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February 8, 2013 @ 01:23 PM
kitelifeco

Post: 48

Join Date: Jan 2013

leath
100 %leather patterned fabric used for entire design.
I'll be honest, the designs are childish and so is the name/brand. Just think of the top brands out there and compare yours to theirs. What do you see?

I know you are trying and I give you that, but you should rethink your approach. Also what program are you using for your designs?
i use a combination of photoshop and illustrator. The name is specifically for the target audience (smokers). I'd perfer just "kite life" but was approached by someone that that is the name of a registered business, so i figured i had to alter it and slapped co on there but was contemplating "Kite Life-Style"...but ehhh....idk As far as the designs go i see simplicity to be most common. 

KiteLifeCo. "It's Not Style, It's a LifeStyle!" Follow Us @kitelifeco www.kitelifeclothing.com

February 8, 2013 @ 01:28 PM
HWYS - Joey

Post: 756

Join Date: Mar 2012

If somebody already has that name I would look into finding a completely different one. You don't want to be an afterthought... As far as designs go, I guess it's u to you and what you think your audience will like. I'm not a smoker, so I would prob never buy one of those, but if it had a clean design I would probably consider it.

www.highwaysco.us -- for some fucking reason, you must use the www. idk why fml.

February 8, 2013 @ 02:01 PM
kitelifeco

Post: 48

Join Date: Jan 2013

If somebody already has that name I would look into finding a completely different one. You don't want to be an afterthought... As far as designs go, I guess it's up to you and what you think your audience will like. I'm not a smoker, so I would prob never buy one of those, bit if it had a clean design I would probably consider it.
Idk though kites and smoking are completely far off in markets but competing for SEO will definitely be a pain. I like high fashion along with street & urban, I want the brand to be boutique quality and want it to be more then just ink on a shirt. That is one thing I realized after searching through here and looking through the catalogs and look-books of the  major brands. So I think simplifying the designs (as suggested) and adding the extra missing quality (that most go hards look for) through the use of different textures/patterns/fabrics as well as keeping the pieces limited to low/moderate quantities. My goal was to get constructive feedback on the colors/designs, input on what to remove/replace/add  etc. like I do from the more technical forums but that seems to come in scarcity around here.

I appreciate the food for thought on the name, also4 what do you think the design lacks to attract a non-smoker?

KiteLifeCo. "It's Not Style, It's a LifeStyle!" Follow Us @kitelifeco www.kitelifeclothing.com

February 8, 2013 @ 03:39 PM
kitelifeco

Post: 48

Join Date: Jan 2013

Have any of you guys used godaddy to create your website? Howd you like it?
i personally just got my domain from go daddy but i think big cartel its the best by far aside from a word press even though both are good.

KiteLifeCo. "It's Not Style, It's a LifeStyle!" Follow Us @kitelifeco www.kitelifeclothing.com

February 8, 2013 @ 03:56 PM
kitelifeco

Post: 48

Join Date: Jan 2013



A or B?

KiteLifeCo. "It's Not Style, It's a LifeStyle!" Follow Us @kitelifeco www.kitelifeclothing.com

February 8, 2013 @ 06:23 PM
Iarumas

Post: 567

Join Date: Sep 2012

Location: Northpole

C (Neither)
February 8, 2013 @ 08:52 PM
minsct

Post: 326

Join Date: Nov 2011

Location: Canada

Anyone else think that posting pre production photos asking for advice downgrades a brands credit and image? Personally, I enjoy keeping almost every detail secret until the release.

To be honest, I would not buy from a single brand on here that has posted pre design templates. To me, it shows that they are not confident in their design aesthetic. Don't get me wrong, that is ok - but why not use the resources in your inner circle to assist you? A huge element of streetwear is the surprise aspect. Master it.

