Sunday, July 27, 2014

Renate Hiller - "On Handwork"

Are you a designer? Get inspired...

Imogene and Willie is a jeans manufacturer that could have grown anywhere.  Listen to the story, and get inspired.

I see this story as a direct response to my "As Yet Untitled" blog post.

After absorbing this information, I invite you to the seminar.

I suspect your objection may be that it can't be done here.  Allow me to correct you...

There's a "garment district" of sorts emerging in Brooklyn...  You can read about it here and here...

After all, we are all makers, aren't we?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

You heard it here first... Come to the seminar!

Do you want to start your own fashion business? Large or small, well-financed or shoestring, whether you design for women, men, children or pets, you will have to learn what to do to make it work.

And there's a lot to know. Trying to make a plan can be daunting, to say the least. If anyone tries to tell you they know everything about the industry, don't believe them. The landscape of this industry is ever-changing and ever-evolving.

So, where does that leave you? If you have big ideas, we want to see you succeed. Why not let us help you get started!

Together, we (Cherie Bixler and Mimi Jackson) have more than a half-century's worth of experience in the garment industry, working with designers who have achieved many different levels of success in a variety of different ways, while painstakingly learning our own strengths and weaknesses. Now, we are putting that knowledge to work! We have joined forces with experienced industry professionals whose additional expertise spans a depth and breadth of knowledge to which every new designer needs access.  One of the fantastic things we have noticed is that we all have much to learn from each other!

Mimi Jackson (Click for bio)
Cherie Bixler (click for bio)

"Can't I find those resources on my own?" you ask yourself...

Of course you can... eventually. If you decide to go it alone, be ready for some trial error, like we've experienced....  But I'll bet you don't have half a century to spend searching!

Or do you...?

As professionals who have supported designers over the years, we have seen them succeed, and we have seen some of them fail. We have been privy to the pitfalls and the soaring heights this business can bring. We have learned from real-life situations, and we will share those lessons with you.

Want to learn more?

Let us show you the ropes in an intense one-day seminar!

Date: September 27, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Mahwah, NJ*

How to Start a Fashion Company Seminar: 

9-10 Breakfast & check-in
 Steps to follow in the correct order! with descriptions!
 How to sketch garments
 How to cost a garment, how to do a fitting,  how to  work with a factory (finish workbook)
 Financing your company & Business plan
 Website design & social media
 Fashion shows & photography
 Resources, our resourses! Questions? 
*Final hour will be spent enjoying drinks/refreshments, socializing, networking and speaking with each other and presenters

Price: $500 per person

Limited space available.  No sign-ups will be allowed at the door, and registration closes on the afternoon of September 23rd. Do you want to attend? Click above payment button to claim your spot. Questions?  See below, and then you may call 866-432-9356 or click here to ask any more specific/detailed questions.

What will be provided?

Tape measure
Cherie Bixler's book (at no additional cost)
White eraser
*Lunch, refreshments, and open bar

What do I need to bring?

Sketches - photos - garments (optional) - ideas
What will you show me?

Swatches with co name & prices
Trims with company names & prices
Business cards/brochures
Pattern example
Marker example
Example for how to do fittings
How to measure
How to take notes for a fitting

Come along!  While this event is not a substitute or formal training, it is absolutely a great way to find out which skills you may need to sharpen, and/or which responsibilities you may wish to outsource.  This seminar is for the entrepreneurial-minded professional designer early in his/her career, who needs guidance before taking the next steps.