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Boutique Chat

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Boutique Chat

The Boutique Hub with Ashley Alderson

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Real life strategy, growth hacks, proven marketing advice, and interviews of top leaders for boutique fashion industry businesses. Join Boutique Hub Founder, Ashley Alderson as she talks with retailers, boutiques, wholesale brands & vendors, industry insiders to bring you the proven, juicy secrets that have helped companies rise to the top, and balance life and business. Join the spirit of Community over Competition, and find the next idea or connection for your business.
 
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FastTrack Your Fashion Brand Podcast

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FastTrack Your Fashion Brand Podcast

Nicole Di Rocco : Fashion CEO, Teacher, Mentor and Speaker

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Are you ready to launch a Clothing Line? or Scale your Fashion Brand? Get ready to FastTrack your business with the latest strategies, mentoring advice and inspiration from industry experts and Fashion CEOs. FastTrack Your Fashion Brand Podcast with Nicole Di Rocco will inspire you to take action with the goal to work smarter not harder! This podcast is for any fashion entrepreneur that wants to create a sample, sell to big box retailers, master social media for their brand, to seeing their ...
 
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Who doesn’t love a great story about starting from humble beginnings and growing to enormous success? Natalie Mills, aka the Queen of Bling, joins me today to talk about her journey from working for a modest salary in South Africa to moving to the United States and growing an international celebrity brand—all while overcoming some adversity along t…
 
The implementation of a recent U.S. government ban on goods from the Xinjiang region of China has many brands and retailers scrambling. There are no easy solutions to this complicated issue, however there are ways to manage through it. In this episode, Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitker and Chief Strategy Officer Emily Lane provide an overview …
 
What does it look to build a brand with your best friend? Elina and Ember are the owners of theClothesRak, as well as best friends, and they join the show today to talk about how they built their business together all while staying in their own lanes and leveraging their individual strengths. We’re diving into so much in this episode as Elina and E…
 
Traditionally apparel manufacturing has primarily been conducted in Asia, but recent supply chain issues have many shifting their sites. They are now researching nearshoring opportunities in the CAFTA region. In this episode of Clothing Coulture, Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schitnker, and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Emily Lane, discuss the oppor…
 
Have you ever wondered how much easier it would be to run your business if your health was in order? So often we get caught up in the hustle and grind of business and life as busy entrepreneurs that we forget to take care of ourselves. Angie Lee is the host of the Angie Lee Show, Co-Founder of Soul CBD, and a true marketing genius, and she joins me…
 
Are you worried about an upcoming recession and wondering how your boutique will fare? If so, we’ve got your back! Joining me today is Stacy Tuschl, host of the Foot Traffic Podcast and a small business expert, and she's here to talk all about making a recession-proof plan for your business. We’ll be going beyond the fear-mongering that is so preva…
 
The fashion industry and technology have never been as interrelated as they are right now. Stars Design Group has been at the forefront of tech adoption, implementing 3D fashion design software Browzwear, nearly a decade ago, and adding new innovations that integrate into the structure of our business. “With all of the challenges that we see in the…
 
In today’s episode of ‘Spirit of 608’ podcast host, Lorraine Sanders talks with guest Joie LaFrentz telling us what she has been up to and sharing the real deal behind how she has been building Jola.
 
Raise your hand if you are a parent and an entrepreneur! This week, I am going solo to talk about one of the hardest juggling acts in the world: how to be a good parent AND a good business owner. If you struggle with this, you definitely don’t want to miss this episode! Tune in as I share some of the lessons I’ve learned along my own journey of bei…
 
Are you as addicted to journals as I am? I was introduced to Habit Nest through the Boutique Hub and I knew I had to have Lindsay McDermott, Chief Happiness Officer at Habit Nest, on the show. She joins me today not only to talk about journals, but also to discuss what it takes to be a business owner and cultivate successful habits for life, busine…
 
Designers graduate with dreams of becoming the next multi-million dollar brand, most won’t make it, but not because of a lack of talent, Stefan Siegel is changing that. Siegel is the Founder of NOT JUST A LABEL, an online community of designers disrupting the fashion industry and making an impact on sustainability through intentional design and man…
 
Today we’re getting into all things legal! Lauren Boyd is the Founder of Guide My Business, a boutique law firm that empowers entrepreneurs by helping them to build a strong legal foundation, and she’s joining me today to deep dive into all of the really important legal aspects of your business. I have seen too many boutiques and retailers get thei…
 
Get ready because we are pulling back the curtain big time on The Boutique Hub today and taking you behind the scenes of our social media presence with our wonderful Content Coordinator, Charlee Johnston. Initially brought on as an intern, Charlee is now a full-time team member of The Boutique Hub, and in this episode, we’re diving into so much, in…
 
