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Really Ivanka! Business is Business! Politics are Politics!

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Really Ivanka! Business is Business! Politics are Politics!

This week retail giants Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, among other bricks and mortar stores, plus online stores Belk, Jet and ShopStyle, have decided to drop Ivanka Trump’s brand. How could that possibly be? Well, it could be that Ivanka’s brand was not selling as had hoped combined with our contentious political situation. But maybe we need to ask what happened to the Trump promise to distance himself from any conflict of interest with his own family for profit businesses? It seems clear with this latest set of tweeting that there is a huge conflict of interest?   Why, if Ivanka’s brand was selling and making a...

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Can Creativity Hinder Your Success?

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Can Creativity Hinder Your Success?

So many “designers” I meet through my role as consultant at the Fashion Business Incorporated are unfortunately often their own worst enemy. They seem blind to the fact that although creativity is of course important to any new business, “creativity’ alone in the fashion industry will not be hung in an art gallery! Although, I must admit that some new hopeful designers I consult with would be more at home creating wearable art.  As with any business the hope is to make money, sell lots of clothes that in turn will pay to create more clothes, which is hoped will result...

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Trend or No Trend – that is the question?

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Trend or No Trend – that is the question?

Predicting which styles will become the next trend at any particular time can be an occupational guessing game, a game with millions of dollars at stake. The makers and sellers in fashion often have their own ways of studying trends and consumer preferences. They may spend a great deal of money for an international expensive trend service, or possibly a couple of different trend services, which predict what they feel will be the next new global trends. The cost for such services can run in the thousands of dollars per year for a subscription. Designers are taught to shop the...

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Check My Calendar and let me know when would be a good time to meet!!

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Check My Calendar and let me know when would be a good time to meet!!

Recently this statement, or something similar is popping up in more than a few of my emails and quite frankly I find it to be supper annoying! Why am I expected to click through to someone’s calendar and search to find a time that would suit them to meet with me? In my view it is kind of an insult and I refuse to obey this new form of instruction! I wonder if anyone else finds this new age business etiquette to be an annoying, or is this just me? I have to admit that I am still preferring to...

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From Rolling Hills to Opening Doors All Over the World Part II

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From Rolling Hills to Opening Doors All Over the World Part II

Istanbul – Turkey – Free-lance designer and consultant to a knitwear company. Great to work with! Tokyo – Japan – “Frances Harder” name under license for two years. I designed a junior contemporary line. Had the patterns and samples produced here in LA then the production was made in Japan. (Two visits) I found working with them for around 3 years to be a great experience. They never signed my contract but always paid on time. Royal Place of Brunei – Brunei- Design/ Consultant to assist with the design development for the royal sports team’s uniforms. Nike had been producing...

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