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The Fashion Alumni Podcast
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep 69: How to Innovate & Excel Your Business + Mamba Tribute Collection w/Rodnell "Kid" Harris
For 14 years, Kid has been making major moves as a fashion artist and as an entrepreneur. His company, Chicago Playground is well-known for creating CUSTOM artistic conversation pieces in the form of varsity jackets, cardigans, hoodies, and tees. Each art piece is extraordinary and can speak for itself. In our conversation, Kid gives insight on how he has honed his passion for innovation to grow his company. And he also shares how you can create a plan to excel your business. The most pivotal part of our conversation was how Kid is using his art to create a legacy. If you need and want some inspiration that can take your business to the next level, PRESS PLAY! Let's connect: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chicago Playground Website: chicago-playgrnd.com IG: @chicagoplayground IG: @thekid_chicagoplayground
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep. 68 How I Built a Sustainable Luxury Handbag Company From Nothing w/Lisa Pongrass
Lisa Pongrass, an Australian native, began her luxury handbag business out of necessity and passion. Lisa had no formal training in fashion and knew nothing about the handbag business. But, her grit and tenacity birthed a company that Lisa is exceptionally proud to call her own. In our talk, you’ll learn how Lisa started Canvas and Hyde from nothing, her passion for American-made quality craftsmanship, and the intricacies of 100% hand-constructed design. You’ll also learn how Canvas & Hyde sources the finest leathers and hides from around the world in the most ethical and sustainable ways and Ohhh, so much more! Let's connect: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel Email: email@example.com Canvas & Hyde Website: Canvasandhyde.com IG: @canvasandhyde Face Book: Canvas and Hyde
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 67 How One Idea Became a Global Fashion Tech Company w/Tara Robinson
Tara Robinson, Founder & Owner of TracksRacks is doing trend-setting work in fashion tech. This New York- based company has taken the guesswork out of sample management for fashion companies, world-wide. TracksRacks is providing a needs-based solution for companies who loan valuable fashion goods to be used for promotions, photo shoots, celebrity fittings, fashion shows, press releases and so much more! In our interview Tara tells us what it took to get her business started, how fashion tech works in sample management, how companies can benefit by using the TracksRacks app and the web-based, mobile-accessible service to ensure their samples can be tracked at any time from any place! To get in touch: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG:@fashionalumnipodcast IG:@drmelissamanuel Email: firstname.lastname@example.org TracksRacks Website: Tracksracks.com IG: @tracksracks Email: Tara@tracksracks.com
26 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 63 The Inside Scoop on Fashion Public Relations and How You Can Do It Well w/Crosby Noricks
On today's episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Crosby Noricks. She's a digital marketing strategist, writer, founder of PR Couture and Lecturer in the Journalism/Media Studies Department at San Diego State University. In our conversation, Crosby shares what led her to a career in Fashion PR, the evolution of her career, and some of the pivotal lessons she's learned along the way. Crosby is a dynamic instructor & mentor who helps Fashion PR professionals take their careers to the next level of success. If you want to know what a Fashion PR expert does and how to do it well, PRESS PLAY! To learn more about Crosby, visit crosbynoricks.com Get your FREE DOWNLOAD "3 Tips to Consider Before Launching Your Fashion Brand" on www.fashionalumni.com
29 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 59: The Only App That Connects The Entire Fashion Industry w/Sarah Houston
Sarah Houston is a dynamic creative. With her experience as a fashion insider, fueled by her formal fashion education and her working career in the industry, Sarah noticed a missing link. Professionals in the fashion industry did not have a direct way to connect and collaborate. Her desire to solve this issue resulted in the Fashion Space app. This app has been developed as a one-stop shop for the fashion industry. Listen in as Sarah tells us how Fashion Space works and how it can help you. To get in touch: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel To sign up for Fashion Space: www.thefashionspace.com
41 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 58 How to Get Everything You Want In Your Fashion Career w/Germaine Claytor
