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EMPLOYING A DESIGNER

One of the early decisions any new fashion startup  owner needs to make is whether to employ a  designer,  whether the designer should be full time or freelance and what functions should they serve.

As most of our clients are on a restricted budget, I would normally advise against employing a full time designer because it is not normally cost effective unless you have  extensive funding. Even then, for most startups,  I would suggest getting some years experience in running a business before going down this route. I find that some startups can have too much money and there is little control over how that money is used.

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If you rule out employing a full time designer, there are four  options to consider  :-

  1. Employ an independent freelance designer. This can be an option worth considering if the designer is very experienced as a freelancer and understands how the industry works. And if they specialise in the specific area of fashion that you are aiming for. It can also be  a very expensive option though. You would still need to employ a pattern cutter, and a pattern cutter is probably better value because they can act as a technical  adviser.
  2. Use a one-stop shop such as The London Pattern Cutter.  We can take care of the entire project, or just the areas that you want us to take care of. Emile is our resident designer and has over twenty years experience as a fashion designer. He can work with you on your own designs, or provide the designs according to your instructions. He can also source all your fabrics and trims. This can be very time consuming if you are new to the fashion business. The pattern cutters know how to interpret his sketches  and Emile knows what information needs to be supplied to the pattern cutters in order to get it right first time round. This makes it more cost effective as making repeat samples can be expensive. This is certainly the best option if you are fully employed.
  3. Do all of the designing and sourcing yourself. I wouldnt really recommend doing it all yourself, unless you really know what you are doing and you have a lot of free time.
  4. A mix of the above two options.  If your talent is as a designer, then  you would be best to concentrate on the designing. The sourcing of fabrics and trims is very time consuming if you are unfamiliar with it, although we can help you by supplying a list of suppliers who are willing to supply small quantities to startups.

 

PHONE – 07905-965-305

EMAIL – thelondonpatterncutter@gmail.com

 

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