“Blazing a Trail: Fashion on the edge”

 

Hi guys, I have some fantastic news to share with you all. I am delighted to announce; that I am officially one of the panelists for the up and coming event, held at the Manchester central library, on the 27th April 2016.

This event will focus on how other fashion and industry experts and, I have forged our way through the industry and started a business.

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We will also share our secrets of start-up and success; how we started from an idea to a full-fledged business. I am also excited to share my tips and techniques that have aided me to come this far. With all the panel members successful in their business field, this is a great opportunity for you all to ask questions about business and more. You will also get a chance to network at the event as well. 

A snippet about me

My idea started with a personal health problem that made me question my lifestyle and consumer choices. My business is my life experience, it’s what I believe in and want to do in order to make the world a better place.

Other guest members 

Adnan Bayyat: Avant-garde and couture designer

Nicola Hebson: Curiosity Shop & Dead Good Jewellery

Sarah Johnson: McQueen Independent

The event will be held at the Manchester Central Library, in the performance space, and it is free to attend.

To book your place, please CLICK HERE

Beginners Photoshop Workshop

Ever wanted to learn something new, like updating your digital designing skills and techniques? Well, this is your chance; I am a delivering a beginner Photoshop, workshop at the Manchester Central Library.

The workshop is taking place on 4th April, from 4-6pm, at the Media Lounge. It is a drop-in session, however; you can sign up to secure your place.

The workshop is free, so please make every effort to attend.

Music, at the library? Really?

This week has been full of music and harmony. I have been spending a lot of time at the Manchester Central Library, especially the Music library on the 1st floor.

While working from the Library on my handbag business, I have been able to enjoy the sound of music instruments played by artist and students, who on a daily basis spend hours playing some amazing instruments.

The atmosphere and energy in the space is electrifying warm and tranquil, leaving you feeling calm and great. While the variation of music being played, soothes my ears, it at the same time gives me the positive energy to keep going.

The music Library on the first floor is a hidden Gem that is not known to all, and those that do know it, make the most of the space.

Just like myself, I spend my mornings swayed by the sound of music and positivity. The library is open to all; you can work from there or even spend your afternoon playing the piano, or even bring your own guitar along and entertain us all.

The Library has some fantastic music books and best of all the instruments are free to use as well. So why not come along and spread some positive energy and enjoy yourself.

I could talk all day about the Music room, the sounds and the people I meet. But I will stop here, try it yourself and have a great time.

WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO LATELY?

Hey, everyone, I guess you all would like to ask the ‘burning’ question about what have I been up to lately?

Well here I go, so apart from my amazing trip to the European Parliament in Brussels and a short but fantastic trip to see my suppliers in London; I am excited to announce that I will soon be receiving my handbag prototype.

After reviewing this prototype I will be able to review and make any necessary adjustments, to improve and finalise the handbag to go into production.

The fabrics/materials that I will be using for the handbag are 100% Animal cruelty-free, I am going out my way and making sure from hardware to the lining is cruelty-free. The quality of the fabrics is high, I want to design and provide you with a handbag that is made to last a long time, with a touch of luxury.

The handbag is handmade with attention to detail, for me, details are very important, and I want to make sure my handbag portrays that image too. So, when you carry this bag, you will proudly know that this bag is made with love and a cause, a cause to make the world a better place, and cause that I resonate with and you resonate with.

Although it has been a very difficult journey for me on sourcing the correct materials, and finding the right manufacturer; I still did not give up, it has taken me over a year, and here I am. I have finally done it: I am not alone, with the great support from E-Spark (world’s largest free business accelerator) and my collaboration with the Manchester Central Library, and with an amazing and supportive mentor Natasha (Director of Union Street Media Arts) I have been able to come this far on making my dream project come to reality.

I would like to thank everyone who has believed in my project and me. I could not have done this without your support, please continue to follow me on this journey.

Manchester screening: Inspiring Entrepreneurs – Internet Icons

 

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On Monday the 29th February, there will be a free event held at the Manchester Central Library. The event will give you the opportunity to ask questions and find out how to successfully launch a business and also get tips and ideas towards your own business venture as well.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet me and many other successful businesses.

ABOUT THE EVENT 

The event will also be screened free from the British Library

Online businesses are bigger than ever.  If you’re a small business owner with big online ambitions, take this opportunity to quiz our panel of Internet icons and find out how they have created some of the best-known global internet brands.

This panel discussion will be streamed live from the British Library in London, after you’ve heard from a Google Digital Technician about how the Digital Garage at Manchester Central Library can help you and your business to set up and grow online.