The apparel industry is in the middle of a disruption. Many in the workforce are leaving and taking their industry knowledge with them. These fundamental technical skills are the base knowledge of the industry and aren’t being taught in school. Add the infusion of technology and there is an ‘urgent need for a new blend of skills’ according to Cathy…
 
What does it take for both wholesale brands and retailers to be successful? That’s what we’re breaking down today with Sammi Hill, co-founder of Mixologie and long-time member of the Boutique Hub. This is a conversation not just for those on the wholesale side wondering how to grow their brand and reach more retailers, but it’s also a conversation …
 
One of the biggest opportunities that boutiques have available to them today is to diversify their revenue streams. Want to know how? In this episode, I’m sitting down with Kait, who is a long-time Boutique Hub member and has consistently pushed through to the next level when it comes to her success—in part by creating multiple revenue streams in h…
 
Personal data is at the center of a big debate. Customers are doing everything they can to protect it, while companies, brands and retailers are hoping to capture and use it to create a personalized online experience. In this episode Stars Design Group, CEO Bret Schnitker and Chief Strategy Officer, Emily Lane, discuss how data privacy is impacting…
 
We all know the retail business is not an easy business, so how can we make your business one that is tried and true throughout the times? Today I am going solo to bring up an important topic that is looming over all of us. It's time to discuss how to recession proof your business. I will be addressing where you can save money in your business, wha…
 
The content queen is back! Shannon Gordon is the Social Media Manager at the Hub and a former boutique owner herself, and I am so excited to have her on the show today to deep dive into the tips, tools, and trainings to make your Instagram account work for you. Grab your notebook and get comfortable as we talk through what’s working right now on In…
 
Brands have varying definitions and standards of quality that depend on price point and perceived value to the customer. While quality is subjective, clear expectations of acceptable criteria need to be established prior to beginning production so that it can be measured throughout the process. In this episode, Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitke…
 
Are you an Undiscovered Fashion brand looking to reach more customers and increase sales with ADS? Today on the podcast, I interviewed Brecker Brees, a cofounder of Preflect. Perflect offers services to help Shopify merchants run better Facebook and Instagram ads. Brecker and I discussed the three biggest mistakes E-commerce brands are making when …
 
Lori Harder is an author of several books, host of the hit podcast Earn Your Happy, and most notably now the founder of Lite Pink, the best tasting low-calorie premium rosé flavored wine seltzer. She is also incredibly active in the personal development space and is also one of the most brilliant minds for women in business today. In this episode, …
 
Do you want to grow your fashion brand? Licensing your brand is a great way to grow your fashion business and expand your product line. If you’re interested in learning more about how licensing works, make sure to listen to this podcast episode with my guest, Amanda Ciolette from License Global and Informa Markets! She explains everything you need …
 
Calling all boutique owners and wholesale brands! This is an episode you won’t want to miss! Today we're joined by Molly Wilson, one of the brightest minds in the industry, as well as the founder of Molly & You and BEST of Show. If you’ve been around the Boutique Hub for long enough, you probably recognize her name from her incredibly valuable feed…
 
Performance clothing requires attention to every detail, because it not only has to look good, it has to function to meet the needs of the activity. It is important to understand the variabilities and nuances of each component in order to make key design decisions. In this episode, Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitker and Chief Strategy Officer, …
 
British designer, Keanan Duffty experienced the beauty and vibrance of Kyiv in October, 2021, just months before the invasion. Duffty was invited to attend Kyiv Art & Fashion Days, a celebration of the art and fashion community in Ukraine. One day after the war began, he immediately started planning a way to help the fashion designers he met on the…
 
We are so excited to announce The Boutique Hub app launch! This has been in progress over the past 2 years and we can't wait for you to experience it. In today's episode, I will give you all the exciting details on what's included in the app. The Boutique Hub app allows you to get all the things you need to grow your business right from your phone!…
 
Katrina DiMiele is the founder of The Other Side Tribe Boutique and has over 13 years of experience within the fashion and beauty industries. She is also one of the top live selling boutiques in the entire country and is hugely active in the community, on both the retail and wholesale sides. Get ready to meet her and hear her amazing story about ge…
 
Welcome! Come along with me on my journey into the metaverse and what's next. Kicking off the first season of the Making it in the Metaverse, here's How to Start Making it in the Metaverse without Spending Anything At All. Consider this your toe-dip into the landscape from a journalist-turned-ethical-fashion-advocate who got crypto curious in '18 b…
 
Clothing manufacturing is a complex process requiring the coordination of many components from multiple locations around the world. With supply chain issues causing disrputions to delivery schedules it is important to look at the entire manufacturing process and identify efficiencies. In this episode, Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitker and Chie…
 
Welcome! Come along with me on my journey into the metaverse and what's next. Kicking off the first season of the Making it in the Metaverse, here are 6 Ways Regular Folks Can Start Making it in the Metaverse. Consider this your toe-dip into the landscape from a journalist-turned-ethical-fashion-advocate who got crypto curious in '18 but didn't fal…
 