THE VISIONARY IS YOU - www.minsct.com

February 8, 2013 @ 10:35 PM
paperboyjim

Post: 53

Join Date: Dec 2011

Location: Canada

February 8, 2013 @ 10:48 PM
mobbyluii

Post: 1984

Join Date: Nov 2011


IG: @mobbyluii

February 8, 2013 @ 11:04 PM
qrct1

Post: 1002

Join Date: May 2012



A or B?
E (all of the above)

www.æterna.net/shop

February 8, 2013 @ 11:05 PM
qrct1

Post: 1002

Join Date: May 2012

Supreme x Illegal Immigrants

www.æterna.net/shop

February 8, 2013 @ 11:08 PM
BEENHUSTLINGNINEFOUR

Post: 271

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Yass

Anyone else think that posting pre production photos asking for advice downgrades a brands credit and image? Personally, I enjoy keeping almost every detail secret until the release.

To be honest, I would not buy from a single brand on here that has posted pre design templates. To me, it shows that they are not confident in their design aesthetic. Don't get me wrong, that is ok - but why not use the resources in your inner circle to assist you? A huge element of streetwear is the surprise aspect. Master it.
I post pre-preduction mockups to hopefully get hard, honest feedback. When I show stuff to my friends and family, I feel as if I get pity compliments on it. The public has no reason to do this to me, so I tend to post here first.

hot water

February 8, 2013 @ 11:08 PM
BEENHUSTLINGNINEFOUR

Post: 271

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Yass



A or B?
E (all of the above)
you skipped D there, champ

hot water

February 8, 2013 @ 11:33 PM
Laurence of Arabia

Post: 266

Join Date: Dec 2011

How much could one expect to potentially earn from having their artwork licensed on tshirts ? This particular company supplies Urban Outfitters, Topman etc.

I was approached, but I'm totally clueless as to how to go about it. I havent signed the contract I was given yet but have been offered 10% for boutiques and 5% for none boutique gross sales.

How do I go about protecting myself ?

(I know this isnt strictly starting up a label, but its near confused

Thanks !
February 8, 2013 @ 11:48 PM
BEENHUSTLINGNINEFOUR

Post: 271

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Yass

How much could one expect to potentially earn from having their artwork licensed on tshirts ? This particular company supplies Urban Outfitters, Topman etc.

I was approached, but I'm totally clueless as to how to go about it. I havent signed the contract I was given yet but have been offered 10% for boutiques and 5% for none boutique gross sales.

How do I go about protecting myself ?

(I know this isnt strictly starting up a label, but its near

Thanks !
I don't really think we can help you here, although sites like Mintees and Deviantart might be able to.

hot water

February 9, 2013 @ 12:03 AM
Laurence of Arabia

Post: 266

Join Date: Dec 2011

@beenhustlingninefour Thanks man !
February 9, 2013 @ 12:50 AM
blueowljml

Post: 30

Join Date: Dec 2012

there's better places to make your site. try places like shopify, bigcommerce, woocommerce
Thanks, ill definitely give them a look! Just tryin to figure out which is best
February 9, 2013 @ 01:15 AM
northwestgear

Post: 4

Join Date: Feb 2013

Hey guys, I recently joined to see if I could get some feedback on my company. Not looking to go into depth on the meanings of designs, as that is not what this is about. Just want to let you know that we are based out of the Northwest and our designs are based around the Northwest. We just had our first "official" release yesterday, so any feedback is appreciated.







Just wanted to show you guys a couple pictures, as I dont want to spam this thread. What do you guys think about presentation, design quality, etc. I know that the designs don't appeal to a wide market, but my niche is the northwest, so that's what we're aiming at.

Here is the site
http://www.northwest-gear.com

Thanks if you reply!




Does anyone have any ins on getting online exposure? As stated in my last post, I understand that my clothing isn't widely accepted as the demographic I have chosen is a direct representation of the Northwest, but I was hoping that someone would be able to maybe bounce some ideas off of me with some good marketing strategies. What would be a good way to reach people that wear streetwear/urban wear? I have contact a couple fashion blogs, but I'm sure getting a feature would be a long shot.


Also, does anyone have experience in starting up a skate/bmx/snow team?

