Dear Darling Designers,
The fashion industry is changing. There’s no one-size-fits-all in this business anymore. Your success in fashion doesn’t have to fit the same old patterns you’re used to seeing.
You can create a business that fits your life. Remember that always.
Lots of love and encouragement,
THE STARTUP FASHION COMMUNITY WILL HELP YOU GROW YOUR FASHION BUSINESS, YOUR WAY.
WE’RE A GLOBAL NETWORK AND BUSINESS HUB HELPING INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS AROUND THE WORLD TO BUILD SUCCESSFUL, PROFITABLE BUSINESSES THAT MAKE THEM TRULY HAPPY.
StartUp FASHION is an online community where independent designers and emerging brands are coming together, helping one another, forming friendships, collaborating, letting off steam, sharing victories, and belonging to a network of people who get it; who are doing it too.
We’re a place to access and discover the tools and information you need to build your fashion business. We help you define your path and give you the guidance, encouragement, and resources to follow that path.
Who’s behind all this?
Hey, I’m Nicole. I’m the founder of StartUp FASHION.
I’m also a lover of beautiful textiles, globetrotting, salsa dancing, spicy food, vintage trinkets, and the beach.
I wanted to be a designer.
I spent the whole of my childhood believing that I would grow up and make things; I would be “an artist” as my profession.
Well, I was wrong. Sort of.
Don’t be sad for me.
I’m not exactly an artist, I’m not exactly a designer, at least not professionally. While I’m not fulfilling my youthful dream of weaving beautiful fabrics in my backyard studio with skeins of tencel yarn draped from the rustic walls, mismatched colorful carpets and patterned pillows strewn about, looms and cutting tables set up in every corner, I am finding time to weave and create.
I was a professional designer once, a textile designer. And I loved it. I still love weaving. It’s just that now, almost 15 years after graduating from design school, I do it as a hobby, instead of as a business.
What I learned during my years as a designer is that while I don’t love designing as a business, I do love helping other people to design as a business.
You know what else I learned?
That the only way to be truly successful in business is to build a business around the life you want, not the other way around.
This poses a bit of a problem in the fashion world.
There are so many rules in fashion business; seasonal deadlines, the “right” press, minimal number of pieces per collection, celebrity endorsements… it’s exhausting. But it does not have to be.
I believe that is how you create a successful business. Right there, that sweet spot, that point at which you say, “Wouldn’t that be amazing?!”
Amazing is not illusive. Amazing is possible.
I decided I wanted to help designers find their amazing.
So I created StartUp FASHION, a place to learn, connect, share, and thrive. A place for independent designers (both newbies and seasoned) to build and grow their own AMAZING.
StartUp FASHION INC
P.O. Box 56131, Astoria, NY 11105