If you have a love for all things fashion, you’ll be glad to know that turning your flair for fashion into a career is now more accessible than ever before. But how to start your clothing brand and get it up and running in the first place?

It’s the same old story every time. 

You’ve always dreamt of having your own clothing store, but you’re stuck in that depressing, mind-numbing 9-5 job of yours. Just the thought of everything that goes into starting a clothing brand gets you overwhelmed and you have no idea where to begin. 

Additionally, you’re terrified of self-funding your new clothing brand because you’re scared that you will make $0 and say goodbye to your life savings. But the great news is there is a way around that. We will even go into the details of how to start a clothing brand with no money in a blog post coming your way soon.

If you don’t know the ins and outs of building an engaged list of customers that want to buy your clothing, are stressed about standing out from the crowd of other clothing brands or are having a hard time with imposters syndrome, we can fix that.

In the next few blog posts we will cover the following topics:

  • How to put your customer first
  • How to start a clothing brand online
  • How to start a clothing business with no money
  • How to build your community
  • How to launch your clothing line
  • The importance of knowing why

Because the more you know about how to start a clothing brand online or in store – the more confidence you have to try. 

Remember, most of life’s regrets are over things we didn’t do. So, if it’s a sign you need to get going – this is it.

Let’s jump right in. 

How to start a Clothing Brand Online: Know Who You’re Selling to

First and foremost, it’s absolutely imperative to research and identify your target market and their needs. 

Is your clothing brand classic like Chanel or Ralph Lauren. Maybe it’s more casual or athletic, like Adidas. Are you going for trendy like the Louis Vuitton and H&M? Sustainability might be your purpose, so you’re trying to look for customers that care about the planet just as much as you do. 

Then, validate your product idea by testing it with potential customers and gathering their feedback. Use this feedback to improve your product before launching it. 

This way, you can be confident that there is a demand for your product and increase the likelihood of success on release day. By following a customer-first approach, you can avoid investing a lot of money into production without knowing if there is actually a market for your product.

Cater to One Person – AKA Your Buyer Persona

To achieve success with your brand, it's important to focus on a specific target audience instead of trying to appeal to everyone. By honing in on one ideal customer, you can create a strong connection with them and tailor your offerings to meet their specific needs and wants. 

The best thing to do is to grab a pen and paper and think of the following:

  • Where do they live?
  • How old are they?
  • How do they communicate?
  • What social media platforms do they use?
  • What do they do for work?
  • What is their income?
  • What are their career goals and where do they see themselves in five years?
  • What are their hobbies?
  • What is their education level?
  • What impacts their decision-making process?
  • What is the most important factor when considering an item like yours?

This allows you to stand out and establish a strong brand identity. Instead of viewing it as missing out on potential customers, think of it as being intentional and providing the best possible product to your chosen audience. 

When choosing your ideal customer, focus on someone you feel a connection with and are passionate about helping.

Understand and Validate Your Customer’s Needs

So, you have your person, right? Your fashion-loving soul mate. 

When you're starting a business, it's crucial to have empathy for your customers and understand the challenges they face.


By taking the time to understand their pain points and the problems they encounter, you can create a solution that truly meets their needs. To uncover their struggles, consider asking questions such as,

 "What difficulties are they facing?" and "How can I make their lives easier?" 

With this information, you can brainstorm a method that addresses their unique challenges and provides a genuine solution. To validate your ideas, reach out to your ideal customers and get their feedback on your proposed solution. 

This co-creation process ensures that your method is relevant and effective in meeting their needs. With a deep understanding of their challenges, you can create a solution with empathy and truly make a positive impact in their lives.

At the heart of any successful business is a focus on the needs and wants of its customers. By prioritizing a customer-first approach, you ensure that your products and services align with the needs of those who matter most to your business. 

Rather than creating products for the sake of it, take the time to understand your customers and design solutions that bring real value to their lives. If you're feeling stuck or uncertain, reach out to your ideal customers and gather their feedback. 

The First Step of Starting Your Fashion Business is Understanding and Empathy

This can be a powerful way to gain inspiration and gain a deeper understanding of their needs. By putting your customers at the center of your business, you'll be able to create products and services that are meaningful and impactful, driving success and growth for your business.

Hopefully this is the first building block to help you get your clothing brand on its feet. In upcoming articles we tackle other imperative factors you’ll need to consider when starting your clothing brand.

Ready to take the leap? We're here for you and we cannot wait to share in your success.

About me

Combining my love for fashion and writing, I completed a masters in journalism and public relations all whilst working in the fashion industry.


I could go on and on about why I would make the perfect copywriter for you, but that would take months, years even.


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