What is a Toile?

What is a Toile?

Photo: Actual Toile Fitting in Sample Room There are many tricks of the trade within any industry. Certainly, within the fashion industry, one such trick is a toile. But what is it, exactly? A toile is a word, derived from the French language, which describes a mock-up of your design. It is an early version of

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Which Social Media Platforms Should Your Business Use?

Which Social Media Platforms Should Your Business Use?

  Social media is prolific. It almost seems there are new sites, new platforms springing up nearly every week. There’s so much choice out there. How do you, as a fledgeling business, know which ones to use? Which ones generate the most traffic? Which sites should you set yourself up with? Here at Sample Room,

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Fabric and Printing

Fabric and Printing

  Photo: Sample Room’s Workroom As an emerging designer, how do you know what to do to achieve the look and finish for your designs? And if you want prints or logos on the fabric, whether small or all over, which is the best way to go ahead with that? Is it easiest to purchase

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Influencer Marketing

Influencer Marketing

Influencer marketing. Have you heard of it? It’s huge these days. But what is it, really? Even if you haven’t actually heard of it, or recognised the term, we reckon you’re probably aware of it. Wikipedia defines influencer marketing as a form of marketing where the focus is placed on key individuals, or one in

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Start-up Fashion Designers – Why Isn’t Your Label Going Ahead?

Start-up Fashion Designers – Why Isn’t Your Label Going Ahead?

Why do so many new and emerging designers who have exceedingly good sketches and ideas for the latest shakeup within the industry fail? We think we might be onto the answer. At Sample Room, we have contact with many new start-ups and emerging designers. It’s part of our business to provide the education and assistance

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Start-ups In The Fashion Industry: Why It Sometimes All Goes Awry?

Start-ups In The Fashion Industry: Why It Sometimes All Goes Awry?

Photo Credits: Laura Callaghan Here at Sample Room, we’re extremely fortunate to be a well-known supplier, educator and consulting business within the fashion industry. Our website and online presence is highly visible. Our phones ring constantly. And this is what we want. We’re a business, so we want customers. We are more than happy to

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Marketing

Marketing

Whatever your position is within the fashion industry, if you want to take a leap into becoming a designer, you might be wondering what happens next. What are the best steps to make yourself known? Sample Room’s very own mentoring program, Fashion Label Launchpad, is actively supporting many emerging designers with the finer details that

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Building Relationships in the Fashion Industry

Building Relationships in the Fashion Industry

Like any workplace, the fashion industry thrives on relationships. The way you work with those around you, will greatly affect and influence your ability to forge ahead. Build your relationships early. Make yourself known. At Sample Room, our extensive experience in the fashion industry tells us that it is a fickle business. Manufacturers are fickle,

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Mentee's Launch: GOLDI

Mentee’s Launch: GOLDI

  The essence of GOLDI comes from the deep held philosophy of the founder, Helena Golden, that all people have a right to health and equality. To support this ethos, GOLDI will contribute 10% of all profits earned from the sale of GOLDI garments to the education of under privileged children.  The dream: To contribute to others who may not have had the

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