New to Crafty Texas Girls? This post is part of a series called "Dream a New Dream".
Take a peek and see what it is like to launch a wholesale children's accessory and apparel line.
As you may have guessed, I couldn't quit... not just yet :) I figured that getting into the catalog was something to celebrate. And when you start something new, that you have never done before, it is not going to be 100% perfect the first time around. So I spent almost 5 months working on ideas for new designs. I think I designed three entire collections that ended I up throwing in the trash. Then I finally got an idea that felt right-- and I ran with it.
When designing clothing, it's really quite a process. Patterns have to be made. Fabric, trim and components have to be secured. Meetings for fabric, meetings for design. Cost analysis. Finding insurance. Paying for everything! Then every idea that is in my mind and on my paper has be transferred to the manufacturer and the sewing team--and then hopefully the finished product will appear just as I dreamed. And of course factor in crazy costs, limited time constraints, and being a mom. Throw in the creation of a catalog for Market, sales literature/postcards, photography, website design. Whew! When I step back and look at it all, I am in awe. There is no way any of it could happen with the help and support of my husband and girls.
Over the weekend, my friend Erin from Splendor Photography worked with me to capture the 'feeling' of my new line. If you are local, you have to book a session with Erin. She is in one word: incredible. Erin helped me recruit the sweetest group of models- they were too cute!
Yesterday Maisy and I took the new line to Dallas in preparation for Market this weekend. I got rave reviews from my sales rep, so hopefully the buyers will feel the same way. When I look at this collection, I am really proud. These clothes "feel like me" :)
My take-away lessons from my second season in wholesale apparel apply to most things in life:
-The learning curve for trying something new is huge.
-Prepare for a steep, steep up-hill climb.
-Partner with family and friends who are encouraging and supportive.
-Don't forget to stop and admire the view along the way. Even the bumpy parts have some beauty!
You can find the entire "Dream A New Dream Series" here.
As always, I am happy to answer questions about my journey in children's apparel. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And please stop by Splendor Photography- she is responsible for all these beautiful images of my new line. Her facebook page is full of inspiring photos that are definitely worth the 'like'!
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