Pot holes and fallen tree trunks

Pot holes and fallen tree trunks

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Pot holes and fallen tree trunks
Obstacles to your business growth are a given. In the real world things occasionally go wrong. That is just how it is. For example, I have a new client who’s business has gone down the last two years and he doesn’t know what to do about it. He’s worried, but hasn’t actually decided on a […]
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Three Reasons Why You May Need A Fashion Industry Consultant?

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Three Reasons Why You May Need A Fashion Industry Consultant?
This is going to sound somewhat self serving, but a good consultant can make a difference between success or failure.  You might be new to the industry or you have been in business for many years.  I have found 3 reasons why hiring someone to help can be valuable. You are new to the industry […]
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How To Create a Million Dollars business In The Fashion Industry

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How To Create a Million Dollars business In The Fashion Industry
I have created several multi million dollars businesses in the fashion industry.  The key to their growth,was success at retail.  The bottom line is the stores that did well with my product increased their orders each season.  Their customers voted with their wallets and laid down their money to buy.  In order to build a […]
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Is Your Fashion Business In A Slump?

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Is Your Fashion Business In A Slump?
I have seen a lot of business startups that have had consistent success and growth over many years.  The trends change and they find their businesses stagnating, or worse, shrinking.  Even some of the best brands out their have lost their luster.  Companies like DKNY, Guess, and Juicy Couture, which at times were the hottest, […]
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Should You Start A Fashion Brand If You Have No Experience?

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Should You Start A Fashion Brand If You Have No Experience?
I am of the belief that no you shouldn’t.  This industry is difficult to make money in for even the most knowledgeable person, it is almost impossible for the novice. Now that I have said that, there are some of you that won’t listen.  You have a burning desire in you to do this, so […]
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Finally A Fashion Industry That Embraces Inclusiveness

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Finally A Fashion Industry That Embraces Inclusiveness
  Black, White, Brown, Red, Petite, Tall, Skinny, Plus sized, Freckles, Disabled, Elderly, Transgender, Gay, Queer, Lesbian, and the list keeps on growing… The difference among people is immense. The world is getting bigger, and thank goodness, more tolerant. When I was young “coming out of the closet” as it was called was a scary […]
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5 Clues Your Sales Team Is Not Up To Snuff

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5 Clues Your Sales Team Is Not Up To Snuff
Fashion brands rely on their sales teams to bring in new customers, keep the customers happy and grow their business. When a company doesn’t experience growth then that is a sign something is wrong. While most times the problem is product driven sometimes it is the sales team that is failing to have results. When […]
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The 5 Challenges A Fashion Entrepreneur Faces

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The 5 Challenges A Fashion Entrepreneur Faces
Let’s face it, running your own business is tough.  It is especially tough in the Fashion Industry.  Business is stagnant and stores are closing.  Yet, no one is running around naked, so someone is selling something, why shouldn’t it be you? You do need to solve the challenges a fashion entrepreneur faces.  Here what I […]
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Everyone Loves A Good Makeover

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Everyone Loves A Good Makeover
Today I was reading about a homeless man who received a free makeover from a hair and grooming salon.  They offered him a new look as well as new clothes.  This man, who at 55 years old homeless for 25 years, went from looking homeless to looking like a hipster.  The locals who knew him […]
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What Is Your Fashion Brands Unique Selling Proposition?

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What Is Your Fashion Brands Unique Selling Proposition?
Do you know what your unique selling proposition is or as some people call it your USP?  Your USP is what makes your business different from your competition. According to Theodore Levitt, author and professor at Harvard Business School. “Differentiation is one of the most important strategic and tactical activities in which companies must constantly […]
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As a Fashion Designer Is Your Brands Style Clear?

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As a Fashion Designer Is Your Brands Style Clear?
As a fashionista  you have probably noticed that most successful designers have their own style sense and point of view that is unique to them.  Their style of design would have ultimately been branded in them in the market. Studying them will  help you to develop yourself and see how one builds their style. A […]
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5 Tips On Creating A Stunning Lookbook

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5 Tips On Creating A Stunning Lookbook
  These days a look book is crucial for a fashion brand.  It has become the essential communication tool for marketing your company.   If you don’t know what it is, a look book is set of photographs displaying a fashion designer’s new collection. You can use your lookbook for everything from letting your buyers […]
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How Well Do You Know Your Market?

