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Alvanon Awards Bursaries to Fashion Enter Students


Why Alvanon Is Investing in Young Technicians for the Fashion Industry

LONDON, 9th January 2017 – Five students at Fashion Enter’s garment manufacturing training centre in North London have been awarded £1,500 bursaries by Alvanon, the Global Apparel Business Expert. The bursaries are being used to fund the students’ participation in Fashion Enter courses that are essential to becoming professional patternmakers, technical designers and sewers.

Alvanon’s bursary winners and Fashion Enter’s program details are:

  • Theodora Adjepong earned a bursary for Level 1 Stitching, a six week course which teaches the fundamentals of using industrial sewing machines and practice sewing techniques to produce a range of stitching samples.
  • Grace Osofisan was named a bursary winner for Level 2 Stitching, a 12 week course that instructs atttendes on the proper use of different fabrics to produce perfect collars and lapels, various pocket styles and many other essential details with precise finish and pressing techniques.
  • Eve Meredith, Donna Harris and Nader Shaw Moradi were named bursary winners for Level 2 Perfect Patterns, a 14-week course that provides apprentices with a range of in-demand technical pattern drafting and cutting skills. Industry experts guide students on the use of tools, techniques and methods to produce perfect blocks and patterns that fit.

Fashion Enter is recognised throughout the British fashion and textiles industry as a centre of excellence for sampling, grading and production, and for its role in cultivating fashion-related skills in Britain.

Alvanon hopes to improve the industry by providing the best research, tools and training to industry professionals, as well as to future generations entering the fashion industry.

“In the past 15 years, we have lost technical skills and seen a lean towards the creative aspects of the fashion industry,” says Alvanon CEO Janice Wang. “We hope to support the companies and academia that are teaching and training the practical, technical and tactile: the patternmakers, the technical designers and the sewing professionals.

Fashion Enter Founder and Chief Executive Jenny Holloway, whose academy produces at the high-street end of the market for retailers such as Mark & Spencer, ASOS and Finery London, says: “Garment manufacturing today needs a skilled workforce and this is why we developed the Fashion Technology Academy to run intensive courses that are specifically skills related. We are also the leading fashion apprenticeship provider in England for Garment Technology too. Alvanon is the only company to date that recognises the importance of technicians and skills development and so it’s with very grateful thanks that we confirm five top-performing learners have received bursaries and can now continue to progress in their careers. Every bursary winner in now in employment thanks to Alvanon’s generosity.”

Looking ahead at 2017, Alvanon plans to work with Fashion Enter in the coming months. Says Wang, “Alvanon is pleased to continue its support for Fashion Enter. It has been especially exciting to give this opportunity to the future makers of fashion. Without new talent the industry would struggle.”

In 2014, Alvanon donated £50,000 in technical fit forms – AlvaForms – to Fashion Enter’s London-based garment manufactures and training centre.  The tools and resources were donated as part of Alvanon’s own initiative to help restore technical skills to London and other global fashion hubs, including New York and Hong Kong.

Note to Editor: On December 2nd, 2016, Fashion Enter was awarded the Not for Profit/Social Enterprise of the Year national award by Forward Ladies’ Women in Business. Forward Ladies is dedicated to encouraging the growth of women in business and professional life. Forward Ladies’ Women in Business Awards celebrate the achievements of successful women http://forwardladies.com/national-awards/

About Alvanon

Alvanon was founded in 2001 when it developed a unique and innovative data-driven approach to solving the challenges of sizing and fit inherent in the apparel industry. Since that time it has evolved into a global consulting firm advising the world’s leading apparel organizations on how to align their internal teams, processes and supply chains; more intimately engage their existing and target customers; and innovate to optimize profitability and achieve their growth objectives. It has amassed a wealth of expertise across every key industry discipline including consumer analytics, concept and technical design, product development, manufacturing, quality, sourcing, planning, merchandising, distribution, marketing, e-commerce and training. Alvanon works with its clients across multiple apparel sectors in 89 countries. It operates from its head office in New York, European headquarters in London, and Asia office in Hong Kong. Alvanon also has research, development and manufacturing facilities in Dongguan and Shenzhen in China. www.alvanon.com

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