having a fashion business is
but it doesn't have to be, you can do this.
You are determined to build a business you love and to create a path of your very own.
So many people go through life doing what they think they're supposed to do.
They "get a job" instead of "create a life"
But you don't believe
in doing things just
because people say
you're "supposed" to.
You're building a
A life where you control your own time,
you make great money, and have the
freedom to choose the direction
your life will take.
You dream about the white-washed walls and squinting sunshine of your studio. You imagine the silk and velvet and linen draped across dress-forms and cutting tables, sheers, clasps, pliers, thread, pattern paper all strewn about in beautiful chaos.
You get excited about what you'll wear to next week's buyer meetings, the etched logo on your zipper pulls, and the thoughtful packaging you use to send orders to your customers.
You thrive on the energy of your photo shoots and the planning of your trunks shows. You get the buzz in your belly that only comes from deep down excitement combined with a healthy does of fear.
You're exhilarated. You've made this leap. You're designing you're producing. You're running your business!
But damn if that shit it isn't hard sometimes. Damn if it isn't lonely, confusing, overwhelming, and flat out frustrating.
At times you feel stressed out, nervous, and lost. You want to spend more time feeling the passion, drive, determination, excitement, pride, and energy that drives your goals.
You want your days to be your own, you want to take back control of your time, you want to design, drape, sketch, clasp, fold, adjust, measure, cut, and arrange. You want to create.
you want to make sure that what you create is your
thriving business. Not your money-sucking hobby.
You need support.
we all need support.
you need answers.
we all need answers.
You need help.
we all need help.
Where are the other designers
who are doing this?
how are these brands I see on
instagram so damn successful?
where do I find factories,
how do I create a marketing plan,
what the hell is seo?!
Know this: You are not alone in this.
You're not the only one looking for support and you're certainly not the only who is hitting these same roadblocks and stressing over these unanswered questions.
We’re all more alike than we realize.
Regardless of whether you're sketching your first collection or you actually have a P+L statement to review, one thing we all have in common is the need for a community and a support system.
Don't get burned out trying to do it all yourself.
The StartUp FASHION Community is a global group of fashion and accessories designers
who are all defining and creating their own paths in the fashion industry, and lifting each other up along the way.
StartUp FASHION is an online community where fashion and accessories designers are helping one another, forming friendships, collaborating, letting off steam, sharing victories. This is the place to find your people. The ones who just get it, because they’re doing it too.
Consider the Community your business home; a welcoming space where you can learn from others, share what you’re working on, make new friends, get and give opinions, and be a part of something bigger.
It’s like having actual colleagues (imagine that!)
What You Get With Membership
You'll get access to a library of member's-only content collections on the business topics that you need to know. These content collections are packed full of expert videos, step-by-step workbooks, and an overflowing resource library of information, guidance, templates, and tools teaching you how to do the things you need to do to run a profitable fashion business. Every single month we'll introduce a new collection.
OPPORTUNITIES, DISCOUNTS, AND EXCLUSIVE OFFERS
You'll have access to a list of opportunities and special offers to all kinds of services, tools, and resources that you need for your business- from factories with extra low minimums and early access to open calls from buyers to discounted editor lists and industry- specific publication subscriptions.
YOUR OWN COMMUNITY
Join over 200 fellow designers in our members-only online “office”. It’s a place to get guidance, ask questions, request resources, and offer help. We all support one another because we're all going through exactly the same things!
Every month we'll meet up for members-only online hangouts to review your progress from last month, plan your focus for next month, get your questions answered, and offer each other feedback and insight.
Get access to a collection of over 600 global boutiques that carry emerging and independent labels. The database includes contact info for every listing and is updated quarterly.
You get your own business hub to manage all of your press pitching, buyer pitching, supplier and factory contact info, social media planning, and production schedules in one space.
Here are a few of the Collections that are currently in the StartUp FASHION Community that you will get immediate access to once you join, with a new one added every month!
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Become a member
$295/Year | $35/month
OUR PROMISE TO YOU
We promise to always support you in your goals, cajole you into committing to your work, push you to have more focus, remind you to embrace your creative edge and celebrate your determination to do things differently, and to do whatever is in our power to help you build a profitable business you love and create a life that makes you happy.
