New Designer Program
Start a profitable fashion business that works for YOU and your life. Skip the frustration and dues-paying, save yourself loads of time, and finally see your product go from just an idea in your head to something sold in stores, online, and in the hands of your dream customers. This step-by-step online course is your ultimate shortcut for creating a business that allows you to use your creativity every day and make money doing it. It’s available immediately, at your own pace, from any device. You also get LIFETIME access to the material.
UPDATE FROM JANE 2.13.18: As a New Designer Program (NDP) student, you’ll also get an invite to join a private members only Facebook coaching group for direct feedback, support and answers to your specific questions. You’ll get access to Jane and the other hand-picked successful designer/mentors. Scroll down for details and a video.
Who is This Program For?
New Designers and entrepreneurs who are either working part-time in your business just starting out, or THINKING about starting a business. You love what you do, but you’d like to make a real business out of your creative idea. You may have a day-job, you may or may not have a background in design, but either way this is the building stage for you and you’d like to build your business quickly with the least amount of mistakes and money.
What Your Issues Tend To Be…
You’re passionate about what you do and you badly want to create a successful business but right now you need some guidance on how to go about things. It’s hard to know where to start or what to do first. This can create some stress in your life and sometimes require you to work very long hours trying to figure out the “right” way to do things. That’s because you “don’t know what you don’t know” about running a design business… at least not yet.
What You Need Most Right Now…
Your primary focus needs to be on creating your product and doing some serious planning to get your business – a viable business – up and running. You need a plan! In order to do this, you need some training on what really works for this industry. You need step by step instructions for producing a line and selling it — not to mention marketing, costing and pricing, sourcing, selling tools and line sheets, and more! Then, it’s all about stating specific goals and creating the focus you need to move your business forward quickly, yet comfortably.
What Is It?
The New Designer Program is a complete online training course that includes 9 Vital Steps to launching a fashion business. You get all the no-fluff information in the form of videos, audios (mp3 files), worksheets, downloads, cheat sheets, and spreadsheets. You get the links to all the trainings so you can watch, listen, and work on the material as often as you like – whenever it suits your schedule, from any device. You have lifetime access to the course material including any future curriculum updates for no additional cost.
Bonus Mentoring Facebook Group
NDP members will get invited to join a private Facebook community coaching group. The group will be available to you every day, 24/7. There will be LIVE Mentoring weeks where you’ll get direct access to some hand-picked, successful designer/mentors during the entire week. Mentoring weeks are extremely interactive and include daily Facebook LIVE videos, LIVE Q&A and access to experts. Upcoming mentoring weeks happening in 2018 will be during the following weeks: February 19 – 24, and March 12-17.
In between LIVE Mentoring FOCUS weeks, members will be able to ask questions and get real-time support – just for fashion startups – in the group.
The purpose of the Facebook Group is to give you honest feedback, answers, and support. Here’s a quick tour of the private Community…
Here’s What You’ll Learn in NDP – the Course Curriculum
How to Fit Your New Business into Your Already Busy Life
- How to decide what’s a priority and what can wait
- What are the first steps
- What you can stop doing
- What size business makes sense for you
- Handout: Do This / Not That
Setting the Foundation for Your Business
- What licenses you need and where to get them
- How to keep it legal
- Fashion industry selling periods and seasons – how it works
- Different ways to sell your product and how it affects your business model
- How much money will you need
The Four C’s – Customer, Culture, Competition, Concept
- Choosing your ideal customer
- Company culture
- Your compelling concept
- Knowing and beating your competition
- Researching potential customers
- Finding a niche that makes sense for your business and your life
- Understanding your WHY and how this affects your vision
Building Your Audience Before Your Product is Ready to Sell
- 3 simple steps to start building your audience TODAY – before you even have a product
- Why you can’t wait until your product is ready to look for customers
- Product development + customer development
- Building your mailing list from scratch
- What to say to your audience
- Crafting your marketing message
- How to explain your product – your “elevator speech”
- What to tell people as you go through the planning stages
Money: Startup Expenses & Costing Your Line
- Costing and pricing your line
- What markup you need to be profitable
- 2 specific case studies and examples of what other designers spent
- Where it’s OK to spend money and where it’s not
- Templates: Cost sheet with pre-filled markup formulas
- Handout: Do Spend / Don’t Spend
Finding Fabrics and Suppliers
- How to find fabrics & suppliers in small quantities
- What fabric shows are out there and where to find them
- Different places you can buy fabric – what’s a mill, a converter, a jobber?
