How did joining Factory45 help you?
Since joining Factory45, I have learned more about the procedure of producing a manufactured collection as well as learning more about sustainability and ethical practices. Since I was a fashion student years ago, I needed to refresh certain skills fashion designers need to communicate with a factory. My skills of developing tech packs, testing fabric and pattern making definitely improved and I feel confident to be able to perform these tasks on my own for future collections and production runs.
Because of Factory45, I was able to meet and create a network of sustainable fashion brands, media and consumers who have the same principles and values as SixChel. We are now part of a DIY PR group, FEST and this has given us a huge spark. The sustainable fashion network that has developed around Factory45 is so positive and supportive. We all want one another to succeed.
In your opinion, what is the most valuable thing about Factory45?
There is so much that is valuable about Factory45. For us, the most valuable thing was the ability to go back to review lessons, videos, resources and content. This was so useful especially when we were ready to launch our Kickstarter campaign. The campaign is a bit scary in the way that you really don’t know what to expect until you are in it.
Preparing your page can be a bit overwhelming without knowing for sure what will make the public connect with your campaign. It was reassuring to go back and re-read tips, procedures and past experiences that Shannon provides in the module. I honestly, should have read the entire KS module before I launched because I do believe I would have had a much smoother campaign start.
What were some big or small milestones you hit after going through Factory45?
SixChel completed a Kickstarter campaign in June and we reached our goal which was a huge milestone for us. This is why we are able to manufacture our first collection and don’t think we would have been able to do so without Factory45.
The small milestone we are so pleased to have accomplished within this first year after joining Factory45, is my first nationally published article I wrote as a guest blogger for Peaceful Dumpling. A main part of SixChel is to help women know their worth. To be able to spread my message to women has been gratifying in hopes that at least one woman would begin to believe how wonderful and beautiful she truly is.