Taking the etsy taste test and what it can teach you

I’m trying hard to make more of my purchases from independent designers/makers and crafters.
With so many people from across the world supporting my small business I feel I should return the favour as often as I am able.
One of my favorite places to make purchases is etsy. While it can be a treasure trove of wonder it is hard to wade through or the less than inspiring designs and objects for sale.
Recently I have discovered their taste test tool. From a selection of images you select 9 which you like. This then generates into pages of goods for you to peruse.
The first night I did it was a bit dangerous for my bank account as I found this


And after that decided I should look and not buy just yet until I save up a wish list of special items.
Not only is it fun for shopping I think it’s a great way to connect with your target market. Take the test as if you are your target market and see what it suggests. Are there plenty of designers who’s offering is similar to your yours? Are you under or over pricing yourself?
So take the taste test and do some research ….and perhaps some shopping too?

I’m still here

It’s been a busy year! packed so much in and still so much more to do before December.

One of the reasons I’ve been so busy is I’ve gone back to full time work. After many years of working freelance and building my own label an opportunity came up that made me think “I’ll try that!” and so I have been. As with all jobs it has it’s ups and down but I enjoy it, I am learning from it and I still have time to work on my own label. Sadly the biggest downside is that I am neglecting this poor blog.

So I am trying to address that and be here more often. It might be infrequent but I am attempting to get my equilibrium back and share information here to help all of you striking out on your own to start your own labels.

For all those who have gotten in touch to ask for more posts, thank you! I love sharing my knowledge and knowing that it is truly helping people really makes me smile.

Hong Kong Fabric markets – Sham Shui Po

Hong Kong fabric and trims markets is choc o block filled to the rafters with fabrics, zips, buttons, trims and just absolutely everything you think you might need to get garments made.

It also has it’s own wikipedia page see here and a cute write up with fabulous photos was recently posted on the Polkaros blog. Photos from Polkaros

The Sartorialist interview on BigThink

via The Sartorialist

I’ve spoken about The Sartorialist before and while this interview is long (30+ minutes) it’s a good insight into his work.

Head on over to  BigThink to take a look.

Sourcing Fair coming to Sydney

Book it into your diaries now there is a Sourcing Fair coming to Sydney November 22 to 24. So if you are hunting for offshore manufacturers this would be a great place to start.

More details can be found here

T-shirt design competition

Spotted on the Frankie mag blog  in the past few weeks a great t-shirt design competition.

Head on over to ArtPark to get more details on how to get your t-shirt design featured.

Tell a great story it makes your products more interesting

It’s no secret that I love the story behind the creations. The who, the what the when it all makes the product more human and more interesting.

So say your selling t-shirts with logos on them, not a great story you think? Wrong. Take a look at Howies Printshop and how they turn even the most day to day jobs such as printing into fascinating photos that tell a great story.