More statistics about Fashion Business

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ImageHey girls,

Today I was researching about average payments regarding the fashion business. No, I won`t ask for a raise, I just thought it could be a good idea to check it out.

The best site I found about it was http://www.bls.gov of the US government`s labor department. Here are some cool facts I found there:

Fashion designers held about 22,700 jobs in 2008. About 31 percent of fashion designers worked for apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers; and 13 percent worked for apparel manufacturers. Many others were self employed.

Employment of fashion designers tends to be concentrated in regional fashion centers. In 2008, the highest numbers of fashion designers were employed in New York and California.”

Median annual wages for salaried fashion designers were $61,160 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $42,150 and $87,120. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,150, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $124,780. Median annual wages of salaried fashion designers in the largest industries that employed them in May 2008 were:

Management of companies and enterprises $72,560
Cut and sew apparel manufacturing 66,000
Apparel, piece goods, and notions merchant wholesalers 61,600
Specialized design services 59,560

Earnings in fashion design can vary widely based on the employer and years of experience. Starting salaries in fashion design tend to be very low until designers are established in this occupation. Salaried fashion designers usually earn higher and more stable incomes than self-employed or freelance designers. However, a few of the most successful self-employed fashion designers may earn many times the salary of the highest paid salaried designers. Self-employed fashion designers must provide their own benefits and retirement.”

What do you think about it? Is it correct? Or… is it fair enough? 😉

XOXO,

Ten Thousand. I mean: 10,000 visitors in four months blogging.

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I’d like to thank every single visitor of the blog for the sensational 10,000 visits so far.

It’s been a great period for me, having worked a lot with my dream (fashion, you know 😉 ) and having shared and learned so much with you girls.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words, but the learning process of “being here” is great. I really feel at home with all the comments and all the reading of so much great blogs, apps, sites and brands… summarizing: luv being here.

I really hope to bring a new perspective to this little word.

XOXO,

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Get inspired: Project New York

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Although it’s a little… last season (okay, maybe last last season), this is a great video of “Project”. What’s Project? In their very own words: “PROJECT brings together some of the leading brands and people from the fashion industry to deliver an incredible experience of culture, community and togetherness.

The stories being told are a direct reflection of the current state of the fashion industry and how the landscape is evolving. Each brand is showcased with its own distinct point of view coming together to make PROJECT New York.

This video highlights some of the great initiatives that happened in New York City at PROJECT. The Blogger PROJECT curated by Marcus Troy, the Splashlight Pop Up Studio, the Blind Barber Experience and the MADE by PROJECT.”

You should really really get to know this… PROJECT 😉

XOXO,

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Fashion History and Future

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Hard to say when the inspirational process of drawings and sketches will be all done by a computer, as it happens in many other markets, even the most creative ones such as music but this video has a great historic perspective of fashion design and it’s short. Recommended! 🙂

Fashion Industry Facts

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I got this from www.statisticbrain.com and Id ask some of these numbers in a job interview 😉 so take a note girls. The most impressive stats for me was the $ 250 B spent per year in the US.

NOTE: Although the studies are referred to the University of Delaware, I found it curiously wrong that the annual revenue of the industry is less than a tenth of American spent on fashion, these numbers don’t make sense to me. At all. They must have different sources.

Demographic Percent Success
Number of Fashion Designer Jobs Held in 2006 20,000
Median Annual Earnings for salaried fashion Designers $62,610
Number of people employed in the fashion industry 4 Million
Amount spent on fashion in the U.S. each year $250 Billion
Annual fashion industry revenue $20 Billion

Lovely vintage inspirations from jwthibideaux

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A few days ago I made a huge mistake using a photo from a website and forgetting to mention it. Saying I’m sorry for this wouldn’t be fair enough, so I decided to write a few notes about a great site, that helps me with a lot of inspirational pictures. I’m talking about jwthibideaux blog (link here).

You’ll find great pictures of vintage sewing patterns that looks so… actual! I think that internet should be more often used as a resource for remembering great things that were left in the past and that’s a great example of a very useful blog.

Well, I hope you luuuuv it as much as I do.

Best and peace,

XOXO

 

 

The History of Fashion Week in graphics

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This one I found at the great website www.ustrendy.com – you should really consider visiting it. “This infographic titled “Fashion Week Timeline, Trends, Treasures and Trash” looks at the history of New York Fashion Week and where it all began. See which trends bombed and which styles defined their decade. Discover the worst fashion faux pas of all time and discover how much do the models actually weighed.” LUVED IT!

for a girl like me

It’s now decided. I’ve taken the decision to approach for that job opportunity I mentioned two posts ago and (hopefully ) get the opportunity to work as an intern to a fashion company.

For the ones who are not familiar with the story, I was forced to move (LOL) to another city to follow my fiancé, future husband, father of my children (and currently my personal “messy-maker”) and I decided to change from a good career in a services company to a career that would change my world, turn me around and make me truly happy (okay, this phrase was kinda naive, sorry girls!).

Only a week later, as if it was magic, I met someone in a trip and she is the owner of a cool fashion company (small, but still pretty cool) and she asked me if I knew anyone for a season job in her marketing functions…

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Polyvore receives extra $ 14 m from investors and prepares news

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Polyvore, a DIY look website, has received extra $14 million from investors to reach higher goals in a more-than-expressive fashion tendency.

The site gets more than 12 million unique visitors a month, according to reliable web information and features more than a million “sets” every single month. The investors must have had their attention thrown to the company after some successful actions with premiere brands such as Lancôme.

The former co-founder and CEO Pasha Sadri will now be company’s CTO (chief technology officer, girls!) while the company will bring a fresh face to run the site, Jess Lee who was already employed there.

The site’s investors are, for instance DAG Ventures, Goldman Sachs and Vivi Nevo (new ones) – Benchmark Capital and Matrix Partners (continuing).

From wwd.com, we may have an idea of some of the news: “Polyvore, the online fashion community, has partnered with CoverGirl to launch ‘Polyvore Live,’ a fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that will showcase the collections of four alumni from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

The show will take place on Monday, Feb. 13 at La.Venue and will be live-streamed online at Polyvore.com. Prominent fashion bloggers — to be revealed on Polyvore.com one week before the show — will walk the catwalk.

FIT’s four emerging designers — Dana-Maxx Pomerantz, Lauren Bagliore, Sergio Guadarrama and Vengsarkar “Ven” Budhu — were chosen by the Polyvore community from a group of FIT alumni who submitted designs.”

I brought up the subject to here to call the attention for a simple, well-made idea that turned out to be, well, BIG, in my humble opinion. I’d LUV to run a multi-million dollar company IN fashion. What about you?

Best,

XOXO