1.) Do I have to need to draw / sketch to be a designer?

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It is not a requirement to have sketching ability to be a designer. The important thing is that you can translate the ideas that you have in your mind to the people who are going to create the physical product it for you. This can be achieved by a combination of providing sketches, actual garments, photographs that help to explain what you want to achieve.

2.) I want to start a fashion line, how would you recommend that I get started?

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Start with a clear understanding of your product or business idea and your reasons why you are determined to pursue it.  If you have a strong focus on achieving your vision and a strong enough motivation, you will be more likely to overcome the challenges that may arise in the process.

3.) Can I do this on the side? Do I need to quit my job?

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Many times people start businesses because they have lost their job, however In most cases, you can start pursuing your business ideas while still working on your job ,and then eventually transitioning ful time to your business when it can sustain your desired lifestyle.  There are certain activities that may need to be handled during work (or daytime) hours.  If you have some flexibility in your schedule you can do these yourself or you can hire a consultant or assistant to help coordinate those activities during the day and report back to you to follow up on after work. This way things can stil get done and you do not have to be stressed about not fulfilling your day job requirements.

4.) If I am new to the business, do I need to hire a pattern maker, consultant, PR or marketing person, etc.?

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It is definitely beneficial to have some knowledge and education in the industry you are pursuing.  After you take  inventory of the experience of yourself and the people you know, determine what additional expertise is needed to get started with your plan.  Once you know what or who you need, assess your budget and find the first person who is a good match and can help you achieve the most important next step - and get moving today!

5.) How long does it take to develop my line?

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There are many variables to this question:  A few of them are as follows: the number of styles in your line, use of sendouts such as screen printing, embroidery or special washes, type and availability of embelishments, fabric, and trims, where you are developing (locally or overseas) and when the pattern makers and sewing contractors can place you in their schedule, how well your styles are prepared with instructions, specs, and visual references.  If you have everything explained clearly ready to hand off, it is possible to see your first samples in one to three weeks.

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