Now you should be thinking about what type of clothes you want to make first. Do you want to start with T-shirts, jeans etc. Keep your scope limited at first until you build a name for yourself.
Buy a fashion design program like Digital Fashion Pro to lay out your fashion designs with (www.DigitalFashionPro.com - Demo Video). Get all of your fashion sketches together and figure out which ones you want to produce first. Show them to friends and family and see which ones people like the most. Next you can use your professional sketches to give to a seamstress, clothing manufacturer, or screen printer who can make your designs for you.
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First create your sketch, then technical sketch, then a spec sheet.
Next decide how you want to get your clothing made. Do you want to mass produce or just produce a a small production run to see how things go. Find manufacturers on our Ultimate List or look for local contractors like screen-printers to print your T-shirts.
How much money does it cost to start a clothing line? The answer to this question is different for everyone. First you should make your business plan and determine how much money you need to get your line off the ground. To do this, you should find out how much a production run will cost, advertising etc. Coming up with the capital to launch your clothing line can be tricky depending on intangible business. Banks will loan you money if you have collateral such as a house to put up. The Official Guide Book offers creative ways to finance your clothing line plus a better understanding of exactly what it will cost you to get started.
Another Great Tool for finding out how much it will cost you to start your line is The Fashion Business Center. Now whether you buy the items we recommend here or other items this is what you should remember. If you can’t afford something - you should figure your how you can afford it. Web articles are great but they will only take you so far. Investing in proven things that have worked for others will take you a long way. Download our free mobile fashion app on how to start and design your own clothing now for extra insight @ FashionStartUpApp.com
One of our clients told us that he wish he had just bought our course because it would have saved him $4800 that was wasted on a botched production run. So maybe you don’t have the funds at the moment but having a clothing business is all about selling. Therefore, you have to sell the idea of your clothing line to family, friends, co-workers etc. to raise money even if it is to buy resources. If each of them were to give you a little something towards buying the resources that will help you out you would be well on your way. Later they may even become larger investors in your line. After all, if you can’t sell the people close to you on your idea - who can you sell to?
Believe in yourself and your vision and others will help you if you ask. The biggest myth about starting a line is thinking someone or some company is going to take all the risk of getting your clothing made while you bring nothing to the table but an idea and then they are to get paid once you sell something. In this day and age that is pretty much a pipe dream. There are always a couple exceptions to the rule but are few and far between. This is why the Official Step by Step Guide to Starting a Clothing Line Book is so important because it shows you how to get your line started even on a small budget. Also see - The Top 10 Steps to Starting A Clothing is another good article on this subject - check it out at StartMyLine.com
So back to the next step in your line. Now that your clothing is being made it very important that your contractor / manufacturer delivers you quality goods and on time.
Branding. As a clothing line owner, you have to think about new ways to brand your line everyday. It is important that you give consumers and store owners a reason why they should choose to support your line. Make sure you stand out. Being different and unique is a good thing in the fashion industry.
Now that you have goods on the way. Begin taking orders for these items if you haven't already. When my partner and I started our line, we would go to summer festivals, church festivals etc. and rent booths to sell our line. One summer we made over $15,000 selling T-shirts. T-shirts are actually an excellent way to market your line. Sell your items to any and everyone you know. People will see them wearing it and ask how they can order. Make sure you offer deals if people buy more than one. This is called building a local selling network. Once you have a network that loves your clothes you can always sell them your new releases. Make sure you maintain a contact list of all of your customers. This is good for cash flow.
Where can I sell my clothing? First think about putting your line in local stores. Make appointments with them to go in and show the buyer your line. After getting your line in stores locally and learning how things work you can then move on to thinking about national distribution.
How to Market a Clothing Line - See the Official Step by Step Guide. Marketing is an essential step in the success of your clothing line. People must know you exist. Make sure you have a professional looking web site first and foremost. Make sure you put out a press release about your line. You can also advertise your line online and in magazines etc. One thing you must have is post cards. Make sure you blanket your city with post cards that advertise your clothing line. The important thing is to build buzz and momentum surrounding your clothing line. Contact your local radio stations and see if you can get them to interview you. You can also think about attending local and national clothing trade shows like Magic International. Exhibiting at clothing trade shows will put you right in front of clothing buyers if you want to distribute your line nationally. Other fashion events like New York Fashion Week are great to attend as well.
Management. Manage your money, your orders, production, delivery and everything else about your line to perfection. Believe it or not, this is where most new clothing lines falter. Resources like www.startingaclothingline.com was created to help fashion entrepreneurs develop solid strategies to advance their fashion lines and ideas.
The thing about starting a clothing line is that you must have the passion for it. Sleep, eat and breathe it. Nothing feels better than seeing others wearing your creations. Making money off those creations feels even better. Make sure you have adequate price points on your merchandise that will allow you to make money via wholesale and direct to consumer. Also see this article on how to keep your clothing line going after you have started it.
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