127 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
    • 4.9, 210 Ratings

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.

    SFD112 How to launch a shoe brand without any fashion experience

    SFD112 How to launch a shoe brand without any fashion experience

    Not all successful fashion designers go to fashion school. Lila Stewart used to do marketing in the music industry, and her husband Jeremy was a political consultant. But when they decided they wanted to start a business with philanthropy at its heart, they found themselves entering the fashion industry with zero experience. In this episode of the SFD podcast, Lila tells the story of how they built HariMari shoes from the ground up. From completely unknown to being carried in every Nordstrom’s in the US, Lila and Jeremy have learned so much about what it takes to launch a fashion brand when you have no experience in the industry. 

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

    • 54 min
    SFD111 How to get a fashion design internship right after high school

    SFD111 How to get a fashion design internship right after high school

    Like many people working in the industry, Emilee Goff always knew she wanted to go into fashion. But when she managed to score an internship with Scott Sports right after she finished high school, Emilee’s career trajectory changed in ways she never imagined. In this episode of the SFD podcast, she shares what she’s learned along the way.
     
    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 55 min
    SFD110 How to break into fashion design without going to fashion school

    SFD110 How to break into fashion design without going to fashion school

    Selena Leong has worked her way up from production associate, to product development, to technical design, to apparel design. Along the way she’s worked with brands on both coasts including Aeropostale, Forever 21, and even Ralph Lauren. And she did it all without ever going to fashion school. 

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

    • 1 hr 10 min
    SFD109 How to Get Your Designs into Production with The Chicago Patternmaker

    SFD109 How to Get Your Designs into Production with The Chicago Patternmaker

    If you want to see your garments and accessories in the hands of more than just a few customers, you need to understand how to get your fashion designs into production. On this episode of the Successful Fashion Designer podcast, patternmaker and designer Xochil Herrera Scheer of The Chicago Patternmaker draws on over a decade of experience to share what she’s learned about factories, production, and bringing your designs to life!

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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    SFD108 How to Become a Senior Fashion Designer by Age 27

    SFD108 How to Become a Senior Fashion Designer by Age 27

    Note: This episode was recorded several months ago, before the influx of major current events took over our collective awareness. While we know how seriously these issues are affecting the fashion industry and our individual listeners, we hope that you enjoy this break for a bit of normalcy.
    From internship to senior designer by the time she was 27? Outdoor and motorcyle apparel designer Kelsey Runge did it, and in this episode of the SFD podcast, she shares exactly what she’s done to design her perfect career. She says she’s had a lot of luck, but it took a ton of work and smart moves to get her where she is today.
     
    For the complete show notes, including links to the resources mentioned, head over to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    SFD107 What to include in a freelance fashion designer contract

    SFD107 What to include in a freelance fashion designer contract

    Do you really need a contract as a freelance fashion designer? What should your contract include? On this episode of the SFD Podcast, you’ll hear from small business attorney Andrea Sager on contracts, design ownership, payment disputes, and the best ways to protect yourself and your assets as a freelance fashion designer. For the complete show notes, head to Successful Fashion Designer!

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

CRBV87 ,

Amazing content for free

I love this podcast and I have learnt so much from it, from understanding what’s possible to achieve as a fashion freelancer designer to any technicalities such as contracts, details of the production process, etc. I have also purchased her course and I think all she gives is extremely valuable and very fairly priced.

Kay hof ,

Amazing

Heidi is amazing and knows just how to get good info from the really knowledgeable guests on the show. I am only 20 episodes in and I have learned so much, I've even recommended episodes to some of my freelance clients who are new to the industry so they can get a better understanding of manufacturing processes. Insanely valuable. I wish I knew about it sooner.

Schumann woman ,

My Next Education

I cannot put into words how helpful Sew Heidi is. I never even knew there was such a thing as freealncing in fashion (and I went to a major fashion school). THANK YOU for getting down to the nitty gritty, the step by step, the practical processes of becoming successful in our own paths. THANK YOU SEW HEIDI!

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