Development: working with a sample maker

Developing new garments is an exciting process, but it's time consuming and can be very expensive. It's easy to get stuck in the sampling phase, continually making changes and never releasing the garment to the world. There are plenty of lessons…


Control or Be Controlled

Success in the fashion world is a factor of control. The more control you have the more successful you will be. Every time you outsource something you're losing control, especially early on. If you're in one city but producing in another, you're…


Wait, you think you have leverage? Haha.

You will learn very fast that you don’t have much leverage with suppliers and manufactures early on. You’re probably too small for them to care or waver outside of their normal operating procedures. The best advice I have is to build relationships…


No one cares except you

This is probably the first lesson I learned, yet is something I’m reminded about every day. This isn’t coming from a cynical point of view; it’s just the reality. No matter how much you tell someone about what you're doing, no matter how much you…