Originally Posted by FlaneurNYC
Hello Mr. Glennie ~ May I suggest a look here: http://www.style.com/
Having worked in the ladies fashion business in NYC, I can say with some confidence that the types of garment modifications you are doing are not enough to convince anyone with money to support your innovations. Today's fashion business is a global death match in which the weak or merely gimmicky get thrown out of the ring before they actually ever get in. There are thousands of students coming out of Parsons, FIT and other schools every year.
It takes a boatload of talent, serious cash and a lot of luck to land on top of Seventh Avenue. Instead of concentrating on altering a pair of pleated, tapered chinos at the cuff, your first order of business as a designer is to work out a customer profile, set a direction for your label and shop the market. Have you ever done a mood board? Have you talked to many fashionable women about their needs and wants and desires? Have you looked at a copy of Italian Vogue
lately? I only say these things because I know from experience what you are up against. If you have never taken classes on fashion as a business, I highly suggest it. You've certainly got the spine and ego to succeed. If you develop a line based on an ideal customer instead of patents and gimmicks you may get somewhere
. But at present, I don't see anything that will ignite passion or lust.
More good advice. Your getting alot of good advice for free. I hope you take some of it and use it.
Originally Posted by eric glennie
Thanks Flaneur for taking the time to write your comments and opinions! When I came up with these ideas in 1993, there wasnt internet or fashion forums. It was simply photocopying a photograph and mailing it out. At that time I was 25 years old and could travel the world and not have to answer to anyone. Today, I have a wife, child, and a career. You can imagine what my wife thinks about my moonlighting fashion dream. For me, Education and degrees are many years ago and fashion school is not in the picture at my age 39. To be honest, I dont think I would even pick up my family and move to another state to start a career in fashion if that opportunity presented itself. I would love to chase my dream, but reality brings my world into perspective. So why am I putting myself through this hell and why didnt I keep my designs locked in my closet. I believe American fashion needs new ideas and my designs may create interest in a new way of seeing fashion and wearing clothes. Whether you like them or not, my designs are different and that is fashion. The creativity and innovation I am showing cannot be taught in any fashion school in Paris, London, or NYC. My art comes from my soul, my spirit, and my imagination. Anyone anywhere in the world with sewing, tailoring, and pattern making skills can make my clothes from a sketch but not everyone can come up with the idea. I am truly a fashion designer presenting unique ideas. There are so called fashion designers making millions of dollars off there label, and in my opinion they are not designers but only a label or trademark. What are the new designers of today bringing to the table when it comes to innovation and new ideas. What do they teach in fashion school about thinking outside the box and being creative thinkers? Does the fashion community even want new designers with new ideas or are the publishers simply promoting the big names to sell magazines? Of course, my website is very generic, but the fashion conscious consumer can look into the designs I am presenting and see about 20 unique ideas and perspectives the world of fashion has not seen before. My website is showing the revolution of fashion in its infancy and these designs will show themselves in the marketplace , whether it be my label or a knockoff. My website is showing handmade samples from generic fabrics to create the "look" so you can imagine the endless styles that can be created with a designer who knows what they are doing with endless dollars and a limitless supply of beautiful fabrics. I just simply love to design clothes and do I need a fashion school education to fuel my passion? thanks again EG.
The competition has a great deal of talent. I'm always amazed at how people like yourself find comfort in depreciating an educated view. A design is meaningless without it being validated by sales. That's the cold reality of the situation. If you really want to make it, stop trying to get an ego boost and just start manufacturing and selling