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Competitive Shopping 101 for Designer CEOs

As a fashion brand business owner, competitive shopping is an absolute must do!

By dedicating time to creating a competitive shopping strategy you’ll confidently know that your brand is well positioned and relevant in the marketplace, discover a non stop flow of fresh ideas for your fashion brand and products, uncover exciting new product and strategies that lead to incremental sales and strong profit margins, and lead the market with your brand and always be a few steps ahead of your competitors. 

Developing a competitive shopping strategy takes a little bit of time and dedication but I’m going to break it all down for you - you’ll hear the why, what, and how of competitive shopping and I’ll even share my 4 competitive shopping hacks to make it as simple as possible. Join me for, “ Competitive Shopping 101 for Designer CEOs”.


From Side Hustle to Bride Hustle with Amanda Ergen - Jennings, Designer CEO of Love Lives Here Bridal

I’m thrilled to be chatting with Amanda Ergen - Jennings, Designer CEO of Love Lives Here Bridal, a bridal gown design and production studio based in Milwaukee, WI. She has combined her passion for creating garments from scratch and 15 years of corporate product development and technical design experience with her genuine love for her hometown to build a bridal brand focused on bringing a high-quality, artisan-focused approach to local manufacturing.

Join Amanda and I as we discuss her journey - from design school to quitting her corporate design role to owner of her very own bridal gown brand. You’ll also hear tons of entrepreneurial advice, her take on balancing work life and family life, and a few  words of wisdom and motivation specifically for new Designer CEOs.

Q&A: Building an Authentic Connection with Your Customer, Defining Whitespace, and How Brick & Mortar Can Compete

Hear answers to the questions that Designer CEOs just like YOU have been wondering about.

On this episode, you’ll hear answers to the questions that you’ve been wondering about including…

  • How do you create an authentic connection with your customer through social media and what are the steps you need to take to develop your customer relationships?

  • What is whitespace for your business, why does it matter so much, and how to discover your fashion business’s biggest opportunities.

  • What does the future of marketing look like for brick & mortar retailers especially as it pertains to competing with ecommerce?

I’ll share my advice and get you Designer CEOs the answers you’ve been looking for so you can launch, grow, or scale your fashion brand now.

Getting Started With Manufacturing With Kelly Mutsch

Do you know how to find a manufacturer for your fashion brand? What to prepare before your very first meeting? What questions to anticipate from a manufacturer? What hidden costs to expect when you are just getting started? Knowing what to expect will ensure that you are discovering and developing the best partner for you and your fashion brand.

In this episode I’m chatting with Kelly Mutsch who knows the in’s and out’s of the apparel manufacturing process and will be sharing exactly what you need to think about and prepare before you begin a relationship with a 3rd party manufacturer. We’ll cover finding the right manufacturer, what services you can expect from a manufacturer, some of the biggest mistakes to avoid, and how to manage expectations of your new partnership.

Q&A: Opening a Brick & Mortar, Getting Started With Instagram, & Defining Your Competition

Hear answers to the questions that Designer CEOs just like YOU have been wondering about.

On this episode, you’ll hear answers to the questions that you’ve been wondering about including…

  • As a designer is it worth it to open a brick and mortar store?

  • How do I get started with Instagram? I know that I need to be posting but don’t know what to be posting for my fashion brand.

  • I plan to launch my fashion brand with an online presence only. When researching my competitors should i only be thinking about other designers with similar products online? Should I be concerned with my competitors locally or on a national level?

I’ll share my advice and get you Designer CEOs the answers you’ve been looking for so you can launch, grow, or scale your fashion brand now.

How To Know If You Have Lost Sight Of Your Customer

Brands that have lost the pulse on their customer is becoming a common and devastating problem that I see happening all too often in today’s retail marketplace.

You’ll hear the three most common warning signs that you have lost touch with your customer, the main reasons it happens (even to the best of brands), and what you can do about it TODAY to get your fashion brand back on track and begin to win back those lost customers.

If you are a new Designer CEO’s that hasn’t clearly defined your customer, just getting started and realizing that you may need to dig a little deeper to get to know your customer better, or perhaps even a bit more established but realize that you need a refresher on keeping your customer top of mind than this is for you.

Welcome to The Designer CEO Podcast

Each week The Designer CEO Podcast will bring you brand and retail strategies, merchandising how-to’s, organization and productivity tips, and business and professional advice simplified for Designer CEOs who are ready to make their dream of launching their own line a reality. Along the way you’ll hear insider tips from those who have “made it” in the fashion industry, including industry execs, entrepreneurs, and fellow designers who’ve successfully launched their lines.

The goal of The Designer CEO Podcast is to help you connect all the dots to see the big picture of what it takes to for your fashion brand to thrive. Sarah is here to be your go-to resource for navigating the retail business, help you master all that "business stuff", and support you as you launch the line of your dreams.