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The Successful Fashion Designer

Helping You Get Ahead in Fashion by Sew Heidi

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The Successful Fashion Designer
The Successful Fashion Designer

The Successful Fashion Designer

Helping You Get Ahead in Fashion by Sew Heidi

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The fashion industry is brutally competitive...and we're all trying to get ahead. The problem is that everyone's so tight lipped with their strategies and resources. The Successful Fashion Designer is an "all secrets revealed" show by industry expert designer and educator Sew Heidi to help you gain the confidence, skills and insights to make it in a cutthroat market. The show covers topics such as breaking into the industry, getting promotions and raises, launching your own label and becoming a successful freelancer. Every episode is packed full of actionable steps you can implement right away to get ahead. Now.

Latest Episodes

SFD093 How to Land Your Dream Job in the Outdoor Apparel Industry

Fashion is a tough scene. Even when you manage to break into the fashion industry, how do you get into your dream category? With so much competition for design jobs, it seems like luck can play the biggest factor in many designer’s careers. But what if you could make luck work for you? In this episode, we spoke to Allion Juhasz. Allison has spent ten years in the industry, designing for big outdoor apparel names like Scott, UnderArmor, Obermeyer, and Ultimate Direction. These opportunities were open to Allison because she made the right moves at the right times. She readily admits that she’s been lucky--but she shares tons of ways that you can become lucky too! Follow her lead, and boost your chances of getting to design for the category YOU want most. In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover: How she got into fashion--with a bachelor’s in marine biology How she got “lucky” with jobs--again and again! Why she left her first dream job (and what she would have done di...

53 MIN4 d ago
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SFD093 How to Land Your Dream Job in the Outdoor Apparel Industry

SFD092 Should You Sell Your Fashion Brand on Consignment?

ESometimes it seems like there are as many ways to sell your fashion brand as there are types of fabric! But when you’re starting a fashion brand, should you sell your pieces on consignment? On this show, you’ll hear from Sam Murkoff. Sam’s brand, Manhattan Knights, was born when he started refashioning vintage tee shirts for himself and his friends in middle school. Sam got his brand where it is today by starting small, leveraging the ability to sell his work on consignment, and knocking on a LOT of doors. In the interview he shares details on everything he did in the first few years of launching a fashion brand. In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover: How Sam transitioned from making shirts for his friends to selling to the public Why his brand was a little too niche, and what he did about it How he self-funded the early days of his brand The hugely valuable job that most people underestimate How he chose the first factory that produced his designs The little ways ...

56 MIN2 w ago
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SFD092 Should You Sell Your Fashion Brand on Consignment?

SFD091 100 Ways NOT to Start A Fashion Brand: These Guys Learned Firsthand What Works and What Doesn't

EStarting a fashion brand from scratch is a massive challenge. And when you don’t have big investors and influential connections, it can seem impossible. But these three young entrepreneurs found a way to beat the odds and make their brand a reality. Meet Salvatore Graci, Angelo Acquista, and Luca Graci, founders of luxury streetwear brand CSNV (Casanova). Their passion and seemingly endless determination helped them take CSNV from just an idea to the runway at LA Fashion Week and beyond. It sounds like a fairytale, but it wasn’t an easy journey. They share their highs, their lows, and the many lessons they learned along the way! In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover: The first steps Salvo, Angelo, and Luca took when they decided to launch a brand How they made cold emailing work for them The personality traits that helped make them successful What moves helped them grow their brand’s exposure--and what fell flat! How they went about finding factories that could pro...

