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December 14, 2012 @ 07:41 AM
mikeykari

Post: 9

Join Date: Jun 2012

Originally wasn't going to post after reading some of the feedback comments on some brands that others are just starting out on and looking for constructive criticism to improve. But I realized if you love what you do and believe in your brand and your future plans in improving and taking your brand to where you see it being then it doesn't matter. 

With that mentality we decided to start Hari Kari to inspire others to just put an end to all of the personal doubts they have in their minds and to just ultimately achieve their goals and aspirations. Because the only person stopping you from doing what you want to do in life is you.  

We've been in the planning process for over a year and recently released our brand about less than 6 months ago. I know we have a lot to work on still but we make clothes we like to wear and if we can just inspire one kid with our message to take the chance on their dream then that's all we've ever really wanted from this brand.

These photos are from our very first line this summer. A lot more goodies for next year including cut n sew, beanies, and a lot more attention to overall details. Winter Drop Part 1 on the way also.















Mockups of Part 1 of our Winter Drop. If you haven't gotten the hint yet we love the Japanese and samurai culture and that's what our brand's based around. We're also pretty big anime nerds so we decided to pay tribute to one of our favorite shows growing up and made our own versions. (Everyone who watched the show knew they really wished Gundams were real lol).



If you like what you see and want to follow us through this journey go ahead and follow our blog at: www.liveharikari.com or if your on the book of faces hit us up at: www.facebook.com/liveharikari 

Best of wishes on every ones future endeavors on bettering themselves. 

Live your passion. Create your dream. Fight for what you believe in. www.liveharikari.com

December 14, 2012 @ 07:43 AM
Broken Bank Clo

Post: 506

Join Date: Apr 2009

Location: San Diego

 2. Don't waste your time with any of that legal stuff when you start out. Spend ALL your money on things that will generate you profit. Don't waste tons of money on stickers and buttons and that stuff. It doesn't help sell shirts as much as you'd think. You'll end up needing CA numbers and GST numbers and Resale numbers down the road, but no need to bother with them at the start. 


Always have a back up plan for everything man. Shit will hit the fan i can promise you that. Welcome to the game, its a tough one and remember their is always someone out their grinding harder than you are so stay on top of your game.

I get everything else and I myself also have more then one printer but the thing I wanted to question was the whole sticker thing.
I thought stickers and buttons were going for advertising. Reason I ask is because I have been having some trouble advertising and marketing as it only being myself running the whole show it's difficult for me to get out there to all the places I want. Sales have been kind of slow because of that but why are stickers not such a good idea? Or is that not a specific thing to each brand.

oh and just to add. I wouldn't even bothing with registering with Alstyle unless you are printing by the hundred on each print. They don't evn fuck with little companies and they are difficult as hell just to contact to send over you resale info. I just buy from shops around my area and the prices are fairly matched with what AAA has listed on their site anyway. Save yourself the shipping and find a local spot to buy in bulk from

How many fb likes do you have? Twitter? Instagram? Pinterest? How often are you blogging about others to get cross promotion? How often are you going out to events and meeting people? Stickers are not a marketing tool. They are a lazy ass cop out if you ask me. Stickers don't sell shirts. People sell shirts. 




I spend $120 max on stickers and i can get them to last 2 releases (6 months). Stickers are maybe.. ~3% of my budget for a line. I use my stickers for 2 things:




1. To help close deals and lure people into checking out clothes at my booths. Everyone loves free stickers. 




2. I also put stickers in with every order from my online sales just as a little thank you. The key with good marketing is being able to track what does and doesn't work. This is very very hard with stickers and as far as i know a sticker has never made me a sale. 




Going to events, having a large following, doing people favours, talking to old friends etc.. - its that type of stuff that makes sales for me. You will never build a successful company in this game from sitting at a computer and always designing

edit: sorry the spacing is all fucked up the forum wont let me change it 
alright.
I feel you on that. Sucks cause sitting behind a computer is all I have been doing as of lately. And trying to depend on other people.

Broken Bank Clothing *** www.BrokenBankClothing.com *** @brokenbankclo

December 14, 2012 @ 10:33 AM
Frank_

Post: 1193

Join Date: Jan 2009

With alstyle it was easy to get an account like real easy
December 14, 2012 @ 02:07 PM
touchdowntodd

Post: 584

Join Date: Oct 2012

Location: Milwaukee, WI

these last 2 pages are the best thing to EVER happen on this thread .... thank you to all posters ... very helpfull

fukasignature.com ... glad we have these back tho

December 14, 2012 @ 04:42 PM
thejetlife

Post: 15

Join Date: Dec 2012

Working on New brand now will post details soon
December 14, 2012 @ 06:36 PM
colin_nyc

Post: 104

Join Date: Jun 2012

Location: New York, NY

Working on New brand now will post details soon
cool story bro
December 14, 2012 @ 06:46 PM
minsct

Post: 326

Join Date: Nov 2011

Location: Canada

So I know someone here will freak out because I'm marketing in here, but before you do just take a breather and remember that this is just an internet forum.

