San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Factory Visit & Industry Perspective
A fantastic opportunity to experience British manufacturing at it’s best with an indepth visit to a North London based manufacturing unit producing for M&S, ASOS and John Lewis.
See the production cycle in process, get close to the action and ask those questions!
An unique opportunity to visit The Fashion Enter Factory and Fashion Technology Academy in Haringey. The day will start with a introduction 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 and Pattern Development departments as well as sampling and production facilities.
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.
Places are restricted to 15 so if you would like to go you need to book early!
What to expect on the day:
Introduction: Jenny Holloway will give an overview of FASHION ENTER and it's aims and then take us through the 'Garment Life Cycle'.
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 Technology Academy: See young designers working on new designs and visit the training school 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.
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 Enter Ltd. and The Technology Academy
Jenny Holloway: Jenny Holloway has been working in the fashion industry for over twenty five 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 06 Jenny incorporated Fashion Enter Ltd.
Jenny comments: "Fashion is a fun and vibrant business, however, that's exactly what it is - a business. Designers, in particular, must ensure that they fully understand all areas of their product and business and working in fashion can be a minefield. It can also be a lonely place too. Designers today have to be the master of all trades and sometimes they need someone experienced to talk to who can offer quality advice. That's exactly why we set up FashionCapital and Fashion Enter Ltd. We also work with a wide cross section of other sectors of the industry too, particularly manufacturing and logistics, therefore we can provide excellent networking opportunities to all levels of businesses throughout Clothing and Textiles."
Dawn Foxall: Dawn has 30 years experience in the textiles and garment industry including design consultant, schools presenter and resources developer for EMTEX; 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 Liv.co.uk, the online ethical department store, where she manages design, buying and sourcing for the Liv brand. She works with Fairtrade and organic factories in India and Egypt and sources ethical and British made products and brands for the website.
She is also currently working with Dubai Designer Rabia Z to launch her brand and flagship store in Dubai.
COSTS & BOOKING VIA EVENTBRIGHT: £165/DAY + VAT
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 rec
eive 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.
If you have any queries, please ask via the Eventbrite site messaging, and leave your phone number or email so that we can contact you easily.
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.
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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 Liv.co.uk 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