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SFD088 How to Build Your Fashion Business with Festival Vending

May 13, 2019

Kimberly Ponniah didn’t take the typical route into the fashion world. Yet through grit and perseverance, she went from knowing almost nothing about the industry to running a successful fashion design business. She now works full-time designing her own line of accessories, Wild June. Through years of experience, Kimberly learned how to use festival vending […]

SFD083 How This Designer Built a Vegan Luxury Shoe Brand

March 04, 2019

Bebe Mehr’s fashion entrepreneur journey began in 2001 while she was in college and started selling stuff on Ebay. Little did she know, that 13 years later, after a lot of different fashion careers, it would turn into her own line of vegan luxury shoes, Cult of Coquette. Coming from an entrepreneurial family, Bebe’s journey […]

SFD078 Working with Factories as a Freelance Fashion Designer

January 07, 2019

There are a lot of different paths to becoming a freelance fashion designer. And Heather Royer took one I’d never heard of before. Instead of working directly with brands, she got her first freelance opportunity designing for a factory in China. The best part? There are ways you can create the same freelance opportunities for […]

SFD075 How to Be a Lingerie Designer with Laurie Van Jonsson

November 26, 2018

Being a lingerie designer is its own unique and interesting niche of working in the fashion industry. There are tons of different things you have to think about compared to designing – let’s say – shirts or jackets. But it’s a pretty cool job! Laurie Van Jonsson knows this firsthand. From launching her own lingerie […]

SFD041: How to Set Up Your Fashion Brand Successfully, from Samples to Production

February 19, 2018

Tricia runs her fashion studio, Hello World Fashion, in DTLA. With more than a decade of experience in the industry designing, sourcing and doing production, she can help you set up your fashion brand successfully, from the entire design through development process, including sampling and production. One of the things I love most about how Tricia runs her studio is her […]

SFD039: How to Launch Your Fashion Line with No Experience

February 05, 2018

If you have no fashion industry experience, it can feel really daunting to try and start your own clothing line. Where do you source materials? How do you find factories and manufacturers? How do you sell your line to retail shops? But if you go slow, do your research, and have some patience, you’ll discover you can get […]

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

October 09, 2017

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 […]

SFD019: Apparel Manufacturers in the USA: A Good Choice vs Overseas?

September 18, 2017

One of the hardest decisions a startup designer has to make is choosing apparel manufacturers in the USA vs going overseas. But what if I told you US production is starting to compete with overseas prices? And lead times are WAY faster? And minimums are MUCH lower? Learn how (and why) you should choose Made […]

SFD017: Picking a Niche Market for Your Fashion Brand with Anna of VMora

August 28, 2017

It’s easy to feel like you should design for everyone. But the old adage of “if you speak to everyone you speak to no one” holds true, even in the fashion industry. Here’s why picking a niche market for your fashion brand will make it easier to build a loyal audience and sell your designs. […]

SFD 015: Find an American Clothing Factory to Make Your Fashion Product

August 14, 2017

You’ve reached out to clothing factories and manufacturers, but no one replies! Learn essential strategies about how to approach them and what terminology you need to know so factories will take you seriously. Get industry insider secrets from expert Kathleen Fasanella to learn how to find an American clothing factory to make your fashion product. Kathleen Fasanella is […]

SFD013: Clothing Line Production: The Step by Step Process for Fashion Designers

July 31, 2017

Learn the step by step process to clothing line production and the critical parts to think about like: how long it takes to go from idea to finished product, how much to budget, and whether you should manufacture locally or offshore / overseas. In this episode I’m chatting with Abbie Ellis, co-founder of Stitch Method […]

SFD012: Starting a Clothing Brand: Why (and how) to Build Your Audience First

July 24, 2017

A clothing brand without an audience or customers is just a pile of clothes collecting dust. If you’re serious about starting a clothing brand, you need to build a group of raving fans who are dying to buy your designs. Learn exactly how to get people excited about your product before you even launch (so […]

SFD010: Strategies to Manufacture Your Fashion Brand Overseas

July 10, 2017

In this episode I’m chatting with Shilpa, founder of Nayali, an activewear brand for women bra size “D-cup & Up”. Shilpa spent over a decade working for huge brands like Conde Nast, Fubu, and Gap. She took all her experience, quit her job, and went to Bali to do a solo label. A year and […]

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