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News 16th Feb 2017

Freeths sponsors first Fashion Capital Trunk Show in Manchester

Fashion Capital will host its ‘How to Succeed in Fashion Today’ seminar with headline sponsor Freeths solicitors on 30th March at the Manchester Art Gallery.

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.

The UK garment industry has recently been under scrutiny with documentaries including Panorama’s report on child labour in factories in Turkey and more recently the Dispatches two part documentary – Britain’s Cheap Clothes.

As a leading Fast Forward and SMETA approved Factory, Fashion Capital’s sister company Fashion Enter produces 8,000 units a week for clients including ASOS, M&S and Finery as well as sampling and small production runs for independent brands and new business startups. As a social enterprise Fashion Enter teaches designers how to communicate with manufacturers and how to find the right manufacturer for their production.

In the seminar Jenny Holloway, CEO Fashion Enter and Fashion Capital will talk openly and candidly about production in the UK – what is the garment life cycle, what should designers be looking out for when visiting a factory, pre planning the visit, setting an agenda, what questions to ask, what are the key elements to a costing, how samples are actually generated and much more!

Joining Jenny is Sarah Moore and Lindsey Clegg from headline sponsors Freeths solicitors who will discuss the importance of IP and copyright and will be on hand to answer any questions of the legal side of running a business. Design consultant Gabrielle Shiner-Hill, a highly skilled textile and fashion designer and product developer who has worked in the manufacturing industry for over fifteen years will offer advice on the design process and product development.

Former Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer, Deborah Shulton will provide an essential guide to understanding fabric covering influences on cost,lead time and quality and Rosie Davies, Director of the London Fashion Agency will reveal how designers can do their own PR, work with bloggers,manage their social media and secure media coverage!

Jenny Holloway, CEO, commented:

“We are delighted to be holding a series of nationwide Trunk Shows that really explains how the fashion industry works kicking off with Manchester! There has been so much adverse press with Panorama and Dispatches it’s time you found out the truth about what really happens in fashion today! A huge thank you to our headline sponsors Freeths who will be providing you with vital legal advice for your label. Fort hose unable to visit us in London, we are coming to you instead! We can’t wait!”

Sarah Moore, Senior Associate at Freeths, commented:

“At Freeths we act for a significant number of retail clients and have experience advising on all aspects of law that need to be considered when working in this sector. This is a great opportunity for people starting out in business to discover the key information they need from a legal perspective and we look forward to speaking to everyone there.”

There will be two sets of three hour seminars taking place on 30th March at the Manchester Art Gallery.

Tickets cost £50 and £35 for students – to purchase tickets email info@fashioncapital.co.uk or call 0208 809 3311.

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