I run a clothing company entitled Northwest Gear Clothing Co. http://www.northwest-gear.com

February 9, 2013 @ 03:01 AM
HWYS - Joey

Post: 756

Join Date: Mar 2012

Northwest Gear --
Regarding exposure and marketing, I will say start small and let the consumer push the product for you. By this I mean, sell your products locally and make each and every transaction a great one for your customer. By having them realize how good of a product/costumer service you have, this will make them promote the brand.

As far as looking into bmx/skateboard teams/promos- go to your local skate park and talk to people. Find out who the best guy on the skatepark is, there is always one and sponsor him/her. Give him some free gear/stickers and have 'em wear the stuff when the park is the busiest. Take pics and post them up and have him do the same.

Good luck!

www.highwaysco.us -- for some fucking reason, you must use the www. idk why fml.

February 9, 2013 @ 03:08 AM
ctkim

Post: 63

Join Date: Jan 2013

Location: Downtown LA

Anyone else think that posting pre production photos asking for advice downgrades a brands credit and image? Personally, I enjoy keeping almost every detail secret until the release.

To be honest, I would not buy from a single brand on here that has posted pre design templates. To me, it shows that they are not confident in their design aesthetic. Don't get me wrong, that is ok - but why not use the resources in your inner circle to assist you? A huge element of streetwear is the surprise aspect. Master it.
I post pre-preduction mockups to hopefully get hard, honest feedback. When I show stuff to my friends and family, I feel as if I get pity compliments on it. The public has no reason to do this to me, so I tend to post here first.
100% agree. no one wants to spend hours and lots of money printing shirts only to have no one buy any of them. i think getting feedback on pre-production mocks is really important

http://crispincooler.tumblr.com

February 9, 2013 @ 03:17 AM
newcitizen

Post: 30

Join Date: Feb 2013


MARCH RELEASE

Travel Good. Live Most.

February 9, 2013 @ 03:39 AM
newcitizen

Post: 30

Join Date: Feb 2013


MARCH RELEASE

Travel Good. Live Most.

February 9, 2013 @ 04:22 AM
HWYS - Joey

Post: 756

Join Date: Mar 2012

Reminds me of YSL...

www.highwaysco.us -- for some fucking reason, you must use the www. idk why fml.

February 9, 2013 @ 04:51 AM
qrct1

Post: 1002

Join Date: May 2012

reminds me of gayness

www.æterna.net/shop

February 9, 2013 @ 04:52 AM
jaemznugyen

Post: 311

Join Date: Sep 2012

leath
100 %leather patterned fabric used for entire design.
I'll be honest, the designs are childish and so is the name/brand. Just think of the top brands out there and compare yours to theirs. What do you see?

I know you are trying and I give you that, but you should rethink your approach. Also what program are you using for your designs?
i use a combination of photoshop and illustrator. The name is specifically for the target audience (smokers). I'd perfer just "kite life" but was approached by someone that that is the name of a registered business, so i figured i had to alter it and slapped co on there but was contemplating "Kite Life-Style"...but ehhh....idk As far as the designs go i see simplicity to be most common. 
i find the words "total shit" to be more accurate if we're describing your designs
February 9, 2013 @ 05:22 AM
plastisol

Post: 24

Join Date: Feb 2013

to kitelifeco, bro you can't be serious, I really hope you are not spending your hard earned money or maxing out your credit cards to launch your "company"

most of the brands on here seem recycled with the logos, about me "oh my brand is a lifestyle, blah blah blah so buy my expensive overpriced shirt" and the photography(model holding snapback bill with one hand while looking down type shit), the funny part is that almost all of you are trying to start like if you guys been established and in the game for years, trying to make make a living off this, selling tshirts for $25+, hoodies for $50+ for an unknown brand? lol. If I were you guys I would start it for fun, sell the t-shirts at the cost, fk it $5 dollar tees, you guys will have more success by doing that! 
February 9, 2013 @ 05:44 AM
plastisol

Post: 24

Join Date: Feb 2013








Well you guys wanted to be know it all's last time i posted but i'm posting this for the hell of it cause well we're good with or without hypebeast, but it's always interesting to see others opinions. Thanks, and keep working everyone. 

http://www.nobodyspecialco.com/
lol Can't take the photos serious with that dude rockin those tights/shorts/boot combo
February 9, 2013 @ 06:03 AM
hkeys

Post: 538

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Tampa

Hey guys, I recently joined to see if I could get some feedback on my company. Not looking to go into depth on the meanings of designs, as that is not what this is about. Just want to let you know that we are based out of the Northwest and our designs are based around the Northwest. We just had our first "official" release yesterday, so any feedback is appreciated.