65 MINSEP 16
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SFD091 100 Ways NOT to Start A Fashion Brand: These Guys Learned Firsthand What Works and What Doesn't

SFD090 How to Stand Out in Your Fashion Career (and Always Get the Job Offer)

Whether you’re still in fashion school, or you’re looking toward your next opportunity, you’re probably wondering how to stand out in your fashion career. In such a competitive industry, it can feel like an uphill battle to even get noticed by fashion hiring managers among stiff competition. On this episode, we talk to London designer Barbara Houghton. With over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry, Barbara has been on both ends of the hiring process, and she wants to share what she’s learned about standing out in fashion and always getting the job! In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover: Important things to look for when choosing a fashion school--because not all programs do this! The downside to working for high-end brands early in your career What Barbara did before the interview for her first job to give herself an edge (it’s something you should definitely be doing, too!) How Barbara survived her first job in London, and the realities of starting yo...

61 MINSEP 2
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SFD090 How to Stand Out in Your Fashion Career (and Always Get the Job Offer)

Episodes You Love: SFD006 Job Hunting & Resume Advice for Fashion Industry Professionals

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired June 12, 2017, was nominated as one listeners loved! In this episode I’m chatting with Chris Kidd, founder ofStyle Careers, the largest fashion only job listing site. Withinside accessto fashion industry employers and exposure tojob seekers at their career fairs, Chris has learned what works - andwhat doesn't - in the job hunting process. We discussedthe importance of presenting yourself as a modern candidate,whatsectors of the industry are booming, and the most important information to include on your resume. You will learn: What the first inch of your resume must include to catch the employer's attention What parts of the industry are dying, and what parts are booming Guidance for young job seekers and advice for breaking into the industry Advice for older job seekers to stay up to date and relevant The importance of taking risks Howfashion iscompeting with other "must have" items andwhy designersneed t...

46 MINAUG 19
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Episodes You Love: SFD006 Job Hunting & Resume Advice for Fashion Industry Professionals

Episodes You Love: SFD075 How to Be a Lingerie Designer

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired November 26, 2018, was nominated as one listeners loved! Being a lingerie designer is its own unique and interesting niche of working in the fashion industry. There are tons of different things you have to think about compared to designing, let’s say, shirts or jackets. But it’s a pretty cool job! Laurie Van Jonsson knows this firsthand. From launching her own lingerie brand that was sold in TopShop to working for other companies, she knows the ins and outs of being a lingerie designer. Her 15 years of experience make her an expert in this category, and in this interview, she shares it all. From how she broke into the lingerie industry, how she sold her designs to global retailers, and how she ultimately became a freelance lingerie designer. In the interview (which you’ll love) we cover: Designing within constraints and restrictions in the lingerie design industry (that’s how she found her niche!) The ...

64 MINAUG 5
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Episodes You Love: SFD075 How to Be a Lingerie Designer

Episodes You Love: SFD078 Working with Factories as a Freelance Fashion Designer

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired January 7, 2019, was nominated as one listeners loved. There are a lot of different paths to becoming a freelance fashion designer. And Heather Royer took one I’d never heard of before. Instead of working directly with brands, she got her first freelance opportunity designing for a factory in China. The best part? There are ways you can create the same freelance opportunities for yourself, and she shares step by step her best advice to do this. In her 20+ years in the industry, Heather has worked for brands like Target, LL Bean, REI and Talbots. She now runs a team of 9 full time fashion designers located around the world while working remote from her home in south Florida. And it all started with one freelance gig from LinkedIn. In the interview (which you’ll love) we will cover: The simple change you can make to your LinkedIn profile to attract brands or factories looking for freelancers How to turn on...

54 MINJUL 22
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Episodes You Love: SFD078 Working with Factories as a Freelance Fashion Designer

Episodes You Love: SFD053 4 Best Practices for Fashion Job Search Success

EIt's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired May 28, 2018, was nominated as one listeners loved. The fashion job search process is not one to be taken lightly.Thankfully, my guest for this episode of The Successful Fashion Designer is Shellie Simpson, the Fashion Division Talent Director at Atrium Staffing. Shellie and her team at Atrium are creating a more personable relationship between top talent candidates and recruiters. She shares her 4 best practices for aspiring fashion professionals, and her insights will surely make your job search process easier and more enjoyable.She also explains the common freelance/employee dilemma, how to get started with a talent recruiter, and the one area that should NOT be the biggest highlight in post-internship interviews. Shellie shares this advice in a transparent and honest way that you don’t want to miss. Shellie’s best advice for presenting your portfolio in an effective way A fashion professional’s most...

