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5 Ways to Customize Your Product. Wow Your Clients!

21 Aug

5 ways to customize your product

Presentation means everything, no matter what business you’re in! Below I’ve outlined some of my key ingredients in a successful presentation of a custom gown to a private client.

1. Find out what your customer really wants.

No matter the product, you may run into clients that know (or think they know) exactly what they want. Intentional or otherwise, it may feel like they just want to use your skill, and not your creative expertise. In the end however, you are the one that will be held accountable for how the product turns out. Keeping this in mind, the best way to start is by having a sit down consultation with the client. Have a list of questions ready. Come up with the questions beforehand that hone in on the direction of their vision. Gain insight on how they want to feel about this product and/or how they want it to make them feel. Be honest about what you can and cannot do. Be honest about pricing. If the requests increase, let them know right away the costs that will be incurred.

Having clients that basically give you free reign over a design idea is always a pleasure! Ronisha came to me in need of a reception dress that would flatter her figure, while also showing her sophistication as a newlywed.

2. Give them your input as an expert and come up with a vision that meets the clients requirements and has your personal touch.

I came up with the sketch below. Ivory stretch satin with Swarovski crystals adorning her from the neckline, all the way down the front of the dress in flattering V shapes. The satin hugging her curves, while ivory chiffon peaks out at her shoulders and neckline. Ivory chiffon drapes down the back in a double layer, while a single fan pleated layer subtly shows off her legs in the front.

Lucky for me, Ronisha loved this sketch and gave me the ok to go ahead and get started. Sometimes, it may take some revising, or even coming up with a new concept entirely. Just make sure they are happy before going past this step.

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Orlando MC Eturn on Women in Hip Hop, Underground vs. Mainstream, and her Upcoming Tour!

27 May

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Recently I caught up with Eturn- the quickly uprising female mc, who has been creating an awesome buzz in Orlando’s hip hop scene as of late.

Her debut video for the single “Come Close” with DJ SPS was released last Tuesday. It completes the essence of the song by taking you on a mind bending tour of the contrast between mistrust in different aspects of life, while examining the issue of conformity in politics and in hip hop. I also took notice that in the video, she leaves the psychiatrist’s office the same way she went in, giving reassurance to trust your own instinct. Seeing the video moved me to reach out to her to discuss women in hip hop, the underground versus the mainstream, and what she has planned next.

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Branding, Orlando aLive, Photo Shoot, Sewing & Painting! Weekly Update!

22 Nov

Ok so I didn’t have time to update last week, so this is for the last two weeks…and few days! : ) Let’s see where to begin…

So is there anyone who does not feel like time is absolutely flying? Monday was the start of a new term at school for me. The last term was so much fun! It was all about team building and communication. This term is about business branding, which I’m really excited about since I am in the middle of a total brand reformation. I’m really narrowing down my focus of the brand. I have always done my pieces with inspiration from vintage but with a modern, futuristic twist. But I never really promoted the brand as neo-vintage or retro-futurism… which it totally is. I think I just get very caught up in the design part of things and let the business side sort of just meander along behind the clothes. That’s why I’m so grateful to be at Full Sail University right now. I feel like I have to relearn things that I already know, and things that my husband has been telling me for years, and just be more organized about how I put things into practice. So I renamed my etsy shop Neo Vintage Clothing to make it easier for people to find me. www.etsy.com/shop/neovintageclothing

I also went with a few friends to the Orlando aLive event downtown at The Social, presented by Culture Climax last Monday. It was pretty dope since they had all my favorite things; fashion, art and hip hop. There was a great band there, Will Work For Good Music (www.willworkforgoodmusic.com). And the host Prote-J (Twitter:@Prote-J) was awesome. And of course, my favorite Orlando female rapper MyVerse (https://www.facebook.com/MYVERSE). There was also a young man there who performed- singing while playing his acoustic guitar. I cannot for the life of me remember his name, but I want to shout him out so bad… so if anyone knows who I’m talking about, leave it in a comment for me!!

Me and friends from school- Colette and Ruby at Orlando aLive!

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