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It is extremely satisfying to see a design novice with nothing more than a head full of ideas combined with drive, determination and a willingness to learn, develop a fully-fledged fashion label. And Fashion Enter Stitching student Karen Gold has done just that…
It was only last year that Karen Gold began her fashion journey embarking on the Level 1 Stitching Academy course run by Fashion Enter in North London. The six-week course teaches the fundamentals sewing with industrial machines and provides an essential foundation for garment construction. Karen completed the course with a passion to do more and there was no stopping her. She progressed on to Level 2 whilst making her first range of womenswear and her proactive approach has ensured she has showcased her work and gained stockists and clients along the way.
Karen comments: “I have been undertaking my Stitching Academy classes with Fashion Enter in their factory in North London and I have learnt so much about design and what works for beautiful women of today. I have now progressed to my Level 2 and I love making my own garments for my many clients. It means I can really understand the female form. I would urge any budding designer to understand how the construction of a garment works – it’s almost impossible to design properly otherwise. Thank you to the fabulous team at Fashion Enter for their support – it’s been a real learning journey and I have loved it.”
Karen recently made her London Fashion Week off-schedule debut under the collective showcase ‘Fashion International.’ Entitled ‘Still Oceans’ her SS16 collection plays on duality and the free flow of water by combining effortless, fluid styles with minimal sharp tailoring.
Earlier in the year, Karen explained her ongoing strategy to Paul Markevicius: “My plan is to remain a ‘Made in Britain’ brand and to leverage the great contacts established with Fashion Enter. To receive continued mentoring from Jenny Holloway, CEO of Fashion Enter as a member of their business network and look forward to continuing a long relationship with this great company for my expanded and future collections.”
Karen Gold continues to develop her skills and manufactures locally at the Fashion Enter production facility in Haringey, London. Her designs can be viewed and bought via www.karengold.london