Via live webcast:

    Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO of Mumsnet

    Ning Li, Co-Founder and CEO MADE.com

    Renaud Visage, Co-founder of Eventbrite

Plus, you can put your questions to all speakers and network with other local businesses.

Moderated by Nadine Dereza, Journalist and TV Broadcaster

Follow all the action and tweet your questions on #BLicons16

WHEN: Monday, 29 February 2016 from 18:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

WHERE: Performance Space – Manchester Central Library. St Peter’s Square. Manchester M2 5PD 

To book the event please click the following EVENTBRITE

 

Apply These 8 Secret Techniques To Improve Ways To Sell Online

This week’s blog is about how to sell on-line. Most recently, I attended a workshop to learn about different ways of selling on-line and how effective they can be. Some of the most popular platforms to sell are EBay, Amazon, Etsy, and Asos marketplace.

pablo-8However, the workshop was mostly focused on EBay, and how to create a business account and profile. So, those of you who want to start a business on-line why not start from EBay? It is quick, easy, and more effective in most cases.

When creating a business account on EBay, it is important that your business name is appropriate and nothing like ‘Power Puff Girls’, especially when you are selling Vintage clothing; it is harder to change the name later when you have loyal customers and your business is getting popular. Also, when listing your products on EBay, make the most of the free listing days, you can save a lot of money otherwise, you will be paying, at least, £0.35 per item.

Delivery: EBay has a fantastic page ‘postage estimator’ where you can actually calculate how much your delivery may cost depending on the weight, and size of the item.

Now coming to naming the items, it is always best to use attractive words when listing your items, instead of writing cream coloured dress you could write campaign colour lace dress; by doing this, your potential customers will notice your product first, which will result in a sale.

Also, it is very important that you have good reviews on your account, as this will help your potential customers to take you seriously and buy from you too. To do this, firstly, you can buy a couple of items on EBay, even if they are very cheap. This process will help you gain good feedback on your account and as a result, customers will feel more comfortable buying from you because they can see you pay on time and are reliable and trustable.    

And finally, most importantly, you need to be aware of people online who will say they need the item before they pay you, be aware of these people, they are fraudsters and can trick you into sending an item and not paying you, even after they receive the item. You will never hear from them again, and EBay cannot help you with this either, as it is written in their policy that if you send an item before receiving a payment, you are responsible for the outcome.

The workshop was delivered by, Maggie Harding, the owner of Garbo Antiques, and a successful EBay seller. She sells vintage clothing to theatre & film companies, private collectors, & customers around the world. Above are her tips and techniques that helped her to become a successful EBay seller.

If you would like to attend the next workshop you can go online on Eventbrite and book your place, the workshop will be held at the Manchester Central Library. 

My big ANNOUNCEMENT

 It’s All About Entrepreneurial Spark

As you all may know by now, I am collaborating with Manchester Central Library on my pre handbag launch event. I will also be offering ‘free’ workshops in March on beginners level Photoshop.

Now coming to the next exciting thing – I am now officially part of Entrepreneurial Spark, a business growth accelerator, powered by NatWest Bank and key ambassador KPMG. Entrepreneurial Spark: is the world’s largest free accelerator for start – up and scale up businesses.

I am excited about joining Entrepreneurial Spark business hatchery in Manchester, to excel my business at a larger scale, and reach those who are always on the search to buy a handbag: that is made with love, luxurious finish and at the same time is cruelty-free.

Thank you all for joining me on my journey, and allowing me to share my success, and passion for making fashion ethical

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Collaboration with Manchester Central Library

I have been working closely with the Manchester Central Library on my Vegan handbag project. In collaboration, I will be offering design workshops in March. And in April, I will be setting up a pre-launch event for the handbag.

The event will be held at the end of April and live streamed across the UK and the British Library in London. I will post updates closer to date, on the time and schedule of the event, don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet me, and some industry experts.

The opportunity to experience a renowned and trusted Library, back my business, is truly a dream come true. I feel privileged linked to the Library whilst setting up my ethical fashion business.

I am also attending workshops and events, organised by the Manchester Central Library, that have been instrumental in helping me progress my dream project: vegan handbags.

The library offers many fantastic services, which are great for start-up businesses. One of my favourite facilities is Mintel – which would usually cost thousands, is provided free and is very effective in carrying out market research. Other free and popular services are the IP and Patent Clinics. These Clinics are great to get expert advice on your business idea, and if you’re looking for copywriting the IP clinic is definitely for you