A notable number of new resources for San Francisco designers and fashion entrepreneurs has arrived on the scene just in time for summer. If you’ve been hoping to brush up on business skills, launch a new line or simply kickstart your motivation in the coming months, you’ll want to know about these new workshops, classes and programs.
Fashion Market SF: The new organization from fashion sales pro Karri Ann Frerichs and marketing expert Leslie Lum brings Bay Area designers a variety of resources, including a workshop series offering line evaluations in small groups of no more than 10. During events, designers will get advice on improving their lookbooks and line sheets, becoming market ready and building their brand through marketing and social media.
California College of the Arts: Designers looking to make their existing labels and businesses more sustainable will find a new offering in San Francisco this summer. The just-launched Fashion Sustainability Workshop Series and Certificate Program is aimed at professionals who want to make positive changes in their production and business models. The series includes discussions, lectures and hands-on projects to help participants develop new methods and solutions with real world applications.
SFMade Week Factory Tours: Because there’s nothing like seeing how it’s done in person, a series of factory tours from this local nonprofit is a must-do for anyone hoping to produce products within city limits. While some of the participants (such as Rickshaw Bagworks) offer tours throughout the year, others in the line-up (Lily Samii and Cayson Culinary, among them) rarely open their doors to the public. Even better, the tours are free and offer a chance to meet and speak to company founders.
Fashion Blogging 101: Coming up in June, SF Indie Fashion founder and editor Lorraine Sanders will lead a one-night session at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. Aimed at designers and small business owners, the evening workshop will offer tips and strategies for building a fashion blog to promote your brand, as well as the many ways existing fashion blogs can help build your brand and business.
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