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Fashion Industry Perspective: Factory Visit & Careers (London)

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 10:00 to 15:00 (BST)

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Factory Visit & Industry Perspective

A return to Fashion Enter for a fantastic opportunity to experience British manufacturing at it’s best with an indepth visit to this North London based manufacturing unit and training centre, producing for M&S, Finery, ASOS and John Lewis.


See the production cycle in process, get close to the action and ask those questions!


(Please Note: This course is aimed at secondary school teachers of Fashion, Art Textiles, Textiles and D&T.)

Fashion Enter Factory

An unique opportunity to visit Fashion Capital factory and Fashion Technology Academy in Harringay. The day will start with a introduction from Jenni Sutton followed by a brief talk from Director Jenny Holloway who has over 25 years experience in the industry starting as a buyer for Littlewoods, M&S and Principles before opening her own label Retro.

The day will include a guided tour of the factory with an opportunity to talk directly with employees in Design & Pattern Development departments as well as sampling and production facilities, plus a go on the industrial machines in the Training facility.

Fashion Enter is a not for profit social enterprise which strives to be the centre of excellence for sampling, grading, production and learning. The Academy is the first apparel manufacturing training academy in the country to operate alongside a live factory and fashion studio, ensuring that students gain exposure to real 'Best of British' manufacturing whilst training for their qualifications.

What to expect on the day:

Introduction:  Jenni Sutton will give an overview of FASHION ENTER and it's aims, training  and accredited courses, followed by a talk from Jenny Holloway who will take us through the 'Garment Life Cycle' and lead the factory tour.

Guided Factory Tour: You will see the full Garment Development Process from design through sample development, pattern making to production and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about each stage and each job role and it's importance in the process. 

The Fashion Technology Academy & Stitching Academy: See young designers working on new designs and visit the Stitching Academy and try out the industrial machines.

Careers: What is the future for young people wanting to enter the clothing and textiles industry? What are the routes through to the huge variety of different jobs and careers available. There will be a Q&A session about careers and courses during the day to answer all your questions.

    Stitching close up  Fabric selection  Fabric Cutting  Sample Fitting


Benefits of the event: 

Support and ideas for great lessons, schemes of work and improved exam performance.
• Classroom strategies and textile industry knowledge to underpin practical work.
• Life long learning in continuing professional development.
• An awareness of career opportunities for all abilities.
• Better understanding of industry practices and requirements to support delivery of KS4/5

Fashion Capital and The Fashion Technology Academy is the UK's leading portal for the fashion industry. Launched in 2001 the FashionCapital site is a one stop online resource with a dedicated team of journalists, business advisors and industry experts to ensure users receive a unique insight into the world of fashion. combined with Fashion Enter Ltd in 2006 and the amalgamation of the two businesses has provided one of the most powerful forces in fashion today. 

The Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) is a collaboration with Fashion Enter Ltd - sister company to, Harringay Council, DWP and global e-tailer
Opening in March 2015 the fully equipped FTA is an extension of the successful Stitching Academy and includes a range of qualifications at Levels 1 to 4, which cover the entire of the 'Garment life cycle' including Stitching, Production and Pattern Cutting. Fashion Enter are also one of the largest training providers of Apprenticeships at levels 3 and 4 within Apparel Manufacturing (fashion) working with employers such as, Marks & Spencer, River Island and House of Fraser.

The academy is the first apparel manufacturing training academy in the country to operate alongside a live factory and fashion studio ensuring that students gain exposure to real 'Best of British' manufacturing whilst training for their qualifications. The FTA has been created to train a new generation of skilled workers ensure that the UK apparel manufacturing sector continues to thrive.



Jenni Sutton

 Jenni Sutton:  Jenny originally graduated in Drama & Theatre Studies but followed her heart and entered the world of fashion doing an HND Fashion Design at Walsall Art &Technology College. She immediately started her fashion career at Fashion Enter & Fashion Capital, joining the company in 2006 when it began so has seen it grow and develop into what it is today. Having developed a passion and skill for fashion journalism Jenni has reported live from major events such as London Fashion Week and Premier Vision in Paris. Jenni is also Project Manager for all events within the company from the annual Profile fashion event to regular workshops and seminars for new and emerging designers. Most recently Jenni has become involved in the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programme by recruiting apprentices and matching them up with suitable employers.

