The Best Way to Finance Your Fashion Business If you’ve been THINKING about launching a clothing line, now is the perfect time to start. With so much uncertainty in the world, wouldn’t it be amazing to be in control of your own destiny? Your own business gives you flexibility, freedom, and an unparalleled feeling of […]
This article is adapted from the one originally printed in the Chicago Tribune. I should really call this story… “My Big Dumb Newbie Mistake and How I Lost $25,000 Selling to a Big Box Store”. No, it’s not a joke. My biggest mistake in business was when I screwed up an order with a major […]
Crowdfunding Your Fashion Business Startup with Shannon Lohr of Factory 45 When I was 25 I wanted to start my own clothing line and open a boutique so badly I couldn’t think about anything else – I dreamed about it at night and I swear I could taste it in the daytime. But, like so many […]
If you have a small startup budget, DO SPEND the money for professional pattern making and high quality product photos. You can skimp on other things.
Costing and Pricing Your Products + How I Screwed it Up and Almost Went Out of Business It was 2 days before my boutique’s grand opening. Every item in my store was designed by me and manufactured in small sewing factories in Chicago. I was thrilled and terrified at the same time. I never really […]
There’s the dream of starting a fashion line, and then there’s the reality behind it. A big part of that reality is cash. Numbers. Dinero, moolah, bread, dough, jack, loot, coin. I could go on cuz I’m having fun with this but I think you get the idea… There are a lot of factors that can […]
It was 2 days before my boutique’s grand opening. Every item in my store was designed by me and manufactured in small sewing factories in Chicago. I was thrilled and terrified at the same time. I never really planned to have a retail store. It was more the designing and selling I was interested in. […]
Brand new video! I’m taking a break from the podcast this week to get back in the video saddle. I get a lot of questions from designers about where it’s important to spend money and where you can save. Although we all have different budgets and priorities, there are some basic spending guidelines that apply […]