The Ultimate Souvenir: Create Apparel from Vacation Photos with MyWear®

I’m currently writing this on my phone, somewhere between Taichung and Taoyaun. I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to Taiwan this week, and as I ride the high speed rail back to the airport, and on the way back to my home in Oregon, I can’t help but feel nostalgic already.

Taiwan was beautiful, with vivid tastes and sounds, and a culture rich in tradition. It would be difficult to communicate the feelings that come about when stepping into one of the striking temples filled with ornate statues and the scent of incense. Similarly hard to capture is the sensation of walking up the steps of an old Taiwanese mansion and feeling the warm breeze as you hold a railing that’s been touched by countless people before you, dating back to before the industrial revolution.

I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase just how personal you can make a LaunchMyWear piece. Not only are you given the opportunity to personalize your fabric or customize your size, you’re able to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece from experiences, just as you want to remember them.

Taiwanese flowersAs I mentioned, I was really taken with the temples and an old mansion we visited Lu Kang. The architectural details and fabrics were so beautiful, and so different than anything I see regularly in the States. I would point at a gorgeous hand-carved wood plank or embroidered sash and exclaim to my husband, “If we were independently wealthy, I’d want to do this in our house!” or “I WISH they still made fabric like that!”.

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Then, I realized: I work for the best custom clothing company ever. What am I doing? I can make a dress inspired by my trip… I can even make a shirt using the actual photos from Taiwan! So, that is exactly what I did! Using a process similarly to the one here, I was able to take the photos of stunning, priceless antiques and artifacts and turn them into the perfect custom pieces to remember my trip by!

First, I created a print using the flowers featured on one of the goddess’ robes in the temple. I updated it with a clean background.

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For my second design, I used the tiles from the mansion to create a trim and extended the holes in the tiles upwards to create polka dots.

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And there you have it! Two distinctly personal tank tops from my trip… without the hassle of stuffing souvenirs in my luggage, made possible with LaunchMyWear!

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10 Trends Coming for You in 2016

Looking for upcoming trends to unlock inspiration in your next LaunchMyWear collection? You’re in luck! 2016 has a little something for everyone…

70s: This trend is here to stay for a while. A majority of the 2016 runways showcased something from the era where disco, punk, and bohemian styles merged together. Luckily, that means that anyone can find inspiration, from in-your-face crochet and fringe to suede and earth tone minimalism.

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From left to right: Rebecca Minkoff, Rodarte, Coach, Gucci, Mara Hoffman

Dark Romance: Soft, feminine silhouettes get an edgy upgrade in 2016, with moody color palettes and gothy, Latin undertones. My 14-year-old self rejoices!

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From left to right: Gucci, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Erdem, Rodarte, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

Denim: Not. Going. Anywhere. My guess is that cropped flares, patch-work jeans, and sleek, high-waisted, wide-leg flares are going to make A LOT of appearances in the next year.

Denim Trends 2016
From left to right: Jil Saunder, Dries Van Noten, Opening Ceremony, Alexander McQueen, Fendi

Shoulders: Either in exaggerated, rounded silhouettes or completely bare cut-outs, it seems like designers are giving everyone the shoulder in 2016.

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From left to right: Proenza Schouler, Christian Dior, Simone Rocha, Celine, Jason Wu

Athletic Streetwear: Although I didn’t spot many pairs of yoga pants walking down the runway, fashion continues to embrace comfortable, street-inspired looks, featuring track pants, bomber jackets, and relaxed silhouettes and fabrics.

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From left to right: Rag & Bone, Tommy Hilfiger, Eckhaus Latta, Vercase, Hood By Air

Stripes: Soooo many variations of stripes!

Stripes 2016 Fashion Trends
From left to right: Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Dior shows

90s: This trend just keeps going and going. Hold on to your slip dresses, relaxed denim, and faux leather jackets, because the 90s lives on in 2016 in the way of grungy minimalism.

90s 2016 trend
From left to right: Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant, Marques Almeida, Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein

Sophisticated Tie-Dye: My husband laughed when I told him this was a trend. But 2016’s tie-dye is no laughing matter! It’s serious and all grown up.

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From left to right: Emilio Pucci, Narciso Rodriguez, Paco Robanne, Altuzarra

Orange you glad I didn’t say zip-off cargo pants?

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From left to right: Prabal Gurung, Narciso Rodriguez, Marissa Web, Michael Kors, Altuzarra

Futuristic: NY, London, Paris and Milan runways all shined with lots of silver and metallic fabrics in futuristic, streamlined silhouettes.

Futuristic silver trend 2016
From left to right: Ellery, Aquilano Rimondi, Maison Margiela, Chanel, MM6 Maison Margiela

Now that you know what fashion has in store for us all in 2016, hopefully, you can use this to anticipate what your MyWear® customers are going to be looking for next year. As always though, use trends as inspiration, not rules to follow. The most important thing you offer as an artist is your perspective, after all!

Turn Art into Merchandise and sell with MyWear®!

 

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Register for your free account at http://www.LaunchMyWear.com. After you’ve signed up, you’re ready to create your first piece! Follow along for the steps and helpful tips I’ve learned when designing products.

  1. First, you’ll want to upload your artwork. I usually create my art in Photoshop, but you could also use Microsoft Paint, Adobe Illustrator, a photograph, or a picture of something you’ve drawn/painted. I recommend uploading 300 pixel/inch resolution, so your artwork is large and high-res enough to cover your design in full. The one I uploaded here is 4000×6303 px and 19.4 MB.

