February, 2011

Feb 11

It’s Official – 11 Low Cost or Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

When our friend Erica of SAVE THE GARMENT CENTER asked if wecould recommend some resources for a friend of hers that is starting a non-apparel business, we thought we should take a page from our mentor and top blogger and we thought we should take a page from our mentor and top blogger Chris Brogan and turn our response into a post.   Reading and observing Chris has helped us navigate and understand both the etiquette and mechanics of inbound marketing and social media.

  • 1.  Recently, Chris has launched Kitchen table companies, an online community for entrepreneurs.  This would be an ideal place to find like-minded folks as well as accountability buddies.

  • 2. & 3. Last week, we had the great fortune to be inspired at a mentoring event hosted by the Tory Burch Foundation.  The foundation has been established to provide economic opportunities to women and their families in the United States.  The foundation has partnered with ACCION USA, a leading micro lender.  Tory, is a study in grace.

  • 4. & 5. For a comprehensive understanding on the framework of business and help with the dreaded business plan, the FAST TRACK Program by the Levin Institute is like a mini MBA.  For manufacturing and technology ITAC is a nonprofit consulting and training organization.

  • 6. Thanks to Sarah (from Jumpstart), we now know far more about the breadth and depth of the resources available at  The Science and Business Library. It is a premier public business library for both research and education.

  • 7. Ulas at The Small Business Development Center at Baruch College has been and continues to be a great sounding board and a reality check for us.  Find yourself an Ulas!

  • 8. For access to experienced professionals who are looking to explore new opportunities, JUMPSTART NYC at the Levin Institute has matched us with 3 candidates enabling us to benefit from the skills, wisdom, and experience of motivated professionals.   Thank you, Sarah, Betsy, and Laurie for the tools you have given us which will surely take us to a whole other level.

  • 9. We are particularly jazzed about the Sustainable Design Series at The Enterprise Center of the Fashion Institute of Technology.  They have a comprehensive and affordable curriculum across multiple disciplines.

  • 10. Check out the roster of “shear freakin’ brainiacs” at New York Entrepreneur Week. Go forth. Succeed.

  • 11. Last but not least, The New York Economic Development Corporation has a Center for Economic Transformation.  The NYEDC has launched more than 60 pilot initiatives to address four key components necessary for innovation:  Access to Capital,,Affordable Workspace, Support for Entrepreneurship and International Out reach.

 If you have additional resources you think we should know about, please Share the Wealth!
 Let us know if you benefit from any of the resources in this post, please let us know
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Feb 11

5 Easy Steps for RESPONSIBLE Clothing Care

In Garment Lifecycle Analysis, nearly

70% of the impact comes from Garment Care.

1.  We recommend WASHing RESPONSIBLY Cold Water, Biodegradable Detergent, No Chlorine Bleach, Line Dry.  This will make your clothing last longer and cut down on laundry time.  Check out Project Laundry list for more in depth information.

2.  Lower your impact buy Buying  Better &  Buying  Less. Buy timeless silhouettes.

3.  Before making apparel purchases, consider the true cost of what you are buying.  What is it made from? Where was it made?  Who made it? Were they paid a living wage?

4.    Consider Buying Locally Made Product.  It creates jobs, keeps money in the local economy and reduces the need for excessive transportation.

5.   When you no longer want or need the clothing, please keep it out of the trash.  Nearly 7% of our Landfills are filled with textile waste.

Here are a few resources to help you.

Donate to Wearable Collections or the Salvation Army.

Go to Earth 911 and type in your zip code to find out where to recycle materials including textiles.

Feb 11

Out with the Tiger, In with the Rabbit!

On this Chinese New Year, we pause to say thanks for a few things, which we know will provide the most impact for us this year of the Rabbit.

1.  The help of our Chinese friends in the industry for their tireless efforts to help us deliver great clothing.

2.  The Reinvention Summit for helping us tap into the power of the narrative

3.   The Jumpstart Program of the Levin Institute for believing in us enough to place the intelligent and talented Sarah Bowman and Betsy Colucci with us.

Surely, these forces combined will help us Hop, Hop, Hop to a higher level!