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Chicago - Line Review Workshops

Started Mar 2, 2011 0 Replies

Are you a designer struggling with your business?Are you interested in learning what retailers are really looking for in a clothing or accessories line?Would you like to know how to structure your…Continue

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Apparel Industry Networking event - Chicago

Started this discussion. Last reply by mohammed jan Feb 8, 2011. 1 Reply

Time: Thursday, February 10 · 6:30pm - 8:30pmLocation: Hoply 1564 N. Damen Avenue #203, Chicago ILWe are very excited to co-host this months event (after a little blizzard delay) with our friends at…Continue

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I'm the founder of Jane Hamill Consulting and Fashion Brain Academy. I work with fashion designers on the business side of things – how to launch a line, cash flow, costing and pricing merchandise, time management, and the steps needed to go from creative ideas to making money!
Fashion Industry Experience
I've worked as both a designer and retailer and understand what it takes to get a product designed, produced and sold in a competitive market. I opened my women’s clothing boutique, Jane Hamill, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1992. The shop carried the Jane Hamill line of women’s contemporary dresses and sportswear as well as accessories, shoes, and jewelry. I designed the line and had it produced in Chicago until I sold the business in 2007. The Jane Hamill line was also carried in other stores including Mark Shale, Marshall Fields, Bloomies by Mail, Saks, and numerous specialty stores. My line was represented in 5 showrooms across the country.

I've been featured on CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Reuters, InStyle, Lucky Magazine, Frommer’s, McCall’s, The Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Social, Today’s Chicago Woman and more.

I've been consulting since 2007 and am an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College, where I teach Retail Management. I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Fashion Design.

Visit Jane’s Web site for advice and downloadable fashion business courses on everything from how to launch your own fashion line to dealing with time management for creative people.
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My biggest fashion designer mistake - not trusting my gut

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 2:54pm 0 Comments

This is an oldie but goody from the Chicago Tribune.  When a fabric supplier couldn't fill my order, I took what they had but had a sick feeling about it - I should have trusted my gut.  See what happened...

Price of cotton going up? What does that mean for your line?

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:46am 2 Comments

I just read this article that prices of cotton are going up.  What do you think?  How will it affect your line?  Will you choose different fabrics?


This directly affects how you…


How to arrange a trunk show with a boutique

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 3:53pm 0 Comments

Lorena from Miami wants to set up some trunk shows with local boutiques, a great technique to get people excited about a new line.  Here's my video on the best way to arrange a trunk show.



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Top 5 Sales Tips I Wish I Knew When I Was a Launching My Line

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 2:39pm 1 Comment

Like most new fashion designers, I made a lot of mistakes when I was trying to launch my line.  For most fashion designers, selling isn't easy - if you're a one-man show and doing all the work, you have to get comfortable picking up the phone to sell your line, otherwise you will have a gigantic business problem.


Unfortunately, it's not enough to just create something beautiful if the world doesn't know about it. But, if you're ready to launch a line,…


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At 12:36pm on June 24, 2011, fashion designer said…

hi nice to met you here


At 3:37pm on June 14, 2011, Jane Hamill said…

Hi Julie,

You have some GREAT questions and congrats on your business too.  I will send a well thought-out reply soon!


At 10:09am on June 9, 2011, DANACHI by jules xxx said…

hi jane

my name is julie tocker im from the UK and im trying to break into the fashion industry.. iv been looking at your videos and i think the advice you are handing out is fantastic and totally right in what you are saying about the whole design concept..

three weeks ago i launched my line and my website ( of 23 dresses and finding it hard to sell on line, maybe its because people dont know me as a designer and are not sure of the quality of my designs!! im not to sure>>> im thinking of maybe selecting 4 to 5 dresses from my collection to use these as a starting point to approach boutiques. in my studio i do everything myself from start to end even the pattern grading.. all my dresses have been made with the best satins you can buy, they are all fully lined and boned for better fit this is my niche.

i have had lots of interest via my wedsite and various fashion shows i have had including Newcastle fashion week which i was asked to do (Scott Henshall) was the host.. asking where my dresses are stocked

this is the link to my fashion show for Newcastle fashion week


i was just wanting a bit of advice from you if thats ok...

with me just starting out do you think it best to start really small like picking just a few dresses from my collection to approach buyers with ???

thank you

julie tocker




At 8:59am on January 22, 2011, Apparel1 said…
Sounds like a good consulting service. Your service may be helpful to members if the network. I would suggest that you help out with answering questions in the forum section. If you help people out with a question it is a good way to introduce you and your services to newcomers.

If you are interested, I can possibly create a free listing for you in the consulting section on If you become an active member of this network it would be my pleasure to create a listing for you.

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