Great Book: How to Start a Clothing Line

You know I am studying Fashion Design at Miami U with the goal of opening my own clothing collection someday – hopefully soon!

My friend from Textiles 102 turned me onto this great book that really tells you – I mean like exactly how – to start your own clothing company. I read it and it has inspired me and also given me confidence. Armed with this knowledge I know I too can become a successful fashion entrepreneur.  You see, it is written by executives from the garment industry who know what they are talking about – because they live it every day at their jobs in NYC Seventh Ave also called Fashion Avenue.

Want to Become A Fashion Startup Entrepreneur?

Have you dreamed of starting your garment line?
Do you get lots of compliments on the creative outfits you wear?

If so, keep reading because here is the information you will need to know about how to start your own apparel line. Begin by getting expert knowledge about the fashion business from garment industry leaders in the form of written material. This knowledge will be essential in helping guide your decisions about becoming a fashion entrepreneur. It is the cheapest and easiest way to learn about this career before you invest your time, money and emotions into your startup retail store or brand.
Some people might suggest that you begin your exploration of becoming a fashion designer by working at a garment manufacturing company. This suggestion does have some merit, but you will not gain knowledge of the entire industry nor about confidential financial information of the company as an employee. Additionally, if you do decide to venture out start an apparel business, this former employer may see you as competition and also as one who has acted in bad faith, creating bad relationships.


How to Business Guide – Starting a Clothing Business

start your clothing lineA how-to guide on starting your design line is your best bet for getting the most up to date information. It is the least bias information which is organized properly for research and study. Any book is only as good as its author’s expertise. This substantial volume is written by a group of leading industry experts, including the former president of Council of Fashion Designers of America,  an award-winning designer from the British Fashion Council, a successful manufacturer of women’s fashions sold in hundreds of retail stores plus an additional team of apparel industry professionals. The publication is organized and contains these topics and chapters listed below.
It would be impossible to get time with these busy fashion executives to ask these type of questions. For less than the one night at the movies, you will be privy to this inside clothing business information. It is far better to spend a little money now and learn if this is the right business venture for you or not. Instead of spending thousands of dollars, years of your life and your emotions into something that was not the best fit your personality. Since we are talking about fashion, think about reading this book as “trying on” the idea of becoming a fashion designer.
Starting your business research by reading a book is like conducting a trial run of your business. As you read, keep in mind your business fashion ideas, to measure its feasibility against industry knowledge. Also, you will see if you are right for this type of business. Learn to separate your dreams from the reality of the apparel business.

Chapter Titles of Business Guide

How to Become a Fashion Designer
• What you need to know about the fashion design industry, including:
• Why people buy fashion apparel
• Where the leading fashion centers are
• Who’s who in the fashion design world
• The fashion categories including haute couture, ready-to-wear, and five others you should know
• When designs are sold (the fashion seasons)
• What a fashion designer does
• A step-by-step overview of how to design a garment, including:
• Refining your idea (including identifying the style and who will wear it)
• Sketching the design
• Pattern making
• Steps for draping
• Choosing the fabric, color, trims, etc.
• Making samples
• Manufacturing garments
• How to develop your fashion design skills, including:
• Knowledge of textiles
• Sewing for the fashion industry
• Sketching by hand and CAD (computer design)
• Developing your eye for fashion
• How to identify trends
• Ways to enhance your creativity
• What to look for if you want to attend a fashion design school (includes links to the best online resources listing design schools and colleges)
• Other ways to educate yourself about fashion design without getting a degree or diploma
How to Get Hired as a Fashion Designer
• Types of employers including the top ready-to-wear designers and haute couture houses with the following information where available:
• Company name
• Mailing address
• Phone number
• Fax number
• Email address
• Website
• Information about types of positions including assistant designer, accessories designer, design adapter, design director, etc.
• Entry-level positions in the apparel industry including patternmaker, sketcher, and sample maker
• How to find job openings
• The best online job boards for the fashion design industry
• Employment agencies for fashion designers
• Fashion industry publications
• Unadvertised Positions
• How to prepare a portfolio
• Items to include in your portfolio
• Getting pictures of your designs
• How to create a theme board
• Preparing a CD-ROM portfolio
• Preparing a resume and cover letter (includes samples)
• How to get great references
• Interview tips including what to wear and how to make a fabulous impression (includes a list of questions you should not ask)
How to Start a Fashion Design Business
• How to create a business plan for your fashion design business
• Determining your start-up costs (plus a list of expenses new fashion designers often forget to include)
• Where to get start-up financing (plus a little-known source of funding especially for fashion design businesses)
• Choosing a name for your fashion design business
• Trademarking your label
• What else you need to know to start a fashion design business (with tips and links to resources on business insurance, taxes on product sales, incorporating, etc.)
• How to set up your workspace whether you work at home or rent a showroom (includes information on how to find a showroom)
• A checklist of supplies and equipment you’ll need for designing and manufacturing (includes information on how to find suppliers)
• How to minimize your expenses
• How to hire a design assistant
• Finding a manufacturer (plus what to beware of when choosing a manufacturer)
Selling Your Fashions
• Defining your market (type of garment, who will wear it, price range)
• Identifying your unique selling point
• Setting your article prices
• Sales tools for fashion designers (including garment samples and line sheets)
• Finding private clients
• How to sell to boutiques
• How to sell to department stores and large retailers
• Getting publicity for your fashion design business
• Creating a traveling showroom
• Hiring a sales representative for your fashion design business
• Selling through catalogs and online
• The three types of shows you should know about:
• Trunk shows
• Trade shows
• Runway shows
• Processing customer orders
• What you should know about returns
Plus you will find even more resources and advice, including:
• Links to the best fashion industry resources including websites, trade publications, professional associations, and fashion internship opportunities
• Valuable samples and checklists to help you start a fashion design business, including:
• business plan samples
• startup budget checklist
• operating budget checklist
• supply and equipment checklist
• sample spec sheet for manufacturing
• sample client order form
• sample wholesale order form
• sample invoice
• sample boutique consignment agreement
• sample line sheet
• sample press release
• And more!


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My strongest belief is that the safest, most secure and most lucrative job you can have is owning your own business. I learned this valuable lesson the hard way by investing time, energy and emotion into a corporate career only to be fired unceremoniously –when I dared think creatively outside the box. My entrepreneurial journey to starting my own business was first by necessity but then turned into a great blessing of prosperity and freedom. Graduating from the school of business hard knocks and learning how to start, manage, and then sell my business for over $1,000,000. Learned more about real life business this way that I learned in my four years at the NYU School of Business.

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