Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fashion Business


. Laura and Kate Mulleavy didn't have any qualifications or formal fashion training as designers when they decided to take the small 10 piece collection they had 'dreamed up' to New York in 2005, in the hope of making it in the fashion business. They'd made no appointments with buyers or fashion editors, sending out handmade invites to their hotel suite to view their collection on paper dolls. Luckily someone from industry bible Women's Wear Daily discovered them and the rest, as they say is history.
Their signature look is etheral, elegant and perfectly crafted - always featuring intricate needlework and the finest fabrics the girls can find.(Which is probably why a Rodarte dress will set you back around £20,000!) Their spring/summer 08 collection perfectly summed up fashion's new mood for spring, light and romantic, and was so heavenly it looked as if it might actually float right off the catwalk.
For more on Rodarte pick up this month's issue of Elle or Click here to see the collection

International Fashion
Business (BA Hons)

For students wishing to develop further upon existing qualifications and experience within the international fashion industry, BA (Hons) International Fashion Business is a unique and independent top-up course.
It has been created to meet an increasing demand for qualified professionals with globally-focused fashion business management skills. It is aimed at qualified HND, overseas, European and mature students who have already studied and / or worked within the fashion industry.

We are excited to share the news that our first published article appears in today's Financial Times.
The article links the shift in luxury goods production out of Italy to a recent spree of investments and licensing agreements that have taken place between emerging brands and established Italian houses with high quality production facilities. These deals have provided young brands like Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam and Sophia Kokosalaki with access to top class production, solving one of the major headaches of launching a high-end fashion business.
It appears in one of my favourite supplements for getting the low-down on happenings in the fashion business: Financial Times - The Business of Fashion. There are some very interesting reads, including Vanessa Friedman's Q&A with Dana Thomas, author of the much-discussed book "Deluxe", my friend Robb Young's take on the new movers and shakers in the fashion business, and Godfrey Deeny's revelations about fashion's power brokers in the Middle East. If you can get your hand on the supplement, it's definitely worth a read. Unfortunately, none of the content appears on the FT.com site as yet, but in the meantime, please click here to have a look at the article on Italian investments

Inside the Fashion Business Seventh
Editionby Kitty G. Dickerson

This long-time, best-selling book is the single most comprehensive fashion industry text available today.
Written by authors with extensive industry ties and business savvy, Inside the Fashion Business provides an overview of the fashion sectors from a business perspective.

The Business of Making and Selling Fashion.
Principles of Fashion.
Globalization of the Fashion Industry.
The Consumer.
The Materials of Fashion.
The Women's and Children's Apparel Industry.
The Menswear Industry.
Fashion Accessories, Intimate Apparel/Undergarments, Cosmetics.
Fashion Producers in Other Countries.
The Retailers of Fashion.
Auxiliary Fashion Enterprises

the right investors and partners?

Taking on financing is one of the most important decisions an emerging fashion company will make. This step is absolutely essential because the early stages of growth often requires significant amounts of working capital that cannot be generated by the business alone. So, unless you are independently wealthy and sitting on a pile of cash, financing decisions will be part of your critical path, early on.What is the difference between equity and debt?Financing can come in many forms, but it basically comes down to equity versus debt.

The Business ofFashion:

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Mission Critical Enhancements made to Assortment Plan, Business Planning System
A leading apparel soft goods designer and marketer of an extensive range of women's and men's fashion apparel and accessories ranging from casual to dressy.

The client required an assortment planning application that would allow creation of various assortment plan types (Strategic, Account, Divisional), perform top down, bottom up, and middle out assortment planning at both divisional and account level, and reconciliation of a divisional assortment plan to account plan to identify discrepancies.
The application was envisaged to provide features for micro-merchandizing (creating assortment plans specific to account door) for optimized product lines, and integration of merchandize financial planning process with assortment planning process.

: Visionet Systems Inc. delivered the web based Business Planning System, a modified version of an earlier effort with a number of Mission Critical Enhancements. The workflow based system automated the entire plan creation, approval, and reconciliation process with a user friendly and practical solution that integrates seamlessly with other systems like manufacturing, POS, and ownership planning systems.

Improved overall profitability through better business planning and optimized production levels.

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