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Where do you live? (country or state)
Newport Beach, CA USA
Do you work in the fashion industry?
I work in fashion
About Me
I went to college at University of California, Berkeley. Studied European intellectual history, graduated (Phi Beta Kappa).
I then started a small import business out of my studio apartment. The business generally became a handbag import business, where I designed and manufactured handbags in the Orient and imported and wholesaled them in the USA. (I lived off and on Kong for 12 years.) I met some great sales reps in New York, and began to sell to national chain stores. I eventually built the business to $ 20,000,000+ and finally sold it to my key sales reps and one key employee.

(I now seek to do it all over again. Yet I realize that the business has changed, the world has changed (there is an internet--in other words, the world is FLAT). I seek to find key people to fill key positions: most importantly, a DYNAMIC, TAKE CHARGE HANDBAG / BACK PACK DESIGNER. Someone with great talent and experience. Key ability--to have that golden touch--the demonstrated ability to design consistently exciting, commercially successful handbags and back packs.
Fashion Industry Experience
Stated above. I started a handbag import business with basically nothing and -- with the assistance of some great NY sales reps, ended up selling to the "juniors" market in national chain stores. I lived in Honk Kong for much of the time, and also spent a lot of time in NY working with sales reps on designing and merchandising
Favorite Fashion Designer or Fashion Brand
favoritete bramds: Quiksilver, Volcom, some Juicy, some Coach(I know--eclectic)
What is your favorite fashion website? (list the WEBSITE address)
http://I do not have a favorite.
Gender
Male
Age
Over 18
What is hot in fashion this year?
Whatever excites me at the time is cool.

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At 7:05pm on March 3, 2009, Apparel1 said…
John - I think you left a message for me by mistake. If you are trying to reply to Leana, you need to click the "comment back" link that is directly under her post to you. Or click the link that is next to the date she posted to you and go to her profile page. Hope this helps.
At 11:22am on November 25, 2007, Apparel1 said…
John - welcome to the Fashion Industry Network. It is interesting to see that you have already developed a business and are now starting the cycle again with the same business plan. I guess you will now be competing with your former employees. I wonder if it would be more fair to join forces with them so that you can work as a team and potentially double the existing business rather then compete with each other... Either way, good luck to you..

If you have any questions about this fashion network, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Keep us posted as your new business develops.
 
 
 

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