Industry expert in apparel product development for Klein, Lagerfeld and Hilfiger, author of 'Blue is The New Black - Fashion Startup task master, strategy builder, sourcing genius, lecturer, mentor.
From creating a line to build a successful time & action calendar, there are multiple processes to consider. I will walk you through them all to success.
Sourcing raw materials and a manufacturer can be challenging especially when it comes to timing and terminology. I have experience with partnership creation and management of fabric and trim companies as well as building sourcing strategies for small start ups and large international brands.
I have over 25 years experience of all aspects of the fashion industry including retail, wholesale, mass customisation and catwalk. From design management and product development, I will help you realise your vision.
Whilst you are understanding the costs, timelines and quantities, I'd look at all your options as you've listed. I agree with Debbie's suggestion.
Best to get a wide mix of prices and options and then focus in.
Was nice talking to Susie - great info, and she did some thinking regarding our questions in advance. Very valuable!
Susie was very helpful in helping me get a better understanding of the direction I wish to take the brand. I highly recommend her book Blue is the New Black, a great insight for any brand.
Great to talk to Susie, she's very helpful and friendly!
Amazing call! Susie's advice and expertise gave me great insight and direction on further growing my fashion line. Definitely will give her another call soon!
Simply Brilliant!! Had an awesome visit with Susie. She was incredibly friendly and helpful. Gave me some excellent advice on manufacturing and was able to guide me in the right direction regarding design work. Worth every dime!
Great knowledge of fashion industry and product strategy. Walked away with a list of actionables! Thanks Susie
Susie is a rock. She will take on an impossible project and cut it up into manageable chucks and then make it happen. Susie was a joy to work with and a constant source of good advice and encouragement. If you get a chance to working with her, then grab it, it will be rewarding.
In the five years that I have known her, Susie has demonstrated a rare level of both personal and professional commitment to her work. She dedicates her considerable experience and expertise wholeheartedly to the task or project at hand, and works tirelessly to see it completed. By marshalling her significant skills in critical thinking, time management, communication (both written and verbal), and planning, Susie is able to develop a clear strategy for successfully completing even the most complex of projects. Her work ethic is remarkable, and I have seldom had the pleasure of working with someone so fiercely driven to not just doing the necessary work, but doing it well and far beyond expectations.
In AMFI we use Susie's book ' Blue is the new Black' as a key text book in the theoretical backbone of our first year. Susie has a wide experience and practical knowledge of the fashion industry which she has reflected upon and unpacked to create this very useful step by step guide of the industry. Susie has also been very active and supportive in the development of and the integration of her book into our course, and makes time once a year to visit our first year students to introduce them to her book.
Susie is a fantastic speaker and a great resource for anyone in the apparel industry, but particularly for those seeking more information on developing a line / brand and what that entails.
Her session at our Redress Eco-fashion and Textiles Conference was raved about by several of the attendees and they greatly appreciated her insights and ability to distill a lot of information in an engaging and understandable manner. In addition, after reading her book Blue is the New Black, I continue to highly recommend it to emerging designers as an essential handbook for product development due to the well-written format and great stories it details.
Susie is a fabulous teacher and accessible expert who is truly passionate about working with new businesses and product development in particular. I have greatly enjoyed working with her in the past and look forward to future collaborations!
I worked with Susie for 6 months at Calvin Klein Europe. Susie is very hands on with a no nonsense, pragmatic approach. Amazing people person skills with the ability to motivate others when the pressure is on. Susie is very well respected both internally and externally. An inspirational example of how to build and maintain professional relationships. I would welcome another opportunity to work with Susie in the future.