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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
business that
truly complements
your lifestyle.

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 bautiful 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 timr, 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.

in order to do that:

One.

You need support.
we all need support.

Two.

you need answers.
we all need answers.

Three.

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.

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.

Can't you see yourself as part of a community of designers who are all in one another's corner,
sharing experiences and lessons learned, and helping each other to grow your
businesses into thriving success stories?!

That's exactly what the Startup Fashion
Community will help you do.

The startup fashion community is a global network and business hub helping independent designers around the world to build successful, profitable businesses that make them truly happy.

StartUp FASHION is an online community where independent designers and emerging brands are helping one another,
forming friendships, collaborating, letting off steam, sharing victories, and belonging to a network of people who get it; who are doing it too.

We're a place to access and discover the tools, information, and limitless ways you can build your fashion business
by helping you create your path and giving you the guidance, encouragement, and resources to follow that path.

What You Get With Membership

Collections

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.

DESIGNER DISCUSSION FORUM

Join over 200 independent designers in our members-only Designer Discussion Facebook Forum 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!

Video Hangouts

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.

retailer databaSe

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.

business hub

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!

How to
Work with Factories

How to
Create Your Email
Marketing strategy

How to
Create Your
Marketing Plan

How to
Source Fabrics

Get on the community waitlist:

If you'd like to join us, be sure to fill in your e-mail below
and you'll be one of the first to know when enrollment opens.

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:

Shana Luther
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"

Danielle Sakry
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,

Get on the community waitlist:

If you'd like to join us, be sure to fill in your e-mail below
and you'll be one of the first to know when enrollment opens.

Linell Jackson
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"

Chetna Singh
Founder of Chetna Singh
Art Scarves

"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."

Q: Who is this Community for?

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.

Q: Who is this Community Not for?

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.

Q: I'm not an apparel designer, will the Community still be helpful for me?

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.

Q: Why should I sign up for the Community?

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.

Q: I don't live in the US. Is the Community still a good fit for me?

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.

Q: Is the Community worth the price?

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.

Q: Will the Community really help me grow my business?

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.

Get on the community waitlist:

If you'd like to join us, be sure to fill in your e-mail below
and you'll be one of the first to know when enrollment opens.