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Hey Seattle up-and-coming fashion designers! On May 19, Luly Yang, Seattle’s very own couture rockstar, will be giving a free informative talk about how she turned her passion into a successful business. I mean, a really, REALLY successful business. Juicy info that every fashion entrepreneur could learn from, no? For time and location information, please go to UW’s Professional and Continuing Education website.

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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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As we know, businesses come in all shapes and sizes. I found this great article and interview on Etsy about doing your due diligence to make your Etsy shop a success, so you can eventually quit your day job. Practical, actionable, and inspiring. And while your business may be different, it’s definitely advice you can use. I love little success stories like these. Enjoy!

Here’s the link: Quit Your Day Job: johnnyvintage

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I love this piece that came out in WSJ.com. It talks about how consumers are experiencing brand fatigue from big luxury brands and seeking something unique in fashion, hence the strong emergence of indie fashion, and websites and TV showcases like Etsy, Smashing Darling and IndieShop that give consumers unprecedented access to beautiful, independently produced goods, while creating a mega-million dollar industry.

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Crafts, Clothes and Clout

Small Designers Reach Larger Audience With Growth of Web and TV Showcases

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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 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.

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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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