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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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