How to Start Out Your Fashion Business

February 8, 2019 6:42 am

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There are many designer labels that were born out of the simple need of one person to release their creativity out into the world. Passion, dedication, and clever ideas drove people to accomplish incredible things, and if you’re thinking about starting your own fashion line, these are the things you need above all others. Luckily, since you’re reading this, it probably means you already know what you want, and your only real issues could be the lack of business skills or experience to make it all a reality. Of course, that’s why you have us. For all those ladies who’ve got ideas brewing inside their heads and want a few pointers that will make their startup more successful, here are some tips to inspire you.

Identify what’s missing

You have to examine the fashion market and figure out one thing before all others—what’s in demand? It’s very difficult to artificially create a demand for something, and it can be downright hellish to attempt to build a successful startup in an oversaturated market. Find out what people need and can’t find anywhere else, and then give them exactly what they ask for.

Determine your target demographic

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Take this very site as a good example—Impish Lee caters to plus size women because that’s something the owners are passionate about. Making sure each woman can feel sexy in her own skin is very important, so allowing ladies to design their own perfect set of undergarments makes them feel special. And rightfully so, because this is the kind of relationship you want to build with your clients. Figure out who your fashion will accommodate, and stick to that target demographic. Going niche and specializing in one type of thing is actually better than overextending yourself and attempting to be a jack of all trades.

Find some funding

You don’t have to be rich to start a business. From angel investors and crowdfunding campaigns, to good old bank loans—there are ways to score the cash you need. Do your research and pick whichever option will best suit your little startup.

Cut down on costs

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There are many ways that entrepreneurs can cut down on initial costs while their business is growing. For example, it’s likely that you can manage without a special office in the beginning, especially if you’ve got a small team. Consider working from a shared office with another company, or work from home until your team grows. Instead of buying a company car, invest in cheap car hire to get around and you’ll save yourself both time and cash because you won’t have to pay for vehicle upkeep. This is also a good way to stay on top of business meetings with web designers, photographers, models, and potential investors.

Find people you can trust

It might be tempting to attempt to do everything on your own, but it’s generally not a great idea unless you plan to have your whole life turn into nothing but work. A reliable teammate that will share the load will make it a lot easier, and it can also make you more confident to have someone you can trust by your side. As you grow, you can slowly start employing more people and building your network of talents around you.

Market your product

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What good is your product if no one even knows it exists? You need to put yourself out there, so investing in marketing is one of the most crucial steps. Make sure to focus on social media marketing, particularly collaborations with influencers that can represent your brand the right way and gain you a ton of customers.

Show the customer what’s unique about you

Customers enjoy feeling connected with the brands they shop from, and they won’t be able to connect with you if you look like everyone else. That’s why it’s so important to tell everyone your backstory—show them the passion and creativity behind your idea, show them your origins, and let them know why you’re interested in fashion in the first place. Let them see this isn’t just about profit, but about an idea, about love and the desire to put something new and interesting into the world.

And lastly, have faith that you can succeed. If you truly believe in your own vision and skill, then customers are bound to be drawn to that kind of energy. Show everyone what you’re capable of, and you’ll be admired.

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