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Archive for July, 2009

Mood boards are a tool I use quite frequently with new clients when they ask me to create their new brand image. Simply put, a mood board is a collage of a certain style of imagery that represents the kind of look and feel you would like to portray in the marketplace. You can gather the imagery from various sources, but it is designed to be inspiration only. After deciding on whether to go with the look portrayed in the mood board, you would then hire a photographer to shoot images in a similar style. Don’t forget, the mood board must be a direct execution of your brand strategy, otherwise, it won’t make sense.

I think the best mood boards tell a story. If your brand had a story, what would it be and how would it look? Would it look like a black and white film noir? Or would it look like someone’s romantic travel journal? The possibilities for giving your brand a unique look are endless! Think creatively, and have fun.

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I just wrote on this topic for Nolcha.com. Social media—word of mouth on steroids— can give your fashion biz the boost it needs to gain traction.

Here’s an excerpt:

Social media is all the rage: fashion brands like Gucci, Rachel Roy and Louis Vuitton are all tapping into this medium to have their voices heard in a free-global marketplace.

At the 9 Festival for Fashion and Photography in London, fashion executives spoke about the impact social media is gaining in their business.

Stephanie Phair, Director of www.theoutnet.com explained the new presence of Facebook and blogging in business. “In traditional media fashion designers and retailers had a push mentality where we told you what you wanted and what your should buy.  Now with social media a push-pull mentality has emerged where customers have a very important voice.”

The beauty of this media revolution is that anyone can participate, from the consumer to the independent fashion designer, yet few fashion brands are embracing the full potential of social media’s impact on their business. Here are the top 5 reasons you should be using social media now….Read the full article here.

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On July 19, I will be conducting a Coffee Chat through CRAVEbusiness along with fellow superstar consultant Juliet Sander. It will be an informative, informal, and entertaining session where we discuss the ins and outs of launching a successful biz in the retail, fashion, and beauty industries, and what to expect in your business, over coffee. Here’s the official event description and a link to sign up. Hope to see you on July 19 in Seattle!

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This Coffee Chat is for fashion, beauty, lifestyle and retail business owners (or those who want to be) and will give you a snapshot of what to expect for your first 0-10 years in business, how to get off the ground, and how to use branding, marketing, and social media to your advantage. We’ll also focus on your own individual business challenges and will brainstorm helpful ideas to keep your business growing.

Speakers: Giannina Granata Silverman and Juliet Sander
Topic: Make it happen – Strategies for Launching and Growing a Fabulous Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle or Retail Business
When: Sunday, July 19th, 2pm-4pm
Where: Pilates on 10th, 2351 10th Ave E Seattle, WA 98102
Price: $25 per person

Click here to sign up.

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