fashion Enter, however plans are in the pipeline for ASOS.com to double its UK based manufacturing. And that’s thanks to the post-Brexit sterling slump making domestic production all the more affordable. JoJo Iles, Editor at Fashion Enter’s online sister company FashionCapital comments: “While the business of fashion is no doubt led by profit we do have to think about the bigger picture. When I tell people that I work in fashion many ask: Do you know which retailers are ethical? Who can I buy from guilt-free on the high street? Of course there is no straight-forward answer as supply chains are complex and many brands have multiple factories that they work with globally. However, what this says to me is that there is a real craving from consumers for goods that are made ethically, sustainably and that haven’t travelled all over the world to get stitched-up on the cheap. At the moment the story behind each garment is very unclear however transparency and more in the way of on-shore production could be a positive way forward.”Adam Mansell of the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) recently told The Daily Telegraph that another obvious advantage for a retailer with a UK factory was the “ability to jump in the car and speak to a supplier face-to-face if something is not right, rather than flying several hours or having a conference call with someone in Asia."Currently the UK Textiles Manufacturing industry is worth £9bn to the economy and while this looks relatively small compared to say the $30bnfigure produced by Bangladesh the sector is experiencing both domestic and export growth. Additionally it is estimated that the sector will create a further 15,000 new jobs over the next three years.There is also the notion that ‘Made in Britain’ has quality and heritage written all over it, as seen with the likes of Mulberry and Burberry, and it’s this niche which leading industry experts suggest is ripe for development.With so many factors coming into play, economical, ethical, sustainable, environmental, surely the time is now to revive the British garment manufacturing industry?