A Cyber Winter Wonderland: Online Holiday Sales Outperform Shopping for amazing deals is even more appealing when you can do it from your couch. At least that’s what shoppers appear to buy into. Year after year, more shoppers skip Black Friday’s 5AM ‘round the block lines in favor of shop early online-only deals and Cyber Monday sweeps.
Creating a Quality Shirt to Sell Italian-made shirts have come down the runways of Gucci, Versace, and other luxury clothing lines since they began. The Made in Italy reputation for quality makes these shirts beautiful works of craftsmanship, as well as design genius.
When you start a fashion brand, you have a lot of options on how to sell your clothes to customers. Fashion entrepreneurs wanting to build a successful e-commerce shop have a mind blowing array of resources at their disposal. Two of the most popular are Etsy and Shopify.
Working for yourself sounds great, but entrepreneurship is no easy business. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, about 1 in 12 small businesses close every year. While the reasons for most of the closures have shifted from the sales-driven to the personal, beginning your own fashion brand will always pose a certain risk. However, with risk comes reward, and if you’ve always dreamed of designing your own collection and starting a clothing line, you should plan for success by knowing and avoiding the most common mistakes that fashion entrepreneurs make.
Sustainable fashion is a trend that’s here to stay, and the environment is better off for it. Business Insider recently reported that at least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans annually – so much plastic that a dutch inventor named Boyan Slat has pioneered a 2,000 foot long plastic cleaning device engineered to reduce plastics contamination of the Earth’s seas. Fashion manufacturing has always generated a significant amount of waste, but that’s slowly shifting.
Fashion merchandise buyers work on behalf of retail clothing stores to purchase the fashion products featured in stores. While typical buyers interface directly with wholesalers and clothing manufacturers, the increase in private label fashion and influencer marketing has shown that there is opportunity for independent fashion designers to turn fashion merchandise buyers into a customer niche.
Small batch production is a craft as old as time. For centuries, artisans have cooked up, assembled, and delivered quality handmade clothes and other products from their homes, and in Italy, from the factory floors of family-owned clothing manufacturers.
Have you ever thought about registering a fashion design trademark? In most countries, patent protections and copyrights aren’t the only way to protect your fashion designs. If you’ve never registered your trademark, why not?
Another month, and we’re stoked to announce – ANOTHER MakersValley Platform release! We’re making it easier than ever now to manage your clothing manufacturing project online. Last release, you learned about how we streamlined sharing images from your Timeline with your followers on social media. This release, we’re giving you the ability to share even more. Let’s jump into it.
Starting your own clothing line is exciting! But if you’ve never done it before, knowing how to get from point A to point B can be confusing and overwhelming. One of the first things you’ll need to do to start selling your own clothing line is to find a manufacturer who can make your designs at a cost that you can afford and in a quantity that you can actually sell to customers.
As an e-commerce shop owner or the owner of your own brick & mortar boutique, these coming months may present a turning point for your fashion business’s supply chain. The trade war between China and the United States is just revving up, and from farmers to automakers, no industry is guaranteed safety.
Trouble in the Clothing Supply Chain Traditional wholesale manufacturing poses certain challenges for fashion designers and boutique owners. Wholesale manufacturers can change their prices on boutiques suddenly, resell original designs to other boutique owners for less, or shutter their doors altogether, leaving you and your customers at a loss for your favorite products.
