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.
1) MakersValley - Free Clothing Line Ideas
Coming soon: MakersValley Designer App on iOS App Store
The first step in starting your own clothing line is to turn your sketch or idea into an actual pattern. The bad news is that patterns can cost hundreds of dollars to develop depending on where you live and how competitive the market is. MakersValley can help you get started even without a pattern with their free Be Inspired Catalog.
The catalog has hundreds of white label products from the best Italian manufacturers and artisans. You can browse the catalog for free and select the apparel category type you want. For example, select “italian handbags” or “italian shoes” and voilà – tons of products come up showing what real Italian handbag brands are already being made and sold to brands worldwide.
Tip: Italian apparel manufacturers each have their own selection of white label products. These are basic models or patterns that they make year-round. Big brands often choose from these products, then and customize them slightly to start selling their products faster. These white label products have been proven to sell and are actually used and customized regularly by the big brands we know and love. Instead of reinventing the wheel, MakersValley Be Inspired lets you save time and money using white label clothing.
2) Meetup - Free Feedback on Your Design From Potential Customers
Available on iOS App Store
You most likely have a clothing design in mind that you want to bring to life. One of the first steps is to do your research on your idea and get feedback on it from customers who may actually pay you and help turn your idea into a real business.
One of the easiest ways to get free feedback is to organize a meetup in your hometown where potential customers can learn about your brand and be inspired by it. If you don’t know how to organize a meetup, you can find all the steps to make it happen with this free Meetup Organizer Guide.
3) StartUP FASHION - Free Business Plan Template
Do the words “business plan” make you shudder? Yeah, us too. Don’t worry, creating a business plan doesn’t have to be difficult. StartUP Fashion makes it easy for you. They offer a free one-page fashion business plan template, and if spending a few dollars isn’t too out of the question, they also offer some great online fashion designing courses for up to $25.
StartUP FASHION also has a mailing list to keep you updated on great tools for fashion designers – some emails even come with occasional freebies! It’s a total win-win.
4) Brandboom - Free Catalog
Available on iOS App Store
Once you have started your own clothing line, you’ll need the tools to sell your products. One of these is a catalog, also known as line sheets, which you use to show off your products to potential customers so that they can see what you have to offer.
Brandboom lets you create free, unlimited clothing line sheets so that you can give give your new fashion brand the professional image it needs. Plus, you’ll also be able to receive up to 10 free buyer notifications from buyers interested in purchasing the products on your Brandboom line sheets.
5) Boutique Hub - Free Marketing & Trade Show Tips
If your dream is to open a physical storefront or if you’re already a brick and mortar boutique owner, go over to Boutique Hub’s blog for free tips on how to start promoting your business for free on social media and get customers in your door.
They have a nifty search tool on their blog that allows you to search “Instagram”, “Facebook”, anything you want to get free tips. Boutique Hub also gets bonus points for their online fashion courses and live Facebook feeds at trade shows.
6) LinkedIn - Free Connections
Often referred to as the “Facebook for business”, LinkedIn is free to join and is a tool used by millions of fashion entrepreneurs like you to connect with people you don’t know and grow your network in a professional online environment.
You can create your free LinkedIn account, search for “fashion buyers” in the search bar, and click on “Groups”. You’ll see all of the fashion buyers in these groups who are working with fashion brands like yours to get products on store shelves.
To start getting in touch with these buyers directly, you can sign up for LinkedIn’s free 30-day Business account (you can cancel anytime). The Business account comes with 15 InMail messages, and the ability to message buyers directly and pitch them information about your clothing line.
Next Year Is Looking Good!
Now that you’re armed with the insider info you need to start your own clothing line with no money, it’s time to turn your resolution into reality! Start exploring these tools, and look for more information on the up-and-coming MakersValley app for iOS this spring.
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Want to know how much it would cost to start your own Made in Italy clothing line? For a breakdown of costs, check out our Cost Estimate Calculator.