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I want to make a clothing line. How should I start?
Also I know how to sew (basic since I did fashion design in high school-equivalent to level one university ) but ended up doing a business degree. Everyone says it's expensive but will it reduce costs if I make the clothes myself?
Start a portfolio! Whenever you get inspired design an item of clothing and think about how you would construct it. At the end of every month go through your book and select your favourite designs and try to create it with the cheapest fabric you can find in smaller form to practice. Once you have done this for a few months you can create a website or send your designs to selling company, either way is a good opinion to get started.
I, also, make a lot of my own clothing, skirts, dress etc. And for me personal it does reduce cost as long as you make sure to check price of fabric and other materials; depending on where you buying fabric the better the pice also many places have sale racks with great prices!
You should go to http://www.howtostartaclothingcompany.c … g-company/ it will give you a good idea of what is needed.
Well, I guess the first thing you should start with in make a clothing line is a theme. Where are you going to draw your inspiration from in order to create clothes that reflect that particular inspiration. For example, Lagerfeld did a huge ocean inspired collection for spring. Secondly, a color story! How is your color story going to reflect your style as well as what the line is trying to say. You should look into Pantone's color archives and do a little color trend forecasting/research to see what's going to be hot this fall. Wines, aquas, clover (super light pink, not quite bubble gum), purple, and other dark, yet colorful colors will be popular this up coming season. Of course, taking on any business venture like that will be expensive, but if you have passion, drive, and determination to succeed, you will!
As for manufacturing expenses, you probably won't need to consider that quite yet because I doubt your demand will be high enough yet. I'm sure whatever you make will sell wonderfully! But, manufacturers usually require a minimum for orders since they have to create special machine inter-workings in order to accommodate whatever style/cut you are trying to create!
My friend just started a clothing line, Original Dope Designs, and she sells all of her clothing that she makes on Etsy.com ( she makes custom made, dip-dyed/studded cut offs), and she gets orders from all over the world! So there are multiple avenues to which you could begin your clothing line with. Gone are the days of needing your typical brick and mortar store! You should never let money discourage you from a dream. Where there is a will, there is a way! Best of luck to you! and I hope this answers your question!
I have seen this question in a round about fashion on another site. It seems that one would need to come up with a unique and flashy name for the clothing line.
As for making the clothes yourself, well it would be fine if you kept things small, but at some point you, as an individual, simply would not be able to keep up. Plus you might want various sizes of a particular piece...That would take time. I guess a lot would depend on how you would plan to market the clothing line as well.
If you went custom clothing, then you would just create one piece and allow people to order it to custom size.
Just my thoughts from other various businesses I am involved in.
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