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SFF161: Starting a Brand vs Freelancing: Which Is Better?

Starting your own brand is the dream for many – but it’s not a walk in the park. In this episode of the SFF podcast, Sofia Luzon recalls the late nights of sewing, packing & shipping, talking with suppliers, and more sewing for her lingerie brand. Not only was it overwhelming, but it took 5 […]

SFF160: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: How to Pick a Niche for Surface Pattern Designers (plus more on pitching & pricing)

Surface pattern design is a broad category that includes textile design and print and pattern design for all sorts of applications, from dishware to packaging to office supplies. If you’ve been listening to the SFF podcast for long, you know how important niching down is for finding freelance clients. But in such a diverse specialty, […]

SFF159: What Does a Freelance Fashion Designer Do? (It may surprise you!)

If you’re interested in freelancing in the fashion industry, but you don’t know where to start, this one’s for you! Learn what services freelancers can offer (spoiler alert: It’s way more than just “design”!), how to decide what YOUR services should be, and the secret that makes getting started as a freelancer 10X easier! Plus, […]

SFF158: How this Freelance Textile Designer Out-earned Her Salary (in Her First Year of Freelancing)

Struggling to find a job (even after attending a respected fashion school)? Stuck at a job that sucks the joy out of life (but feel like it’s your only option)? Laid off (and not sure if fashion is worth the struggle anymore)? If you’re fed up with the fashion industry, but don’t want to give […]

Pros And Cons Of Freelancing In Fashion: Is It Worth It?

As the pandemic normalized remote work, there has been an increase in opportunities for freelancing in fashion. If you’re thinking about being a freelancer, it’s important to know the pros and cons. Like anything in fashion, including having a job or starting a clothing line, there are advantages and disadvantages. If you’re unsure whether a […]

Fashion Design Career Advancement (The Secret Path To A Promotion That No One Knows About)

The fashion industry is competitive AF. And while there are a kajillion generic articles out there on “fashion design career advancement”… All they do is outline roles and salaries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics… And they’re written by “copywriters” who have never actually worked in fashion… And they’re filled with inaccurate industry claims…  (Like […]

SFF157: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What to Do When a Client Ghosts Me (and How to Charge for Meetings + Phone Calls)

Are you charging too much as a fashion freelancer? Money is one of the most awkward subjects for many newer fashion freelancers, and a fair rate can deter some clients. But your time is valuable! If you’re setting or raising your freelance rates and worried that charging what you’re worth will scare potential clients away, […]

Freelancing In Fashion Without Experience: Is It A Good Idea?

For a long time, I didn’t advise people to start freelancing in fashion until they had some work experience. But after the pandemic hit, I changed my opinion. It turned out that full-time jobs, especially for people who didn’t have any industry experience yet, were really hard to get. Shit, they were hard to get […]

Is Fashion A Good Career? The Surprising Truth…

From an outsider’s perspective, fashion can seem like a good career. Project Runway paints a pretty glamorous picture of frolicking in fabric and watching your designs go down the runway. But what’s it really like working in the industry, and is fashion actually a good career? First, we have to talk about what the word […]

SFF156: How to Source Fabrics for Your Freelance Clients

Whether you’re new to the fashion industry or you’ve only worked for bigger brands, sourcing fabrics and trims for smaller brands can be a daunting task for many freelancers. How do you find fabric suppliers with low minimums? How do you know if a fabric supplier is any good? And what are the basic steps […]

How To Get Money For Your Startup Clothing Line (Without Going Into Debt)

Starting a clothing line takes money. Probably more than you realize. So how can you get money for your startup fashion brand without borrowing (and going into debt)? Most articles share obvious advice like: Take out a bank loan (terrible idea) Put it on a credit card (even worse idea) Crowdfund on Kickstarter or GoFundMe […]

4 Reasons Starting a Clothing Brand Isn’t a Good Idea (and what’s actually profitable in fashion)

Most people think that starting a clothing brand is a really good idea. Curated Instagram feeds make it seem like having a clothing line is glamorous and profitable and all the awesome things. Big name celebrities poop clothing lines out on the regular. It looks cool AF. So no wonder you think starting a brand […]

How to Work Part-Time in the Fashion Industry

Working in the fashion industry can feel like a dream. But the challenge is that most fashion design jobs are full-time, not part-time.  And we’re not talking cushy comfortable 40hr full-time weeks. We’re talking grueling and demanding 60-80hr weeks. (Even though your salary is based on 40hrs. #eyeroll) The long hours our industry demands make […]

How to Get Into the Fashion Industry Without Going to School

Getting into the fashion industry without going to school may seem impossible. And while there’s a lot of traditional advice out there about finding internships, volunteering at fashion week, and reading magazines… It’s hard to follow that advice because… Most internships are run through school programs. So how are you supposed to do that without […]

What does a self-employed fashion designer do?

The role of a self-employed fashion designer is something you define. As a freelancer, your job is to do what clients need, within your skillset. This can be anything from drawing fashion flats, designing, picking colors + trends, creating tech packs, patternmaking, sourcing, product development, and more. When you’re a self-employed fashion designer, you call […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Freelance Fashion Designer

Whether you didn’t go to fashion school, are a recent grad without any experience, or you’re still a student…you’re a beginner in the world of fashion. Which means if you want to become a freelance fashion designer, you need a step-by-step guide.  Like, yesterday. I gotchu.  We’re going to cover the actual steps you need […]

Can You Make A Lot of Money In The Fashion Industry?

While it’s a terrible idea to go into fashion just for the cash, it sure is possible to make a lot of money in the fashion industry. And I’m going to tell you exactly how… It’s not by starting your own clothing line.  Because if you’re lucky enough to create a successful fashion brand, it’s […]

Creative Jobs in the Fashion Industry: The Best Role You Didn’t Know Existed

When it comes to creative jobs in the fashion industry, most people think of things like design and trend forecasting. And at a glance, those are the obvious “creative” roles. You get to work with color, look for inspiration, and create new silhouettes But you know what happens when you work in a creative job […]

Best Countries for Fashion Design Jobs: Where Should You Live?

Becoming a fashion designer is a dream for many. But what if you don’t live in the best country for fashion design jobs? Should you migrate abroad? Move your family across the globe? Venture somewhere internationally to start your dream career? There are a ton of articles out there that tell you what countries are […]

Can’t Find A Fashion Internship? Here’s What You Can Do Instead.

Everyone says the best way to break into fashion is by getting an internship. But what they don’t tell you is how hard it is to get one, especially if you don’t have a network from fashion school or any experience. So what can you do instead?  You have options! You have alternatives! And the […]

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