Try MakersValley projects for free. Upload your shoe specifications in your project. Track the shoe-making process on the Platform. Learn how it works! We used MakersValley Be Inspired projects to simplify shoe manufacturing down to 5 steps. Check it out! And don’t worry, if you get stuck, your Account Manager can guide you through every step of the process. Step 1. Create your project & choose Be Inspired A Be Inspired project lets you browse (for free!) 1,000s of white label samples in the Be Inspired Catalog, from our network of 150+ Italian shoe manufacturers. Select and order any white label shoe samples that catch your eye as the starting point to design your own shoe. These white label samples are established products 100% Made in Italy, and have already sold to brands worldwide. Now, our manufacturers are making them available to you. Select. Order. Select any Be Inspired shoe samples you want to customize, in the size and color you want, and click Add to Cart. To submit your order, you’ll need to have a MakersValley subscription. Once you’ve signed up to the plan that works best for you, click Submit For Review on your project. Shortly after, you’ll receive an invoice for your Be Inspired samples, from your Account Manager. Once you pay the invoice, your Be Inspired Samples will ship to you at the mailing address in your profile. Step 2. Ship your customized Be Inspired sample back to us Once you receive your Be Inspired shoe sample, log into your account and click Create Project From Sample. Complete the questionnaire to let us know your feedback on the sample. Once you complete the questionnaire, your project will update in your account, using the shoe sample information you provided in your questionnaire. NOTE: Be sure to check out our FAQ to see a list of the Italian shoe manufacturer’s acceptable shoe customizations for your Be Inspired shoe sample. Generally, you can customize the color of the shoe, shoe material, color of the rubber outsole, color of the heel, and color of the shoe buckle. Modifications beyond those listed will result in the manufacturer creating a new pattern, instead of using the one from the existing catalog sample. Your customized Be Inspired shoe sample will be the instruction manual for the manufacturer, so you’ll need to ship the shoe back to us before the factory can create your first true sample. Use tape to mark each customization on the sample shoe product. It’s also helpful to add photos of your new, customized shoe to your project. Use any commercial shipper you'd like to send us your sample. Your Account Manager will consult with you on shipping instructions. Step 3. Review bids from Italian shoe manufacturers “How much does it cost to make a shoe?” Good question! Once your project is approved, you’ll receive shoe manufacturing bids from 150+ Italian manufacturers and artisans, within 10 business days. Once you accept the winning manufacturer bid, your project will match to that manufacturer. Your Account Manager will then invoice you for your first unique sample. Step 4. Receive your sample & give feedback Once we receive your modified shoe in Italy and your project matches to an Italian manufacturer, your manufacturer will start making your first sample. Once it’s ready to go, your Account Manager will invoice you for its shipping cost. When you receive your sample in the mail, give us your feedback on the Platform. Did it come out to your liking? Use the Platform to either approve or reject the sample. Love the shoe sample the way it is? Not 100% satisfied? Fantastic! Once we have your approval, we’ll send you the production invoice + estimated shipping & customs invoice. We’ll get you a quote for a 2nd sample, with the changes you requested. You’ll need to write your modifications to the 1st sample in the Shipping section of your Bring to Life project. Whether you're 100% satisfied with the sample or not, you may need to ship your sample back to us since it is the instruction manual for the manufacturer to make either your second sample or take your shoe onto production. Step 5. Production Woohoo! You've reached the last step! Watch your factory bring your shoe design to life, then, receive your production order at your door, and start selling! Now you've got something really special to tempt customers: a pair of 100% Made in Italy shoes – with your brand label on them! Log back into your account anytime, and tell us when you’d like to repeat your shoe production order in different colors, different styles, or the same as the original design (trust us, you’ll sell out fast!). NOTE: Production orders typically ship out six weeks after the factory receives your approved sample back in Italy and we confirm your production payment. Don’t worry! Your Account Manager will handle all the logistics to get your production order from Italy to you. Now that you know all of the steps to design your shoe, what are you waiting for? Connect with your personal account manager today in the platform and start making your dream Italian shoe!
The Amazon Effect tells the story of Amazon Fashion, a strong competitor in retail, grabbing as much as 4% of all U.S. retail sales in 2017. As an online shop owner, brick-and-mortar boutique owner, or fashion entrepreneur, it’s wise to plan out a solid retail strategy that will make your business sustainable for years to come in spite of challenges like Amazon Fashion.
It’s the new year and one of your goals is to finally start your own clothing line. If you and your wallet are still recovering from the holidays, lucky for you, there’s plenty of free fashion designing apps available to help you start your own clothing line with no money. Check them out below.
Intellectual property theft happens in fashion design. We've all heard the stories about the Kardashians keeping up too closely with indie streetwear designers. Some designers have even experienced foreign clothing manufacturers reselling their original designs on Amazon, under a cheaper brand mark.
Last Friday, MakersValley received a $50,000 award from Arch Grants. This Grant, awarded to 96 startups out of a competing 3,000+, will give MakersValley the power to bring new membership benefits to our amazing community of designers.
"It's mind-blowing to me that I can take an idea for a piece of clothing, package it up into documentation that can be shared with MakersValley electronically accompanied with physical samples, which they use to make it. And just a few months later, with very little back and forth in between, I receive a quality piece of manufactured clothing in return and at a reasonable cost too."
January 25th, 2017 started out like any other day for the MakersValley team. From the US, Italy, and Argentina, we were all working on building up our infrastructures and serving our customers until we got an email from Sebastian Vidal informing us that we had been selected to become part of the third generation of startups in the Parallel18 accelerator program in Puerto Rico.
Resort Wear Fashion Design Amalfi Love is the Resort 18 Collection made by the Puerto Rican fashion designer Ana María Mariana. We were able to be part of the presentation of her resort line and it was an amazing experience! #MadeinPuertoRico
Demo Day, the culmination of Parallel 18's five-month startup acceleration program, the end of a journey and the beginning of a new one. The day that 30 startups, including MakersValley, from Puerto Rico, USA, Europe and Latin America all came together and had the opportunity to showcase their companies to international investors. No pressure, right!?
