Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Ups and Downs of Life as an Independent Designer

There are many pros and cons of working independently in the fashion industry.   The benefit of being a freelance or independent consultant in the fashion industry is that you have the amazing experience of working with a lot of different people across multiple companies. I have seen the inside of many brands. I can work with almost any personality type and get the job done. It also means I can design a bag collection out of up-cycled feed bags for a corporate guru turned entrepreneur or a luxury leather bag collection for a high end department store. In the past 5 years I have designed everything from bags made out of up cycled seat belts, gun bags, military bags and luxury bags for Neiman Marcus. There is not really anything I have not designed. A client needs a diaper bag for Target? Fine. They need a lambskin fanny pack for Barneys? No problem. If I can sketch it I can make it. 
 I started to draw shoes when I was 5 years old. If I can draw it..it can be made. There is only one thing I can't do, that is work in a cubicle or an office without a window. I have had clients that wanted me to work on site in a cubicle with no windows. You can't put a creative designer in a cubicle and expect her to design your next amazing collection. A designer needs freedom to do what they do best...create. There is a reason I am not a CPA in a big five accounting firm. I don't do cubicles. I can't.
The downside of freelance is that you are always looking for your next gig and some months its starve and other months you have too much work you can barely keep up. Half the work can be finding the next project. Recently I am at the point now where the projects come to me but that has not always been the case.
My most enjoyable projects to date are the collections where the client is introducing a new idea to the market. They are basically re-inventing or have a good idea and hire me to bring that creative plan to life. They are fun to work with and I enjoy the challenge of designing their collection and getting it made in my factory circles. I am a creative and practical designer but I think the real reason that I am successful in what I do is because I am able to tell a client when their idea is not feasible and they appreciate the input and as a team we can be successful. When you have a straightforward approach to communication as I do, it can become your strength. Most fashion designers that work in the freelance category are "yes" people. They say yes to every project just to get the fee.

Design by Tara Sauvage

I turn down projects that are not feasible because every project I take on is very personal to me. I want to make sure it is workable and is going to sell. If the end product can't sell, then at the end of the day, its not beneficial to the client. I understand the sales process and the design process. They go together like bread and butter. My goal as a designer and fashion consultant is to design collections that sell.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Joe Belt by Rocco Sauvage

We now have a new men's leather belt for the everyday guy.  Check out "The Joe" !
This belt is awesome for the everyday Joe.  Fits in all the jean belt loops!  Cool buckle from Italy with a natural looking patina!

Leather belt made in USA.  Ships from San Diego, California.

All of our products are made to last over a decade, and like you, get better with age!  No pun intended.

Available in brown or tan.  www.roccosauvage.com

Brown Joe belt

Tan Joe belt


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Addition

I am been so busy with my freelance clients and summer activities that I have not had time to blog.   I am in the middle of working on two huge collections for Spring and Fall 2015.  Crazy how far out we have to work in the fashion industry.

In the meantime, we have a new addition to our family...

Meet "Marco" the pug.  I named him after a guy I dated from Milan, Italy way back in the day.   It has been about 6 months since Rocco passed away so Dante was getting very depressed and lethargic.  Every since we brought Marco home, Dante has perked up.   Hopefully they will be good companions.

Ciao for now,


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

India factory group

If you are looking for high quality leather handbags I am now working with the highest end group of leather bag factories and tanneries in India.   There are millions of them but I am currently connected with the top factories that do production for major French and European labels.    If you are looking to source leather goods in India, let me know.    The prices are about 20% cheaper than China and the quality is the same with the factories I am working with now.    I can post photos soon.   They are doing a few collections for me right now.


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