Not-for-profit organisation Fashion Enter has secured £430,000 of funding to develop a tailoring academy in north London, where it will train more than 600 people a year.
The 11,500 sq ft academy will be at Crusader Estate, near Fashion Enter’s main factory in Haringey. It will be equipped with the latest tailoring machinery to train and develop new skills and standards for the sector.
Fashion Enter will partner with the Haringey Council on the scheme, which will be funded by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s £70m regeneration programme.
The mayor’s initiative, the Good Growth Fund, received more than 200 bids. The tailoring academy is one of 27 that has won funding from a £24m investment pot.
The opening date of the academy has not been announced.
Jenny Holloway, CEO at Fashion Enter, said: “I was a tailoring selector at Marks & Spencer many moons ago, and I always loved tailoring, and the complexities of fit and construction.
“Now we are in a position to invest in new machinery to fill a 11,500 sq ft space and we can build up skills for bespoke tailoring […]. Today marks the start of a new generation of master tailors.”
The news comes after Fashion Enter was appointed last year as the preferred training provider for the Savile Row Bespoke Association, which includes Alexander McQueen, Gieves & Hawkes, Kilgour and Richard Anderson.
Fashion Enter has provided apprenticeships for more than 30 retailers including Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, Hobbs and Asos.
Its fashion technology academy, which launched in 2015, combines a live factory environment that produces 10,000 garments a week.
Its educational arm began in 2013 when it opened a stitching academy with funding from Asos, Haringey Council and Jobcentre Plus.