As a child, I was confident that I would be a rich and famous fashion designer when I grew up. If pink nail polish, and designer jeans were the prerequisite, I was surely on my way. Color blocking was not an option in those days. Black shoes were the only staple, so I knew it all. In my first meeting with the fashion design high school, I was quickly shut down because of my inability to sketch. “Well, you would need to know how to draw and sketch,” the middle aged admissions counselor smirked. He then embarked on a fifteen minute lecture as to why my inability to do the latter would make fashion designing a rather formidable task. “Ouch!” My budding ambition, oversized ego, and teenaged self esteem, felt my pain in unison. “Imagine what skills I would need to become a lawyer,” I rationalized to myself.
Fast forward to the world of design software, computers, outsourcing and the internet. I am sure that the inability to sketch wouldn’t be frowned upon as such for fashion designing. It is never too early, or too late to develop your talent and innate ability as a fashion designer. Feel free to indulge in and create your new fashion brand if you are 12 or 55 years old.
Research your market. Who are you targeting?
Get inspiration from the key players in fashion.
Use Skype to set up business meetings. This cuts down on traveling costs.
Use social networks to interview people you know.
These interviews will give you ideas for present and future projects.
What can you contribute to make your fashion unique?
Add the wow factor that will make your designs stand out.
Brainstorm with friends and family to get as many ideas as you can.
Use friends and family for advertising your designs.
Wearing your design helps to get your brand out there.
“Where did you get that top?” This means a potential customer.
You will probably be on a budget, so utilize the internet for its low overhead to start out.
Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of online vs. offline.
Based on the above, choose the method that works best for your fashion brand.
Create a blog to help with your marketing efforts.
A professional website is a must have for your new business.
Once you have everything in order, go fast and hard promoting your new fashion brand. Good results will fuel your motivation, and inspire you to work harder.