Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Our Team

Patron Lord Stone

Name: Lord Stone of Blackheath

Title: Patron

Location: N/A

Bio: Lord Stone was raised to the peerage as, Baron Stone of Blackheath in 1997. He joined Marks and Spencer plc as a Trainee in 1966 and retired his position as joint Managing Director of the Company in 1999.

He is currently a Director of a several non-governmental organisations, a retail company and Chair of a media company, and is involved in several charities. He Chairs DIPEx which helps patients gain information on how to make the right choices.

He has a deep interest in community work based around his fascination with the juxtaposition between Art & Science, a desire to help alleviate suffering of those with illnesses and a lifelong interest in the process of creating understanding and peace in the Middle East.

Director

Name: Jenny Holloway

Title: Director

Location: Head office

Bio: 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."

Development Manager

Name: Jennifer Sutton

Title: Development Manager

Location: Head Office

Bio: After graduating from university with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies Jenni knew she belonged in a creative environment

but instead of perusing the acting dream followed her heart and entered the world of fashion. She then went on to study HND Fashion Design at Walsall Art and Technology College, knowing it was there she had found her passion in life.

Specialising in illustration Jenni went on to being highly commended for numerous design and illustration competitions, including a Marks & Spencer's Per Una Design Competition and aDylon Dye design and make project.

After graduating from college with a distinction Jenni immediately started work in the dynamic world of fashion where she was lucky enough to start her fashion career at Fashion Enter & Fashion Capital.

Jenni joined the company in 2006 when Fashion Enter was established and has seen the company grow and develop into what it is today. Having developed a passion and skill for fashion journalism Jenni has reported live from major events such as London Fashion Week and Premier Vision in Paris for www.FashionCapital.co.uk and as the 'press and PR girl' enjoys attending many events endeavouring to the spread the word about Fashion Enter and Fashion Capital. Jenni is also Project Manager for all events within the company from the annual Profile fashion event to regular workshops and seminars for new and emerging designers. Most recently Jenni has become involved in the Fashion and Textiles Apprenticeship programme by recruiting apprentices and matching them up with suitable employers.

Production Manager

Name: Caroline Ash

Title: Production Manger

Location: The Factory

Caroline has over 30 years experience in production management.carolineprofileShe is a highly experienced production coordinator, sourcer and product developer with strong problem solving and analytical skills, delivering finished product that meet lead times, quality expectations and ethical requirements.


She has been Head of Production for various companies supplying the High Street making soft separates, dresses, tailoring, jersey and outerwear and has manufacturing experience in China, Turkey, Romania, Morocco, Bulgaria, Egypt as well as the UK.

Factory Manager

Name: Chris Toumbu

Title: Factory Manager

Location: The Factory

Bio: Chris has over 25 years experience in the fashion industry and as a small business owner knows exactly what it takes to succeed today. Based at The Workshop Chris works closely with up and coming designers by offering fantastic advice and assistance on industry production. Responsible for cutting, production lay plans, costings and sourcing Chris is a highly skilled and knowledgeable Assistant Manager and is an asset to the Fashion Enter team.

Editor of FC

Name: JoJo Iles

Title: Editor of www.fashioncapital.co.uk & PR for the PR Dispensary Service

Location: The Fashion Studio

Bio: Frank, forthright queen of copy with lashings of industry experience JoJo began her fashion career in front of the camera posing for the likes of Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Cosmopolitan before re-entering education as a mature student.

While studying at the London College of Fashion she worked with the Fashion Trend Forecasting service 'Trendzine' identifying trends and cultural shifts producing high street and designer trend reports. During her last year at college she landed a role with a brand new fashion portal; FashionCapital as a journalist covering a broad range of fashion articles from the latest news to interviews and catwalk reports. JoJo then went on to edit the portal as well as running a niche FashionPR company before taking time out to have a baby boy.

She has since returned to the industry and has worked on various projects from running the 'British Designers@FashionCapital' boutique to styling, pop-up shops and PR. From April 2013 JoJo resumed her position as editor at FashionCapital and is dedicated to taking the highly informative fashion portal to the next level.

Accounts

Name: Accounts

Title

Location: External 

Bio: For all finance, audit and account queries please contact Edwards on accounts@fashion-enter.com

Business Mentor

Name: Nigel Rust

Title: Business Mentor, Coach and Manufacturing Specialist

Location: The Factory

Bio: Nigel has been working with small and medium sized businesses in a business support capacity since 2005, including several years with the London Manufacturing Advisory Service/EEF. He is now an independent Business Mentor and Coach specialising in small but growing businesses with a particular interest in fashion-related companies, having worked with both designers and manufacturers over the last few years, and having been instrumental, with Fashion Enter, City Fringe, The London College of Fashion (Centre for Fashion Enterprise), The British Fashion Council and others in supporting the fashion sector during that time. 

Nigel has been running Fashion Enter’s business workshops for fashion designers since 2010 and has delivered several courses including the very popular ‘Be Business Ready 2011’ and ‘Business for Creative People’ series. In 2012 he is running the ‘Business for Fashion’ workshops at The Fashion Studio.

 As a Specialist Adviser for Fashion Enter, he also works directly with designers and manufacturers on a one-to-one mentoring, coaching or project basis.

Having run his own business Nigel is experienced in starting up, growing and establishing a business – both in the home and export markets.

Studio Manager

Name: Kasia Gierczak

Title: Studio Manager

Location: The Fashion Studio

Kasia joined Fashion Enter in 2010 where she started off as a sample machinist working in the workshop in North London. The workshop closed down a year ago and Kasia then located to the fashion studio at The University of East London. Here, Kasia has now recently progressed onto becoming the studio manager where she does cutting and deals with all the clients.

Designer

Name: Beth Davy-Day

Title: Designer

Location: The Fashion Studio

Beth graduated from Ravensbourne College of Digital innovation with a Womenswear BA Hons degree, a college which specialise's in digital design.

While studying Beth worked for numerous company's in the fashion industry ranging from an ethical knitwear company 'Make-Piece' to high end designer 'Samantha Cole' as well as being a studio assistant at 'The Print Box.' She also interned for Fashion Enter at The Showroom with the sales team which led her on to a full-time role once she graduated.

Beth joined the Fashion Enter team over 2 years ago initially joining with a junior pattern cutting title she honed her skills working by the side of the head pattern cutter until being promoted to a pattern cutting title. Alongside this Beth is the In-house designer working closely with our big clients such as Asos to create design packs and running our In-house label 'Belles of London.'
Over the past year Beth project managed the re-design and re-launch of the Fashion capital website, designing the new layout and co ordinating the process. She now focuses on all graphic and visual artwork for the website maintaining the brand identity of Fashion Capital and Fashion Enter.

Pattern Cutter

Name: Dymphna Harrison

Title: Pattern Cutter

Location: The Fashion Studio

After graduating from Sussex University with a Geography degree, Dymphna soon realized that she was much more interested in the world of Fashion. She completed both Beginners and Intermediate NCFE courses in pattern cutting and sewing skills.

Dymphna went on to work for Vetigraph, a CAD/CAM software company, demonstrating and training customers on the pattern cutting software. This was Dymphna's first introduction to Fashion Enter as she taught some short Vetigraph courses at the workshop in 2009.

Having realized that pattern cutting was her passion, Dymphna went on to do a Post |Graduate Diploma at London College of Fashion in Pattern Design and Garment Technology.

Dymphna joined Fashion Enter in February as a Junior Pattern Cutter.

Tutor

Name: Marilyn Forkan

Title: Tutor

Location: FTA

Marilyn has joined Fashion Enter as a qualified Tutor. With a degree in Fashion and Textiles, she has previously worked as a Costume Designer and a Stylist, which has been a wonderful experience, designing and making anything and everything. One of her most memorable briefs was to create an outfit for a presenter of a Home improvement show using interior furnishing materials.

Always ready for a challenge, Marilyn created a corset made out of mini bathroom tiles, and a faux hide flowing skirt with a Friesian cow print!

Pattern Cutter

Name: Lan Leader

Title: Pattern Cutter

Location: The Fashion Studio

Lan became interested in fashion from a young age and once she had completed her GCSE's, she studied Fashion with Technology at The London College of Fashion, following that she graduated from The University of East London with a First Class Honours in Fashion with Marketing. It was during her course, and having showcased her collection at Graduate Fashion Week and the V&A that she was drawn to the technical side of the fashion industry.

Her first job was as a creative pattern cutter for a high street supplier for the likes of the Arcadia group, BHS and TU Clothing. Having gained the technical skills, Lan then worked for a London based fashion brand as a designer and pattern cutter for over 8 years. Lan worked extensively with their factories, designing 2 collections a year, pattern cutting and overseeing their Made in UK range.

