It’s that time again… I can finally start introducing you to the new products, companies and entrepreneurs who are coming through Factory45 this year.
The Fall 2015 cohort is made up of 35 companies from all over the continent and we’re working together to source fabric, set up manufacturing, create a launch strategy and raise money to fund production.
Today, I want to introduce you to a few Factory45’ers who are working on very different products and serving a variety of markets. If you see entrepreneurship in your future, inspiration is the first step in taking action. Read on and enjoy : )
Cara Bartlett committed to buying only ethically-made clothing over three years ago and she hasn’t looked back. She’s the brains and beauty behind the blog Bien Faire where she curates a meticulous selection of ethical fashion. As an associate buyer for Rue La La, she saw firsthand the environmental disaster that comes with fast fashion so she decided to quit her job and set out on her own. Cara is in the process of launching VETTA, an everyday capsule wardrobe for women.
Brooke & Tara Johnson are the sister duo behind TAB Custom and are working from Boston and San Diego to launch a line of sustainable swimwear and wetsuits. They’ve already gotten their feet wet with a show during Boston Fashion Week and have worked on other projects together as third-generation, self-taught seamstresses. They also happen to be the two designers I’m working with to create a custom sustainable wedding dress for my May wedding!
Amanda Koker and I were connected through our mutual friend, Kathryn Hilderbrand, who is the owner of Good Clothing Company, a cut and sew shop on Cape Cod. Amanda runs Rose Riot, a line of ready-to-wear dresses and jackets for plus-size women. She hand-sewed her first small run of products but is looking to expand production with a local sew shop. Amanda will be working on a rebrand throughout our time together and will relaunch with a Kickstarter.
Rachel Fernbach is an artist and creative based in Brooklyn with a background in yoga, meditation and expressive arts therapy. Through Factory45, she’s launching PonyBabe, a line of versatile womenswear that transitions from workwear to yoga class to dinner. Filling a need for the clothes she wants to wear, Rachel’s line will be ideal for travelers, minimalists and stylish bohemians.
Michelle Pare & Elizabeth Fields are business partners based in North Carolina, the textile belt of America. Their product, JackWrapIt, originated as something for Liz to wear over an evening gown and as the idea evolved, became the fleece version that it is today. Having launched over four years ago, Michelle and Liz are ready to take their “side project” full time and develop a solid marketing campaign and sales strategy.
I’ll continue to introduce the rest of my entrepreneurs over the coming months. In the meantime, here’s what they’re saying about Factory45:
“I am loving the program — it is everything and more than you promised.” — Sarah-Valin B.
“I’m loving the course so far, and can’t wait to get into the next modules! You are so organized and have such a clear message…” — Cara B.
“Fan mail: I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying the modules and the way you have packaged the information. It’s feeling super accessible, and very aligned with what I was looking for!” — Rachel F.
“If I had found you a few years ago, I would have saved tens of thousands of dollars.” – Alesya M.