Jenny Holloway Jenny Holloway:  Jenny has been working in the fashion industry for over 25 years mostly in the   private sector. Initially she was a buyer for Littlewoods, M&S and Principles for Women before opening her own label Retro. For almost ten years Jenny was Director of her successful business Retro UK Ltd which included retail boutiques, party plan, wholesaling to major retailers such as John Lewis, Principles and independents.

Retro UK also had an excellent export business with key accounts in the Middle East and Europe. In 2000 Jenny commenced a consultancy business and was approached to be an Industry Advisor on Government funded initiatives. In March 2006 Jenny incorporated Fashion Enter Ltd.

Dawn Foxall

 Dawn Foxall:  Dawn has 30 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry including running her own design company, Cocky’s Shed, with 2 print designers; as a Design Consultant, Presenter and schools resources developer for EMTEX education projects including founding the Designer Forum in Nottingham with Jayn Sterland; has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; Course presenter for DATA, Key Stage Developments(KSD), SFE and other course providers. 

Dawn is a co-founder of and Lilli Design Ltd. and continues to work as a consultant designing, buying and sourcing ethical and organic products for various brands including Lush.


All of the Textile Skills Academy events are ticket only and payable IN ADVANCE. The Textile Teachers Academy uses Eventbrite to automate the bookings via credit card and cheque/BACS. When you book you will receive by email a full VAT invoice/receipt. 

PLEASE NOTE that places for this event are limited so book early to reserve your place. Your booking confirmation and ticket will be emailed to both the delegate and person purchasing. If you do not receive your ticket it is most commonly caused by typing your email address incorrectly, or it is in your SPAM folder.

Please check your booking carefully. It is VERY important that your school finance manager supplies your full name and PERSONAL SCHOOL email so that we are able to send you joining instructions and further details. If we only receive the ‘school office’ email address, we have found in the past that this delays information getting to you or information is not passed on. 

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Terms and conditions

1. Once booked, if you cannot come You can send someone else, but you may not get a refund unless we can resell your ticket
2. The draft programme might be subject to change. We would always endeavour to run the day as advertised.

Do you have questions about Fashion Industry Perspective: Factory Visit & Careers (London)? Contact Textiles Skills Academy

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Fashion Enter Ltd.
The Factory
Unit 14 Crusader Estate
N4 1LZ 167 Hermitage Road
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 10:00 to 15:00 (BST)

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Textiles Skills Academy

The Textiles Skills Academy brings together experienced education presenters and industry experts to deliver relevant seminars and practical workshops for Art and D&T textile teachers, to support their delivery of the curriculum.

The events are delivered by skilled teachers, trainers and industry practitioners to give an opportunity to develop classroom resources, learn new skills and network with fellow teachers.

Founded by Dawn Foxall in February 2015, the Textiles Skills Academy runs events, factory visits and practical workshops throughout the year.

Dawn Foxall has 30 years’ experience in the textiles and garment industry as design consultant; presenter and resources developer for Schools for EMTEX; has worked as Fashion lecturer and programme developer at various UK universities and FE colleges; course presenter for The Design and Technology Association, Key Stage Developments (KSD), SFE and other course providers.

Dawn was a co-founder of an online ethical department store, where she managed design, buying and sourcing for the Liv brand; in 2017 she launched her own brand, Foxology, producing ethical and British made knitwear and is currently Senior Pattern Tutor at Fashion Enter Ltd for the Fashion Technology Academy. She continues to work with Fairtrade and organic factories in India and Egypt, sourcing ethical and British made products and brands. 

Education experts working with Textiles Skills Academy include:
Louise Davies, Heidi Ambrose-Brown, Julie Boyd, Nicky Simpson, Julie Messenger, Kate Hufton and Tracey Goodyere.

Industry partners include:
Fashion Enter Ltd. (London); Textiles Centre of Excellence (Huddersfiled); David Neiper Ltd. (Derbyshire)

Textiles Skills Academy Founder Dawn Foxall

Dawn Foxall Founder Textiles Teachers Skills Academy

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