Where to Start as a Fashion Designer
I want to become a fashion designer, and I have no idea where to begin. Where do I start? My best piece of advice here is to start with the end consumer. Who are they? What are they like? What do they want to do? Where do they go? What problem are you solving? Because when you can start there and you solve a problem, then you work backward into your product and your product development. Now, once you’re making your product, you already know who you will sell it. Right. So it’s so much better if you’re thinking of the end result, the end, consumer in mind, and then you come back and you create something for them.
How do I make my Clothing Size Range?
See your size, they’re actually called grading. And whether you’re doing this domestically or internationally, what it involves is you need to give them your grade rule. Grade rule is typically between one to two inches between sizes, depending if you’re in the smaller sizes, or even going through plus guys, right? So definitely give me a call because I can give you more clarity on this for grading. So you’re gonna give them I want one inch between my small to my large, okay, now they’re gonna take that, and every single piece of a garment is going to have a different measurement. And they’re going to change that accordingly. Your factory can most likely do this for you. We can as well it depends on which factory you’re doing it with what kind of equipment and computer programs that they have. For grading, if it’s included in the cost, I definitely recommend going through plus size. It is very popular right now. And if you have the chance, it doesn’t hurt, right? You’re expanding your market and then when you talk to buyers, and they want plus-sized garments, at least you have the sizes ready. I’m not saying you have to make samples or produce for it. If it’s not your niche market you’re trying to hit but at least you’re prepared
How Do I Create my Branding?
So, on the topic of branding, how do I create branding or the branding page of my business plan? I want you to close your eyes and imagine yourself walking into your store with your name on it. Now tell me the perfume you smell or the cologne. Is there a tall palm tree on the side? What accessories are around? What kind of jewelry or bags? What clothes are the employees wearing? What is the counter look like? Where is the mirror? Are there dressing rooms? Are their shoes on the shelves? Is it classy? Is it fun? Is it Hawaiian? Is it for young kids? Think about walking into your own store and if you can visually decorate the entire place, write those notes down. And that’s going to help you so much. Giving your brand and vision.
Prepare for Fashion Week
One of the questions I got is how to prepare for fashion week. Let’s say you are the one doing a fashion week show, whether it’s Milan fashion week or somewhere in America, Paris, or London. And besides the obvious of what you need to get ready to do, you have to go in with the mindset that it’s all about marketing. What are you going to take away from your fashion week once it’s all done? Once the excitement settles, the dust settles, all the inspiration, all the networking, please go in with the intention that it’s all about marketing. Another great thing you should do is actually download an app that’s for business cards because you are going to make a lot of connections. And so every single time you make a connection, put that information into your business card. You scan it in the app and then make a note of how you know them or even write it on the business cards.