You often feel like you're all alone in this business as you work your ass off every day, you frequently feel lost as to what to do next, and you sometimes struggle to keep going. We aim to change that by welcoming you into a world of full of guidance, encouragement, and community.
check out what our community members have to say:
Founder of Shana Luther
"I've met many friends on StartUp Fashion and always turn to it when I have a business related question. In addition to that, I maintain my pitch lists, set tasks to remind myself to check in with certain people, and am always popping into the forums to see what may pertain to me. It's invaluable to me"
Founder of Danielle Sakry
"I'm not blowing smoke when I say that, it would have taken me a significant amount of extra time to learn many lessons that StartUp Fashion has brought together in one single platform. Also, I have made genuine friendships and many beneficial contacts from the community."
I don't believe you need to approach your life the way other people say you should. My fashion career has spanned from being an independent designer to an operations manager to textile sourcing to fashion marketing;
because these are the things I love to do.
I travel constantly, have lived abroad, and have built businesses based on the belief that I have full
control over how I use my time on this earth. I want to help you do the same thing.
I'm so proud of the StartUp Fashion Community; we're designers, artists, business people, marketers, and story tellers. Each one of us has a special love for this industry and we're so excited that we get to spend our days working with talented, driven, and determined fellow creators.
Whether you realize it or not, you a part of a larger community of fashion designers, makers,
and creators; you're part of a community of entrepreneurs, free-spirits, and challengers.
You are part of a community of other change-makers who have chosen a different path in life.
This is a community that supports one another, challenges each other, cares and shares and loves.
It's a community that isn't scared to work hard to build the life they want and help their fellow
designers in the process.
They all get it, because they're all doing it too.
It's a community of fashion entrepreneurs with the same passions and plans and goals;
makers who have the ability to look fear right in its face and say,"I know you're gonna stick around
here, but I don't give a shit. I'm going to ignore your smug little smile and do this thing anyway!"
Do it anyway, designers. Your life is your own to create.
Lots of love and encouragement,
Become a member
$295/Year | $35/month
Founder of Linell Ellis
"StartUp Fashion has been a critical part of our everyday business life. I visit the site every morning as part of my daily reading of industry news. I have used pretty much all of the resources available to build and grow the brand. Most importantly it is always great to know I can reach out to other designers who are willing to help, share and inspire"
Founder of Chetna Singh
"Startup Fashion is my community that I go to with my doubts, my ideas, my wins, and losses. It is so wonderful to have such a strong support group to turn to, and I am thankful every day for it."
A: Fashion and Accessory Designers and Makers from all over the world who believe in the power of forging their own path, who to be an active part of a community of fellow designers, want to give as much as they get, who embrace taking a different approach to life and work, and who are not scared of good challenge.
Our members range from idea stage to growth stage- some have nothing more than a few sketches and a lot of drive while others have been in business for 5 years and have a small staff.
A: Designers and brands that believe the only way to find success is through the traditional path, who focus on the rules they need to follow, who don’t want to try new things, experiment, and who can’t quite seem to enjoy the adventure that comes along with running a business.
Service providers who want to connect with or pitch independent designers. We’d love to connect with you, but membership is exclusively for designers. Email us to chat about what you do and how we can work together.
A: Yes! Our community is made up of a variety of designers: clothing designers, handbag designers, jewelry designers, and scarf designers, and so many more! They all love having access to the tools and resources in the Community to build their businesses.
A: You want help with growing your fashion business, right? You want a place to go for answers and feedback and guidance and encouragement, right? You want to lead a happy life, build a business on your own terms, and connect with people who are doing the same thing, right? Perfect. Then there’s your answer.
A: Absolutely! The tools and resources in the Community are relevant to any independent or emerging designer. And the majority of our events are online. We currently have members in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
A: Membership to the Community represents access to over 15 years of education and experience in the fashion industry.
Listen, we get it: you’re an independent designer, and every dollar counts. The good news is that once you get started, and begin using the resources and tools to their full potential, this investment will pay for itself many times over.
A: Yes! As long as you commit to it. The resources in the Community are tools for you to use to grow your business. The Community was developed to help you, and it absolutely will when paired with your guts and grit for making things happen.
Become a member
$295/Year | $35/month