58 MINJUL 8
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Episodes You Love: SFD053 4 Best Practices for Fashion Job Search Success

Episodes You Love: SFD008 Freelance Textile Designer: How to have a Successful Career

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired June 26, 2017, was nominated as one listeners loved. Being a freelance textile designer can feel like a daunting process to tackle. It’s hard to figure out how to price your work and whether or not you should work with an agency or print house. Which is why I’m so excited to share the latest episode of the Successful Fashion Designer podcast with Michelle Fifis, founder ofPattern Observerand creator of the Textile Design Lab, a blog and community that helps creatives grow their textile design business. Michelle’s done textile work for Columbia Sportswear, Lucy Activewear, Jantzen Swimwear, Perry Ellis and had been featured in Stylesight.com, Elle Decor, and Nordstrom. In the interview, she shares how she got started and worked her way up in the industry, her strategy for leaving her full time job to start freelancing, and how she grew her blog into a successful online business. Michelle and I also talke...

50 MINJUN 24
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Episodes You Love: SFD008 Freelance Textile Designer: How to have a Successful Career

Episodes You Love: SFD025 Make the Most of a Fashion Sourcing Tradeshow

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired October 30, 2017, was nominated as one listeners loved. Attending a trade show is expensive, so before you go, make sure you’re fully prepared. Get industry expert advice from Trish of DG Expo to make the most of your textile trade show visits. Learn what mistakes you should avoid, and how to walk away with the right fabrics, trims and contacts for your fashion brand. Trish has worked with companies that support startup and indie designers since 2009. Her breadth of knowledge isn’t just around trade shows, but the business that goes on behind launching and building a successful brand. From how to get started to ensure success (yes, it includesfinances and costing) to how to make the most of your trade show visit, she’s extremely knowledgeable and graciously shared tons of tips during our interview. If you’re launchinga label, you don’t want to miss this episode. You’lldiscovernot only how to make you...

55 MINJUN 10
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Episodes You Love: SFD025 Make the Most of a Fashion Sourcing Tradeshow

Latest Episodes

SFD093 How to Land Your Dream Job in the Outdoor Apparel Industry

Fashion is a tough scene. Even when you manage to break into the fashion industry, how do you get into your dream category? With so much competition for design jobs, it seems like luck can play the biggest factor in many designer’s careers. But what if you could make luck work for you? In this episode, we spoke to Allion Juhasz. Allison has spent ten years in the industry, designing for big outdoor apparel names like Scott, UnderArmor, Obermeyer, and Ultimate Direction. These opportunities were open to Allison because she made the right moves at the right times. She readily admits that she’s been lucky--but she shares tons of ways that you can become lucky too! Follow her lead, and boost your chances of getting to design for the category YOU want most. In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover: How she got into fashion--with a bachelor’s in marine biology How she got “lucky” with jobs--again and again! Why she left her first dream job (and what she would have done di...

53 MIN4 d ago
Comments
SFD093 How to Land Your Dream Job in the Outdoor Apparel Industry

SFD092 Should You Sell Your Fashion Brand on Consignment?

ESometimes it seems like there are as many ways to sell your fashion brand as there are types of fabric! But when you’re starting a fashion brand, should you sell your pieces on consignment? On this show, you’ll hear from Sam Murkoff. Sam’s brand, Manhattan Knights, was born when he started refashioning vintage tee shirts for himself and his friends in middle school. Sam got his brand where it is today by starting small, leveraging the ability to sell his work on consignment, and knocking on a LOT of doors. In the interview he shares details on everything he did in the first few years of launching a fashion brand. In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover: How Sam transitioned from making shirts for his friends to selling to the public Why his brand was a little too niche, and what he did about it How he self-funded the early days of his brand The hugely valuable job that most people underestimate How he chose the first factory that produced his designs The little ways ...