- THE LIST – Jane’s own list of 24 recommended fabric companies you can buy from TODAY
- How to NOT be taken advantage of
- Why some companies just don’t want to sell to you
- Handout: Before You Buy Fabric – 5 Things You Need to Know
Producing Your Sample Line
- What questions to ask a sewing contractor before you start using them
- Where to look for a good manufacturer
- What to expect re: minimums and pricing (an overview, not specific price quotes)
- 10 steps to a finished sample line – how the process works
- What’s a tech pack and what goes in one
- Why your first sample is so important
- What it takes to get a first sample made properly
- Timeline for product development
- Working with a pattern maker and making their job easier
- How to find a sewing contractor, pattern maker, or sample maker
- Jane’s “Secret weapon” to find contractors
- Examples of production forms: cutting ticket, spec sheet, fitting form
- Checklist – Before You Go to the Sample Maker
- Bonus video: How I found a manufacturer for my blanket line
Preparing Your Line to Sell
- Your order form
- Line sheets – what MUST be included
- Your website
- Photo shoot – what type of pictures you should take
- Do you need a lookbook?
- Terms, deliveries, minimums
Selling Your Line
- What buyers are looking for in a line
- How to approach a boutique
- The best way to craft an email for buyers – what to put in it, what to leave out
- What’s the deal with trade shows
- How to sell directly to consumers (it’s NOT the same as selling to stores)
- Taking the order and accepting payments
- Checklist: Before You Can Sell to Retailers
How It Works, Here’s What You Get…
- 25+ hours of video training with nine different modules broken into categories, each tackling a different issue that are geared just for startup fashion designers on the business side of things.
- Everything can be done online – you can live anywhere and there is no tricky technology to manage. I’ve had students take this course from Australia, France, Israel, the U.K., Mozambique, and more.
- The training is in the form of webinars, videos, worksheets, templates, scripts, checklists, cheat sheets etc.
- You can watch the trainings on your own time – we send you the link and the PDF’s and they are yours to use when it suits your schedule.
- All videos are accessible on your computer or tablet – the videos will also play on your phone.
- Rolling admission. You can join now and start immediately.
- Lifetime access the the course material! As long as we’re running the program, which we assume will be many years, it’s yours to access whenever you like.
The program includes 25+ hours of video plus LIFETIME access to the course and all the training materials. You can start today and you’ll begin with Module One.
You Have 2 Options…
After you register, you’ll receive a separate email with your access info for the NDP course and for the BONUS Facebook Group (allow 10 – 30 minutes)
Jane’s 100% Guarantee:
This is our BEST selling online course and I think you’ll love it. If this training course isn’t awesome for you, I offer a full 60-day guarantee. Just fill out the worksheets and the course downloads, send us your work, and tell us why it’s not a fit for you. If you watch the trainings and do the work and still feel it’s not a fit for you, just let us know and you’ll get a full refund. – Jane
I’ll tell you WHAT you need to know, HOW to do it, and WHERE to get it. The strategies I teach in the New Designer Program are the same ones I used in my design business for 14 years, and the same techniques I use in my private coaching practice.
