SFF164: Breaking Back Into Fashion After Burnout

There are millions of reasons we might leave the fashion industry – burn out, starting a family, a big move, or just life in general… And I often find people asking if it’s possible to break back into the industry, whether they’re too outdated and not up with the trends, or that they don’t know the latest software. In this episode of the Success Fashion Freelancer podcast, I’m here to tell you that it’s TOTALLY possible, and how one of my former students did it.

In this episode I interview Kate Knight, a cashmere sweater designer who took a whopping 10 year long break from fashion after pursuing a different career and having a daughter. Now, she’s killing the game – and we walk through the challenges she faced and the strategies she’s used to break back into fashion. 

In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover:

  • What it’s like breaking back into fashion after a gap
  • How to find clients with your niche
  • Why you don’t need tons of instagram followers or a great website
  • Nurturing a community in the fashion world
  • And more!

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Or read the full transcript here!

About Kate

Kate Knight is a knitwear designer who specialises in recycled and sustainable cashmere and cashmere blends. Currently she lives just outside of Bordeaux, France after living and working in New York City, London and the Swiss Alps. Kate has designed knitwear for brands such as Nordstrom, The White Company, Lands’ End, Barney’s and Whistles. She has taught every age group from 7 year olds to PhD students and industry professionals and loves to build connections with factories, yarn agents, brands, fellow freelancers and designers. Today, Kate is passionate about design and building communities and helping to educate people on knitwear design.

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Resources & People Mentioned

  • Free resources for SFF Podcast listeners!
  • Check out Kate’s website
  • Connect with Kate on LinkedIn
  • Follow Kate on Instagram
  • Want to work with Kate? Email kate [at] thecashmeredesigner [dot] com

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