We are doing a holiday free shipping deal from the 14th to the 17th. Only a few 5 panels left. Get them at www.minsct.com



THE VISIONARY IS YOU - www.minsct.com

December 14, 2012 @ 07:21 PM
thejetlife

Post: 15

Join Date: Dec 2012

EDIT: oops
December 14, 2012 @ 09:26 PM
lowlives

Post: 48

Join Date: Nov 2012



The first GUIDE Holiday Headwear Collection is now available in our Store.

Featuring 3 weights of beanies for any season - in 3 colors.

Zebra (left)-Lightweight
Heather Grey (middle)-Midweight
Black (right)-Heavyweight

All MADE IN THE USA.

Woven Damask "EYE FOR AN EYE" label on the cuff.

www.guideusa.net

Thank you for your support!

Hey man, just a question, what technique did you use to get the font like that in the beanie?

www.lowlivesclothing.com IG: lowlivesclothing

December 15, 2012 @ 02:17 AM
Fifth

Post: 291

Join Date: Apr 2008

Just drop new product and lookbook. 

Full set can be seen through our Facebook




December 15, 2012 @ 02:47 AM
ryder

Post: 240

Join Date: Nov 2011

Location: Canada

Working on New brand now will post details soon
This is actually such a problem with so many brands in my opinion. Not really referring to hypebeast but kinda using it as an example. Don't talk about anything until it is REAL and available for PURCHASE. You really only have one chance at making a sale with a customer and if you pitch them something that isnt real or available at the time you just wasted an opportunity.

I get messages from people all the time asking for me to check out music/designs/models etc and they dont have anything for me to actually look at they are just making contact which is basically a waste of time an resources. 

How do you guys build up hype for a release? Ive tried many things and so far the thing thats had most success is keeping everything on the downlow until the actually drop. That way i get people first reactions on facebook/twitter/instgram and others can see the positive social interaction.

Interested to see how others do things on here

edmflavor.com

December 15, 2012 @ 03:26 AM
jfergny

Post: 112

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: LI, NY

Just drop new product and lookbook. 

Full set can be seen through our Facebook




@fifth im really into this. have you guys thought of setting up an actual webstore instead of just doing stuff over email?

WTB: Roshe Run black/stadium green 10.5

December 15, 2012 @ 04:06 AM
Fifth

Post: 291

Join Date: Apr 2008

@jfergny of course we do and we know its a must. However, we're having trouble now since we try to make it by ourself with html/css (just like stray rats). Perhaps anyone knows? Other than that, the webstore should be ready by February 2013 along with S/S collection


December 15, 2012 @ 04:06 AM
Fifth

Post: 291

Join Date: Apr 2008

double


December 15, 2012 @ 04:06 AM
Fifth

Post: 291

Join Date: Apr 2008

triple


December 15, 2012 @ 04:59 AM
awhitehippy

Post: 551

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Lost Angeles

                   

Check out http://rottengoods.com/  for these 2 new shirts. We're an upcoming brand trying to make it in these busy cities. Apologies go out for the small variety since making shirts is not cheap, and we try to get the best quality ones out there. These shirts are starting Rotten Goods out, so your help is needed. We have many more designs planned, so stay awake and don't ever fall asleep on us 
Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/rottengoodsLA.
+ Thanks

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December 15, 2012 @ 05:30 AM
hkeys

Post: 527

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Tampa

Working on New brand now will post details soon
This is actually such a problem with so many brands in my opinion. Not really referring to hypebeast but kinda using it as an example. Don't talk about anything until it is REAL and available for PURCHASE. You really only have one chance at making a sale with a customer and if you pitch them something that isnt real or available at the time you just wasted an opportunity.

I get messages from people all the time asking for me to check out music/designs/models etc and they dont have anything for me to actually look at they are just making contact which is basically a waste of time an resources. 

How do you guys build up hype for a release? Ive tried many things and so far the thing thats had most success is keeping everything on the downlow until the actually drop. That way i get people first reactions on facebook/twitter/instgram and others can see the positive social interaction.

Interested to see how others do things on here
Same thing we do. Usually post a picture of some sort of preview or just a little heads up on when the date will be. It's dope when we have people who cop minutes after we release it. Think you can build more anticipation as you grow and keep releasing pieces, it's rad though how there are so many different routes to take when doing anything in this industry really. 

http://thedividedminds.com/

December 15, 2012 @ 05:30 AM
hkeys

Post: 527

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Tampa

Working on New brand now will post details soon
This is actually such a problem with so many brands in my opinion. Not really referring to hypebeast but kinda using it as an example. Don't talk about anything until it is REAL and available for PURCHASE. You really only have one chance at making a sale with a customer and if you pitch them something that isnt real or available at the time you just wasted an opportunity.

I get messages from people all the time asking for me to check out music/designs/models etc and they dont have anything for me to actually look at they are just making contact which is basically a waste of time an resources. 

How do you guys build up hype for a release? Ive tried many things and so far the thing thats had most success is keeping everything on the downlow until the actually drop. That way i get people first reactions on facebook/twitter/instgram and others can see the positive social interaction.

