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 100’s 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 use to be a retailer before moving into her own range of soft furnishings and is now looking to make the move back to...

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Today must be a slow news day. Fit Model Controversy!

Today must be a slow news day. Fit Model Controversy!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Industry Know How, Industry Trends | 2 comments

This morning I have woken up to the controversy about fit models/receptionists roles with in our industry. I believe that ignorance in many areas of life is caused by lack of education so today it is my aim to provide some education not only to those outside of the fashion industry but those clients who we work with every day on the importance of fit models.   So firstly a fit model is not a photographic model. You will never see photos of a fit model in advertising....

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Are you a successful business that has lost faith in your pattern library?

Are you a successful business that has lost faith in your pattern library?

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Established Designers, Industry Know How | 0 comments

You are not alone. I often talk on this blog about issues that start-ups encounter. Mainly because they are many and varied and a new issue arises each week. Today I would like to talk to you about another key group of customers that often call us in absolute panic and with an urgent, very problem. Quite often this customer has been in business for 5-10 yrs. They have built a business on a great idea, sales have grown at a steady rate but they have now reached a sustainable...

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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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Take Your Measure

Take Your Measure

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Industry Know How | 0 comments

  Take Your Measure Whether you are manufacturing locally or offshore there are some consistant pieces of information that are needed so a pattern maker can accuratly translate the picture you are drawn with the picture in your mind. Although we work mainly from sketches, discussions and inspiration images, key measurement points are also something to include in your design brief. If you are in a business that relies very heavily on certain measurements, you must let...

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Morning bike rides and Niche markets

Morning bike rides and Niche markets

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Industry Know How | 0 comments

I have just come back from a morning bike ride. I have just started riding with a group of wonderful girls with Breeze on the Boulie. A new years resolution to move a bit more. There are a number of girls in our group that wear a kit designed by the Women’s Design Project (www.womensdesignproject.com). This range was designed and made to clothe the growing number of women who love to ride but don’t like the way mens clothes fit, we are a bit different in shape....

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