139 episodes

The fashion industry is brutally competitive...and we're all trying to get ahead. The problem is that everyone's so tight lipped with their strategies and resources. The Successful Fashion Designer is an "all secrets revealed" show by industry expert designer and educator Sew Heidi to help you gain the confidence, skills and insights to make it in a cutthroat market. The show covers topics such as breaking into the industry, getting promotions and raises, launching your own label and becoming a successful freelancer. Every episode is packed full of actionable steps you can implement right away to get ahead. Now.

The Successful Fashion Designer Helping You Get Ahead in Fashion by Sew Heidi

    • Fashion & Beauty

The fashion industry is brutally competitive...and we're all trying to get ahead. The problem is that everyone's so tight lipped with their strategies and resources. The Successful Fashion Designer is an "all secrets revealed" show by industry expert designer and educator Sew Heidi to help you gain the confidence, skills and insights to make it in a cutthroat market. The show covers topics such as breaking into the industry, getting promotions and raises, launching your own label and becoming a successful freelancer. Every episode is packed full of actionable steps you can implement right away to get ahead. Now.

    SFD121 How to be a fashion freelancer (if you don't know anyone in the industry)

    SFD121 How to be a fashion freelancer (if you don't know anyone in the industry)

    Alex is a self-taught freelance technical designer living in Ottawa, Ontario. He didn’t go to fashion school, and he never held a job in the industry. Yet he’s working with small fashion brands, helping them get their ideas into production alongside his full-time job. In this episode, he shares how he managed to carve a spot for himself as a fashion freelancer, and what he’s learned in the process. 
     
    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episodes you love: How to Become a Fashion Freelancer with Heidi & Marissa

    Episodes you love: How to Become a Fashion Freelancer with Heidi & Marissa

    To celebrate the new year, I'm sharing one of our most popular episodes EVER. Whether you caught this one the first time or it's new to you, listen for tons of practical advice from two 6+ figure fashion freelancers!

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episodes you love: This 76 Year Old Worked in the NYC Fashion Industry since the 60's. Here's her story.

    Episodes you love: This 76 Year Old Worked in the NYC Fashion Industry since the 60's. Here's her story.

    Since it's a holiday week here in the US, I'm sharing one of my favorite podcast episodes! Judy Karp worked in the NYC Fashion Industry since the 60's. This is her story.

    • 1 hr
    SFD120 How this accountant launched a handbag brand (with no experience or money)

    SFD120 How this accountant launched a handbag brand (with no experience or money)

    Have you ever found yourself sitting at your day job, feeling like something is missing? Have you always been full of ideas, daydreaming about a more creative life? My guest on this episode, Tara, pursued an accounting career for stability. But she could never shake the creative ideas that came to her, tempting her to explore something new. When one of those ideas led her to sew a purse, the result inspired an entire line of handbags and a successful brand Tara is proud to call her own. 

    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episodes you love: This Dirndl Designer Grew a BIG Fashion Brand with a TINY Niche

    Episodes you love: This Dirndl Designer Grew a BIG Fashion Brand with a TINY Niche

    Since it's Thanksgiving week here in the US, I'm sharing one of my favorite episodes from this past year. It's my interview with Erika Neumayer of Rare Dirndl. She's build a successful brand with a tiny niche, and she shares tons of actionable tips on how she did it. For the full show notes and links, head over to Successful Fashion Designer. 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    SFD119 How to advance your fashion design career (from assistant to director)

    SFD119 How to advance your fashion design career (from assistant to director)

    Oni Auer is a design director and fashion career mentor in NYC. She got started in fashion by scoring a position with BCBG when she was a mere 18 years old. She had an associates degree, but no industry connections or advantages to help her get ahead. Since then she has worked with a huge variety of companies including Bebe and UnderArmour. In the interview, she shares the skills and strategies she used to launch her career, keep working through the recession, and advance herself to design director, in the category she wanted most, at a company she loves to work for. 

    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 1 hr

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