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  1. Hover your mouse over the art you uploaded and select “Design your own”. This will take you to a menu of products to choose from. I’ve selected the Plus Size Fit & Flare.

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  1. Now, we get to the fun stuff! When your design first appears on your product, it will show as a rectangle, one that most likely doesn’t fit the entire piece. There’s an Auto Fit button which will automatically fill the entire product.

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4. Or, in order to get your print to cover your product entirely, you’ll want to use the plus sign to scale the art to the whole piece. Use the arrows to align it further to the left or right. To make the print smaller, use the minus option. If you’re planning on using more than one artwork on your piece, you can use the additional artwork tabs to do so.

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5. To apply color, select the area of your product you’d like to fill and turn artwork off in the color tab, if needed. Choose the color you’d like to apply to the selected section.

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6. Now your design is up and available for purchase on your MyWear® store! Share your newly designed piece with family, friends, and your social media audience! When an order is placed, we’ll manufacture and ship it, and credit your dues to your account.

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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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Traditional Croatian costumes

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

 

 

Your Print Guide for Spring/Summer 2016 is Here!

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If you caught any glimpses of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, you’ve probably already caught the buzz. After watching the absolutely dazzling array of cheerful, globally-inspired prints that walked the runway, I wanted to pre-order one of everything the models were wearing. Unfortunately, that isn’t in my budget this year, as I am not Beyoncé 😦

D&G took us around the world, with loud, in-your-face color and embellishments that were streamlined in classic, feminine silhouettes. Just look at these photos from the show!

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This recipe of adventurous prints and color in ladylike cuts made for an absolutely delightful show that, of course, inspired me to create my own look on my LaunchMyWear:

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Clearly inspired by D&G’s lemon print here

Marc Jacobs’ print game was strong, too. His collection showcased a lineup of models with tons of pumped-up, old Hollywood glamour, and even more New York Dolls-style attitude. Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers, so, of course I had to pay homage to his  incredible Spring ready-to-wear line, as well.

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My take on his plaid/floral numbers. I ❤ you, Marc!

Another gorgeous collection that stood out for me was Diane Von Furstenberg’s. I know floral prints in a spring collection isn’t a new concept, but Diane Von Furstenberg does it so darn well. This woman knows prints like she knows wrap dresses. So, this Spring ready-to-wear trifecta wouldn’t be complete without her.

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Love her mix of prints!

Other labels that brought it for S/S 2016 included:

Gucci (Spring 2016 Ready-To-Wear)

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Jonathan Saunders (S/S16 Ready-To-Wear)

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Temperley London (Spring 2016 Ready-To-Wear)

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And Clover Canyon (Spring & Resort 2016)

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Because MyWear® is the perfect platform to create custom clothes with your own custom prints, every runway show can provide inspiration for your own designs, without the Beyoncé bank account! What are your favorite looks from S/S16 collections? I’d love to see your takes on them! Be sure to tweet your designs at us @LaunchMyWear

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!

6 Steps to launch your clothing line free

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Have the passion for fashion and dream of running a fashion business? Many fashion designers really want to launch their fashion label and to run their own businesses, but there are lots of entry barriers to do so: How to get the best design tools, how to source the fabric, from where to secure money to run the business, how to set up logistics, how to create an online store, how to sell and many more. More importantly, how to get right people to help you to do the job! Take a deep breath; our new platform www.LaunchMyWear.com is here to help. This article will walk you through the process of starting your own clothing line – free!!

icon_1Create a business plan: Create a business plan where you mention the mission and vision of your company along with business projections and mile stones. Identify current market gap, your closest competitors, and your total target market.

icon_2Build your brand: Define your brand and jot down who are your typical customers and what kind of aspirational fulfillment they will have after they purchase your brand. For that, you brand name, logo, kind of categories you keep in your brand would be crucial. Your brand name should be unique and memorable. Your logo should be impactful which goes along with your value proposition. It should have right color combination as per the brand positioning. Your product categories should fulfill the requirement of your target segment with an impact.

icon_3Infrastructure you need: If fashion design is your forte, to start with you would not like to invest much in software or tools and have any manpower to launch your clothing line to minimize the cost and risk. Of course, you wouldn’t have manufacturing or logistic support to start with. You may checkout http://www.launchmywear.com which offers 3D tool to design your products along with the possibility to auto grade the designs to multiple sizes at one go rather you creating it of your own and spending days on it. You can just focus on the designing and launchmywear.com takes care of pattern making and manufacturing as per your design, delivery of the products at customer’s destinations and the portal also auto credits your money in to your account with professional reporting. To manufacture launchmywear.com does not ask for any minimum order quantity or does not ask any registration fee or initial investment which is a norm now a days.

icon_4Monitor seasonal trend: Fashion being very much trend focused where change is the only constant thing, you may need to change your styles frequently to keep it up to date as per the season and taste. Of course, be innovative to launch few unique cool designs.

icon_5Marketing and selling: For this you would require your website which would catalog all your great collections. www.launchmywear.com offers you a free private portal of yours which would list all the items you design. You do not need to spend to secure domain name of your website. This portal also offers various design themes which you can keep as per the positioning of your store. You can arrange all the collections in your store the way you need. Keep refreshing to give it a new look. Promote your store on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram which are great platforms to reach your audience free of cost. Launchmywear.com gives you flexibility to publish your collection on your social media sites directly from the portal and saves lots of time for you.

icon_6Believe in yourself: Finally, believe in yourself that you can do it. The biggest fear to start any business is the risk associated with the investment you are making. With launchmywear.com you don’t have any risk as you don’t invest in anything. So relax, have fun and open your store at www.launchmywear.com to give it a try.