By Krystal De Lisi, The Edit Advisory
It's happening. Consumers no longer want to be associated with brands that are harmful to the planet and to people and brands are responding. However, balancing price with ethical sustainable fashion standards is a real challenge. It is inevitable that paying workers a fair wage and sourcing eco-friendly fabrics will play a role in the overall cost of your product. So how do you produce your product, balance the budget, and stay true to your values?
Sustainable fabric is just the tip of the sustainable fashion iceberg. There's also thread, zippers, notions, dyeing, packaging, and shipping to name a few. The difficult task when implementing sustainability into your fashion brand is WHERE DO YOU START? There are so many areas to consider that it often feels overwhelming especially when you consider that the whole planet is at stake.
There are a few email marketing platforms out there so when you launch your fashion brand it's easy to be unsure which platform is best for you. We've used Mailchimp, Hubspot, and now have switched to Flodesk for our email marketing. Each have their merits but here's the reason we made the switch to Flodesk and you might too.
We get a lot of new brand inquiries to go into production for the first time. We love helping new brands launch, but we see one commonality with almost all of our new brand inquiries. They are missing the key item that they should have before they approach a factory. Here's what you need for a ready made garment factory inquiry.
So, you’re starting a fashion brand. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the success of your brand so it’s important to know where to start and where to focus your energy, because it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are 5 proven hacks for building a successful fashion brand:
One of the most important aspects to consider when launching a fashion brand is how it is going to be funded. The average cost to start a fashion brand is around $20,000, product development alone is $5,000, so without personal wealth, your options are loans or investment. A loan puts you at risk of severe debt if your brand goes belly up. Investment gives up control of your company, and without a wealthy network may not even be a viable option. The best option to avoid these problems and get the funding your brand needs is to start a crowdfunding campaign.
It has become common knowledge that the fashion industry is a major contributor to the world's pollution. This has created a demand for sustainable fashion in the last five years as consumers seek better alternatives for people and planet. However, what it takes to achieve this goal is a higher price. Is sustainable fashion elitist? Let’s take a look at the components that factor into the higher standards that correlate to higher costs.
Nationwide lockdowns have forced fashion brands to go digital to grow sales. According to HRC Retail Advisory, two major global trends have happened during the pandemic: increase in media consumption and a decrease in advertising spending. Facebook has seen a 70% increase in usage on all of its apps as consumers have turned to social media to keep them entertained, connected and informed.
It’s easy to see the many negative effects COVID has had on the fashion industry as retail and factories have shut down leaving millions unemployed. However fashion, a notoriously slow and labor intensive industry, is now being forced to go digital fast to overcome travel bans and increase speed to market. This shift could change the face of the production process, making it easier for teams to work together, regardless of distance. Here’s how you can communicate with your factory online and keep your production running right from your couch.
Fashion is the largest employer around the world and also one of the heavier hit industries affected by COVID. As brands and retailers pull back orders and furlough staff to stay afloat, many garment workers are feeling the brunt of the fallout. But with many economies closed, and the future uncertain, how do we move forward? We did a little digging to see how life has been for garment workers in this pandemic and some organizations doing their part to help.