23 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting An Apparel Brand

23 Questions – Get Ready To Launch Your Brand

You will be your own boss, no one will be there to make sure you put in the work and stick to your deadlines. You will live your brand, working 24/7. Focus on your dream, your vision and mission of the brand don’t let anyone or anything get in your way. Here are some questions that can help you see

18 Steps To Start A Clothing Line

18 Steps To Start A Clothing Line

Are you thinking about starting a clothing line? Are you already running a clothing brand, but you need some clarity about all the steps involved? Are you already running a business in a different field, and now you want to expand into clothing? These following18 steps will help you to start a clothing line, and in what order you need

Free Webinar Launch A Clothing Line

FREE LIVE MASTERCLASS

Free Live Webinar: How to Successfully Launch & Run an Apparel Brand in 6 Simple Steps - A step-by-step guide: from building your foundation to selling your products

Apparel Entrepreneurship Bill Of Materials

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BILL OF MATERIALS

Don’t start any manufacturing before making a complete Bills Of Materials. You need it together with a solid tech pack for each and every garment.

Finding Your Fashion Niche Market in 7 Easy Steps

FINDING YOUR FASHION BRAND NICHE – IN 7 EASY STEPS (2019)

The fashion industry is a 3 trillion dollar industry. This means huge opportunities for both existing brands and newcomers. To get off the ground properly, startups need to place themselves in a fairly small niche, where their target customers are, and where there is a healthy amount of competition. By doing this, startups increase their chances of growth.

Tech Pack

WHAT IS A TECH PACK & WHY DO YOU NEED IT?

A builder would never build a house without a blueprint, this is exactly the same thing for a garment. The manufacturers need to know what you have in mind, what the garment looks like front and back incl details, what materials you have in mind, what trims you want on your garment and what type of fit it should have.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Quality Control

QUALITY CONTROL

Quality control means ensuring, at a minimum cost, that the quality requirements of a product is being achieved at every stage of manufacturing, from raw materials to boxed stock.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Book

WHAT YOU NEED TO START & RUN YOUR APPAREL BRAND

10 years ago we started our first apparel brand. Even though we had experience from working in the apparel industry, it was a challenge getting a good grip of starting up a business. Then the big question: how do we do this? Now we've made it easier for you to start and run an apparel brand.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Where to bootstrap?

TIPS FOR BOOTSTRAPPING YOUR STARTUP

Starting a new apparel brand can be challenging. It is even more challenging to do it with limited funds. However this is a reality many of you are facing, but you don’t want it to stop your plans. So how are your money best spent? What should you pay for and where can you save your money? Read our guide

Functional Fabric Fair

FREE SEMINAR IN NEW YORK

Ana from Apparel Entrepreneurship will present the free seminar How To Optimize Your Brand For Growth at the Functional Fabric Fair in New York, July 22nd.

Apparel Entrepreneurship How To Create A Mood Board

HOW TO CREATE A MOOD BOARD

A mood board is a visual summary of inspirational images, objects, material swatches, trims or product examples that explain the concept and feeling of your brand, collection or customer. Basically a brain dump of whatever you are inspired by.

Apparel Entrepreneurship 9 Steps To Become A Sustainable Apparel Brand

9 STEPS TO BECOME A SUSTAINABLE APPAREL BRAND

Sustainability in the apparel business is not a trend anymore. The clothing industry is the 3rd most polluting industry after the meat and the oil industry. We can’t go back and undo the harm, but we can make things better now, and in the near future, by deciding. We want to make a change, we want to make as little

Apparel Entrepreneurship Product Range Plan

USE A PRODUCT RANGE PLAN FOR YOUR APPAREL BRAND

A product range plan is a detailed written overview of your entire collection. It helps you keep track of product parameters such as style numbers and names, number of styles, colors, variations, and features. It also includes financial information and sales forecasting.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Define Customer

HOW TO DEFINE YOUR CUSTOMER

By identifying your target customer for your apparel brand, it will be easier to design, strategize your segments and develop an effective marketing plan. 

How To Design Without Knowing How To Draw

HOW TO DESIGN WITHOUT KNOWING HOW TO DRAW

We have received some questions about this topic and we feel the need to address it. The question is: Do I need to know how to draw to start a clothing brand? The short direct answer is No, you can start and run a successful brand without knowing how to draw. Here are our thoughts on this and a couple

Apparel Entrepreneurship Live Q&A

LIVE Q&A

We are having a Live Question & Answers session. Send us your questions and join us on Thursday.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Terms Of Agreement

WHY YOU SHOULD USE TERMS OF AGREEMENT

When you have found suppliers and manufacturers to work with, we recommend that you write an agreement with them. Not just emails, but a signed contract. What you need is TOA, or Terms Of Agreement. This is a contract between you and the supplier or manufacturer that clearly states what both of you should deliver and what the expectations are.

The Apparel Entrepreneurship Podcast

THE APPAREL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PODCAST

Today is the start of The Apparel Entrepreneurship Podcast! On each episode of The Apparel Entrepreneurship Podcast, we will discuss hands-on tactics touching on all areas involved in running and growing a meaningful, successful apparel brand. Learn practical strategies about sustainability, design, product range planning, marketing, sales, community growth, e-commerce, and entrepreneurship. You’ll also hear inspiring interviews with apparel industry

Apparel Entrepreneurship Expectations

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN LAUNCHING AN APPAREL BRAND

You have a great idea and a vision of what you want to do with your brand. If you haven’t been in the game before, it is difficult to know what to expect. It is going to be the best journey of your life, but to make it less stressful, we suggest you take a look at your expectations. Disappointment

Line Sheet Template

WHAT IS A LINE SHEET AND WHY DO YOU NEED ONE?

