Fashion Business Advice, Manufacturing Resources
How To Launch Your Ethical Fashion Line

…ogether all you need to create ethical clothing and interiors. We are a one-stop-shop and essential resource centre for students, hobbyists and designers. Our vision is to make all non-ethical practices in clothing and interiors redundant, by providing ethical equivalents that look and cost the same. You may not be ethically inclined but as a designer in today’s market, you should seriously start thinking about it. Did you know that there was a 63…

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Fashion Business Advice
5 Pieces of Advice for Emerging Designers from Fashion Star Winner Kara Laricks

…experience. Take a look at a few of the pieces I have created with BYCO on www.karalaricks.com. For the first time since Fashion Star, I have felt the freedom to design and the responsibilities of production lifted! Wahoo! Other than the trusted “Never give up” pep talk, is there anything you’d like to share or advice you’d give other emerging designers about launching and running a fashion brand? Hee, hee – I am a big fan of the “never give up” p…

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Fashion Fabric Sourcing
Animal Print Textiles Are Steering Fall 2010

Photo Credit: www.Elle.com Yesterday, while thumbing through the WWD Accessories supplement, I was presented with one fabric trend that I was rather surprised to see: Animal Print, with a specific emphasis on leopard. So I started digging around online and realized it’s kind of all over the place as a trend this season. Where have I been? I’m thinking maybe I was subconsciously ignoring it as I tend to really (and I mean really) dislike animal pr…

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Fashion Fabric Sourcing
NYFW; What are Your Thoughts on Fabric?

Nanette Lepore (Image: www.nymag.com) I’m about to write a new post and I’ve realized that over the past week, I haven’t even made a slight reference to Fashion Week. Why?! Not sure. So now it’s time to remedy this situation. Now, it would take me hours to go through the never ending list of designers and mention my thoughts on the fabric color, texture, and silhouette. So I won’t. I will just touch on one that I liked and another that I found no…

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Manufacturing Resources
3 Manufacturing Tips a Lot of Fashion Designers Don’t Know

…bilities. And the way you do that is to see a sample. So if you find an all-in-one that you feel good about, go for it! Errors Happen and Many Manufacturers Have an Error Allowance Percentage A lot of manufacturers have an error percentage rate that is acceptable. So you need to discuss that with them before going into production. 5% is a common percentage. Whether it exceeds the acceptable percentage or not, calmly make the factory aware of the i…

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Fashion Business Advice
Emerging Brand Linell Ellis Talks Crowdfunding for Business

…oggers, sending out additional email newsletters, and crossing my fingers. I will also use the momentum to pitch the fall collection to media. What are your goals with your line after the campaign? Our goals include using the momentum to drive more sales through our website www.LinellEllis.com, increase the number of eCommerce and boutiques stores, gain some additional press and continue solidifying our brand story. We are also focusing on several…

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Sales
The Fashion Truck, A Unique Retail Outlet Featuring Emerging Labels

…t foodie craze. These mobile boutiques are changing the dynamic of shopping- stores come to the customer rather than the other way around. They have been popping up in several cities across the U.S., from L.A. to Miami. One of the latest businesses on the scene is The Fashion Truck, owned by Emily Benson. Started in 2011, her mobile boutique travels around the Boston area. It provides a beautiful selection of clothing and accessories, including pi…

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Sales
Spotlight: Misha Nicole Concept Store

…posure, they are able to provide support and feedback on sales, designs and customer learnings to ultimately build their own relationship and help these designers transition into the market successfully. Their next step is a showroom and an e-commerce site, covering both retail and wholesale channels while building their global fashion concept. A true space of inspiration. Check out their New York concept store: Misha Nicole 303 Bowery New York, N…

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