Fashion businesses can learn this from Alcohol brands…

Drinking alcohol leads to a state of intoxication, no matter what type of alcohol you drink this will be the most likely outcome. This is the function of the product of alcohol. Alcohol brands do not however, focus on this simple fact when selling to consumers. They know how to differentiate and define their uniqueness by paying attention and tuning into their consumers’ behaviour. By … Continue reading Fashion businesses can learn this from Alcohol brands…

A few of my favourite OOTD from Grammy’s 2017

Here are my thoughts on outfits worn to the Grammy’s 2017… There’s something ‘bajan’ about this look – could be the bright orange crop top with halter neckline or perhaps its pairing with the elaborate ruffled skirt with all it’s glorious pleats in black? The perfect mix of glam and fun, much like the singer herself. The only comment I have for this dress is “But … Continue reading A few of my favourite OOTD from Grammy’s 2017

What’s your customer’s psyche?

Nina Simone is one of my favourite musical artists. I love one song in particular called ‘Don’t let me be misunderstood’ where she so beautifully croons ‘… I’m just a soul whose intentions are good…Oh Lord; please don’t let me be misunderstood’. As a consumer, it sucks being seemingly misunderstood as we all would like to be treated with respect, regardless of our class, age … Continue reading What’s your customer’s psyche?

Is your fashion store a hit or a miss?

Ever experienced that frustrating moment during shopping when you simply cannot find what you’re searching for? You end up going from store to store in what seems to be a desert made up of every item except the one thing you need or want. I’ve experienced this phenomenon one too many times and I’m sure I’m not the only one. As a fashion business owner, … Continue reading Is your fashion store a hit or a miss?

Star Gazing: Golden Globe Awards ’17

  Actors have one of the best jobs on the planet – their work is play and their play is glamorous, such as the annual award shows. Here’s a list of my favourite looks from the Golden Globe Awards of 2017. THE “Cutest” look: Millie Bobby Brown looks like she’s stepped out from under a magical waterfall made of diamond showers in this Jenny Packham … Continue reading Star Gazing: Golden Globe Awards ’17

STRUGGLING TO FIND LOYAL CUSTOMERS AS A LOCAL DESIGNER?

Local fashion designers often complain that South Africans do not support local fashion and would rather opt for luxury international brands such as Louis Vuitton once they’ve ‘made it’. On the other end of the scale, there’s also an increasing amount of competition from popular fashion brands such as H&M, Cotton ON and Zara which offer cheaper stylish options that locals rush to get at every chance … Continue reading STRUGGLING TO FIND LOYAL CUSTOMERS AS A LOCAL DESIGNER?

Struggling to find loyal customers as a local designer?

Local fashion designers often complain that South Africans do not support local fashion and would rather opt for luxury international brands such as Louis Vuitton once they’ve ‘made it’. On the other end of the scale, there’s also an increasing amount of competition from popular fashion brands such as H&M, Cotton ON and Zara which offer cheaper stylish options that locals rush to get at every chance … Continue reading Struggling to find loyal customers as a local designer?

Aligning Personal and Business Values: Sophia Amaruso & NastyGal

Last week I discussed three benefits of knowing your personal values as a business owner. This week’s blog post shows an example of aligning your personal and business values.  Sophia Amaruso is founder of Nasty Gal, a women’s fashion retailer, which she started 10 years ago at the age of 22 years. The company specialises in fashion for young women boasting more than half a million … Continue reading Aligning Personal and Business Values: Sophia Amaruso & NastyGal

Off The Tar Tips for running a successful fashion business: Three benefits of defining your personal values

It’s highly important to define what your values are as a business owner, or an aspiring business owner. Not being aware of what your personal values are can lead to a failing fashion business. Here are three reasons why I say that. Firstly, your personal values are a definition of what you find important, and hence will be guidance for determining your quality of life. … Continue reading Off The Tar Tips for running a successful fashion business: Three benefits of defining your personal values

My favourite AW17 SA Fashion Week Looks

Between Day 1 and Day 3 of South African Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection, these three designers are my favourite: Sun Goddess, Gert-Johan Coetzee and Somerset-Jane… The couple behind the label Sun Goddess aim to capture a regal Africa in their designs that celebrates South African heritage. Their 2017 AW collection presents some great options for the elegant, sophisticated and grounded woman needing to dress up … Continue reading My favourite AW17 SA Fashion Week Looks