Interested to see how others do things on here
Same thing we do. Usually post a picture of some sort of preview or just a little heads up on when the date will be. It's dope when we have people who cop minutes after we release it. Think you can build more anticipation as you grow and keep releasing pieces, it's rad though how there are so many different routes to take when doing anything in this industry really. 

http://thedividedminds.com/

December 15, 2012 @ 06:07 AM
qrct1

Post: 944

Join Date: May 2012

does Llowe's use of the collegiate font put them on a pedestal or something?
I don't understand what was so significant about their collection.
they did a button up version of the RL print.

and there was virtually nothing they added to the classic tiger camo print. 

there is a lot of bashing when it comes to upcoming brands employing bold italics or old english fonts in terms of emulating SSUR, Supreme, or Black Scale, but why so lenient to the use of collegiate fonts that so obviously aim for the aesthetic that WTAPS, Neighborhood, and many other influential brands have worked so hard to build?

Only my opinion, but I would like for you guys to toss this around for a bit. There is no way for any being to look to the stars and invent something out of thin air. Everybody builds from the many influences that have shaped their knowledge and tastes. but I utterly feel this collection, LLOWE, contributes nothing to today's streetwear ecosystem, besides a very accurate re-hashing of what people approve on the Pick Ups thread.

LLOWE did put out a wonderful collection. I love their choice of the model, choice of background, actually impressed by their decision to debut with cut & sew. My beef is though, with that kind of talent, why not challenge not only yourselves, but everybody else into thinking ahead of curves of today's trends. I don't believe there will be a significant market that will pay you for doing what everybody else is doing.

No question their collection looks more professional than that of 95% of this thread. I just want to challenge those with most potential.

www.æterna.net/shop

December 15, 2012 @ 09:05 PM
koolkidduk

Post: 6

Join Date: Dec 2012

Location: London

Edit: wrong quote

www.koolkidd.co.uk

December 15, 2012 @ 09:08 PM
koolkidduk

Post: 6

Join Date: Dec 2012

Location: London



The first GUIDE Holiday Headwear Collection is now available in our Store.

Featuring 3 weights of beanies for any season - in 3 colors.

Zebra (left)-Lightweight
Heather Grey (middle)-Midweight
Black (right)-Heavyweight

All MADE IN THE USA.

Woven Damask "EYE FOR AN EYE" label on the cuff.

www.guideusa.net

Thank you for your support!

Hey man, just a question, what technique did you use to get the font like that in the beanie?
Looks like an Envelope Distortion to me... smile

www.koolkidd.co.uk

December 15, 2012 @ 09:27 PM
koolkidduk

Post: 6

Join Date: Dec 2012

Location: London

Love to know your thoughts...  Not the best timing for Tees, but no time like the present to get yourself out there.




You can visit our koolkidd site for more details...

www.koolkidd.co.uk

December 15, 2012 @ 10:01 PM
hashrat

Post: 5

Join Date: Dec 2012

My friend is starting a brand, its called puzzle, its based out of las vegas, they have pattern pocket tees so far..  http://www.puzzlelv.com/
December 15, 2012 @ 11:07 PM
Frank_

Post: 1193

Join Date: Jan 2009

My friend is starting a brand, its called puzzle, its based out of las vegas, they have pattern pocket tees so far..  http://www.puzzlelv.com/
no need to hide the fact you made it bruh...

but honestly everybody is doing pocket ts now..your presentation is off need better models and better product shots..........

i know not everybody can get a good camera to use but you can make it work.....

first get behind a white wall...

loose the girl she makes some awkward faces ahahhaa
December 16, 2012 @ 12:06 AM
bedrockhoopz

Post: 34

Join Date: Jun 2012

What do you guys think makes a good design? I feel like everyone hates on everything. Half of the shit on here sucks, I agree, but I've been trying out designs for about 5 months and there has been nothing I'm 100% in love with. The "site's" http://feasible.bigcartel.com/  http://feasiblelife.tumblr.com/ thanks
December 16, 2012 @ 01:09 AM
minsct

Post: 326

Join Date: Nov 2011

Location: Canada

Good design is like a puzzle piece. In my opinion, you could make almost any idea look good. Its all about fitting the puzzle pieces just right.

My favorite designers are masters of simplicity. But then again, good design can be complex.

THE VISIONARY IS YOU - www.minsct.com

December 16, 2012 @ 01:12 AM
Yeezus

Post: 83

Join Date: Mar 2012

Location: Yass

Which set of pics is better?



December 16, 2012 @ 01:12 AM
Yeezus

Post: 83

Join Date: Mar 2012

Location: Yass

Which set of pics is better?




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December 16, 2012 @ 01:12 AM
Yeezus

Post: 83

Join Date: Mar 2012

Location: Yass

Which set of pics is better?




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December 16, 2012 @ 02:38 AM
tuesdaygirlfriend

Post: 174

Join Date: Nov 2012

Location: SAN DIEGO, CA



the hoodies look dope.

noisev.us ~ tuesdaygirlfriend.tumblr.com


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