Category: Fashion IRL

Why I wouldn’t trade a freelance lifestyle for the world

June 08, 2017

Watching people you love get old is hard, and my in-laws are no exception. They’ve had some really unfair health challenges, and while they’re doing ok, we have no idea how much longer they’ll be with us. As I write this, I’m sitting at their dining table with a view of Marc flying his drone […]

Confessions of a Designer: Getting Let Go is Never Easy

March 09, 2017

You know how your stomach drops every time you hear “we need to talk”? That’s exactly what happened a few years ago when one of my biggest clients scheduled a meeting with my business partner and me. I had a feeling the news wasn’t good, and I was right. After compliments about our work over […]

How to Charge for Freelance Fashion Design Work?!

February 16, 2017

We all just wanted to get a fair rate for our work without selling ourselves short. Years ago, I figured out a pricing strategy that allowed me to triple my hourly rate – without having to charge my clients more. This video will show you exactly how.

How to Have a Successful Brand Launch: Free Training with Syama Meagher

February 06, 2017

Launching your own label is really freaking hard. I know because 12 years ago, I did it. But today, it’s even more brutal. The Project Runway Effect has more than doubled interest in the industry, and that means twice as much competition. So when it comes to to LAUNCHING and SELLING, well thought out execution is crucial […]

Interview with Successful Fashion Designer Rochelle Behrens

February 02, 2017

Last year I interviewed successful fashion entrepreneur Rochelle Behrens. When the two of us sat down to talk…things got real. Rochelle is one of the most genuine and candid people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and knowing. Before the interview started, I humbly asked her to share it all, to teach and tell […]

The Ultimate Guide to Fashion Design Industry Terminology & Abbreviations

January 26, 2017

The fashion industry is intimidating. And if you don’t know the right technical terms, you can embarrass yourself. Maybe you’ve found yourself in acronym and terminology overload…tech pack, BOM, graded spec, block, CF, HPS, DNTS. What do all these words mean…and do you need to know all of them? It can feel overwhelming. Which is […]

Behind the Scenes: Star Wars Costume Exhibit

January 23, 2017

Guess what I discovered the other week? Big time Hollywood does product design and development just like you and me! Which was a huge relief, because I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing (yeah I know, imposter syndrome at its best!). So when I got […]

Fashion Industry Interview with Handbag Designer Kaci Head

January 12, 2017

In case you missed it, on Monday we sat down with handbag designer Kaci Head for the Successful Fashion Designer live show. Kaci ventured into the fashion industry with her own collection back in 2000 and since then she’s had 3 labels and worked with multiple fashion brands. In this episode, we talked about: 17:10 The […]