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Dr. Melissa Manuel, founder and host of The Fashion Alumni Podcast interviews successful fashion professionals who share unfiltered insights about their career and experiences in the fashion industry. New Episode every other Thursday.
#careeradvice #inspiration #howtosucceed
Website: FashionAlumni.com
IG: fashionalumnipodcast

The Fashion Alumni Podcast Dr. Melissa Manuel

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Dr. Melissa Manuel, founder and host of The Fashion Alumni Podcast interviews successful fashion professionals who share unfiltered insights about their career and experiences in the fashion industry. New Episode every other Thursday.
#careeradvice #inspiration #howtosucceed
Website: FashionAlumni.com
IG: fashionalumnipodcast

    Ep 69: How to Innovate & Excel Your Business + Mamba Tribute Collection w/Rodnell "Kid" Harris

    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: melissa@fashionalumni.com

    Chicago Playground
    Website: chicago-playgrnd.com
    IG: @chicagoplayground
    IG: @thekid_chicagoplayground

    • 32 min
    Ep. 68 How I Built a Sustainable Luxury Handbag Company From Nothing w/Lisa Pongrass

    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: melissa@fashionalumni.com

    Canvas & Hyde
    Website: Canvasandhyde.com
    IG: @canvasandhyde
    Face Book: Canvas and Hyde

    • 43 min
    Ep. 67 How One Idea Became a Global Fashion Tech Company w/Tara Robinson

    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: melissa@fashionalumni.com

    TracksRacks
    Website: Tracksracks.com
    IG: @tracksracks
    Email: Tara@tracksracks.com

    • 33 min
    Ep.66 A Lawyer's Take on Trademarks, Copyrights, & Contracts to Protect Your Fashion Business

    Ep.66 A Lawyer's Take on Trademarks, Copyrights, & Contracts to Protect Your Fashion Business

    Andrea Sager is a ROCKSTAR lawyer and a former fashion business owner who has a heart for small businesses. She personally knows how to provide legal services to clients in the small business space. In our talk, she shares some helpful tips about trademarks, copyrights, and contracts that you can use to protect your fashion business, your business name, your products & services, and your MONEY! I guarantee this information will help you. Please share this with every small business owner you know!

    Disclaimer: The information provided in this podcast does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information and content available in this podcast are for general informational purposes only.

    To get in touch:
    The Fashion Alumni Podcast
    Website: FashionAlumni.com
    IG: @fashionalumnipodcast
    IG: @drmelissamanuel

    Andrea Sager
    Andrea Sager Law PLLC
    andreasager.com
    IG: andreasagerlaw

    • 24 min
    Ep. 65 Creative Strategies to Keep Your Fashion Business Stable During Covid-19

    Ep. 65 Creative Strategies to Keep Your Fashion Business Stable During Covid-19

    Hi everybody,

    Today I'm taking some time to share creative strategies I believe will help you and your fashion business as we move forward through the Covid-19 pandemic. I'll cover topics including funding, pivoting, business partnerships, and how to connect with your followers. Be sure to share this with your colleagues, friends, and family. Be safe and let's get through this challenging time together.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Melissa Manuel
    Host of the Fashion Alumni Podcast
    www.fashionalumni.com

    • 7 min
    Ep. 64 What Designers Need To Know About Body Shape, Fit, & Sizing Technology w/Kirby Best

    Ep. 64 What Designers Need To Know About Body Shape, Fit, & Sizing Technology w/Kirby Best

    Kirby Best is the Chairman & CEO of OnPoint Manufacturing. His company provides eco-friendly solutions for companies and independent designers who are looking to manufacture apparel products with no minimum order sizes.
    On Point Manufacturing is a comprehensive apparel manufacturer located in Florence, Alabama, USA, offering services from fulfillment to global distribution to consumer-direct shipping.

    • 35 min

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