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Hi all:

I'm the President of Corky & Company. We design and manufacture children's outerwear, swimwear and sportswear for the US, Canadian and European markets.

I love to golf, kayak, dive, garden, landscape and spend time with my family.
Fashion Industry Experience
I'm Alan, owner and co-founder of Corky & Company, a fifteen year old business, which manufacturers children's outerwear, swimwear and sportswear.

For ten years we had our own manufacturing plant in Fall River, MA. During the last five years I've moved my plant to a 15,000 sf building in a free zone in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. My company's website is

Economics was part of the reason to move my plant, but retaining sewers was our biggest problem. Upon reaching 62 almost all my employees choose to receive social security benefits. Try finding a 30 year old that is willing to make a career of sewing. At least in Fall River, MA there weren't any at any wage.

With the weak dollar, during the last two years we've taken the opportunity to expand our distribution to Canada, United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. In the future, I'd like to expand into Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.

As a hobby, I'm a part time blogger. I post once a week to my blog, Corky on Fashion and Profit. is where the blog is hosted.

I have an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, an MBA and was an executive for a large aerospace company. While working in aerospace I had the opportunity to do business in many countries, so I'm comfortable outside the borders of the USA.
Favorite Fashion Designer or Fashion Brand
Corky & Company
What is your favorite fashion website? (list the WEBSITE address)
Over 18
What is hot in fashion this year?
Brown combined with pink, turquoise or green for girls outerwear, swim or sportswear. Polka dots, patchwork and bold bright prints for spring sportswear.

Alan's Blog

Specialty Stores on Target

Posted on March 30, 2008 at 8:56pm 0 Comments

As one of the United State's largest apparel sellers, Target has raised the fashion - value bar to new heights and set a standard boutique label manufacturers must exceed to remain successful. In essence, the branded apparel manufacturers (ie. me) must provide products to specialty retailers which are cutting edge, fresh, novel, and at a price that screams value to the consumer.

Specialty stores will never compete with Target on price, but with about 2,000 children's… Continue

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At 8:44am on June 7, 2010, Shariful Hasan said…

i am a clothing producer from Bangladesh. finding you from this network i am wishing to be in touch with you to develop a business relation.

my company, Triumph International bd ltd can produce any clothing for you. pls add us and let us a chance to work for you

At 8:58am on September 16, 2009, The Image Academy said…
To celebrate the launch of The Image Academy in Australia, we are offering for a limited time only, our 5 day face-to-face Personal Styling course for just $850!!
This rate is only available for the month of October. Normal prices resume after October so book now!
Smitten With Style together with The Image Academy bring you an intensive training course to equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a personal stylist!

This course is suitable for those:

Individuals who are looking to start a personal styling and personal shopping business
Anyone who wants to enter the world of editorial and fashion styling and work as a magazine or TV stylist
Retail staff who wish to equip themselves with styling skills to set themselves apart from their colleagues and/or become better retail consultants / store managers
Individuals who want a fun and interesting hobby career in personal styling!
Why choose us
To become a stylist or start your own styling business can be difficult without any prior knowledge, experience or training. Our courses are tailored to give you indepth and practical information in a short time frame so you can get on your way to becoming a personal stylist as soon as possible
This is NOT a correspondence course – you will receive face-to-face training and hands-on practical experience with a MAXIMUM OF 10 students ONLY to ensure that you each receive focus and individual attention from Shirley.
The course is run by internationally reknowned UK stylist Shirley Lane from The Image Academy in a partnership with Smitten With Style – the stylists that other stylists learn from. Nothing beats experience so learn only from the very best.
The course content covers the theory that every stylist will use on a daily basis, made up of 70 different topics and answers every question you may be faced with in the real world.
Topics include getting started, colour analysis, body analysis, makeup, corporate image, working in TV and magazines to starting your own business and getting your first client.
While all participants will receive copies of the course notes to keep, we don’t believe in giving you a book with theory to teach yourself, our tutors are there to help you every step of the way and answer any questions you may have.
About Shirley Lane and The Image Academy
Shirley Lane is a leading personal stylist & certified make-up artist in Ireland who has worked in fashion and design for the past 9 years, and runs The Image Academy. Shirley Lane not only works with individuals but also gives regular style tips on TV shows worldwide. Shirley is a member of the AICI (Association of Image Consultants International).

In recent years, Shirley joined Europe’s number one Celebrity Stylist Natalie Svikle and launched The Image Academy, a training school for aspiring Personal and Fashion Stylists. It provides fashion forward styling courses that have been set up specifically to offer a new level of professionalism and expertise to wannabe stylists, PR professionals, boutique owners, high street retailers, fashion students and just about anyone who has a passion for fashion. The course structures have been designed with the modern day stylist in mind, addressing all the exciting changes within the industry combined with a hands-on practical approach of how to succeed.

The courses have been hugely successful in the UK, US and Ireland to date and now it’s time for Shirley to share her secrets with Australia!

