‘The Big Fashion Conversation’ comes to Wandsworth

Published: 26 November 2014

Big name brands from across the fashion industry have come to Wandsworth Town Hall today to showcase the industry’s varied career and training opportunities.

Around 250 local young people have come to the event to meet the professionals, experience skills taster sessions and find out about different routes into the sector.  

‘The Big Fashion Conversation’ event has been organised by Wandsworth Council and Fashion Enter. Big names taking part include Alvanon, ASOS, the Cult of Fashion, the London Manufacturing Advisory Service, New Look, River Island and UKFT.

The event was opened by Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Stuart Thom and Jenny Holloway, founder and CEO of Fashion Enter. 

Mayor Thom said: “London is one of the world’s great fashion capitals and here in Wandsworth we want to help local people find out what the sector has to offer. Today’s event shows just how many incredibly creative, talented and driven young people there are here in Wandsworth. This is just one of the ways we can help them reach their potential.”

Jenny Holloway said: "This is the first time such industry professionals have combined together to explain how diverse and exciting a career is in fashion today; it's certainly not all about being a designer. Many thanks to all the companies who have provided their valuable time'.

The day included interactive sessions covering the garment development life cycle, manufacturing, garment design and what it takes to create a fashion label.

There were introductions to different career roles, apprenticeships and training opportunities including administration, buyers and what it takes to create successful fashion show events.

Sponsorship was provided by Southside Shopping Centre and Pip fruit juices.

Find pictures from the event online.

For information about careers in the fashion industry visit www.fashion-enter.com

Find out about the ways Wandsworth Council can help local people into work at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/jobszone

About Fashion Enter

Founded in 2006 Fashion Enter’s garment production and training enterprise operates from The Factory, and currently outputs some 7,500 units a week. The Factory’s services include; pattern making and cutting, toiling, first-fit sampling and mass production. Its team of highly skilled pattern cutters and machinists manufacture all soft separates in woven and jersey plus tailored items. The Factory also houses the Stitching Academy, the UK’s first collaborative apprenticeship and training facility set up by ASOS.com and Fashion Enter, which provides a route into a National Apprenticeship that previously did not exist in fashion for young people. The Factory also houses The Fashion Studio a sampling and toiling facility for small production runs of up to 300 units and is set to expand to incorporate a new Fashion Technical Academy. The ASOS Foundation, a registered charity, supplies all technical equipment and machinery, matching contributions from Haringey Council for teaching costs. All activity is also supported by grant funding from the Department of Work & Pensions via Jobcentre Plus to drive British manufacturing by young people. For more information, please visit www.fashion-enter.com