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A friend pointed me to this website, and upon checking it out, it looks like a killer opportunity for emerging talent. FadMashion is a website connecting emerging fashion designers with global retailers, fashion enthusiasts, and global media. Designers can create a profile and portfolio, get exposure for their fashion product, and get feedback on and grow their brand. The creators of FadMashion promise a better user experience than other fashion networking sites. If you’re an indie fashion designer and registered on FadMashion, please let me know what you think. I’m interested in hearing about your experience.

I wish everyone in the FadMashion community the best of luck!

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I love this article about Shabby Apple, a dress company inspired by vintage looks, and how the designer launched her business and connected with bloggers to get her message out there inexpensively. The article also covers other strategic hits and misses, things we can all definitely learn from. But founder Athelia Woolley must be doing something right: after being founded in 2007, the company is now doing a profitable 1.4 million in annual sales.

Read the article here on Crain’s New York:

Hits & Misses: Fashioning a winning strategy

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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 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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I love this article on Inc.com. It profiles George Vlagos, the founder and designer behind the high quality Oak Street Shoes line, and how he launched his shoe business. The gist of the article: He had virtually no marketing budget, and very little name recognition. But when a blogger friend blogged about George’s new line, complete with nicely shot photos from different angles, and shots of some branded material, word began to spread quickly and George was well on his way to building his name. It teaches us a very powerful lesson about blogs, and how they can be used to promote a brand on a shoestring. My advice to you: identify key bloggers in your industry, and begin building a relationship with them.

My personal note: I love that George’s branding subtly and tastefully calls people’s attention to craftsmanship and Americana. Everything down to the name is perfectly chosen. Job well done.

Here’s a link to the article, which also links back to the sites mentioned above. Enjoy!

Adding Some Pep to Our Step

By Gina Pace for Inc.com

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