Just wanted to show you guys a couple pictures, as I dont want to spam this thread. What do you guys think about presentation, design quality, etc. I know that the designs don't appeal to a wide market, but my niche is the northwest, so that's what we're aiming at.

Here is the site
http://www.northwest-gear.com

Thanks if you reply!




Does anyone have any ins on getting online exposure? As stated in my last post, I understand that my clothing isn't widely accepted as the demographic I have chosen is a direct representation of the Northwest, but I was hoping that someone would be able to maybe bounce some ideas off of me with some good marketing strategies. What would be a good way to reach people that wear streetwear/urban wear? I have contact a couple fashion blogs, but I'm sure getting a feature would be a long shot.


Also, does anyone have experience in starting up a skate/bmx/snow team?
Use of all your social networking at hand. Have a facebook, twitter, tumblr, instagram. Marketing is the hardest part of owning any business and getting your brand or company out to the public. It takes time and hard work. Unless you somehow have some crazy connections that you can use but very few brands have those and only get them after being around for a while. For me, I don't know how the hell to gain followers or real exposure on Twitter, but Instagram is very easy. You can easily target your market and get almost immediate interactions. It's been one of our most efficient ways of selling our clothes. Not to being able to connect with people overseas too. Take great photos and compose good lookbooks so you can have them featured on fashion blogs and websites. As far as building teams for skating/bmx or whatever. Pick one that you feel will represent your brand the best of the one that you are most familiar with. I've been skating for a long time now and know a lot of really really good skaters here in Tampa. Skate Park of Tampa breeds the illest. We don't have a "skate" team or anything only because we haven't ventured into it, but we do have the support from the skaters in the community which helps. You can't expect to blow up in a matter of months unless the quality and uniqueness is there. Hope this helps man. 

http://thedividedminds.com/

February 9, 2013 @ 06:07 AM
hkeys

Post: 538

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Tampa

Anyone else think that posting pre production photos asking for advice downgrades a brands credit and image? Personally, I enjoy keeping almost every detail secret until the release.

To be honest, I would not buy from a single brand on here that has posted pre design templates. To me, it shows that they are not confident in their design aesthetic. Don't get me wrong, that is ok - but why not use the resources in your inner circle to assist you? A huge element of streetwear is the surprise aspect. Master it.
This is true, I think if you've been doing it for a while and have your die hard followers as long as you're progressing and following similar themes in your products and designs the sales will be there. It's trial and error in the beginning until you find your niche of customers and you know what will and won't sell. 

http://thedividedminds.com/

February 9, 2013 @ 06:15 AM
hkeys

Post: 538

Join Date: Apr 2012

Location: Tampa

One of the things not too many people bring up in here is how they ship out there products and talk to their customers. I would suggest using your own mailing supplies and having a simple kitchen scale. That way when orders come in you can weigh them and print out the shipping label provided, let's say for example on PayPal. Usually do first class which is 2-5 days and ship out the day the order comes in, if early enough or the next day. I hate waiting in line at the post office, dropping them off is so much easier. With an email for the order confirmation then the tracking number sent from PayPal. Always send out a sticker or two which each order and nice little note thanking them for their support. It's the little things like that, that I've found people really enjoy. Plus, I always like getting stickers or something extra from things I buy online. I'm almost bummed when I don't ha. Also, responding to every email in a timely manner and having great customer service can go a long way. How do you guys go about doing these things? 

http://thedividedminds.com/


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