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Having a fashion business is damn hard.

But it’s not impossible. You can do things differently.

The fashion industry is built on the idea of being exclusive; it feels like the answer to reaching success is some kind of secret. Well, we think that’s bull shit.

You don’t have to do it their way. Do it your way. Decide what you want, set your terms, and work really hard to get it.

StartUp FASHION is a support system and community on a mission to help independent fashion designers make a living doing what they love.

We believe that everyone deserves to have total control over every aspect of their life. And we believe that you can absolutely do this on your own terms. Don’t you?

Join Us!

Meet the Women Who Are Here to Help

 

Nicole Giordano

Founder
I’m the founder of StartUp FASHION and a former textile designer. In addition to consulting with brands on creating awesome content, I sit on two advisory boards, travel often, eat well, and read without fail. 

Francesca LaRaque

Community Development Manager
As the Community Development Manager of StartUp FASHION, my experience spans across finance, global business, and retail.  I’m a fashion enthusiast with an affinity for great food, beautiful art, and bold adventures.

Jamie Liptack

Social Media Manager
I’m currently a student at Boston College studying communication and business.  Being born and raised in NYC, I love to experience adventure, eat great food, and spend time laughing with friends and family.

Colleen Coughlin

Visual Content and Research Assistant
I’m a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Textile & Surface and Sustainable Design programs. I’m passionate about sustainable practices to reduce waste and do so in my business, thewomanizerr.com
 

Kathryn Rambo

Campus Connector- Parsons
I attend the New School and am pursuing two bachelor degrees: BFA in Fashion Design at Parsons, and BA in Psychology at Eugene Lang. I am the epitome of a New Yorker: love spending my free time working, drinking coffee, and catching up with friends!

Daina Martin

Community Connector- Chicago
I am a freelance fashion designer and illustrator living and working between Chicago and New York City. I am passionate about my work and am currently designing and producing my own womenswear brand. I  am so excited to help bring StartUp FASHION events to the Chicago community!

 

Editorial Team

Pam Sahota

Writer: Marketing
I’m a Director of Social.Content at DigitasLBi, an avid blogger in digital marketing and fashion, an amateur photographer, & a digital geek at heart. Offline my obsessions include great sushi, cute animals, and live music. 

Jessica Bucci

Writer: Textiles
I am a textile artist with a Fibers degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I am teaching assistant for beginning weaving and drawing classes, and have worked with textile designer Seema Krish.

Jane Hamill

Writer: Fashion Business
I’m the founder of Fashion Brain Academy and my goal is to help fashion designers to make a living with their creativity and learn to run a business that makes money.  I live in Chicago and love red wine.

Kajal Sanghrajka

Writer: Fashion Finance and Operations
I live and breathe Business and Fashion between London and New York. I founded Kajal London, a global eyewear company and help designers with their operations and finance through Fashion Coefficient.

 

Advisory Board

Carrie Parry

Adviser: Designer Relations
I’m the founder of Carrie Parry, womenswear that offers a modern take on classic designs. I studied at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts in London, and have worked for Jonathan Saunders, Zandra Rhodes, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Norma Kamali.

Joanna Steinberg

Adviser: Business Development
I’m the founder of Parcel & Journey, a lifestyle brand that connects fashion-forward consumers with fair trade ethnic accessories. I live in New York City, consider London a second home, and travel the world often.

How It All Started…

(A quick note from our founder)

I went to college for textile design and I loved it. I knew that once I graduated I wanted to continue to create things. In my head, I assumed that meant textiles.

I was wrong.  But I didn’t know that then.

I finished up school and immediately started my own little line of hand-woven accessories, excited about the business I was about to launch.Then something happened.

I realized that I didn’t actually know the first thing about business.

This, I realized, was going to be a problem.

So, I started learning. A lot of reading, an embarrassing amount of trial and error, and years of working for and with professionals in as many sectors of the fashion industry as I could, led me to a place of understanding and knowledge about running a business. Then something else happened.

I realized that after all this time I didn’t actually want to be a designer. Whoops.

Instead, I found that I absolutely loved helping other people become successful designers. I had learned so much and wanted to share it. I totally understood what it was like to struggle through the process of starting a fashion business, having nowhere to go to get help and answers.

And that’s what brought me to StartUp FASHION. What began as a blog where I shared my thoughts and experiences within the industry, turned into a place that other emerging and independent designers visit every day to get help.

From there it all started to come together. I found other people who believed in my mission and we, each in our own way, work to make StartUp FASHION a success every single day.

I love that I get to spend my days working for myself, from anywhere in the world. I love that I get to build something from the ground up, working with super creative people on a daily basis.

And most of all, I love that I get to help you do exactly the same thing. 

~Nicole

Go on, check out the Community see how it will help you make your fashion business a success!

 

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Get in touch with StartUp FASHION:

E-mail : hello@startupfashion.com
Twitter: @StartUpFASHION

Mailing Address:
StartUp FASHION LLC
P.O. 1611
New York, NY 10013