Germaine Claytor, is the founder of Simplicity Styles, New Jersey, and a graduate of the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy in New York City. Germaine has found a way to get everything she has ever dreamed of in her fashion career. Her proven approach for attaining these opportunities work for her... Every. Single.Time! The best part is...you can do it too. In Episode 58 of the Fashion Alumni Podcast, Germaine tells how she built her diversified fashion styling company, how she helps her unique clientele, and how she books large production events, and more. In this episode, you’ll hear gems that will help you take your business to the next level! To get in touch: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel
30 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 56: Expert Marketing Tips For Independent Fashion Brands w/Sharon Hughes
Independent fashion brands with minimal time and minimal budgets will benefit from the strategies Sharon Hughes shares for incorporating a digital marketing strategy into your small business. If you’ve been waiting for a quick guide to best practices that can and will work for you; it is here. Now’s the time to pick up the pace and tell your story so that people know who you are. With over 18 years of experience working in fashion marketing management for InStyle Magazine UK, Macy’s Inc, Lori’s Shoes, Limited Brands and Chanel.com, you can’t afford to miss Sharon’s expert tips. Press Play! To get in touch: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel Sharon N. Hughes Website: www.theartsyinstitute.com IG: @theartsyinstitute LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharonnhughes/
34 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 55: How Small Fashion Brands Can Use Big Data to Get Ahead w/Lisa Morales-Hellebo
My guest, Lisa Morales-Hellebo is co-founder of the Worldwide Supply Chain Federation & the New York Supply Chain Meetup. She has in-depth knowledge of data science and the roles innovative technologies will play in fashion's future. In our talk today, Lisa explains how independent designers and small brands can be pioneers, in their respective niches, by identifying ways to leverage these new technologies to create customized on-demand products. To get in touch: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel Lisa Morales-Hellebo Website: www.lisahellebo.com IG: @lisahellebo
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 54: Helping Creative Entrepreneurs Get Noticed w/Chris McKenzie, Buyer for Nubian Hueman
Nubian Hueman, a DC-based lifestyle brand, is well beyond the definition of the traditional lifestyle brand. This company builds and nurtures relationships with global talent and promotes the artistic wares made by people of color from around the world. Nubian Hueman also supports ethical supply chains and fair trade. In my conversation with Chris McKenzie, buyer for Nubian Hueman, she gives us an introspective glimpse into her role as she works with creative entrepreneurs to prepare their products for retail; some for their very first time. In our talk, Chris explains how her career path led her to Nubian Hueman. She also shares how the Nubian Hueman team provides a platform to help other creative entrepreneurs find their paths as well. To get in touch: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel Chris McKenzie Website: https://nubianhueman.com IG: @xian_mckenzie IG: @nubianhueman IG: @blackloveexperience
23 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 51: How To Bring Your Fashion Idea To Life w/Angela Wang, Founder of Origamei Foldwear
Angela Wang is an experienced product designer turned fashion entrepreneur who has a knack for finding creative solutions. When work and travel kept Angela constantly on the go, she decided that she would create a solution that would help her travel extremely light, even for extended stays. Armed with ingenuity, product design knowledge, and the will to solve her packing problem, Angela sewed her first mock-up for a foldable garment that could be clipped on to a backpack or even carried as a clutch. After multiple sketches, more mock-ups, and product testing, Origamei was born. In our interview, Angela tells about her process from concept to production. If you have a witty & profitable idea that you want to get off the ground or know someone who does; you need to hear Angela’s story. Sincerely, Dr. Melissa Manuel, Host of The Fashion Alumni Podcast To get in touch: The Fashion Alumni Podcast Website: FashionAlumni.com IG: @fashionalumnipodcast IG: @drmelissamanuel Angela Wang Website: https://origamei.com IG: @theorigamei IG: @angewange
10 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 47: How to Get Everything You Want In Life & Business by Dr. Melissa Manuel
As entrepreneurs, there are times when it seems that everyone is winning, but you. That's a scary time, because you start to question your skills, your choices, and your future. The pressure of feeling behind can be daunting, and the hope of getting what you want in life & business can seem out of reach; but there is hope! In this episode, I share 4 strategies that will help you overcome that feeling of overwhelm and get you back on track. You're not alone. I invite you join the Fashion Alumni community via our mailing list so that we can stay connected. I want you to receive the encouragement and the support that you need. Website: www.fashionalumni.com Also, please share this episode with other entrepreneurs who need support.
