Mentee's Launch: Gabrielle Spencer's Bridal

Mentee’s Launch: Gabrielle Spencer’s Bridal

Inspired by nature and the rustic beauty of the country-side, Gabrielle Spencer came to Sample Room with an incredibly strong vision for her designs and business. Staying true to her love of pure fabrics and elegant styling, she has followed her designer instinct to create an absolutely stunning range for brides of any age, shape

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Organise Yourself

Organise Yourself

When emerging designers come to Sample Room and join our mentoring program, Fashion Label Launchpad, we understand that they can all be at different stages of their design cycle. This is because the program runs for six months but the start of that program is up to the individual. However, the nature of being in

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Working on Shoots

Working on Shoots

When most people think about fashion, the development very quickly leaps from drawing a picture to a full-blown photo shoot. By now, if you have read any of these blogs you will understand there is a whole lot of complicated work that goes on in between. But today we would like to discuss the planning

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Seasonality in Design

Seasonality in Design

Are you someone who’s ready to jump into the fashion industry? Are you an aspiring creative? Maybe you have a business that is linked to the industry, or you create gorgeous designs. You know you’ve got style, the eye for detail and the ambition that is needed to drive success. But there’s still so much

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The Initial Design Meeting

The Initial Design Meeting

When you first start your label it is a really exciting time. You have every right to feel proud and eager. But, you may also feel apprehension too. This is normal. You will have a lot of questions; this is normal too. One of the most common questions we hear from start-ups is ‘What do

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Colourways – What Does This Mean?

Colourways – What Does This Mean?

The language in the fashion industry can be daunting if you are considering the new and exciting pathway to being a designer. Language, specific terms, and acronyms all create an environment that makes it hard to delve into. But we’re here to help you, to guide you, so that your entrance into this new world

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Sustainability in Fashion

Sustainability in Fashion

The fashion industry has not always been known for its kindness to the environment. Furs, anyone? Dyes that are high in toxicity? Sweat shops? But in today’s world, you’ll hear the term sustainability in all areas, and the fashion industry is no exception. Customers are concerned, and rightly so, about the impact fashion has on

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Customisation versus Bespoke

Customisation versus Bespoke

The fashion industry is always moving. It’s the ethos behind it, really. Fashion moves us, shakes us, tempts us and encourages us to try something new. The latest disrupter to our world in fashion is known as customisation. It’s happening all over the fashion world: with handbags, shoes and clothing! It is also happening with

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