Here is an
interview I have conducted with myself...
What is Apparel Search?
is a directory for the fashion industry. The site now has a search
function, but it is still primarily a directory and not a search
engine. This website covers all aspects of the apparel industry from
fiber to fashion.
So, why do you have the word "search" in the company name and not
question. Not really sure. Back in the late 90's when I started to
develop Apparel Search, the word search was a rather large buzz word
associated with the internet. Although I did not actually develop my
own search engine, as a directory site ApparelSearch.com would help
people that were "searching" for apparel relevant issues. So even
though viewers were not able to use a search function back then, they
were in fact "searching" for information. Hence, the words Apparel +
Search did have relevance to the purpose of the website.
Does the Apparel Search website actually search the internet?
the ApparelSearch.com site does have a search engine feature.
HOWEVER, the engine is currently set to only search the websites that
are owned by the Apparel Search Company. The engine is not set
to search the entire internet.
When using the search engine, to find information on
the Apparel Search Company websites, are the results accurate.
that the results are quite good. However, just like
any search system, the results are not perfect.
Although we currently use a very good search technology, I am not
certain that the engine actually catches every
single page that we own. In the past, I have
personally searched for a clothing company that I know is listed on
Apparel Search, but had difficulty finding the companies listing when
using the primary engine (so I turned to the
directory method and found the company with ease). In all
honesty, I am not certain why the results are not
absolutely perfect. Maybe it is because we live in an un-perfect
world... Anyway, we will
continue to attempt to provide you the best possible results.
Although not infallible, the engine is a very good starting point
if you are looking for something on our websites.
If you wish
to search the entire internet, you can utilize the search engine
website (another website that we own). The search technology at the
clothing b2b site is currently set to scour the entire universe of
When you stated that the search function on ApparelSearch.com will only
search Apparel Search Company owned websites and that there are many of
them. I am curious about what all of those site are, could you name
find many of them at the Apparel
Search Company Websites page.
You have been known to state that the Apparel Search website is the best
fashion website in the world. Do you truly believe that?
Do you mean
the "entire" world? Or the imaginary fashion world that I circulate
in... In my little world, yes Apparel Search is clearly the best
fashion site in the universe. However, in the real world, maybe it is
second, or third, or fourth, or well you get the point. The reality is
that there is no voting committee, so I am
uncertain as to where Apparel Search would officially rank. I can say
that the site has many excellent features as well as features that some
may feel are in need of improvement. That is precisely why
ApparelSearch.com welcomes feedback and offers many opportunities for
contributors to add their
advise us of broken links,
fashion news, add fashion profile, etc.
Is Apparel Search your favorite fashion website?
Apparel Search website is my favorite. However, the
has become a very close second.
What is the Fashion Industry Network?
I am very
glad that you have asked that question. The Fashion Industry Network,
is a website designed for members of the fashion industry to communicate
with one another. This fashion network should not be confused
with a "social" network.
members communicate sociably, the site is technically a
Our fashion directory site
(Apparel Search) is a great resource for finding
etc., but the Fashion Industry Network provides access to personal
communication. The network helps its members by giving them a network
to truly learn from about the different segments of the industry, via a
question and answer process. In my opinion, the ability to ask
questions is an integral part of education. For example, you can read
in the quality testing section of Apparel Search but you may not gain a
true understanding of it. On FashionIndustryNetwork.com a member can
communicate their questions directly with another member who has direct
experience regarding the subject of testing fabrics. For on this
fashion networking site, members are free to ask questions to one
another. If a
has questions regarding how to manage stock levels in a fashion
boutique, they can actually reach out to colleagues in that area of the
industry by going to the retailer group and posting their questions.
Answers are as authentic as our members.
have noticed that some members of the Fashion Industry Network, are not
actually working in the fashion industry. Why is that?