Head of Finishing

Name: Diyana Totkova

Title: Head of Finishing

Location: The Factory

Diyana has been with Fashion Enter since 2012 as has always had a keen eye for Quality. Diyana is Head of Finishing which is a vital role in the factory as she ensures all our garments are of required quality and meets our AQL. With great garment construction knowledge Diyana strives in decision making and prioritising which helps to ensure the QC process for each style is thorough as well as the best amendment methods.

Supervisor

Name: Hadan (Melissa) Kiziloz

Title: Supervisor

Location: The Factory

Melissa joined Fashion Enter at the beginning of the year as a production supervisor, in such a short period of time Melissa has become such a key asset to the FE team with her knowledge of the industry and skills which she holds. Previously Melissa has studded Business Management at Waltham Forest College and further continued on to Marmara University, from here she has run her own factory and partnerships.

Production Assistant

Name: Anna-Maria Michael

Title: Production Assistant 

Location: The Factory

Anna-Maria has always been interested in the Fashion industry, has achieved GCSE's and A-Levels in a range of different subjects including Fashion & Textiles. She is hardworking, efficient and makes sure everything is done on time. Anna-Maria is in particularly interested in designing & making couture evening wear dresses, she likes the detail and that each dress is different.

Anna-Maria decided not to follow the university route, as she wanted to find something with would be more practical rather than theory. Anna-Maria then came across Fashion Capital were she applied to go on to the Level 1 Stitching Academy course where she learnt how to use industrial machines and how to make a basic pattern. Once she had completed the course, she was offered a place at The Factory at Fashion Enter on the Level 3 Apprenticeship course.

Anna-Maria is now based in The Factory admin office where she does a range of different tasks which include, contacting customers; ordering trims and fabric; getting all the paperwork ready for deliveries and general admin. However, Anna-Maria's main role within Fashion Enter is using a system call Galaxius where she inputs all new orders onto this software and generates a critical path.

She is enjoying being based at The Factory as she is constantly learning new things about garments and the way they are constructed. Anna-Maria feels that Fashion Enter is the perfect place to start her career and she is excited of what the future may hold.

Apprentice

Name: Dominique Aggrey

Title: Apprentice

Location: The Fashion Studio

Domonique left college at the age of 16 in search of a fashion education which would allow her to be more creative and hands on, she went on to find Fashion Enters Apprenticeship program which would allow her to work in the heart of the manufacturing and fashion industry while gaining her qualifications.

Dominique is one of Fashion Enters youngest level 3 apprentices, she works alongside the Studio Manager Kasia helping her to cut samples for high street retailers such as Marks & Spencers, ASOS along with High Fashion designers such as Peter Pilotto and PPQ. Along with cutting Domonique has gained a greta insight into how a fashion studio is run being able to watch the process from initial idea seeing development meetings to cutting, stitching, finishing and packing. This knowledge has enabled Domonique to be creative outside of work designing and producing her own samples.

Dominique is a hardworking student which is why she was made Apprentice of the year 2014 working at Fashion Enter has given her the confidence and made her more determined to achieve her goals in the future.

Fashion Apprentice

Name: Razina Bapu

Title: Pattern Cutting Apprentice

Location: The Fashion Studio

Fashion & Textiles has always interested Razina from a very early age as she found that it allows her to express creativity using a range of different materials and techniques. This is why she chose Textiles as one of her GCSE courses, as well as one of her A-Levels, both in which she achieved an A*. Other than Textiles, Razina struggled to choose two more A-Level courses as nothing interested her as much, hence she chose subjects that would complement each other. As a result she agreed to study Photography and Applied Business Studies for her A-levels alongside Textiles, and achieved an A in both subjects in 2015. This is a choice that Razina believes will benefit her in the future as it has enabled her to understand the business aspects of the fashion industry in more detail, and will one day allow Razina to start her own business in the Fashion Industry.
Despite the huge encouragement by Razina's friends and teachers to go to university, in order to be able to pursue a career in the fashion industry, she chose to do an apprenticeship with Fashion Enter. This is because she always knew that she didn't want to study in such an environment as it is not the only way to enter the fashion industry, and she would much prefer to learn and work in a real, practical environment where she can learn so much more about the reality of the fashion industry.