56 MIN2 w ago
Comments
SFD092 Should You Sell Your Fashion Brand on Consignment?

SFD091 100 Ways NOT to Start A Fashion Brand: These Guys Learned Firsthand What Works and What Doesn't

EStarting a fashion brand from scratch is a massive challenge. And when you don’t have big investors and influential connections, it can seem impossible. But these three young entrepreneurs found a way to beat the odds and make their brand a reality. Meet Salvatore Graci, Angelo Acquista, and Luca Graci, founders of luxury streetwear brand CSNV (Casanova). Their passion and seemingly endless determination helped them take CSNV from just an idea to the runway at LA Fashion Week and beyond. It sounds like a fairytale, but it wasn’t an easy journey. They share their highs, their lows, and the many lessons they learned along the way! In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover: The first steps Salvo, Angelo, and Luca took when they decided to launch a brand How they made cold emailing work for them The personality traits that helped make them successful What moves helped them grow their brand’s exposure--and what fell flat! How they went about finding factories that could pro...

65 MINSEP 16
Comments
SFD091 100 Ways NOT to Start A Fashion Brand: These Guys Learned Firsthand What Works and What Doesn't

SFD090 How to Stand Out in Your Fashion Career (and Always Get the Job Offer)

Whether you’re still in fashion school, or you’re looking toward your next opportunity, you’re probably wondering how to stand out in your fashion career. In such a competitive industry, it can feel like an uphill battle to even get noticed by fashion hiring managers among stiff competition. On this episode, we talk to London designer Barbara Houghton. With over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry, Barbara has been on both ends of the hiring process, and she wants to share what she’s learned about standing out in fashion and always getting the job! In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover: Important things to look for when choosing a fashion school--because not all programs do this! The downside to working for high-end brands early in your career What Barbara did before the interview for her first job to give herself an edge (it’s something you should definitely be doing, too!) How Barbara survived her first job in London, and the realities of starting yo...

61 MINSEP 2
Comments
SFD090 How to Stand Out in Your Fashion Career (and Always Get the Job Offer)

Episodes You Love: SFD006 Job Hunting & Resume Advice for Fashion Industry Professionals

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired June 12, 2017, was nominated as one listeners loved! In this episode I’m chatting with Chris Kidd, founder ofStyle Careers, the largest fashion only job listing site. Withinside accessto fashion industry employers and exposure tojob seekers at their career fairs, Chris has learned what works - andwhat doesn't - in the job hunting process. We discussedthe importance of presenting yourself as a modern candidate,whatsectors of the industry are booming, and the most important information to include on your resume. You will learn: What the first inch of your resume must include to catch the employer's attention What parts of the industry are dying, and what parts are booming Guidance for young job seekers and advice for breaking into the industry Advice for older job seekers to stay up to date and relevant The importance of taking risks Howfashion iscompeting with other "must have" items andwhy designersneed t...

46 MINAUG 19
Comments
Episodes You Love: SFD006 Job Hunting & Resume Advice for Fashion Industry Professionals

Episodes You Love: SFD075 How to Be a Lingerie Designer

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired November 26, 2018, was nominated as one listeners loved! Being a lingerie designer is its own unique and interesting niche of working in the fashion industry. There are tons of different things you have to think about compared to designing, let’s say, shirts or jackets. But it’s a pretty cool job! Laurie Van Jonsson knows this firsthand. From launching her own lingerie brand that was sold in TopShop to working for other companies, she knows the ins and outs of being a lingerie designer. Her 15 years of experience make her an expert in this category, and in this interview, she shares it all. From how she broke into the lingerie industry, how she sold her designs to global retailers, and how she ultimately became a freelance lingerie designer. In the interview (which you’ll love) we cover: Designing within constraints and restrictions in the lingerie design industry (that’s how she found her niche!) The ...

