Figuring out the very best way to help you say “yes!” to that question has been our obsession for 4 years now.
After over 1000 hours of working with designers and brands one-on-one, we realized that it’s not a solitary journey. Having a community of other designers from all over the globe to talk to, lean on, cry with, swap ideas with, and celebrate with, is something we all need.
When you pair that with having a place where experts will answer your questions, where you can get your hands on awesome business tools, and where you can find really detailed guidelines for how to even start, you’ll totally be able to say “Yes!” when someone asks if you know how it feels to have a success fashion business.
What's it all about?
StartUp FASHION is a personalized digital workspace and community for all you independent fashion business owners (and those of you on the way to becoming one) who want to have control over how you live your life.
Remember, everything listed above is accessible from one mega-organized, straight-forward, productivity-enhancing online workspace!
Check out what some Community members have to say!
Who’s behind all this?:
From our founder, Nicole…
With a fashion career that started 15 years ago as an independent designer, and continued to operations manager, textile sourcer, fashion marketer, social media strategy creator, and content developer, I’ve taken everything that I’ve learned (through both the easy and the hard ways) and applied it to the creation of StartUp FASHION, specifically this Community.
It’s over 15 years of my fashion and business education and real life experience rolled up into a pretty little package just for you.
Q: Who is the Community for?
A: Fashion design entrepreneurs who understand that starting a fashion business requires more than just making clothes, who recognize the need to invest the right way in their businesses, and who are serious about building a business that will grow.
Q: I'm not an apparel designers, will the Community still be helpful for me?
A: Yes! Having access to the tools and resources in the Community is great for apparel designers as well as handbag, jewelry, and other accessories designers.
Q: Why should you sign up for the Community?
A: You want to wake up excited about your growing business. You want to feel thrilled about the new boutiques that have placed orders and the emails in your inbox letting you know that you made money while you were sound asleep. You want to start each day knowing exactly what you need to accomplish and finally be organized enough to make shit happen.
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.
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. Plus, take a second to think about the Retailer Database alone. If you pick up one new wholesale account (and we’re willing to bet you’ll get more than that), you will have already paid for your $225 membership fee 5 times over, at least!
Listen, we get, you’re an independent designer, every penny 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.
In addition to the monetary savings, the Community has been created to dramatically cut down the time you spend on your day to day tasks and help you to efficiently organize the way you run your business.
Q: Will the Community really help me grow my business?
A: Yes! As long as you commit to it. The Community was developed to help you, and it will when paired with your drive and motivation as an entrepreneur.
Like we said before…
Running a Fashion Business is Damn Hard.
It’s time consuming, frustrating, and expensive.