Fashion Industry Network (www.fashionindustrynetwork.com)
succeeds at offering fashion industry professionals
a way to communicate with each other to share
experiences and knowledge about resources, aiding
their careers and businesses.
Search (www.apparelsearch.com), an online
resource for people working in the apparel and
textile industries, the Fashion Industry Network
opened in July 2007 and already has more than 1,500
members from many facets of the industry who bring
their perspective to groups, sharing what they've
learned over time with both seasoned professionals
and those who are new to the fashion industry. This
networking with others offers priceless advice from
people who've experienced the same situations.
Questions can be asked and answered. Special
contacts on the site can be brought in as "friends."
Roderick Rowser, fashion
designer and active member of this site, says, "The
Fashion Industry Network is a stellar concept. I
left the industry for 10 years and through contacts
from the network have found fabrics and services
that would have taken me years of running around.
When I need something, I go straight to the network
and ask, whether it's a favor or a paid
consultation, a model to do fit modeling or someone
to produce samples in Sri Lanka."
After signing up for a free
membership, each person is given a page where he can
tell other members basics such as where he's from
and who his favorite fashion designer is but this
page also offers the opportunity to describe his
experience in the fashion industry. This first point
of contact tells others what the new member has to
share and what he might be looking for from the
community in the future.
The site has 73 groups and is
constantly growing. Larger groups include Marketing
and Fashion Design but there are groups to meet the
needs of different niches in the industry with UK
Fashion, Green Fashion, Personal Image Consulting,
Stylists-Hairstylists-Makeup. Recent conversations
have included sources for fabric made of bamboo and
questions about how to become a fashion publicist.
This is a truly international
community of fashion. Members span the globe from
the United States and Great Britain to the
Netherlands, South Africa, Russia, India and China.
Each can choose to join groups that meet their
current needs or help them move into another area of
interest they want to explore. Fashion photos,
videos and blogs can be uploaded to the site.
The owners of the Fashion
Industry Network say, "We gave the site a good start
and it is being discovered by more people every day.
We wanted it to be a place for friendly discussions
about this industry and it's exactly that." They
add, "The goal of the network is to help members of
the fashion industry. That is the sole purpose."
The Fashion Industry Network is
meeting the needs of everyone so well that new sites
for the jewelry and shoe industries are being
launched. Keep your eyes open for the official
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