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5 Steps to Becoming an Ethical Fashion Brand

One thing you know for sure:  You don’t want to create just any ole’ fashion brand. You want to ensure that it’s ethically-made and prioritizes people and planet. But what does that mean? And even more importantly, how do you ensure that ethical labor practices are built into your business model from the start? Do […]

What is Factory45?

New to Factory45 and wondering what it's all about? Keep reading for a quick recap of the resources available to you: FACTORY45 // My online accelerator program is the signature offering of the Factory45 brand. This six-month mentorship experience only opens once per year and will open again in May. From June through November, I […]

Here’s Why You Need an “Accomplishments List” for 2020

Right around this time each year, I traditionally share an “annual review” of what went well (and what didn’t go so well) in life and business. I wrote this unconventional goal setting exercise last year, having no idea what would be in store for 2020. And to be honest, it still feels weird to discuss […]

3 Podcast Episodes to Help You Build a Sustainable Fashion Brand

I have something a little different for you this week… Over the past few months I’ve been doing more interviews on other people’s podcasts.  Pro tip: this is a great way to spread the word about your own brand or business — podcasts are always looking for new entrepreneurs to feature. So this week, I’m […]

Factory45’er Medicine Mountain Scrub Co. Launches Sustainable Scrubs for the Medical Community

Sisters Oriana Turley and Golden Rogers joke that they’re just “two hippie-kids taking on the internet.”  Growing up in Southern Oregon, Oriana and Golden lived a subsistence-based lifestyle, fostered by their parents, as part of the back-to-the-land movement of the early 1970s.  They grew up without many modern conveniences, and Golden was the first in […]

Fabric Sourcing: 7 Tips for Successfully Contacting Suppliers

When it comes to starting a sustainable fashion brand, what’s the number one thing that takes the longest? Fabric sourcing. It can take as long as six months to find the perfect fabric and materials for your line. That’s why, in the Factory45 program, it’s one of the first things we do. But once you […]

What I Learned by Humiliating Myself in Front of 100+ People

So, last week’s post really hit a chord with people. If you missed the blog post on procrastination, you can read it here. It got me thinking more about the whole concept behind “low barrier to entry” opportunities. If we could make things easier on ourselves, how much more would we do and get done? […]

How to Take More Action by Doing Less

Lately, I’ve been thinking about why it’s so hard for some people to take action. This is, by far, the biggest obstacle I see stopping entrepreneurs from getting a business off the ground. We fall victim to procrastination — which in essence, is fear. When we’re afraid of doing something, or afraid of the potential […]

Apparel Manufacturing: What You Need to Know

First, thank you so much for your support in spreading the word about The Clean Living Podcast last week! I know most of you follow me because you’re looking for help in launching your sustainable fashion brand, so I really appreciate your patience as we paused “fashion related” content this past month. But let’s get […]