“I’m already working 10+ hours a day.” I know, I’ve been there too. This Program is all online and accessible from any device — at YOUR pace. Watch the trainings and fill out the Worksheets on YOUR schedule – between meetings, when the kids are in bed, whatever you like. Plus, you get LIFETIME access so there’s no rush. And here’s the truth… If you’re starting a new business, you’ll need to shift your priorities. Watching every episode of Game of Thrones won’t get you what you want. Spending your time learning from someone who’s done what you want to do – successfully – will save you countless hours, tons of frustration, and lots of money.
Doesn’t matter. I’m not that “fashion-y” either and I teach the course! If you’re making a product that is SEWN, this course will help you. Students have taken this course successfully in many niches, including home products, baby products, backpacks, convertible clothing for people getting chemo, uniforms, a belt accessory, boot accessories, bathing suits for seniors with arthritis, and all kinds of cool things! This program is NOT a good fit for jewelry designers.
Let me tell you, I’ve had about a thousand years of experience in this business and it will cost you dearly if you give your cutter a cutting ticket that’s not done right. I’ll teach you how to avoid this mistake – and I assure you I have done this – and one bad cutting ticket cost me an entire order worth $2780. Or how about if you source the wrong fabrics – any guess what that’ll cost you? You get the idea here.
Let’s see, you could learn the right way to draft an email to a boutique, you could find out how to cost and price your product, how to start building an audience NOW – before your product is even ready, and what needs to be on your website. And remember, you get all this training for much less than the cost of a college course.
Of course you’re not! We’re talking about starting a business and it’s exciting, daunting, fun, and downright terrifying – all at the same time. When is anyone REALLY POSITIVE about anything? You have to just try it and see. I know that this program works. In fact, I’m positive. Read what former students have said about it! So if you do the work, fill out the worksheets, and send us what you did after you try the course for 60 days – and you still feel it’s not a fit for you, no worries. Just send us your work via email and I’ll give you a refund. That’s my 100% guarantee so there’s NO risk for you.
Most of the course applies very well. The Session on fabrics will be helpful for understanding the process of buying wholesale fabric but not in terms of specifics, i.e. the specific vendors in the fabric guide might not help you. Also, the info about business licenses will not apply. Everything else works – defining your customer, niche, costing and pricing, selling tools needed, how to sell. We’ve had students from almost EVERYWHERE in the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Mozambique, Kuwait, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the U.K., etc., and they are very happy.
More than half the people who take this course have little or no experience or background in the fashion industry. They’re people who have a great idea for a sewn product and want to make a business out of it. This course teaches you the BUSINESS side of things. It’s for anyone who wants to start and run a profitable fashion company and wants to understand the steps involved. It doesn’t matter if the business owner is the actual “designer” or has their ideas interpreted by other industry professionals (there are a lot of advantages to that, actually). What I mean is, you don’t need to consider yourself a “designer” to benefit from this course.
Join us in the BONUS weeks in the Pop-Up Facebook Community! You’ll get access to Jane and the other mentors for your specific questions. If you need private coaching in addition to the course, there are two options here.
“Just wanted to let you know that your startup New Designer Course is saving me many hours of mistakes, making my life less stressful, and giving me more confidence. You’re like my hidden gem. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” Mark GattoNeighburr
“Your course set me on the path I needed and I am truly grateful!” Nina Verklas
“When I first saw Jane in a YouTube video, I thought it was too good to be true. I quickly learned she was the real deal. My business wouldn’t be where it is today without Fashion Brain and her course for designers.” Adeline OlmerFrench-Secrets
“I studied fashion design in college (at F.I.T.) and have been a designer for ten years so. I was concerned if the course would be extensive enough for me and I wondered if it would be worth the money. I quickly found out that those of us with industry experience can really learn from the course as well. You have real life experience and are a great teacher. I would definitely recommend this course. I’m glad to say I feel like I have another mentor now to help guide me!” Monique Moran
Sounds Great, What’s the Catch?
Nope, no catch. I simply want a way to help designers who couldn’t/wouldn’t be able to work with me through one-on-one consulting. It’s a more affordable option for new designers.