Fifty job seekers with a flair for fashion and garment making have been learning what it takes to succeed in the highly competitive world of fashion.

They attended an industry open day organised by Fashion Enter as part of their Tottenham Charter pledge. The event introduced attendees to a wide variety of subjects including technical skills, business insight and employment opportunities.

The technical skills workshops included pattern cutting and tailoring with presentations from industry expert like Alex Lamb from Kilgour Savile Row who gave students an exclusive insight into how master tailors work.

Ana, the pattern cutting tutor was particularly enthusiastic about the benefits of the workshop.

“I love my job because we can help so many people gain skills for a new career. Having stitching and pattern skills means that you can start your own business so easily.”

Attendees also got a taste of the business skills needed to succeed in the fashion industry through masterclasses covering topics like ‘Building a successful brand’ and ‘How to do your own PR’.

Caren Downie, one of the most influential women in British fashion, shared her experience on what it takes to get a brand started and all the beginner pitfalls to avoid.

One attendee commented:

“I have learnt the importance of developing a strong clear brand that you can present confidently. To have integrity and go slowly with selling and production, build it steadily and conscientiously. Do lots of research!” said Jackie.

At the end of the day representatives from Fashion Enter took attendees through employment opportunities in the industry as well as apprenticeships and training available at the Fashion Technology Academy in Haringey which was the first of its kind in the UK.

Fashion Enter is a not for profit, social enterprise, for learning and development of skills within the fashion and textiles industry. Working in collaboration with its sister company,

Haringey Council, DWP and it provides accredited qualifications and apprenticeships through the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA).

For more information about Fashion Enter and the training they offer visit