A Timeless Womenswear Fashion Basic It's that one staple piece that can’t go missing in any woman's wardrobe. It's the one that gets you out of trouble when you have nothing to wear to a last minute event. You know the one. The one you can accessorize for any occasion. It's classic, simple, yet elegant, all at once... Yes, we're talking about the little black dress!
Why Fabric Matters When You Make Clothes The most important component of a garment is the fabric. It doesn't matter how well crafted the seams of the garment are – if it the clothing is made from the wrong fabric, it will not do justice to the design and will look like a disaster. Picture this: you have an awesome idea, you make the sketch, and you turn it into a sewing pattern. The next step is to make it, but in order to do that you need the fabric. Read on for our tips on making fabric shopping easier:
Behind every garment, there is a talented artisan who worked hard to make it. That's why we want you to get to know the artisans responsible for bringing your designs to life. Meet Raffaele, an independent artisan who followed his dream and found success on the way!
What Do Fabrics and Fibers Mean in the Fashion Industry? Fabric is a term you'll encounter a lot in the fashion industry. If I ask you to tell me what fabrics are, you will say, "Easy, it's what we use to make a garment, right?" What if I ask you to tell me what a fiber is, or to tell me the difference between a fabric and a fiber. Would you be able to answer that? Read on, and we'll review the difference between fabrics and fibers.
Every brand has a story. Your fashion label does, and so do the Italian manufacturers with whom we work daily. Our unique story has influenced how we conduct business every day since day one, and drives us daily in our mission to #democratizemanufacturing. Curious how that story began? Read on for the tale of a young boy who grew up in Italy and found inspiration in the hardworking artisans and boutique owners creating around him.
Our Italian Artisans Are MakersValley Family At MakersValley, we are extremely proud of our Italian artisans. We have created this Artisan Spotlight series to feature our artisans so you may get to know the craftsmen and women will be making your custom clothing products. Without further ado, we would like to introduce you to Luisa.
Over the last couple of months, MakersValley has been working in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Our company was selected for Parallel 18, the island’s most innovative startup accelerator program. Even though our time here is coming to an end, we can’t forget that they've taught us to #WorkHardPlayTropical.
At MakersValley, our team is like a family. We want you to get to know the artisans responsible for creating your fashion line. In this blog post, we're going to introduce you to Carmine. Carmine is the owner of a manufacturing company that makes mens and womens fashion clothing. With a lot of dedication, he was able to grow his business from a small studio to a successful clothing manufacturing company.
You are a fashion designer. You are a boutique owner. You are a fashion student. You have a dream... seeing your name or the name of your brand on the tag of a piece of clothing that you designed. Does it seem like a daunting task to design, produce, and sell your own clothing line? We understand that. The good news is that MakersValley can make it simple for you. With these three easy steps, you'll be well on your way to designing, producing, and selling your private label clothing line, made in Italy, by way of an ethical clothing supply chain.
"My goal is to change the fashion industry and touch the lives of orphans by selling outerwear. MakersValley is making those dreams come true through their high quality work" What are the odds of making it in the fashion industry in the US? What are the odds when you're originally being from Kenya? If you thought impossible, think again, because Ishmael did! He embarked on a journey to the United States to play basketball and ended up becoming a fashion entrepreneur. He created the MUDAXpro reversible athletic outerwear jacket which will soon be featured on Kickstarter and Shark Tank. Talk about a success story!
The Bring Puerto Rican Designs To Life event, presented by MakersValley on May 4, 2017, at La Social, in Condado was a night to remember! Local fashion designers, style influencers, the press, entrepreneurs and fashion experts, were part of this magnificent event in which MakersValley presented the opportunity to connect directly with Italian manufacturers to local fashion entrepreneurs to jump start their own brands.
The MakersValley team had the opportunity to attend one of Puerto Rico’s most recognized fashion week events: San Juan Moda. We had the pleasure to attend some of the shows; it was an amazing fashion weekend and we want to share our experience with you!
Are you ready to make your own clothing line? What if I said that every designer, boutique owner, or fashion entrepreneur who wants to break into the fashion industry has faced the same problem? Better yet, what if I showed you how to leverage the manufacturing process by making it as simple as possible?
Gennaro is an Italian artisan who specializes in making mens apparel. He is part of the MakersValley community of artisans. Gennaro has been involved in the manufacturing industry since his childhood and has spent his whole life working in a factory as an artisan. We can say he is passionate about his work and as he says: