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China Tariffs: Is “Made in China” on its Way Out in Fashion?

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The Huge Trade Disruption Between China & the US That No One Anticipated Chinese and American businesses both woke up on May 10, 2019 like any other day of the week, nothing out of the ordinary. Looking back at it, it should have been chaos and mayhem. Business executives should have been frantically getting on…

How to Bootstrap Your Fashion Line From Your 9-5

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When we surveyed our community, we found that most future fashion entrepreneurs are planning to fund their first collection through their 9-5. 43% of our respondents are dutifully saving up money from their day jobs to fund their dream. We see it all the time at Indie Source, so it wasn’t hard for us to…

Where do first-time designers & entrepreneurs stand? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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We asked over 7000 first-time designers and entrepreneurs about how they’re approaching their first collection. How do they plan to fund their line, what their timeline is, what keeps them up at night, and what they read and who they follow. Are you a first-time designer? Where do you stand with the rest? New to…

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Funding Your Clothing Line with Crowdsourcing Part 2: Your Target Market

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Shannon Lohr, the founder of Factory 45, knows a little something about funding fashion lines. Shannon and Factory 45 work hard every day to help new and established designers launch and market their line. She has been kind enough to share what it takes to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign to funding your clothing line.…

Fund Your Clothing Line With Crowdsourcing Part 1

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Shannon Lohr, the founder of Factory 45, knows a little something about funding fashion lines. Shannon and Factory 45 work hard every day to help new and established designers launch and market their line. She has been kind enough to share what it takes to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund your clothing line.…

What You Really Need to Start a Fashion Line

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How to communicate with fabric vendors like a pro

How to Communicate with Fabric Vendors like a Pro

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Previously we talked about choosing fabric sourcing vendors and determining your fabric cost so you can create a realistic fabric budget that will optimize profit. Now it is time to start establishing relationships with fabric vendors and finding the one that will work best with your needs. Communicating With Fabric Vendors You have your budget, you know…

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What Fabric Sourcing Vendors Are Out There & How Do I Choose?

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Fabric sourcing is a crucial step in the design and manufacturing of your new line, but it can be overwhelming. With the wealth of information and the vast array of fabric sourcing vendors and fabrics, where do you even start? Not to mention the issues when it comes to fabric choices and budget. You will…

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How Much Should Fabric Cost For Your Clothing Line?

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Previously we talked about choosing fabric sourcing vendors and the pros and cons of each.  Now, it is time to get into the numbers. Your fabric cost will depend on your fabric price points and profit margins. This may not be the most fun part of fabric sourcing, but it is one of the most important.…

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Five formulas pattern makers wish all designers knew

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Working With a Pattern Maker Finally. You are ready. All the designs and ideas that you have in your mind, are on paper. The time has come to make some fabulous clothes, and it is thrilling. However, for now, this whole creativity/joy parade is a mystery to the rest of the world and the way…

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