Video Report from the NYC Fabric Show: Mistakes I Made, How to Know if Your Business Will Work, Fabric With No Minimums

Jane Hamill video

I got back last night from doing Seminars at the DG Expo fabric show in New York. The best part of an event like that is meeting all the rockin’ entrepreneurs, hearing their stories, and helping them in any (and every) way I can.

I can’t tell you how fun it is to be part of the journey of a small business owner as they go from an idea in their head (that’s often difficult even to explain) to a real-live viable product business. It’s a spectacular experience and an honor to be part of that journey.

I may or may not have just felt a tear (could be allergies).

Anyway, this video was shot LIVE the day the vendors were setting up – right after my first Seminar of the show, “9 Steps to Launching a Fashion Line”. (Register for the online Webinar version by clicking here – it’s FREE.)

Here’s what’s in the video:

  • My brutal mistake about pricing my clothing line 2 days before launch date
  • How to reduce your risk as a startup by NOT carrying too much inventory + 2 examples of companies doing it
  • The dude who asked me 3 times – how do I know if my business will work? I can’t afford to spend a year testing it out
  • A great fabric resource that will happily send you swatches and color cards, let you order sample yardage, and has no minimums. Thank you Gordon Fabrics

Enjoy the video! You can also watch it the way I shot it, right here on Facebook.




11 Responses

  1. That was a great clip! I am a fashion designer in Calgary, Canada, and I order my fabrics at Gordon Fabrics. Customer service is amazing and the turnaround time is very fast. I definitely recommend them!

    1. Thanks, Valrie! It’s awesome to hear that from a customer of theirs. Thanks a ton for letting us know.

  2. Hi Jane, thank you for taking the time to share that information. I thought I was crazy for searching for a fabric source that had “no minimums”….you have no idea how this has helped (or maybe you do 🙂



    1. Tamara, the DG Expo show is perfect for you because ALL the vendors offer low minimums. It’s great for startups and small companies.

  3. Thank you Jane, I really enjoyed the video and the story about re-pricing your first line. It did used to be difficult to order garment cloth in the US, without minimums; you were right about that. I’m heading over to
    Gordon’s now!

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