[ASK TBM] Starting a Clothing Business? Here’s What You Need to Know to be Successful
Given the competitive market, the fashion industry can be daunting. With that, we asked Arnie Tadeo, the owner of Callelily, for tips on how to start your own clothing business.
How often do you shop online? According to a 2023 survey conducted by Statista, 24.83% of respondents said that they make online purchases at least once a month. 9.25% of respondents said they shop online at least once a week, while 2.57% said that they shop online daily.
Given the rise of e-commerce during the pandemic, it is no surprise that many entrepreneurs have started just as many online businesses—most especially in the fashion industry. After all, there will always be a demand for clothes, which many new and old entrepreneurs can take advantage of.
However, starting a clothing business is definitely not a walk in the park. There are fabrics to consider, along with finding the right seamstresses and marketing the products, among many other considerations. What's more, growing competition and fast-changing trends are challenges faced by many in the fashion industry.
Tips and insights are always helpful for any entrepreneur, which is why we asked Arnie Tadeo—the owner of Callelily—to share her journey and experiences in starting her clothing business.
Were you always knowledgeable about fabrics and fashion? How were you able to acquire the knowledge and skills related to your product?
No, I didn't have extensive knowledge about fabrics and fashion when I started my business. However, I had a deep passion for fashion and a keen interest in learning and exploring the industry. To acquire the necessary knowledge and skills related to my product, I took proactive steps to educate myself through various resources.
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