Fashion Retail Academy Students Visit the London Factory

On Monday 7th March 2022 the Fashion-Enter team welcomed another group of students from the Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) in central London. The seminar and tour was led by Production Director Caroline Ash with the aim of giving the students an insider’s view to each garment manufacturing stage and how this relates to roles within merchandising, buying and retail.

After an overview of the company, what makes Fashion-Enter Ltd a compliant and ethical factory, modern slavery, along with health and safety, Caroline explained each stage in detail as the group toured the factory floor. The success of this tour is that the students can physically view a garment at every step of the process in real time, and this visual way of learning is of huge benefit to the students understanding.

Caroline also introduced the students to the various technologies being used by the factory such as the Galaxius system, Optitex, Kornit digital printers, the Zund cutting machine and how technology is enabling a more efficient and sustainable process than ever before.

Feedback from the FRA students included:

“I learnt all about lead times, how you can use the same style in different ways. I very much enjoyed and appreciated it.”

“I really enjoyed the tour. I learnt a lot, especially as I was able to see the factory workers at work.”

“I have learnt about costing, how prices are negotiated and about costs.”

“I found the visit really interesting and insightful, it would be good to see more about sustainable practices.”

“I learnt about how the manufacturing side works and what is required for them to operate. The speed of garment making and the expectations that buyers have.”

“I have gained a lot of information about printing, machining, cutting and sustainability processes. Very informative and enjoyable.”

“I learnt about the importance of factory safety, sustainable materials and new technology.”