Posts tagged clothing manufacturers for small quantities
recommending a manufacturer for fashion brands

Since starting my fashion consultancy business, I often get asked a similar question: can you recommend a manufacturer to me? 

 

Of course – I would love to! Yet for many reasons, this is unfortunately a very grey area. To start with, there are a myriad of details behind what exactly constitutes a good manufacturer and inevitably this differs from person to person. To put it plainly, I like to use the analogy of internet dating or house hunting as an easy comparison tool. Finding the right manufacturer for you will be hard work and sadly there won’t be any direct shortcuts. It’s all about building a long standing and healthy relationship, communicating on a personal level and getting the right feeling. Now do you see where the dating/house analogy comes into play? 

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how to get the best possible cost price from your factory  

The intricacies behind the production process of a fashion business may seem mundane at first glance. When your mind is brimming with creative ideas about colours, designs and mood boards, these tasks can appear less inviting. Yet, these logistical issues are essential when it comes to ensuring that your business is in the best possible position to thrive.

 

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What is ethical manufacturing and how can you ensure you are working with an ethical supplier?

Over the last ten years there have been a few major disasters within the manufacturing sector which has highlighted a larger problem within the industry. One of which was known as the Rana Plaza disaster where 1,130 people died from a collapsed building in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The building contained clothing factories, a bank, shops, and apartments.

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the fashion feed - episode 6 with lucy greenwood

My guest on the sixth episode of the fashion feed podcast is Lucy Greenwood who’s the co founder of Lucy and Yak with her partner Chris.  Lucy & Yak is an ethical clothing and lifestyle business famous for their super comfy dungarees!

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the fashion feed - episode 5 with meg pirie

My fifth guest on The Fashion Feed podcast is Meg Pirie

Meg runs a slow fashion advocacy business where she’s an eco conscious stylist, writer, designer & workshop leader in Wales.

After having worked for Gucci and giving birth to her daughter India, her outlook on the fashion industry completely changed… for the better!

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fabric supplier recommendations

In my Facebook group The Fashion Feed, the same question gets asked quite a lot… where can i buy fabric from?!

I decided to collate all the info into 1 blog post and I ‘ll also keep updating it when I see new recommendations :)

I would highly recommend phoning the company if you can’t buy online. A lot of the fabric mills are very old school and it will be easier to work together rather than sending emails back and forth

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the fashion feed - episode 2 with sophie slater of birdsong london

My second guest on The Fashion Feed podcast is Sophie Slater of the eco - fashion brand Birdsong London. 

Sophie started the brand with Sarah in 2014 as they were inspired by the great skill and creativity in women’s community groups but frustrated by their financial insecurity in the context of budget cuts and rising rents.

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the key to a successful fashion start-up

I was recently interviewed for an article with Eloise Hall who is a fashion journalism student at London College of Fashion.

We discuss some key topics around setting up your own fashion brand and what to think about to ensure you have a good chance of success!

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why do so many fledgling fashion businesses fail?

This is an article I came across last year and regularly forward it on to my clients as it sums up everything I believe in with regards to budget planning at the start of your brand!

It has been written by Kim Winser for Forbes.com & the link to the original article can be found here

Kim was the youngest-appointed and first female director of the Womenswear Group at Marks and Spencer Plc, chief executive at Pringle of Scotland, CEO of Aquascutum and chairman of Agent Provocateur. She also served as retail guru to 3i, and most recently, launched luxury fashion brand Winser London

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managing your suppliers & production to avoid costly mistakes with catherine erdly

This week is an interview with Catherine Erdly of Future Retail UK where we discuss all the tactics you can put into place to avoid costly mistakes within your production process

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a video interview about my career & how you can get into the fashion industry

Here’s a video with Emmie from @_emmiestyles_ for ‘The Showroom Collective’ talking all things fashion, my time in the industry & the importance of slow fashion in 2019

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interview with elizabeth stiles by future girl corp

new to the squad, elizabeth stiles is using fgc to find & help girls building their fashion empires. with over 10 years of experience in fashion buying and design management under her belt, she’s diving into the world of consultancy. read how she got here & why she made the decision to change.

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5 mistakes people make when running a fashion brand

In this video, Catherine Erdly, Joanne Griffin and I discuss the 5 mistakes people make when starting a fashion brand

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101 tips for running a clothing brand

You may have already downloaded my 101 tips for running a clothing brand but if not, here’s 15 tips I’ve selected to give you an idea of what’s included in the full e- book!

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how to start a fitness fashion brand in the UK

Do you have an idea for a fitness fashion brand but not sure where to start?

Maybe you’ve spent hours/years wondering how to start a clothing brand & decided to niche into ath-leisure?

This blog post is broken down into 5 easy steps for getting started with the ideas & how to start your very own fitness clothing line.

Even if you have recently launched a fashion start up for leisurewear - this blog post will still offer some really valuable information!

So let’s get started!

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how to start a streetwear fashion brand in the UK

Do you have an idea for a streetwear fashion brand but not sure where to start?

Maybe you’ve spent hours/years wondering how to start a clothing brand with a streetwear aesthetic?

This blog post is broken down into 5 easy steps for getting started with the ideas & how to start your very own fashion clothing line.

Even if you have recently launched an exclusive fashion start up - this blog post will still offer some really valuable information!

So let’s get started!

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setting your prices with catherine

Catherine Erdly is the founder of Future Retail Consulting and is on a mission to help people create the life they want by growing successful product-based businesses. Catherine brings nearly twenty years industry expertise and an inspiring passion for all things retail. She loves nothing more than enabling small and start-up brands and retailers grow their profits.

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how to start a women's luxury clothing line in the UK

Do you have an idea for a luxury fashion line but not sure where to start?

Maybe you’ve spent hours/years wondering how to start a premium clothing brand?

This blog post is broken down into 5 easy steps for getting started with the ideas & how to start your very own fashion business!

Even if you have recently launched an exclusive fashion start up - this blog post will still offer some really valuable information!

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