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Pongos Helping Pongos & ADVICE NEEDED

I need some advice on promotions and words to market myself.

ALSO, I have an event on Thursday, April 10th from 6p-9p. For more details, click here: http://www.houstonzoo.org/pongos-helping-pongos/

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Where do I fit in? (Advice Needed!)

I am at a cross roads with my business.

I am not sure where to go next. I feel like the next option is to start selling to boutiques/retailers but I’m not sure where I belong in said stores. I would love to get an honest critique of my work and where you think my clothing would best fit in a retail environment.

I have spent countless hours trying to decide where I think I belong, but I have come up with nothing. I see store like, Urban Outfitters have few comparisons to my clothing, Free people is a little too boho. I do not think Anthropolgie and I would not mesh well. I can’t imagine my things in Macy’s or Saks… JCpenny… I have only ever tried to be myself as a designer. Does that mean I am not destined to be in a well know retail store?

Here is a slideshow of garments (recent and not so recent) that I feel encapsulate my design aesthetic and show off who I am as a person as well as a designer. If you have an idea of where you think my clothing might fit.. I would love to hear. OR, if you have any better ideas.. I would love to hear those as well!!

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Lovely Little Memories + advice to those who care

Ever google yourself just for fun? Well.. I wont lie.. I do it sometimes just to see what comes up (sometimes I end up laughing and sometimes I have to do some damage control). While on one of my routine google sessions I found a little blog post written by a  friend of mine, fellow fashionista and blogger, Miss Modelina Michelle .

It reminded me of how I was feeling at the time, still just starting out. Not knowing how to sell, still learning how to construct dresses. Granted I still don’t know what I am doing… but I’m learning everyday.

If there was one piece of advice that I could give to aspiring fashion designers it would be to NEVER TAKE OTHER PEOPLE’S ADVICE.. (not even mine) unless of course you honestly believe that they are right.

Here is what I know.

Everyone will try to tell you what you should be doing (whether you ask them to or not.. usually not), they are constantly going to be telling you how to design, how to sew, what colors to choose and how you should be running your business. Lastly they will be trying to take advantage of you day after day…no matter how much you try to avoid it. They will think that you are naive (I was…. still am) and try to get you to make free things in exchange for other items or just free things trying to tell you that they will promote you. Now if you’re lucky… you will run into real people who find you to be simply amazing in your design work and who will actually help you, connect you with the right people and actually help sell your stuff… and if your unlucky (like I have been more than not) you will have people who promise to help you, promise to promote you, take handfuls of your business cards and never ever.. NEVER actually promote you. Or if they do, you will never actually get a single call or client send from them. Sadly, only time will tell which of people you meet will help you or use you….. welcome to the f*ing design club.. please make sure it is worth it before you up-root your life to take on fashion design as a profession.

Ok so the good side of it…. you get a chance to turn someone’s day around. They come to you feeling down about they way they look.. needing a pick-me-up that only you can provide and you serve up a piping hot dish of confidence with a side of ego. I’m sorry but there is nothing better than that for me and my clients are the reason I keep doing this, dealing with the deadlines, never sleeping , never eating and never having time to make myself look fabulous. Don’t lie to me.. I know that I always look  “ok” but never well put together… let’s face it.. I’m f*ing tired..

…….and it’s 12:15a.m. and I’m covering a shift for a co-worker tomorrow…

Want to know something about honey? Just ask away.. I am a freaking honey connoisseur… and don’t even get me started on they health benefits of Bee Pollen.

Ciao

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