Dates: Five-day course, 9am – 5pm daily.

Friday 16 October - Tuesday 20 October 2009 OR
Thursday 22 October - Monday 26 October 2009

Harbour Rocks Hotel, Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia.

Course fee: For October only the fee has been reduced from $3000 to $850 per student!!! Unfortunately, this offer is only available for the 2 course dates specified, normal prices will resume after these places have been filled so book early to avoid disappointment.

You will not find a better value course with such a high calibre tutor as Shirley! Enquire now by email or call 0423 042 418.

To book: Registrations are taken by Smitten With Style while course fee is payable direct to Image Academy via credit card. A deposit of $500 is due on registration with the balance due 7 days before course commencement.

"After completing 3 courses in London, which I feel were a total waste of time and money, I was very down about my future and what I had done as I felt the courses offered buckets of theory which were of no relevance to a modern day stylist and no practise so I had no idea where to go from there until a colleague mentioned The Image Academy.....The content covered exactly what I was looking for in assisting me to start up my own personal styling business. The days out in the shops mixed with the "start your own business section" allowed me to take the steps I required to build my business and I have never looked back. Shirley's enthusiasm for the industry mixed with her experience is invaluable to anyone starting out".
At 2:33pm on July 14, 2009, Tech Pack Designer - Paromita said…

Trust this finds you in good health and spirit. Being a fellow member of Fashion Industry Network you obviously understand and value the power of networking. I would like to invite you to be a member of my network.

Our professional lives may bring a need or desire to gain each other's counsel and being connected certainly helps. If I may be of any help to you, please don't hesitate to ask.

If you are not an open networker, I apologize for the inconvenience. Please delete, defer or archive my invitation, but please do not select "I don't know this person."

I look forward for an enduring relationship.

To Introduce myself , I am Paromita Das and I'd appreciate just two minutes of your time and attention. I am a Fashion Designer from India. I have gone through your profile and found interesting to be in touch with you.

You can reach me on

for more information about me you can go through the following links ..

Looking forward to your reply.

Best Regards
Paramita Das
Bangalore (India)
Tel - 080 - 41261764 , 09480449614
At 7:55am on October 27, 2008, md mashiur rahman said…
Dear Sir

We would like to introduce ourselves as one of the leading manufacturer and exporter of fashion accessories, jewelries and all types of handicrafts/beads items,high fashion garments, furnishing and we located in India. We deals into Surplus Stock also. We have Branded / Non Branded all type of men, women and kids item.

We assure you that you will get latest range of products and good quality as well. Our price is also very cheerful than others because of we have our own manufacture unit . We can offer you all the latest collection which you need at the moment and we can make the things according to your planning also.
Looking forward for a work with you and awaiting for a favorable reply very hopefully.

At 8:09am on July 28, 2008, Ragu said…
Hai Alan,

we are manufacturer and exporter of readymade knitted Garments from south india. If you need your production to be done one factory to cut shot the production cost. pls feel free to contact as
At 9:06am on May 1, 2008, Salil Sud said…
Hi Alan, had a look at your site . Great stuff. Have been in the fashion business for 18 years and seen a lot of Kids fashion , having worked with the likes of Disney and Gap Kids , but the stuff you have on your site is special . My compliments.

Would love to do something together , if there is any support you need in the Indian subcontinent ( India & Bangladesh ) please feel free to contact me. Have a look at my site, , will give u and idea on what we do .

At 8:47pm on April 3, 2008, Danna said…
Hey thanks for your comment on my blog.. i appreciate your input!
At 1:09pm on March 31, 2008, Apparel1 said…
Alan - welcome to the fashion industry network.. don't worry, based on what you have said this far, I have no intention on banning your profile. However, please be on your best behavior...(smile). By the way, I have used female legs for my profile image, but I am infact a male. In my opinion, the models legs are more fashionable then my own...

I have today created a group on the site for children's clothing companies. You are welcome to join that group.

Also, you can post your business on a new site I am developing called the Children's Fashion Directory. That site is not yet officially launched, but you can currently add your info to the system.
At 2:22am on March 31, 2008, Prasanth.v.k. said…
Hi Alan,

Thanks for the add on.I have gone through your blog on Target stores . Its 4 years back i did programmes for Target stores in Girls stretch Polo and thge QA standards were good including CTL testings . In todays apprale inductry Quality standards to be strengthened to offer value added products.

Keep in touch
At 9:19pm on March 30, 2008, Alan said…
I just joined this site and am looking forward to the dialog. I'm not sexist, but it sure seems like there is a lack of males in the header photo. Maybe a little photoshop is in order to add a little diversity in gender and race. Homo, hetro or metro I don't care, just give us a couple of guys.

PLEASE powers to be, don't kick me off this site, I'm just giving a little poke in jest to the site owner and asking for an invite as a friend whoever she may be.

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