Fashion & Retail, Leadership

Tom Ford’s top tips to build a Fashion Label

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We want to share a very business insightful article from VOGUE AUSTRALIA and journalist Julia Frank on Tom Ford’s top advice on building a Fashion Brand. With our Mentors and Subject Matter Experts, we understand, live and breath Fashion and Retail every day. You have below and in the article from Vogue a great  summary that will make your investment in time and money very profitable indeed. If you need more help, guidance and support or just operations expertise, send us an email or connect on social media such as Twitter. 1. “Trust your instincts when it comes to design.” 2. “Never sell a controlling interest in your name. Ever. Ever.” 3. “Decide for you if fashion is an art or an artistic business. This will affect how you set up your company.” 4. “If your president or chief executive officer thinks they know the difference between dark burgundy and…

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Social Media Thought Leadership

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Did you know that content shared by the owner of a business receives 8x MORE engagement than content shared by a business social media account? There has been a significant shift in the way a business communicates with their customers online. It’s time for you to change your mindset, and think about social media as part of your “customer experience” journey. What does the phrase “social media” mean to you? Does it mean a way to connect with friends and family, or is it just another phrased used to define the route to market a business online? Let’s take the first word; social. The meaning of this word is often forgotten when people talk about social media and the idea of delivering a social experience. Just like Scott Cook said; “A brand is no longer what we tell the customer it is. It is what customers tell each other it…

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How to tell if you need a Mentor?

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People often assume that leaders automatically come up with the right answers because of the position they hold. The thought is that “they wouldn’t be leaders if they didn’t come up with the right solutions most of the time.” One would like to think so, but the reality is different. The leader of a business or organisation on Monday morning, may have ‘only’ been an executive last Friday. On Friday, they were good, perhaps very good, but not perfect. How did they become perfect over the two days between subordinate and boss roles? Leadership is as much about learning, evolution and personal growth as it is about the innate skills of leadership. The reality is, they didn’t. One of the ways that the gaps in skill, experience or world-view can be filled is by using a suitable mentor to assist the leader contemplate and make key decisions. A mentor should…

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Motivation – Inspirational and Business quotes

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The best way to break a habit is to drop it. Newspaper Editor, Leo Aikman Your worst enemy is within! Change your mindset & see you grow as well as your business. Founder Global Fashion Management – Thierry Bayle If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past. Baruch Spinoza I myself have benefited from many mentors throughout my life. Founder of Virgin – Richard Branson If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. Frank A Clark Wake up every day & look forward to learning something new. What have you learned today? Founder of Virgin – Richard Branson An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity. Winston Churchill Your time is limited so don’t live the life of somebody’s else. Steve Jobs Obstacles & Problems can’t stop you.Most of all, other…

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Videos – How to develop sales internationally?

Connect Americas has requested that we deliver 2 webinars on how to grow sales globally. You can see those recorded videos from the comfort of your office or home. Looking to watch our videos about the Top 7 factors to grow sales internationally? Click the videos in English or in Spanish.            We welcome your feedback and questions. We are here to help you implement the changes in your organisation. As the world becomes more complex and unpredictable, you may want to keep in touch or you may want to learn more about mentoring and how it can benefit you and bring Business and Personal Growth. REGISTER FOR A FREE MENTORING SESSION.   Who is Connect Americas? ConnectAmericas is the first social network for businesses in the Americas, dedicated to promoting foreign trade and international investment. It seeks to help SMEs strengthen their businesses, by providing…

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Relax – It’s Friday

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We live in a serious World however, once in a while, we need to relax and laugh. Apart from giving you a little break, we wish the Friday video to open your eyes on a new way to see things. We want the video to bring critical thinking. 1. Check this video and see how a Cafe in the USA  (Roanoke Coffee Shop) decided to make a difference in our world. He decided to tackled in a very unique creative way rude people who would forget to say “hello” or “please” when ordering their favourite coffee. Viral at its best! 2. We hold no shares in the business featured in this video however it shows very well communication challenges inside this organisation. How do you communicate? How do you make sure your Team understands the message and knows how to apply it? Does the message produce the expected results? Our…

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Top 10 Tips for reducing discounts – Beat #BlackFriday!

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Black Friday started in the USA and now it has become normal among most UK retailers. When you have more items on sale rails than on the rest of the floor, there are a number of things you can do, however, rolling your eyes and blaming the increasingly unpredictable British weather shouldn’t be one of them. The only rolling going on should be you rolling up your sleeves and taking serious action. If you want to make more money from your stock, it’s time to start working in a different way. Please note that the comments below refer to a multilabel store however the logic applies to all mono brand stores. 1 KNOW YOUR NUMBERS In order to avoid discounting, you need to understand what you are selling each month: what are your best sellers and where are the problems in your shop? I spoke to a retailer recently who…

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The Six Fundamentals of Business

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When one explores the concept of business, one will find wide interpretations of what constitutes the fundamentals of business that apply universally. One can find hundreds (if not thousands) of interpretations of such principles – every commentator attempts to put a unique spin on this to justify their value and contribution. The reason they are incorrect or inappropriate is that one can find legitimate contexts where the proposed principle doesn’t apply, therefore that principle isn’t universal. There are six fundamentals that apply in all business situations, are they are: 1. The business exists to further the objectives of its owners. When one examines the mission statement of many of the world’s leading corporations, one will inevitably find references to the satisfaction of stakeholder objectives. These references not only acknowledge the owners of the corporation, but often, also identify other stakeholders such as employees, the community, the government, suppliers, and of…