Neil Patel is arguably one of the greatest minds in digital marketing, and if you’ve ever searched online for eCommerce or SEO solutions, chances are you’ve run across one of his companies. A New York Times bestselling author, Neil was named a top influencer on the web by the Wall Street Journal and recognized as a top entrepreneur under the age of…
 
Welcome! Come along with me on my journey into the metaverse and what's next. Kicking off the first season of the Making it in the Metaverse, here are 5 Things I Want You to Know About Crypto Culture. Consider this your toe-dip into the landscape from a journalist-turned-ethical-fashion-advocate who got crypto curious in '18 but didn't fall all the…
 
Is it possible to scale your boutique business using social media alone? CommentSold is a platform that allows retailers the ability to sell using multi-channel and live video commerce, and has helped over 7,000 live sellers connect with their audience and expand their reach. Brandon Kruse is the CEO and Founder of CommentSold, and in this episode …
 
Oh hey we have a brand new series coming out this spring (and beyond). A head’s up on what’s happening is waiting for you in today’s episode. More to come so soon. The TLDR: come with me on my journey into web3, blockchain, crypto and all things metaverse-y. There’s so much happening. Let’s figure it out together. <3 <3 <3 Oh hey there! Please help…
 
Fashion trends come and go, but industry trends have staying power. Right now the industry is experiencing a turning point with technology playing a major role in seismic shifts. Paul Raffin, CEO & Founder of The Merchant Matrix is an internationally known C-suite executive who has worked at the top of Li and Fung, Express, J. Crew, John Varvatos, …
 
Get ready because you are in for such a treat today! Jessica Anderson, also known as tinytello on TikTok and 93playstreet on Instagram, is a former social media manager turned swimwear entrepreneur whose brand has been featured in Newsweek, BuzzFeed, and Cosmopolitan. She joins me today to share how she got started on her road to entrepreneurship a…
 
Supply chain challenges lie in a lack of communication. Tech startup Silq has creaated a solution which uses people inside the factories, compiling data into a system that provides transparency for all stakeholders. We sit down with Silq Founder and CEO, Ram Radhakrishnan, to learn about how he plans to meet his audacious goal of providing a servic…
 
Jocelyn McClellan is an entrepreneur who has built multiple online businesses, an influencer with over 100,000 followers on YouTube and Instagram, and a true go-getter. She has been a speaker at the virtual Boutique Summit, attended Retail Bootcamp, and trained in the Boutique Hub—and now I’m so excited to also have her on the podcast! Learn More A…
 
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are changing the future of the fashion industry. My guest on today's episode is Ashley Crowder. She is the co-Founder and CEO of VNTANA, a platform that makes it fast and easy to create 3D and AR for eCommerce sites. Ashley discusses how VR can be used to start and grow your fashion brand, the potential impacts…
 
In this podcast episode, my guest Frank Kosarek from OpenStore breaks down the opportunities that e-commerce fashion brand entrepreneurs have when they are ready to sell their business. OpenStore has made the process of selling your e-commerce fashion business seamless and easy. In the episode you will learn: -How To Sell Your Shopify E-Commerce Fa…
 
Apparel buyers have the tough task of being brand stewards, ensuring products meet the customers expectations, while also preserving the bottom line to maintain profit margins. In this episode Stars Design Group CEO, Bret Schnitker, and Chief Strategy Officer, Emily Lane, share questions buyers should ask in every phase of the process, from design …
 
Karli Harris Pennington is the owner, founder, and CEO of Everyday Chic Boutique. She is an absolute magnet for other boutique owners because of her willingness to sit down and talk openly about how she has grown her hugely successful business from brick and mortar to eCommerce, and she joins the show today to share her amazing insight. Get ready t…
 
Are you feeling overwhelmed with Instagram and are looking for a scheduler that is right for your fashion business? In this podcast episode, I break down the top 5 social media scheduling apps for Instagram and share which one I decided to use to streamline our content creation process. Taking into account key areas such as visual planner, team mem…
 
When we think about the fashion industry, we often get bogged down in the logistics of boutique ownership and going to market. But in order to really be successful, it’s important to think beyond where the products are coming from and how they get to us. We also have to think about what their intended purpose is. I'm digging into one of those inten…
 
No business owner enjoys having someone who has never run a successful business themselves tell them what they should do. That’s why today’s guest is very special. Susan Bradley, Founder of the Social Sales Girls, is a business expert, business coach and someone who truly understands the Boutique industry. In this episode, she will be sharing her k…
 
Record rates of inflation are catching up to the apparel industry. Increased cost of goods, inflated shipping costs and increased labor costs are just a few of the contributing factors. Stars Design Group, CEO, Bret Schnitker draws from his 30+ years in the apparel business to shares strategies for apparel brands to proactively manage inflation. Th…
 
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