Our Team

Frances Harder
Fashion Business Inc.
May 10, 2006

France Harder

An industry expert and educator has published a series of books dealing with starting a fashion business.  Fashion for Profit, Costing for Profit, Brand Building for Profit and Forms for Profit are industry focused texts used both by new companies and for further education programs.

She was the Founder/President of the FBI (Fashion Business Incorporated) 1999- 2017.  Educational 501c3, which provided vital business development and certified job retraining programs to the US apparel industry.

Through her many international presentations and consultations, she was asked to serve as a United Nations consultant for small businesses producing Alpaca products in Peru and Cashmere products in Nepal. Consults and speaks internationally on product development, branding, merchandising, production and entering the US market.

Her past design experience includes two lines for Priscilla Priestley that sold on Home Shopping, designing active sportwear for the Sultan of Brunei and having her name under license in Japan for a higher end contemporary line.

Currently she also serves as an industry expert in industry related legal disputes.  Adjunct professor Cal Poly Pomona and taught full time at Otis College of Art & Design, as well FIDM, LA Trade Tech among others. She served as a member of the Southern California District Export Council (SCDEC).

email – frances@fashionforprofit.com

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Tony Zhang

He is the President of a Shanghai, China-based clothing manufacturer Newel Apparel. Tony has a wealth of professional expertise in clothing manufacture and almost twenty years’ practical experience in supply chain management.

Newel Apparel has provided full package services which include product developments to manufacture for several “fast fashion” retail chains in China which consists of thousands of stores nationwide.

Tony emigrated to Los Angeles in 2012 and established Platform, a subsidiary company of Newel Apparel. Some local freelancer designers in California have provided product design services to Tony’s company in Shanghai through Platform thus understanding what China’s fast fashion market demand is for the product design.

Tony hopes to build a bridge between Chinese business and California Creative Community.

email – tonyzhang@fashionforprofit.com

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Shazad Malik

He has been a business focused technology leader with 20+ years of proven experience. He has had the privilege to work with reputable companies in the financial and telecom industry with his core proficiency on cyber security and enterprise architecture design.

Shazad deep appreciation for fashion has contributed to Plush Cashmere brand for Women since 2012 and Avenue Calafia brand for Boys since 2017.  He has always been an advocate for promoting education on a global scale via FFP platform.  This was a perfect opportunity to combine is core expertise with his passion.

His accomplishment and contribution to the IT world have been with his startups getting the recognition in Gartner, Forrester, Frost & Sullivan and Yankee Reports. In the past he has worked for Booz Allen, Bear Stearns, A.G. Edwards, EY, Sprint and T-Mobile. He grew up in London, UK and lives in Los Angeles, California.

email – shazad@fashionforprofit.com