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How Well Do You Know Your Market?
How well do you know your market? This is an important question. Unfortunately some Entrepreneurs aren’t even sure what the market is for their product. The term “your market” is a group composed of characteristics which are used to identify a specific target group of consumers or of a market segment and can be understood […]
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Don’t Let A Toxic Employee Poison The Atmosphere

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Don’t Let A Toxic Employee Poison The Atmosphere
Over the years I have worked with several of what I call “Toxic Employees”. They do a poor to mediocre job because no matter how talented they are they don’t do their best work. They waste time on gossip, badmouthing coworkers as well as the company, and undermining others to make themselves look good. I […]
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5 Things an Entrepreneur Should Know Before Starting A Fashion Brand

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5 Things an Entrepreneur Should Know Before Starting A Fashion Brand
Starting a fashion brand is exciting.  But, it can also be quite daunting. As Sophia Amoruso founder of Nasty Gal once said, “It takes a lot more than just knowing how to put an outfit together to succeed in the fashion industry, so more power to you if this is where you want to be; […]
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Creativity on Demand

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Creativity on Demand
According to Donatella Versace, “fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream.” Ok it is a new season and you have to design your collection. Except you just finished last season and your creative juices are running a bit thin. Wouldn’t you love to be consistently creative? The truth, though, is that we all […]
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The dark and gloomy future of retail that doesn’t have to be.

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The dark and gloomy future of retail that doesn’t have to be.
Yesterday my son (who’s been investing in stocks since he was 14 years old) and I discussed the future of Macys. A stock he owned. He asked me if I knew 3 years ago that Macys would be having trouble. I answered yes. Retail stores in general are sweating a very uphill climb. Of course […]
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3 Stockbrokers walk into a bar…

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3 Stockbrokers walk into a bar…
Once upon a time I was married to a stock broker. I know it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but it’s true! One thing he would tell me is that when everyone is excited about the market, that is when the NASDAQ is about to go down. Like Warren Buffet says, “the […]
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Bits & Bytes | Snap’s Shares Slide, YNAP to Sell on WhatsApp

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Bits & Bytes | Snap’s Shares Slide, YNAP to Sell on WhatsApp
This week, Snap Inc.’s share prices have dropped to $22, below its initial trading price, and Yoox Net-a-Porter is developing technology to sell products directly through WhatsApp. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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You Screwed Up. Now What?

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You Screwed Up. Now What?
You saw the news everywhere. While announcing the best picture Oscar award at this past Sunday’s event, there was a mix-up of cards and presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty initially declared the musical, La La Land, the winner. Ooops! But just as La La Land’s producers were accepting the award, they were interrupted by […]
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Chaos and a Little Creation in Milan

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Chaos and a Little Creation in Milan
While change is afoot, Milan lacks a new generation of visionaries to lead Italian fashion into the future, argues Angelo Flaccavento. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Should your Fashion Business Go “Seasonless”?

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Should your Fashion Business Go “Seasonless”?
My goodness, is spring already here? Wasn’t it snowing a couple of days ago? The weather is so strange. It seems winter is later and spring is earlier every year. Climate change is all too real an issue for our industry. Many years ago I was taking May 30th for Fall deliveries from Saks Fifth […]
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At Jil Sander, Corporate Realness

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At Jil Sander, Corporate Realness
Rodolfo Paglialunga’s captured a veneer of modern power-dressing that the label should continue to make its own. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Is Nordstrom’s Off-Price Strategy Hurting Its Mainline Business?

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Is Nordstrom’s Off-Price Strategy Hurting Its Mainline Business?
The department store chain’s off-price offering is booming, but has it come at the expense of its full-line stores? Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Who’s Behind the Flurry of Influencer-Backed Beauty Brands?

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Who’s Behind the Flurry of Influencer-Backed Beauty Brands?
A handful of private label companies — with a focus on speed, agility and new marketing models — are making a lucrative business of birthing influencer-backed beauty brands. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Can You Build a Fashion Business With a Manufacturing Base in Africa?

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Can You Build a Fashion Business With a Manufacturing Base in Africa?
Brands like Lemlem have proven that scaling in some corners of the continent is possible. But is it sustainable? Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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Salvatore Ferragamo: Waking a Sleeping Beauty

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Salvatore Ferragamo: Waking a Sleeping Beauty
Salvatore Ferragamo’s CEO aims to outperform the luxury sector average by a factor of two, surpassing €2 billion in revenue by 2020. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer WhatsApp
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