4 hours ago
A few years ago, as a broke college student, I decided I needed to have a small/part-time business on the side to support myself. I had recently taken 2 fashion courses in Garment Construction (Parts 1 and 2). So naturally I decided on a fashion business. It was short-lived. But at its height, I created a sample of a clutch from then NJ-manufacturer Manolucci, got together a binder of swatches and successfully introduced myself to the Purchasing Manager of the small chain, Easy Pickins. Going over the swatches i'd chosen, and their appropriate season, they had wanted my clutches in their stores. But unfortunately, as i'd learn, I didn't have the funds to mass produce the quantity they of clutches they needed. It was a great learning experience nonetheless. Here are a few pieces that I designed. NOTE: I drew the black dress/the concept for the black dress is mine, HOWEVER, I did not physically create the garment. A woman I networked with in New Jersey (Shown wearing the dress) actually physically created it. The tech pack design (black and white picture of the clutch) again wasn't conceptualized by me but physically drawn by an artist by the name of Julia Toos (http://www.juliatoos.net/contact.html). I did create all of the pieces in the plaid ensemble, however. There are a few positive things that this failed business experience taught me. 1)How to actualize ideas and 2)Market them (<--One of my very first encounters with social media). As I step into the next phase of my life, 1) Continuing with an app idea I have on a group of 3, and 2) Potentially working with 3D printing in the future to make another, more cohesive fashion collection idea I have come to life (which would require networking with a few well-known individuals to model them - ideas are already brewing), and any other projects I want to create, it's important to remember that ideas are a dime a dozen and do not end with their conception or physical creation. There's a long process involved in getting products to market, getting people to know they exist, getting people to care about them, buy them, tell other people about them, invest in them/you, etc.