Fashion business partnership: 7thBeeNY

There are several startup incubators across the U.S. and there is one thing that they all have in common: funding typically goes to partnerships. There are several reasons why.  Two brains are better than one, at least one other person has vetted the idea and found it worthy of their time and hard work, most […]

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Why open your own fashion business

Toni and Stassy of ToniandStassy, are fashion designers who co-founded their own business and are currently selling their urban and contemporary designs on Etsy and also working for brands and clients on a consulting basis. They met in Fashion Design school and initially worked together on student projects.  Later, they worked together helping local pop […]

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How to make custom-fit patterns

ModaMake.com provides a tool for making custom-fit clothing patterns, but you still need to understand the fundamentals of pattern design before you can effectively make anything. But don’t worry – it’s easy to figure out!  We’ll walk you through the basics, and if you’ve already made your own clothing you’ve probably already thought about the […]

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Etsy Seller Secrets: Recherche clothing interview

Ready to chase the dream and start your own fashion business?  We’ve got some great pointers and advice from our interview with Recherche clothing, a lingerie brand launched by Veronika Vitkova. Veronika is Czech communist refugee who grew up in Alaska and has lived in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, New York, and Maui Hawaii.  Through her […]

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Fashion startups giving back

Starting your own business but also want to make a positive change in the world?  Consider setting up a B-Corp, a business whose bylaws require it to both make money and also give a percentage of that money to charitable uses. That’s exactly what Siyana and Marta of Marcellamoda set out to do when they left […]

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How to sell fashions online: Interview with Circle Creations

Cranking out a boring 9-5 and wanting to figure out how to get your start in the fashion business?  You don’t have to leave the safety of your core job.  Start by leveraging the free time that you have now to build up sales, customers, and figure out your niche in the marketplace. We interviewed […]

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Starting your fashion brand: interview with Vesselena Marcheva

Are you just graduating from school and wondering how to start your own fashion brand?  Perhaps you’re already working in the industry and want to work for yourself.  We interviewed VessElena Marcheva, owner of Attitude157 to find out how she did exactly that. Originally from Bulgaria, VessElena had gone to school in Spain and the United […]

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The business side of Fashion

I recently spoke with Christina Albeck of WardRobeByMe.  She sells clothing patterns and has been involved in the fashion industry as a student, teacher, and pattern-drafter for over 20 years. Christina was kind enough to give us insights into her background and her current motivations.  She makes her primary income from consulting and is working to […]

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Starting your fashion business: passion

The fashion industry has cut throat competition, fickle customers, seasonal deadlines, low cost labor from overseas, and high tech labor from big companies – so why would anyone want to start a business in this type of environment?  Passion!  And that is the differentiator that will set you apart from everyone else. Checkout Daniela Gutierrez-Diaz […]

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Marketing your fashion startup

My favorite source of information for marketing and starting a business is the harvard “Best of Startup Secrets” featuring Michael Skok on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxpB5Hi17Tp2cAs_OoRZSHqohHJhy9AWo Skok’s number one piece of advice concerns a pitfall that most entrepreneurs make – they focus on the product and what amazing thing they are going to bring to the world without thinking […]

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