Come on, streetwear dudes… I know what you're doing when you come sliding into my DMs after reading this blog post.
It annoys me so much that I wondered if I was the problem. Maybe I'm just a bitch.
But I asked my friends also working in Fashion, and they all had the same intense repulsion seeing you guys texts that go like 'Yo - can you tell me of some high end manufacturers in Portugal?'.
The business equivalent of "Can I copy your homework?"
This blog is not a hobby.
It's also not quite my job, nobody is paying me to write here.
It's also not homework, I'm not writing because "I'm supposed to, or else I'll get scolded".
I do Fashion & Apparel design and Product Development as my business.
Everything I write here is stuff I learned first-hand while working in the industry + some extra research - because I find it really bullshit to say you should do things in such-and-such way because that's how it was done at this-or-that brand.
Yes, my writing style is pretty casual. I can afford such luxury because I'm not an academic, and I'm also not writing corporate documents (corporate manuals? Reports?).
But please don't make the mistake of thinking that I'm a cool nerd, and it's chill for you to ask me for help out of the blue - it's not.I know nothing about you or your business, it'd be even irresponsible for me to recommend manufacturers!
People who do that usually get a commission every time they bring a new client to a factory, they're not doing it with your best interest in mind.
If you just want leads and you don't wanna pay, the most legit place to start are trade shows.
Don't go around asking people you don't know to disclose partnerships and connections they worked hard to establish.
It's just rude.