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I found this great article on Allison Lewis, founder of the emerging label “Lewis”, where she is interviewed by Smart Money Small Business, and speaks on the business side of fashion and running her growing business in a down-economy. She also discusses getting in front of influential fashion editors, which helped her visibility tremendously.

Read the interview here:
InFocus: A Designing Woman

Enjoy!

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I love this piece on Kathryn Kerrigan. Frustrated by a lack of glamorous shoe styles in her size, she decided to make them herself. With alot of dedication, smarts, and hard work, she turned her smashing footwear business into a fashion businesss with sales projections in the millions. Bottom line: if you can fill a need in the marketplace, you will have a guaranteed audience. How can you apply this to your business?

Read about it here:

http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/magazine/kathryn-kerrigan-footwear/4513?source=2

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I recently wrote about this topic in my latest business piece for Nolcha.com. When you start a new fashion label and you’re on a shoestring budget, it’s understood that you have to make the most of what you have. But when people are sizing up your brand in the blink of an eye, not only do you have to use every tool to your advantage to get customers to identify with your brand, you have to make those tools work extra hard to meet your strategic goals. This is where hiring the right models comes in. Wanna learn how?  Please read my Nolcha piece here:

The Model Puzzle: Choosing the Right Model to be the Face of Your Brand

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A few months ago, the amazing Kathleen Fasanella from Fashion Incubator chimed in on a blog post of mine buy posting a comment with some great links from her website on how to better work the fashion trade shows. Here are links to those tips again, posted front and center for everyone to see.

1. How to promote yourself bef1ore a show
http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/how_to_promote_yourself_before_a_show/

2. How to promote your line at a tradeshow
http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/how_to_promote_your_line_at_a_trade_show/

3. What it’s like to exhibit at MAGIC
http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/what_its_like_to_exhibit_at_magic/

Tip from Kathleen:

“One last take away, I CANNOT stress this enough:
Make sure your booth number is on EVERY SINGLE piece of material in your booth. EVERYTHING, down to press releases, press reprints you give away, line sheets, order forms, business cards, swag, whatever. If that means you have to order little stickers to plaster on everything, so be it. Seriously.”

And lastly, I found this great interview with the folks who put on MAGIC on Fashion Biz Inc’s website. It also has some great advice on how to work the shows. It’s called “Get the most out of MAGIC!”

http://fashionbizinc.org/blog/selling-at-a-trade-show/

Good luck at market everyone!

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I love this article that just came out in W magazine. My quick, two-second summary: those who are truly purchasing luxury fashion right now are not the skinny 16 year olds, they’re the established forty-something women with experience and the cash to prove it. Sure, they might like edgy or avante-garde styling, but they also have curves and want to be comfortable. What does this teach us? That in order to survive in this market, you have to truly know your customer. And design just for her. May success then follow.

Read the article here:

Adult Content

Not a cash-strapped, trend-crazed kid anymore? Perfect. You’re fashion’s new best friend.

by Dana Wood for W magazine


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My latest article for Nolcha.com contains advice on how emerging fashion designers can impress retailers when going to market for the first time. All info was gleaned from interviews with successful boutique owners. Insider info, just for you. Here’s a quick excerpt and a link to the full article:

As an emerging fashion label launching in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, you are undoubtedly making every possible effort to impress buyers at market and gain a competitive advantage. Chances are, you’ve made a considerable investment in all aspects of your business, from samples and production, to branding, marketing, PR, and sales efforts.

But because of the recent economic down-turn, retail buyers are scrutinizing new labels more closely, and some are favoring tried and true brands over new ones, for fear that new ones may not be as “buttoned-up” and therefore a financial risk. With tradeshow season upon us, how can you show retailers that your label is a good investment? Show them that you’re pulled together and super committed to helping them sell your line. Here’s how….

Read the full article here.

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Here’s a great article on some young, up-and-coming fashion designers, and how they’re pulling off success in these tough times. They’re not only creative, but smart business people as well. Check it out and get inspired:

The New Guard

By Bridget Foley for W Magazine

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