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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 […]

SFD014: The (Sometimes Ugly) Truth About A Fashion Design Career

August 07, 2017

Having a job as a fashion designer seems glamorous and creative. But to be honest, it isn’t always that way. Most people don’t talk about this publicly, but Emily Keller is different. Which is why I knew I had to invite her on the show. In this episode, Emily shares her experience working as an employee the […]

SFD013: The Step by Step Production Process for Fashion Design Entrepreneurs

July 31, 2017

In this episode I’m chatting with Abbie Ellis, co-founder of Stitch Method – a Chicago fashion agency that helps you DEFINE your market, DEVELOP your product and DELIVER it to your customers. In the interview, she walks through a step by step overview of the production process, how to work backwards from costing and budgeting […]

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