Design Balance: Strategies for Creative Designer Business Success

February 21, 2024
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Are you a designer struggling to balance your creativity with the rigorous demands of running a business? In a world where the pressure to stay innovative collides with the daily grind, finding that equilibrium is more crucial than ever. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help you maintain your creative spark while efficiently managing your…

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Boosting Efficiency: Technical Consultation Services for Established Fashion Brands

February 14, 2024
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Are you an established fashion business looking to boost your efficiency? In today’s world, where everyone is looking to get ahead, I have seen a lack of assistance for brands that have established themselves but might be looking for someone to help them see where the gaps are in their business to optimize their processes…

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Set yourself up for success: Respect & collaboration in the Fashion Industry

February 7, 2024
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Fashion is an industry that thrives on creativity and innovation. However, behind every stunning ensemble and ground-breaking design, lies a complex network of collaborations and vast amounts of mutual respect. In this dynamic and competitive industry, the importance of respect and collaboration cannot be understated. This blog post delves into the critical aspects of respect…

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Pattern Making: To learn or not to learn?

January 31, 2024
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Outsourcing pattern-making and sewing in your fashion business can be a game-changer. Whether you have a background in design or not, working with professionals who have expertise in these areas can save you time, money, and potential mistakes. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the importance of outsourcing pattern making and sewing in your fashion…

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How much fabric should you buy?

January 24, 2024
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Mastering your fashion business’s fabric inventory and production quantities is a crucial aspect that can directly impact your label’s operations, finances, and overall success. One common challenge businesses face is excess fabric inventory, which can lead to storage issues and financial strain. To effectively manage your fabric inventory, it’s important to set the best practices…

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Collaboration Over Chaos: Building Successful Partnerships

December 13, 2023
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In the dynamic and fast-paced world of fashion design, timely planning is not just a good practice, it is absolutely essential. From the first spark of inspiration to the final delivery of a finished product, every step in the design process relies on effective time management and adherence to deadlines. In this blog post, we…

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The importance of correct patterns and samples in production

March 23, 2023
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  If you’re looking to start your fashion business, you already know how important it is to have a vision and bring it to life. However, one of the most crucial aspects of starting a fashion business is having a correct pattern and sample to take to a manufacturer. In this blog post, we’ll discuss…

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Revitalizing your patterns and using them to the best effect

March 3, 2023
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Revitalizing Your Patterns

Today I want to share some valuable insights on how to make informed decisions to move forward in the future with your patterns and make the most of what you have spent in the past. While this is more aimed at established businesses that have gone through the development process before, it is also critical…

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Who owns my patterns?

February 17, 2023
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Who owns my patterns? Is it the pattern maker? Is it the designer? Or is it shared? This is quite a common question often asked by start-up fashion designers. I think this is a really critical topic for you to get clarity on as your patterns are your investment. You need to know where you…

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Finding fabric agents and suppliers

February 10, 2023
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Finding Fabric Agents

Starting a fashion business in Australia can come with its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to finding the right fabric suppliers.  During my recent trip to the US for a trade show called Impressions, I was struck by the simplicity of finding fabric agents and suppliers in the fashion industry, thanks to…

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Launching a unique product offering quickly

February 3, 2023
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Launching A Unique Product Offering Quickly

Just this last week I have been over at the Impressions Trade Show in the US where I talked to over 350 people in 3 days and I am so excited to share with you what I learned from it, and what I can bring back to help you. Wondering what the Impressions Trade Show…

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Working out costs of development and production

January 27, 2023
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There is a huge list of questions that I have been asked over the last 12 years from start-up designers. These are the most common questions that everybody has and probably you are looking for answers to similar questions. So, in this blog, I’m answering one of the most asked questions and that is around…

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Do you need grading?

January 20, 2023
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Pattern Grading

Did you know we do grading for patterns that have been made by other pattern makers?  This was not always the case. In 2020, we purchased a Nhega scanner. We found the old digitizing board to be too inaccurate to respect the time and effort you had put into your patterns, so we did not…

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Setting and achieving your goals in 2023

January 13, 2023
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Achieving Goals In 2023

Happy New Year! If you’re anything like me, you had a lovely break, but you thought about all the things that you wanted to do in the next year. I seem to have the same goals each year. Mine is getting healthier and learning to do more art – but I promise this every year,…

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Tech skills to learn when starting your own fashion business

December 9, 2022
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Thinking of starting your own fashion label? I had a really great question come through this week from one of our listeners that I would like to discuss today, and the question was: “If my plan is to create my fashion label one day, what fashion specific tech skills should I learn, that would have…

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Should I digitise my patterns before or after grading?

December 2, 2022
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Last week, I discussed what pattern grading is and what choices you have or how you read between the lines of others’ opinions on the best path to take. I extend this conversation today in this blog to discuss whether you should digitise your patterns before or after grading. It seems like an obvious answer, but you…

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The crucial process of pattern grading

November 25, 2022
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Whenever you are looking to create a range of clothing, pattern grading is a critical step in the process. So, what is pattern grading, and what are your choices, or more importantly, how do you read behind the lines of others’ opinions on what is the best path to take? In simple words, pattern grading…

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Cost of starting a fashion label

November 11, 2022
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Starting A Fashion Label Australia

One of the biggest questions we hear all the time is about the cost of starting a fashion label.  There are some rough numbers that are easy to give you and there are costs that need a detailed investigation to give you an accurate price. Offshore manufacturing is different again, with a production price given…

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The Cost of Freight…Are You Being Ripped Off?

November 8, 2022
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When it comes to offshore pricing and local pricing for freight, you are not comparing apples with apples but more so, apples with oranges… If you have just received a quote from a freight company for the products you have made and now you are wondering if it is a rip-off or if it is…

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Celebrating manufacturing and suppliers in the fashion industry

November 8, 2022
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Manufacturing And Suppliers In The Fashion Industry

In my last blog, I spoke about one of the major issues that we need to address for the survival of the fashion industry in Australia: the exclusion of the pattern makers, makers and manufacturers and the lack of opportunities available to them within the public sphere. I believe it is really important to highlight…

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