If you find yourself asking question after question about the fashion calendar, the cycle of production and trade shows then undoubtedly you may need a fashion mentor. But the question remains how to find a fashion mentor? And how to find the right one for your business and stage as an entrepreneur?
First, take stock of what you do know. Create a big long list of what interests you in the fashion industry. Don't forget to include any work experiences you've had, an special training, and add family insights. As an example, if you grew up in a household where your father worked in wholesale sales...even if it was not a fashion industry brand chances are you understand something about sales and something about working between vendors and retail or end distributors.
Second. Next to each of these items, create a ranking for yourself. I find a scale of 1 - 5 should be sufficient. And rank if you are an expert (1) or more or less a consumer (5) with your knowledge about this subject. I find that often many people feel they are social media experts because they have a lot of accounts, maybe their own blog or are members of a few Facebook groups. But if you are not using this for business then I'd rank yourself as a 5. You know how to log in and post, but not strategically for your brand or any business.
Third. Talk to fashion mentors. Hire us, even for a short burst of time to see if we are the right one for you. In 2016 I am holding all-day work sessions for fashion entrepreneurs. This way you can get a pretty intensive business planning day for yourself, and see if working with me is right for you. Check out the January 2016 Business Planning Intensives in New York City, Shanghai and Paris.
This year Pattern to Plan is also thrilled to be the chosen mentor to The Future of Fashion program. Starting with 30 emerging talents in accessories and fashion from our friends at Not Just A Label, these international designers are offered trade show booth space in Paris at Who's Next/ Premiere Classe.