Category: Blog

Are You an Illustrator File Messer-Upper?

September 28, 2017

If you work on a team, you probably know what it’s like to share Illustrator files. And chances are, you fall into one of these two groups of people: The File Messer-Upper You know enough about AI to make edits and modify files. But most of the time you hack things together. You can’t figure […]

SFD020: How to Source Low Minimum Fabrics & Trims for Your Fashion Collection

September 25, 2017

Jay is your absolute one stop shop for sourcing anything and everything you need to make your product, including fabrics, trims, hangtags, labels and so much more. In this interview, Jay shares why indie designers are seeing more success now than they were 5 years ago, what materials you can cut costs on and where […]

SFD019: What’s it really like to manufacture apparel in the US?

September 18, 2017

Kathryn Hilderbrand is a master tailor, designer and business entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience working in the fashion industry. She founded Good Clothing Company in 2015 to create small runs of production for designers, and is passionate about bringing clothing manufacturing back to the United States. In this interview, she shares why it’s important […]

SFD018: Advice for Entry Level Fashion Career Professionals

September 11, 2017

Dior Bediako founded Pepper Your Talk out of personal frustration. As a young designer beginning her career in fashion, she realized there was little to no support available for designers to work they way up from an entry level job. In her own words, PYT is that friend that will: (a) steal all the unanswered […]

Happy Labor Day!

September 04, 2017

We enjoyed a nice long weekend and hope you did too! We took the day off, but don’t worry, we’ll be back next week with another great episode of the Successful Fashion Designer podcast. Talk to you then 🙂 xx Heidi

SFD017: Why You Shouldn’t Design for Everyone with Anna of VMora

August 28, 2017

Anna Livermore is founder of VMora, a fashion business and production consulting company that works one on one with independent designers. In this interview, she shares where many designers waste money that has little to no return, why you should look at your first round of production as a test, and why staying specific and niche with […]

SFD 016: How to Get Freelance Fashion Design Jobs on Upwork

August 21, 2017

Kim Dippel is a fashion designer with 12 years of experience working for surf brands like Oneil and Quiksilver. After having a baby and moving away from a hub, she wanted to try freelancing. After not having any luck with her existing contacts, she turned to UpWork where she successfully landed a few ongoing clients […]

SFD 015: How to Get Factories to Take You Seriously

August 14, 2017

Kathleen Fasanella is author of one of the fashion industry’s best resource books, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing. Kathleen is a trained pattern maker with almost 4 decades of experience, and now owns a factory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this interview, she shares why speaking the right language can help factories and […]