32 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 43: Ontavia Roulette, An American Couturier: "How Creative Artistry Became My Business"
Ontavia Roulette is an American Couturier whose personality is magnetic. That same magnetism exudes from each piece of couture wear she designs. Armed with skill, grit, and a bit of whimsy, Ontavia set out years ago to turn her empty garage into a master design studio to launch her own fashion brand. And she did just that. But, she didn't start out in fashion; far from it. Ontavia was an opera singer trained by some of the greats and also worked for one of fastest growing company's in America. But, even as her career blossomed, she was still being wooed by fashion's call. Wanna know how she made her career transition to fashion? Well, you'll just have to listen to our talk to find out. Get ready to learn some expert entrepreneurial tips on following your passion, finding your focus, building your team, and creating opportunities for your brand to get noticed. Press play! Connect with Ontavia Roulette: IG: @rouletteont Website: www.ontaviaroulette.com Connect with Fashion Alumni IG: @fashionalumnipodcast Website: www.fashionalumni.com
33 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep. 41: How To Tell Your Story & Define Your Unique Brand Identity w/DeMisha Burks
Jay DeMari is more than just a name, it’s a brand with a unique identity. It's a brand with a message to share. Jay DeMari is the namesake of a mother's son, a mother’s dream realized, and a mother’s legacy. DeMisha Burks has loved the creative nature of the fashion industry from the very beginning. She dreamed of walking the runway as a high-fashion model, but her hopes were dashed by industry height standards & expectations; which eventually led to her own self-doubt. After years of listening to what others had to say about her future, DeMisha finally decided enough was enough! No more conformity, no more blending in, and no more reflecting someone else’s expectations. She knew that she had a unique message to share with the world. And she decided to begin spreading the word by creating an online clothing brand, Jay DeMari, named after her son. She was clear that she wanted her brand to be an online commerce boutique with a global presence. DeMisha's message to young people all over the world is that your identity is unique. Your uniqueness is powerful. And never allow anyone to tell you any different. What I learned from my talk with DeMisha is that, it’s time for each one of us to find our own voice, connect with like minds, honor our gifts, ignore the haters, put in the real work, and leave the rest in God’s hands. Listen to our interview and be encouraged. Connect with Jay DeMari: Website: www.jaydemari.com IG @jaydemari Connect with Fashion Alumni: Website: www.fashionalumni.com Email: email@example.com Facebook: @fashionalumni Instagram: @fashionalumnipodcast Twitter: @fashion_alumni
51 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 34: "How I Built an International Swimwear & Resort Brand" with Kristin Frazer of Trèfle Designs
Kristin Frazer is a third generation designer who lives on the beautiful island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Kristin is the epitome of positivity. Her brand Trèfle Designs, with its beautifully aesthetic prints, shares that same radiant personality. Trèfle Designs has found international acclaim, being featured in magazines such as Martha Stewart, Marie Claire, Ebony, and Essence. Kristin’s designs have also been worn by celebrities such as Beyoncé, along with her daughter, Blue Ivy, and recording artist Chrisette Michele. Kristin launched the Trèfle brand in 2008 as a fashion forward and color-rich swimwear line for women. In the last 10 years, she’s expanded the Trèfle brand to include kids swimwear, women’s resort wear, and most recently Kristin has partnered with the U.S. company, Otterbox, to bring her beautiful tropical prints to the phone accessories industry. Listen as Kristin shares how she has created and maintained a successful design business for 10 years through good times and even through the devastating blow of Hurricane Irma. You’ll be inspired! Website: https://www.trefledesigns.com IG: @trefledesigns
34 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 28: PUR Cosmetics Retail Account Executive, Ashley Reed, Shares How To Get A Job In Beauty Buying
Ashley Reed is a highly-skilled and personable retail account executive for Pur Cosmetics. In this episode, Ashley talks directly to college students and graduates about what skills are needed for positions in corporate beauty buying. She also shares her career journey from her first internship to her current executive position. Ashley gives solid advice for anyone serious about finding their way in the world of retail buying.
39 minutes | 3 years ago
Ep 20:Tyler Perry Studios Film Costumer Tells How Modeling Trained Her Eye For Creative Storytelling
Tonya Faulkenberry, film costumer for Tyler Perry Studios, has a unique eye for artistic storytelling. She is able to make clothing come alive to tell the stories of characters on film and models on editorial shoots. She credits her years of professional modeling experience, networking, and pure instinct for her success. In this episode, Tonya shares insider information about the job of film costuming and what its like being on set. She also shares how she developed her unique styling perspective for editorial styling, as well as, advice for those looking to do the same. Check it out!
25 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 13: Homeless to Hollywood:The Fearless Journey of Celebrity Publicist&Entrepreneur Arian Simone
Arian Simone is no stranger to hard work and hustle. After moving across the country to take a job after college and losing that job after only 30 days, she found herself homeless. But, that wasn't the end of her story, it was only the beginning! You don't want to miss this!
17 minutes | 4 years ago
Ep 9: How to Get Unstuck and Make Your Fashion Dreams A Reality
On today's podcast Dr. Melissa Manuel shares her wisdom on how to get unstuck! There are so many dreamers who just need an extra push to launch their careers and/or their brands. Just listen and you'll learn how to identify your dream, clarify your dream, and how to put your dream in motion. This is epic!
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