5 Top Specification Tips

5 Top Specification Tips

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Emerging Designers, Established Designers, Fashion Design, Industry Know How, Sample Room Solutions | 0 comments

It has again been so long since my last blog, sorry. As a perfectionist I am waiting for the right thing to write instead of the latest question I have been asked. As always these blogs are developed as little messages to you, based on what we have seen in our work room and what we have explained to our customers to make their life easier and help them understand a small sections of the technical side of the industry. Specifications are a mystery to many and through the...

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Personality testing

Personality testing

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Emerging Designers, Sample Room Solutions | 0 comments

Today I stumbled upon a website called 16personalities.com - a free personality test. It does not take very long and was very accurate. I would have been more surprised by this had it not been for the fact it was not my first personality test. I don't binge on personality tests but I love it when I come across one that opens my eyes. I think if you are serious about starting your own business it is vitally important to know yourself, both good bits and bad. The first test I...

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What every retailer wished you knew before you tried to sell to them.

What every retailer wished you knew before you tried to sell to them.

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Emerging Designers, Industry Know How | 1 comment

I know I am in a pretty lucky position. I get to meet hundreds of amazing creative business owners with a wide variety of work history and skills. Every now and then a client comes to us for an initial meeting and they have a skill from a previous ‘life’ that I don’t have, and so I ask away. Today was one such meeting. I had a great meeting with Glenda. Glenda used to be a retailer before moving into her own range of soft furnishings and is now looking to make the move back...

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Does a pattern give a manufacturer all they need?

Does a pattern give a manufacturer all they need?

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Sample Room Solutions | 0 comments

I had a new client come in the other day. They have a very successful business in home wares and now are looking to branch out into clothing. With a brief stint a few years ago in fashion they came to me with the need for patterns but no need for specs. They said their manufacturer would do this. This is very unusual and as our conversation continued I had to break this process down for the other member of the partnership as I had not heard of a product developed in this...

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What the MOQ?

What the MOQ?

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Industry Know How | 2 comments

I am writing this post from the side of isle G in hall 9.2 of the Canton fair. With over 4000 suppliers attending, to say that my feet are sore and my head is spinning is an understatement. If you have attended Canton Fair you will know what I mean. If you have not then I hope this post and some future posts might give you some idea of what is involved. I would like to share with you today my most FAQ. What is your MOQ (minimum order quantity). On approaching a stall, this...

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