Introduction to Starting Your Own Fashion Label Premium class

Greg Armas, Assembly NY, founder + designer

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5 Videos (50m)
    • Establishing Your Niche Market

      11:26
    • Articulating Your Designer Mission

      11:20
    • Developing Key Relationships.

      10:20
    • Developing Key Relationships (continued)

      5:16
    • Designing Sales + Marketing Strategy

      11:43

About This Class

I'm the founder and designer of Lower East Side-based Assembly New York. I launched my menswear line in 2009 and presented my first womenswear collection at Milk Studios for NYFW in 2012. As a self-taught designer, everything I know about starting and running my own fashion label I learned by doing. Hindsight is 20/20 and in this class I'm going to teach you the fundamentals I wish I had access to earlier.

What You'll Learn

One of the most crucial lessons I learned over the past 5 years is that knowing what you're talking about - whether to potential partners, buyers, investors - makes all the difference in your success. Here are the fundamentals we'll cover:

  • Establishing Your Niche Market. Most small startups cannot even finance an entire collection, deciding what categories or articles you will focus on will offer legible and fiscally realistic goals. Staring out with a wide net  is a plan for difficult challenges, everything you may “catch” is a new, unplanned for, moving part you are now accountable for. Best to start with spearfishing and select your targets
  • Articulating Your Designer Mission. Independent designers are required to learn the language of their business and current marketplace attitude to effectively communicate their goals and needs relevantly
  • Developing Key Relationships. Labels live and die by their relationships with suppliers (fabric and trim providers) and producers (sewers) - how to successfully develop and maintain these relationships. 
  • Production Management. Understanding the production cycle and the key relationships necessary to produce your garments is foundational and often misunderstood/fantasized. 
  • Designing Sales + Marketing Strategies. How to get people to know about you and your product. Do you need a show room? A press show room? Tradeshow access? 
  • Building In-House Sales Processes. How to navigate the logistics of receiving, producing and shipping orders - surprisingly crucial skills for not losing money on your orders!
  • Securing Investment. What to consider when you don't have the luxury of someone else's cash. 

What You'll Do

In this class you'll be able to start the process of launching your label with some foundational first steps: establishing your niche market and articulating your designer mission. You'll have the opportunity to share your work for feedback from fellow classmates all over the world. 

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Very enlightening. I found the Sales & Marketing Strategy class particularly helpful
Awesome class, thank you for your insight!
Thoughtful, articulate and generous insight into the process of creating a business - the series is also well structured. Overall very valuable and very much appreciated.

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Greg Armas

Assembly NY, founder + designer

Before relocating to New York in 2008, Armas worked as an architectural and retail consultant in Tokyo. Through a lifetime relationship with vintage, design was self-taught, learning from the past to inform future aesthetics.

Assembly New York opened on Ludlow Street in spring 2008, focused on debuting independent labels from around the world. Established the Assembly mens collection in 2009: a range rooted in authentic materials, tradition and future-primitive details. In Fall 2012, the womens collection launched with presentations during NYFW at Milk Studios and in the eponymous boutique, with online support from Style.com

A vertical company, all garments are sewn in New York city and currently stocked in over 45 finer retailers internationally. Ongoing projects include pop-up shops with Robert Geller and solutions with various entities including; Helmut Lang, Converse, Serge Azria, Tony Graham & ABC Home. 

Additionally, Armas is a CFDA member, Vogue Fashion Fund nominee, avid bikerider and plays the drums.