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SFD063 Mailbag: Fashion Design Career Advice on Samples vs Prototypes, Made to Order fashion and Textile Design

Many of you have loads of Q’s about working in fashion…and I know it can be hard to find answers. Maybe you don’t know any industry experts to ask. Maybe your coworkers are tight lipped and not willing to share their secrets. Maybe you just don’t even know where to go. Which is why I’m excited […]

SFD058: Navigating the “4 P’s” of Fashion Marketing and Overcoming Networking Intimidation, with Robyn Spady

One area of the fashion industry that unites us all together is marketing – getting the right message about our products to the right people. On this episode of The Successful Fashion Designer podcast, I interview Robyn Spady, a lifelong handweaver and fashion industry professional with over 17 years of experience. Throughout our engaging conversation, […]

SFD057: Don’t Miss This Insider Coverage of Denver’s Massif Fashion Week

Few events are as exciting as the Massif Fashion Week held in Denver, Colorado every May. I attended the events this year and interviewed 9 different guests to capture their insights, anecdotes, and advice from the 2018 event. This episode is full of stories from executive planners, fashion designers, event photographers, and aspiring young fashion […]

SFD054 Mini Episode: The Priceless Advice of “Know Thy Customer”

You’ve probably heard about the value of getting to know your customer. It helps you understand what they need and learn how you can solve their problems. And whether you’re an up-and-coming brand, a freelance fashion designer, or looking for a job in the fashion industry, you have a customer. It’s whoever is paying you for a […]

SFD050: Special 50th Episode, Heidi Gets Interviewed

Successful Fashion Designer podcast celebrates ONE YEAR ???! It seems like just yesterday that having a podcast was something we just “talked” about…but here we are, 49 episodes and a year later, and we have a podcast. The feedback has been through the roof, and starting this show has been one of the best things I’ve ever […]

SFD042: Surviving Failure and Competing Against Huge Fashion Brands

“But I’m just one person. It’s hard competing against huge fashion brands out there?” It can feel really hard to launch your fashion line when you’re just one person. Which is why you have to persevere and you have to find support somewhere. And I know I sound all fluffy inspirational here…which is pretty out of […]

SFD040: Behind the Scenes with 7 Fashion Industry Professionals

It’s not often we literally go this far behind the scenes of the fashion industry on the podcast. But when the Outdoor Retailer trade show landed in my backyard (Denver), I knew I had to show up with my recorder to capture impromptu podcast interviews. Now, if I’m honest, doing this made me pretty anxious… You see, schmoozing in real life makes me […]

SFD037: Our Similar Fashion Journeys (you’re not alone)

Last week, for the first time ever, I shared the full, unedited version of my fashion journey with you. It included: The painful (and ugly) beginnings of my own fashion line How my dream fashion job turned into my worst nightmare What industry experts don’t tell you about launching your own fashion line Your secret to surviving in the […]

What Experts Don’t Tell You About Launching a Fashion Line

There’s a lot of dreamy advice out there about launching a fashion line. There are a lot of courses and experts and coaches telling you how you can make your fashion dreams come true and: Magically launch and fund your fashion collection with Kickstarter Gain a loyal following on Insta by posting daily and using the […]

SFD036: How to Make it in the Fashion Industry (and in Manhattan) with Caroline Vazzana

Your dream has been to make it in the fashion industry since you were a little girl (or boy). I get it! It was my dream too. But this industry is tough. Man is it brutal! You get rejected. You hear no a lot. And the competition is fierce. But your fashion dream can come […]

SFD034: Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year everyone! Today, it’s just Heidi here wishing you a happy and safe holiday! We’ll be back next week with a brand new episode – talk to you then.

SFD032: BEST OF 2017

It’s almost the end of the year, and to celebrate how far the show has come in just 6 short months (thanks to you for all the support!), I put together a Best Of episode to feature some of my favorite clips. Now, this was no easy task. I re-listened to a ton of tracks and […]

SFD028: Thanksgiving Thanks! A Special Holiday Message Just for You

It’s Thanksgiving week in the US, so we’re taking a holiday on the podcast. But I did create a short holiday message just for you to say thanks for all your support and give you a heads up on a few things we’re planning for 2018. Listen now here: And if you want to give your feedback […]

SFD027: Curled up in a Ball Crying: How Community Can Save You

Making it as an indie fashion designer is emotionally, mentally and financially brutal. And trying to do it alone is even harder. Which is why I love this episode with Nathalie Kraynina, an indie ready-to-wear fashion designer turned custom bridal designer who has built her brand by working with other designers. Sharing resources like factories […]

SFD026: How Millennials Are Giving the Fashion Industry a Better Name

Liz Segran covers fashion at Fast Company, a world leading progressive business magazine. She’s interviewed hundreds of industry professionals, and in this week’s episode, I turned the tables and interviewed her. In our chat, Liz shares her interesting perspective of how the fashion industry is changing at the hand of millennials and what that means […]

SFD024: Part 2: Fighting Fear in Fashion

Last week, in episode 23 (part 1), I introduced you to Solomon Eversole, who has the most calm and collected approach to creativity I’ve ever witnessed. He also has the same approach to fear. There’s no panic or frantic “hair sticking straight up” frenzy moments. At least, that’s not what you see from the outside. […]

SFD023: Part 1: How to Stay Creative (when there’s never any time)

Solomon Eversole has the most calm and collected approach to creativity I’ve ever witnessed. With 15 years experience working in the corporate world and on his own collections, he’s figured out the best ways to help himself and his team express their artistic side in an industry that thrives on tight deadlines and late nights. […]

SFD022: Why We All Must Ask: Who Made My Clothes?

Carry Somers is founder of Fashion Revolution – a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. If you’ve seen the “Who Made My Clothes” sign that millions of consumers, brands and producers have shared on social media, then you know what Fashion Revolution is doing. Simply put, they’re asking […]

SFD014: What it’s Like Working in the Fashion Industry (the sometimes ugly truth)

Having a job as a fashion designer and working in the fashion industry 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 […]

That Time I Made 2500 Pairs of See Through Leggings…

Like a big nerd, I’m going to tell you a quote my yoga teacher shared this week that really resonated with me. I know, I know, the most cliche statement ever. But this one really hit home – so I wanted to share with you. “Discipline is the choice between what you want now, and what you […]

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