WE’RE SO EXCITED to let you know that William Gee have teamed up with Fashion Enter, an award-winning social enterprise within the fashion and textiles industry based in London. But before we tell you more, we wanted to ask you this:
• Are you a fashion student looking to gain exposure to the highest level of manufacturing in Britain?
• Are you looking to gain lifelong stitching, production and apparel manufacturing skills?
• Are you interested in embarking on a new creative business in the fashion and clothing trade?
If you answered YES to any of the above, then Fashion Technology Academy is for you.
Fashion Enter is committed to supporting the fashion industry by being a centre of excellence for skills development and a resource for fast track production for leading retailers, e-tailers, designers and start up own label businesses. Garments are made to the highest possible quality standards for client’s orders ranging from a quantity of 1 – 8,000 a week at its North London based ethical Factory.
To facilitate this aim, Fashion Enter launched the UK’s first Fashion Technology Academy in 2015 and offers a range of qualifications at Levels 1 to 5, which cover the complete ‘Garment life cycle’ including Stitching, Production, Pattern Cutting and the Level 3 Apparel Manufacturing apprenticeship and Level 5 Bespoke Tailoring Diploma.
Oficially launched in November 2015 the fully equipped FTA is an extension of the successful Stitching Academy and includes a range of qualifications at Levels 1 to 4, which cover the entire of the ‘Garment life cycle’ including Stitching, Production and Pattern Cutting. Fashion Enter is also one of the largest training providers of Advanced Apprenticeships at Levels 3 and 4 within Apparel Manufacturing (fashion) working with employers such as ASOS.com, Marks & Spencer, River Island, Debenhams, Jigsaw, M and Co and the Arcadia Group.
The FTA is the first apparel manufacturing training academy in the country to operate alongside a live Factory and Fashion Studio ensuring that students gain exposure to real ‘Best of British’ manufacturing skills whilst training for their accredited qualifications. The FTA has been created to train a new generation of skilled workers to ensure that the UK apparel manufacturing sector continues to thrive.
Fashion Technology Academy Stories
Aisling Duffy completed the Level 1 and 2 Stitching Academy and has now embarked on her own creative business:
“I was recommended to come to Fashion Enter to complete the Stitching Academy course by the Princes Trust, after the course my confidence with stitching was amazing and the tutors were brilliant. I’ve had such a good experience, I have made so many friends and built up a great network”
Marquel joined the Level 1 and Level 2 Stitching and then progressed onto the Level 3 apprenticeship with a sample machinist role at DSI Clothing who produce the costumes for Strictly Come Dancing:
“I love working with Strictly, I’m learning at a fast pace which is motivating me – I love to learn! I feel and see my skills growing as I’m working on more and more advanced garments. I have the ability to show my passion, which is making clothes, whilst continuing to develop”
The FTA also offer non accredited short courses including CAD training in Vetigraph and Gerber, TR Pattern Cutting taster and master courses and Production Pattern Cutting and Grading course with industry expert Maggie Stott:
“I found the lesson really beneficial, a real eye opener to see from the ‘other side’ of the pond! As we mainly do the design and pattern design here we sometimes do not understand the importance of the simplest things throwing out a pattern! (E.g. A rogue notch!) Maggie is so knowledgeable, it’s a real privilege to be able to learn just a little of her skills! I’m really looking forward to week 2″
William Gee and Fashion Enter have one common goal: To ensure that ‘Made in Britain’ becomes more than a slogan and that UK manufacturing continues to thrive.
Keep in touch with them on Facebook and Instagram, as well as further information (including all courses) can be found by heading over to their website here.
William Gee was the only place I could find that would supply thread on-line. They also have a good range of other haberdashery items, and stocked elastic when most other outlets had run out.
When one item (a marking pencil) was faulty, I emailed in to let them know and within a couple of hours had a reply and the replacement was delivered the following day. This was mid-lockdown when all haberdashers are very busy and much quicker than other outlets.
They are now the first place I’ll look to order any haberdashery.
Made my first purchase for my business, Cathrin Brodie Ltd. Excellent and speedy service, great range of products and competitive prices. One item was missed from the order but that was dealt with and resolved very speedily. I have no hesitation in recommending this business and I will certainly be back!
I was searching for a difficult to find product, Adam from William Gee was incredibly helpful and not only pointed me to the item in stock but also changed the minimum order so it was more appropriate to my needs, thank you that was really excellent! Once ordered the product arrived promptly and as advertised.
Not only do William Gee have an amazing amount of products at great prices their customer experience must be second to none! I placed my order at about lunchtime and it was in my house in Derbyshire by 8.15am the next day! Thank you.
Brilliantly helpful staff, quick to respond to emails and to ship. Helped me find specific items not on the website and very easy to deal with and process.
Will continue to use for future business purchases!
Excellent service - William Gee supplied thread for curtain making that I had struggled to find elsewhere and for a fraction of the price of the few suppliers I had managed to find elsewhere. Delivery was fast and reasonably priced. Would recommend and will be shopping there again. Thank you.
I placed an order for some haberdashery items. They arrived well packed and secure so there was no damage; and, earlier than I expected to receive them. Good quality products, will definitely be ordering again. Thank you very much!
Placed an order online to collect, was ready quickly and they called to tell me so. Through browsing online store it is probably the best stocked haberdashery in the uk, stocking harder to find and a lot of items for designers. Will definatly be using again.
I placed my first order recently and I was very pleased with my purchases. Everything was as described, the quality was outstanding and it was all affordable. Their wide range of haberdashery is the best I've come across. I'll definitely be back for another haul.
I visited WilliamGee store today. I am a new starter in sewing, so I had just a paper with a list of unknown words to me. Effie, the sales assistant, was very helpful, indeed. She explained to me what I needed for and replied friendly to my queries. So, I easily found all I needed and I am happy! I will definitely recommend this place.
Excellent service provided by this family run business. Not only are the prices superb but the delivery time is swift too. I shall be definitely using William Gee again and have recommended them to all of my 'stitchy' friends!
A fantastic place for all haverdashery needs. I've been buying from this company for years. Excellent customer service, responds promptly to any issues. Shopping online is easy, but the shop is always worth visiting.
Placed my first online order with William Gee for my small sewing business. Web site very easy to navigate and use, good quality products and very speedy delivery. Very happy customer, I will be ordering again. Thank you.
Incredible sewing and craft shop, reminds me of long established sewing shops in Manchester growing up in the 80s. It's not a massive shop but they have everything you could ever want at very competitive prices. I also love their bargain bundles and bags.Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful too. I have done both click and collect online and bought from the shop in person, both great experiences but if you're easily tempted I advise the former option.