If your business model includes retail, you will eventually have to present your collection to buyers, for wholesale purposes. The buyers will need all the product information necessary, to place an order.

Apparel Entrepreneurship How To Calculate Your Product Price

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR PRODUCT PRICE

Your product price is directly related to your market position, your target customer, and your profits. The price should fit in your product range strategy and allow the margin you desire. To create a proper collection plan and to be able to make strategic decisions for your business, you need to calculate your product price early on in your product

FIND OVER 280 SUSTAINABLE SUPPLIERS

A common challenge for clothing brands is to find material suppliers that can provide fabrics and accessories, exact matching their needs. As most modern brands also have an environmental strategy, it can be a time-consuming process to find the right materials. To make it easier for you we have added over 280 new suppliers worldwide to the searchable database in

Apparel Entrepreneurship Costing Sheet

HERE IS THE TOOL YOU NEED FOR GREAT RESULTS

As an apparel entrepreneur you need to be on top of your financials and already from the start keep track of your costs. If you are not in control of your numbers, you’ll soon find yourself out of business. Since your apparel is the core of your business, and product development such a big part of your operations you need

Apparel Entrepreneurship Read This Before Starting a Clothing Line

READ THIS BEFORE STARTING A CLOTHING LINE (LESSONS LEARNED)

Encountering problems and making mistakes is part of running an apparel business. Are there any lessons learned from the mistakes made? For everyone who is about to, or already run a clothing brand, we have made it a bit easier for you. We have put together a list of 37 common mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them

Apparel Entrepreneurship Organic Cotton 101

ORGANIC COTTON 101

Cotton plays a big part in every human's life. We wear it, we dry ourselves with it, we sleep on it, we even walk on it, and our kids may play with it. In this article, we explain what organic cotton is, why you should use it, and how to find it.

Apparel Entrepreneurship How To Set Your Style Numbers

HOW TO SET YOUR STYLE NUMBERS

When you are designing your collection, you need to assign style numbers to each design. The style numbers will help you to better communicate with your retailers, agents, distributors, suppliers, pattern makers, and everyone else you are working with. Here is a style number system for you to use.

Apparel Entrepreneurship How to Design Your Clothing Line

HOW TO DESIGN YOUR CLOTHING LINE

When running an apparel brand, clothing design is the core of your business. Designing your clothing line can be challenging. There are many aspects to think of to make it stand out in a crowded fashion market. You want to create clothes that represent your point of view as a designer, at the same time as the collection sells. To

SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFICATION GUIDE

The Apparel Entrepreneurship guide to textile certifications and standards for sustainability. There are many certifications and standard out there helping us consider the environment and ethical work environments. Read up on the certifications organizations in this guide and determine which are important to you and your brand.

Apparel Entrepreneurship The Environmental Impact of Fashion

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF FASHION

The apparel industry has a significant impact on the environment. Fashion is a 3 trillion dollar industry, and it is continuously growing. Unfortunately so is the environmental impact. We should all ask us the questions: what do we want to do & what can we do about the harm caused by our industry. To be able to take action, we

33 Ways To Grow Your Apparel Brand in 2019

33 WAYS TO GROW YOUR APPAREL BRAND IN 2019

Small brands, medium-sized brands, and big brands all have one thing in common: they want to grow. This is a list of 33 ways to grow an apparel brand divided into 3 sections: Entrepreneurship, Collection & Products, and Marketing & Sales. Addressing all the points at the same time would be extremely ambitious, but even the smallest improvements, can

Apparel Entrepreneurship 33 Steps To Build A Great Online Store

33 STEPS TO BUILD A GREAT ONLINE STORE

Selling online means you need to have an online shop. Whether it is your main selling channel or not, you want to create the best customer experience possible, that maximizes your online sales. How can you make your apparel online store as great as possible? We have put together 33 points that will dramatically increase your chances of creating returning,

Apparel Entrepreneurship Find A Graphic Designer

FIND A GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Are you looking for a graphic designer? Do you need help with logo design, your graphical profile, prints, hand-outs, or t-shirt and hoodie designs? Then 99designs can be an option for you. They allow you to find and work with talented freelance designers online, worldwide.

Marketing Tactics That Will Make Your Brand A Success In 2019

MARKETING TACTICS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR BRAND SUCCEED IN 2019 [PART 1(3)]

The global apparel market is valued at $1.39 trillion and in 2020 the market is projected to grow to $1.65 trillion. What do these numbers say: HUGE opportunities for everyone in this industry (if you know how to tap into the opportunities and possibilities out there). Learn about marketing tactics for your clothing brand in 2019.

Apparel Entrepreneurship_Who_Do_You_Need_on_Your_Team

WHO DO YOU NEED ON YOUR TEAM?

When you have a clear vision of what the brand should be about and who your ideal customer is, you need to figure out how you’re going to do it and the size of it all. If you’re the creative type, you’ll probably focus on the product and everything related to it—but of course the other side needs attention too: