I get messages and comments almost daily about how someone would like to be a fashion designer and that they feel that they have the latest and greatest idea that could change the industry. I always become excited that so many people feel the love of what I have the privilege of doing every single day. At the same time, I become concerned that so many people think that this industry is so simple that anyone can do it.
Let me say, anyone can do this job! The question is, does just anyone want to commit to learning the industry, learning how to operate a business, learn the essentials of design and construction, understand the interactions of the production process and the thousands of details along the way; and these are just to name a few. The answer is no, plain and simple. This job is not for everyone or just anyone. It takes serious passion and dedication to keep performing season after season, mistake after mistake and there is never a shortage of disappointment along the path of an entrepreneur. Designers fail daily, but great designers keep going to find that one design that makes all of the hardship worth while. Those are the moments we live for and often, those moments are never seen or recognized by the public.
I have had many potential start ups come in and sit down and within one hour I have successfully talked them out of a future in fashion. This is the unfortunate reality of my position. I would rather explain the cold hard truth before someone invests their life savings into something they just do not understand. Most people do not wake up and think "I'm going to be an architect today" but in fashion, this happens all of the time. As much as I would love the business, I want people to succeed, I want to see them grow, and I want them to reach their goals.
With both start ups and established companies, I am often asked, what is the success rate. For the fashion industry, the odds are definitely against any company due to oversaturation and major barriers to entry in the industry, but a clear indicator is whether the business took the time to do a business plan or not. Yes, the much dreaded business plan! This living document is the one thing that can guide a company to success. However, no business is guaranteed success, a business plan can help address the millions of pitfalls along the way. It is always easy to see who is serious about their business, and the business plan is number one.
Fashion is a unique business platform. It is vital to have talent as a designer, but it is essential to be able to operate a business. Most other industries, it is only necessary to be able to operate a business and no other special skill is needed. This is one area that makes creative fields so complex and difficult to navigate.
It is our mission at Texas Pattern & Sample Services to assist you in reaching your goals, from creating a business plan in the fashion industry, to tech pack development, sample making and more. Many companies do not take the time to ensure your patterns are correct, efficient, or review other details throughout the process. We take a different approach. We work through your project as if it were our own. We look for potential issues, and work to catch mistakes before they become detrimental. As simple as this task is, it isn't common in the industry and we hope to change that. You get to chose how we review your projects, the level of input you prefer and you get constant feedback throughout the process. We intend to change the way sample and grading services are done in the U.S. and provide a viable outlet for major companies to embrace the future of fashion regarding mass customization.
We look forward to building beautiful brands across the globe ~ are you and your company next?