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All is good .... (so far should we add)

Over the last 4 weeks, we were discussing with 3 different prospects how was the business and the answer was simple:
"All is good - No problem".

Unlike other Brands, the owner was yet keen to open up to a candid conversation which we had after sending an NDA - non-disclosure agreement.

Then we both became serious and we started looking at real numbers, real measurable goals in the business. We did a real reality check on whether the business was prepared for a healthy 2018 end of the year and profitable 2019.

We both agreed that it was not going to be a smooth running over the next 12 to 18 months. WHY?

Black Trash - Botswana going Global!

More and more, we’re seeing serious fashion talent emerging from countries which are new to the international fashion map. Some of the most exciting young brands are emerging from Africa. While Nigeria is perhaps the continent’s fastest growing market, some of the hottest brands are coming from other African countries.

My top tip for a brand to watch is Black Trash, a Botswanan label. If you’re looking for an über-chic look to take you effortlessly from Gaborone to London, Paris, New York and beyond with some serious attitude, Black Trash is what you need!

GFM spoke to Kux, Black Trash’s Co-Founder and designer, to get the inside story. 

Halloween - Trick or Treat

Thank you for your support in 2018.  We enjoyed delivering our knowledge, skills and experience with honesty and transparency.
Looking at serving you in 2019 and get the right results by December 2018.
If you are not totally on target to reach your goals, don't delay, call us.

In the meantime, it's HALLOWEEN.

OUR VIDEO: It is spooky so be ready to jump off your seat!
Enjoy the watching .... Get the gift below!

RETAIL SEMINAR - London - November 13th

WESTMINSTER LIBRARY - RETAIL SEMINAR TO SURPRISE YOU

As a retail business owner, you have the Art – you know WHAT to buy or design.

What is sometimes more difficult is understanding the Science part of buying which is HOW MUCH to buy and WHEN to bring the goods in.
Knowing how much to buy and you will reduce discounts & knowing when to bring the goods in and you will increase sales.

If you plan to open a store or if you have a store, online business or pop-up then this interactive seminar on November 13th is for you. 

3 things no one tells you about the USA ...

Do you want to learn what kills your investment you are making when you decide to exhibit at a USA trade show ( Atelier - Capsule - Coterie - Designers&Agents - Magic - Mrket - Platform - Project - Man/Woman ...)?

Do you want to learn why you get the buyer and the agent/distributor to work against you and not for you?

The 3 things you need to know about the USA market.
Why do we know those 3 things? (and much more)

Because the Founder of GFM had to manage over $40M dollars in the USA, work with all the fashion stakeholders and has done it for over 25 years alongside Designer Brands, SMEs and Young Designers.

Give us 10mn of your time and a specific opportunity or challenge and you will see the value added we will bring (with honesty and transparency).

USA - How to grow sales successfully?

The USA Market offers every Brand an opportunity for success however it can reveal itself as a difficult market if you refuse to learn how it works.

We will share what we have been abe to do with people to help them grow sales in the USA in less than 4 hours.

As Fashion Brands were fed up to go there unprepared and therefore losing thousands of dollars, they have asked GFM how we could help.
We came up several years ago with the "#USAWorkshop" which delivers to your Team and yourself what you need to know before you go.
You will learn the mistakes that other brands have made and there is much more to say than what this blog post can ever take!

The best quote we were provided was
“This workshop is the Rolls Royce of Fashion information on the US market”
PARVEEN COUTURE – Farakh Parveen

Fashion Designer: Are you an egg, a carrot or a coffee bean?

A LITTLE STORY THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ALL OF US

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

The Art and Science of Buying

In light of what has happened on the High Street with BHS, it is important to re-emphasise that we are having a key retail asset which is not taken care of.

At BHS Limited from 2010 to 2014, sales went down 15% and stock went up by 50%.
Is that normal?

What is the issue faced by many retailers from large chain stores to independent retailers: Buying!

As you are placing orders for the SS or AW season, you must be having the following 2 questions in mind:

How can I make this buying process easier?
How can I maximise my profits on the stock I am buying – which is my number 1 asset?

Let’s focus on 2 key elements which will help you put more £ / € or $ in your pocket. Guaranteed!
You have the art of buying and you know what to buy, you now need to have the science part of buying which is “how much to buy” and “when to bring it in”.
Answering those questions as accurately as possible will put you ahead of your competitors and increase revenue while reducing stock.
So, what do you need to do to achieve better results when managing your stock?

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