Bikinis & atom bombs: Be inspired by everything.

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When we think about inspiration, what influences us most are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. We appreciate when someone has the ability and willingness to be selfless, creative, innovative, or just dares to be different. Being ordinary and creating extra ordinary stuff.

It’s one of fashion’s great mysteries. Where do designers find their inspiration? The birth of a trend has long been a source of debate. Inspiration can literally come from anywhere, be it family, music, streets, a crack in the sidewalk etc . There are no restraints as to what someone can draw from to turn a mere thought into a reality. In fact, fashion design is all about great inspirations. Today’s designs are everything from elaborate drawings in a sketchbook to creative photo shopping.

Unexpected inspirations:

Miniskirt: Did you know the origin of the miniskirts by Mary Quant’s was actually named after her favourite car – The Mini. According to her, miniskirts meant young, fresh, colourful and fun.

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The bikini: Louis Reard named his two-piece swimming costume after the Bikini Atoll, where the US military was testing bombs. He believed his revealing swimwear would create a shock similar to that of the atomic bomb. He sure did!!!!!!

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Versace logo: Gianni Versace’s major influence was Greek mythology – the logo for his company is the head of Medusa – thought to symbolize the empowerment of women. Through his clothing, Versace wanted to give women confidence and power, and this was shown through his choice of flamboyant textiles, bold colors and flattering cuts.

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Red-soled Louboutins: Christian Louboutin’s red soles were inspired by Andy Warhol and nail varnish. When designing a pair of shoes influenced by Warhol’s Flowers, Louboutin was dissatisfied with the outcome. While looking at the shoes, which had black soles, to try to figure out why they didn’t work, his assistant was painting her nails red. Seeing the polish, Louboutin grabbed the pot and lacquered the shoe’s sole, and an icon was born.

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We at MyWear® would like to be the bridge that leads artists to becoming entrepreneurs. We can provide you with all the tools you need to successfully launch your own clothing line. Your own website, Custom sizes, your own choice of fabric, Social media integration, advance designing tools, ecommerce, on demand manufacturing and shipment. You name it we got it.

We have made sure that tools, technology and cost are no longer barriers. Just bring in your creativity, talent, drive and let’s get started.

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Register now: www.launchmywear.com

MyWear® Store Facebook App Lets You Sell Directly on Facebook for Free

Great news for those of you looking to increase your store’s exposure! MyWear has released its new Facebook app! Now, with our new app,  you can add a MyWearStore “Shop” tab to your Facebook page, where anyone visiting your page can see a catalog of your products, view the details, and shop from Facebook! We’ll receive, process, and ship the product and credit your dues, as always. 

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To install, login to your account on LaunchMyWear.com and click on the Facebook cart (top right).

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You’ll be taken to the MyWear® Store Facebook App page. Click on “Setup your Facebook store”

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From here, select which page you’d like your store to appear on and click “Add Page Tab”.

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That’s it! Go checkout your new MyWearStore, right on your Facebook page.

Color Psychology: What Colors Sell?

When designing for your customers on LaunchMyWear, it’s beneficial to keep their preferences in mind. The idea is to stay true to who you are, so that you attract consumers that match your aesthetic, while also remembering the upcoming trends they’ll most likely want and their overall predilections.

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Pantone Colors 2016

One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by offering colors that are trending, (see Pantone colors of the year) and making products available in some key colors or tones that are popular your your buyers’ demographic.

For example, based on this chart, you can see that one clear winner is the color blue:

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Whereas orange did not fare so well …

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It has also been shown that more unusual and unique color names can increase the intent to purchase. This may hold especially true with women, according to KISSmetrics. So, keep that it mind when naming and describing your products.

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While we’re on the topic of color, it would be a disservice not to recommend looking at a color chart to determine complementary colors to use in your design.

For more on color psychology, check out our post on logo deigns, too!

Is There an Equation for Your Personal Style?

How often have you flipped through a women’s magazine to come across a quiz: “What’s your style?” Seems simple enough… but maybe too simple. Can our personal tastes really be summed up as Trendsetter, Classic, Girly, or Sporty?

We’re complicated beings that find inspiration through ongoing and ever-revolving stimuli, but admittedly, we also have preferences that often stay with us through our adult lives. So, when finding our senses of style, we’re told to rely on those consistencies to come to a conclusion about who we are, what we’re like, and what we offer. On an existential level, we are what we are and it doesn’t need to go any further than that. But, when creating a business around one’s style, such as a LaunchMyWear store, it’s a whole different ball game. So, I thought I’d investigate what the biggest influencers are in curating style and how you can use this to discover your brand’s voice.

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Culture: Often, personal style may be related to the culture you grew up in, but can also be from cultures that you’re drawn to. The art, music, food, and behaviors you grew up around or were attracted to obviously play a huge role in your preferences now. For example, half of my family is Croatian. I grew up with a grandmother who donned a braided crown and babushka. There were summer kitchens and Christmas Eve parties serving seven variations of seafood and copious amounts of wine. I really enjoy the traditions and styles I was exposed to by my family, and possibly as a result, have developed a Croatian or global-influenced sense of style, often being drawn to folksy prints, embroidered dresses, and, yes, braided crowns. There are also cultures surrounding hobbies and interests, like nerd culture, for example. How did culture play a role in your tastes and preferences?

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 Personal influencers: Did you have a family relative or close friend that was always on fleek? Did they teach you what items of clothing to splurge on and what to regard as a passing trend? Maybe they bought you your first favorite dress or jacket. For me, this person was my Aunt Cindy. She taught me what details to look for in quality clothing, where to find a bargain, and what fashion pieces would remain timeless for years to come. These lessons were subtle, but, over the years, have stuck with me. Consider who helped you develop your fashion sense and what they taught you, because there’s a good chance those lessons are still influencing you today. Also, consider peers or people who had negative influences and told you to refrain from wearing something you liked or believed in, then mentally tell them off and move on with your life!