64 MINAUG 5
Comments
Episodes You Love: SFD075 How to Be a Lingerie Designer

Episodes You Love: SFD078 Working with Factories as a Freelance Fashion Designer

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired January 7, 2019, was nominated as one listeners loved. There are a lot of different paths to becoming a freelance fashion designer. And Heather Royer took one I’d never heard of before. Instead of working directly with brands, she got her first freelance opportunity designing for a factory in China. The best part? There are ways you can create the same freelance opportunities for yourself, and she shares step by step her best advice to do this. In her 20+ years in the industry, Heather has worked for brands like Target, LL Bean, REI and Talbots. She now runs a team of 9 full time fashion designers located around the world while working remote from her home in south Florida. And it all started with one freelance gig from LinkedIn. In the interview (which you’ll love) we will cover: The simple change you can make to your LinkedIn profile to attract brands or factories looking for freelancers How to turn on...

54 MINJUL 22
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Episodes You Love: SFD078 Working with Factories as a Freelance Fashion Designer

Episodes You Love: SFD053 4 Best Practices for Fashion Job Search Success

EIt's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired May 28, 2018, was nominated as one listeners loved. The fashion job search process is not one to be taken lightly.Thankfully, my guest for this episode of The Successful Fashion Designer is Shellie Simpson, the Fashion Division Talent Director at Atrium Staffing. Shellie and her team at Atrium are creating a more personable relationship between top talent candidates and recruiters. She shares her 4 best practices for aspiring fashion professionals, and her insights will surely make your job search process easier and more enjoyable.She also explains the common freelance/employee dilemma, how to get started with a talent recruiter, and the one area that should NOT be the biggest highlight in post-internship interviews. Shellie shares this advice in a transparent and honest way that you don’t want to miss. Shellie’s best advice for presenting your portfolio in an effective way A fashion professional’s most...

58 MINJUL 8
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Episodes You Love: SFD053 4 Best Practices for Fashion Job Search Success

Episodes You Love: SFD008 Freelance Textile Designer: How to have a Successful Career

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired June 26, 2017, was nominated as one listeners loved. Being a freelance textile designer can feel like a daunting process to tackle. It’s hard to figure out how to price your work and whether or not you should work with an agency or print house. Which is why I’m so excited to share the latest episode of the Successful Fashion Designer podcast with Michelle Fifis, founder ofPattern Observerand creator of the Textile Design Lab, a blog and community that helps creatives grow their textile design business. Michelle’s done textile work for Columbia Sportswear, Lucy Activewear, Jantzen Swimwear, Perry Ellis and had been featured in Stylesight.com, Elle Decor, and Nordstrom. In the interview, she shares how she got started and worked her way up in the industry, her strategy for leaving her full time job to start freelancing, and how she grew her blog into a successful online business. Michelle and I also talke...

50 MINJUN 24
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Episodes You Love: SFD008 Freelance Textile Designer: How to have a Successful Career

Episodes You Love: SFD025 Make the Most of a Fashion Sourcing Tradeshow

It's a summer of your favorite episodes! This episode, which originally aired October 30, 2017, was nominated as one listeners loved. Attending a trade show is expensive, so before you go, make sure you’re fully prepared. Get industry expert advice from Trish of DG Expo to make the most of your textile trade show visits. Learn what mistakes you should avoid, and how to walk away with the right fabrics, trims and contacts for your fashion brand. Trish has worked with companies that support startup and indie designers since 2009. Her breadth of knowledge isn’t just around trade shows, but the business that goes on behind launching and building a successful brand. From how to get started to ensure success (yes, it includesfinances and costing) to how to make the most of your trade show visit, she’s extremely knowledgeable and graciously shared tons of tips during our interview. If you’re launchinga label, you don’t want to miss this episode. You’lldiscovernot only how to make you...

55 MINJUN 10
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Episodes You Love: SFD025 Make the Most of a Fashion Sourcing Tradeshow