I have the cyc website and phone number if anyone wants to do a trade of some info
No need for trading, lets all be friends. http://cycdesigncorp.com/
Hook me up with some info then, i'm new to this.
Want some info on how to be successful in this crazy industry? Here it is.
First and foremost, love what you do. Don't do it for the money. If you are doing what you love then money will come after.
Second, do your research. Sure, asking for things over a forum may get you some hookups but when it really comes down to it you need to dig alot deeper than a forum flooded with trolls. If you really want to find a manufacturer for that 'trendsetting' snapback you dream of making, you will find it with enough persistence and effort.
Just making t-shirts isn't enough anymore. People aren't interested in your average t-shirt designs. Its 2012 and business is evolving faster everyday, people nowadays are looking for a lifestyle to follow. Fans what to see material with passion, love and inspiration all packed in. Sorry to inform you though, your lifestyle better be interesting, creative, and REAL.
Be original. Don't copy something thats already been done. Sure, get inspiration from other sources, but make it your OWN. People don't like seeing copies or imitations, they want to see AUTHENTICITY.
Finally. How about instead of talking about all your god damn plans to be the most 'successful brand out there', you start proving that you are the most succesful brand out there. Talk is cheap.
There you go. You should now have a rough blueprint to start achieving your dreams in the fashion industry. Take it or leave it.
let me add:
#1. starting a brand is a business. Doing what you love is a hobby. Making money (preferably by doing what you love) is a business.
#2. Graphic tees will never die! graphic tees have always been the staple of independent brands. Long after flannel shirts, skinny jeans, snapbacks, and whatever trend is popular now, or was popular for the last 50 years...consumers have, and always will purchase graphic tees.