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I haven’t the words. <3!!!

Famous and celebrity influencers. This is a big one. I would guess that 75% of teenagers, or more, gain influence from music, movies, and TV. These favorite musicians and celebrities often change over time, but their impressions can have a lasting effect. I’ve played with so many different types of music and style that it would be difficult to keep track of them all, identifying with “indie/punk/emo” as a teenager and onto electro pop and funk in my twenties. But there has never been a time when I didn’t love David Bowie, Bob Dylan, and Prince. Find those influences that stood the test of time and examine how they might have played a part in determining your sense of style now.

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I wanna hang out with these gals.

Decade: Sometimes this ends up being the nostalgia you have for the way people dressed when you were a kid. Other times, you find yourself drawn to particular decades because of the culture or beliefs of that era, or maybe it ties in to one of the other influencers mentioned above. I’ve always loved the 60s. Maybe it was having a flower child mom, or because of the 60s reboot that happened in the 90s when I was growing up – probably all of the above. Looking at the time period you’re most drawn to can help you make discoveries about your own personal style.

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minimalist-style-dress-jumpsuitSpatial/Visual preferences: Highly organized people often feel better when things are out of the way and in place, while others might have a “more is more” attitude. These states of mind can often extend to fashion preferences. I, for example, am a neat freak minimalist and this holds true for my taste in clothing and accessories. I don’t like any fussy or unnecessary zipper or button details and I have a strong preference for streamlined silhouettes. Dolly Parton, on the other hand, has a more go-with-the-flow, “why the hell not?” attitude which I appreciate tremendously, but just isn’t me. It’s interesting looking at how this last one relates to your other influencers. Although I love Prince jumpsuits and folky embroidery, I want quirks in small, thoughtful doses. Examine your own spatial reasoning and preferences in the context of your other style influences to see a bigger picture of what your style or brand might represent.

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folk dress launch my wearSo, I guess my sense of style can be summed to Folksy-Classic-Fluid-Mod-Minimalist? Yeah, let’s go with that! What did you come up with? This can be used when developing a cohesive e-store on LaunchMyWear.com or if you ever need a little inspiration. And, as always, tweet your designs and ideas to @LaunchMyWear

 

 

Best Free Stock Image Sites to Use When Launching Your MyWear Store

Finding stock images can be difficult. A google image search will normally yield one of two things: A slew of mystifying photos of overly excited guys in suits, or worse, an image you like, but that’s watermarked to filth.

When designing the banner for your LaunchMyWear store, watermarks and men in suits might not be what you had in mind, so we’ve compiled a list of some sites offering free, aesthetically-pleasing photos to choose from. Enjoy!

GRATISOGRAPHY

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A personal favorite! Gratisography’s curated collection of stunning photography offers tons of quirk, and even more pixels.

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A nice, downloadable mix of different styles of photography.

Pexels

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Another amazing source with a huge selection of free photos that’s added to daily.

StockSnap.io

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A little bit of everything, in large, high-res photos.

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Tons of gorgeous photos to choose from in large, downloadable sizes.

After you’ve created your banner and logo, you’re all set to promote your MyWear® store. Go get ’em, tiger!

The Benefits of Choosing LaunchMyWear.com

Because LaunchMyWear.com relies on all new, patent pending technology to produce custom clothing and apparel, designers may wonder how exactly our platform works. More importantly, how does it work for them, as designers?

Your Own Private e-Store

First and foremost, with LaunchMyWear.com, you own an e-store, which can be customized just the way you want it. You control everything, from the name, theme, and font colors, to what your customer sees when entering your store.  Upload your logo to establish your brand even further.  You can even group your merchandise into assigned categories of your choosing.

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Secure Payment Gateway

Your e-store, which showcases your products, wouldn’t be complete without a payment gateway. Hence, we offer you and your customers a secure checkout that’s already integrated into your e-store.

Your Own Label

At LaunchMyWear.com, apart from owning your e-store, you can also launch your own fashion label. This feature will be active after you generate at least 50 orders from your e-store. You can even apply for a trademark through us. Need more help? We offer one-on-one consultations to our designers to help them get their trademark and label up and running.

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As an artist, don’t be restricted to design only on specific sections of your merchandise. LaunchMyWear.com is the only platform that lets you design a product with all-over prints, or on any surface of the product you like! Our 3D tool will help you design on any section of your creation that you please.

One Design, Many SKUs

Our patent-pending software converts your design, from the 3D tool, to different sizes, including both standard and custom sizes, and automatically creates SKUs for production.  So, you only have to design once!

You Design It, We’ll Manufacture It!

We’ll manufacture your design when it’s ordered, without any upfront fees. That means no inventory, no pre-orders, no minimums, and no cost to you, the designer. And, because it’s made to order, you can design and launch as many products on your e-store as you want!

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LaunchMyWear even makes it easy to promote your products online! No need to login to individual social media channels and post your content. At LaunchMyWear.com, you can promote away, directly from our social media share dashboard.

Drop-Shipping

Once ordered and manufactured, we deliver straight to your customer’s doorstep. Or to yours, if that’s your preference!

Transparent reporting

Our transparent reporting allows you to keep track of your orders and earnings. Link to your secure Stripe account and watch your designs pay off, literally.

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Simply put, LaunchMyWear is an all-inclusive package for any designer to create new, custom looks to be produced, on-demand, without any of the obstacles associated with traditional fashion manufacturing. Hopefully, now you have a bit of a better idea of just how our platform works and how it works for you, as a designer.  And, with no costs to you, there’s no reason not to get started!