The Launch of the
Fashion Industry Network
The Fashion Industry Network is a business networking community designed for the fashion industry. The network allows individuals the opportunity to develop personal profiles to highlight their professional experience in the fashion industry. After profiles are created, members may freely join groups that pertain to their area of expertise. For example, if the member is a "pattern maker" they will join the Pattern Making Group. As pattern making can be considered a function of design, a pattern maker would also be welcome in the Design Group if they were so inclined. In addition, they may wish to enter into discussions with people in the Clothing Manufacturing Group.
Members are permitted to join groups in which they have direct personal expertise or simply a very strong interest in the groups topic of discussion. The idea is for both industry veterans and new members of the industry to converse and share ideas. It is a wonderful place for members of the industry to learn from one another. One member may lend assistance regarding the proper method for fusing a lapel. Another member may have experience with printing t-shirts by using cut panels. As the membership grows, more shared knowledge will be available to all.
The network is an excellent structure for open communication. Viewers may post comments or questions in the general forums, or they can post topical messages in a specific group. Members may also have discussions with one another on their personal profile pages. In addition, if the member wishes to ask another member a question in private, they can send an e-mail message.
The network has several predefined "groups" and new groups can be added based on suggestions from the sites members. The only requirement of the network, is that the discussions stay on topic. Any topic relevant to fashion, textiles, or related fields are welcome. For an example of a "related field," the site allows jewelry designers, hair stylists, makeup artists etc. In fact, the site allows groups to develop regarding warehousing, custom brokerage, import & export etc. Certainly, the fashion industry would not function without warehousing and distribution. Therefore, if you work in a clothing warehouse you are certainly welcome to post your views. Essentially, any business function that is directly relevant to the fashion industry or textile industry is welcome at the Fashion Industry Network.
The primary goal of the network is to bring together members of the fashion industry in a friendly setting so that they that they can have open dialog regarding business matters. This site is NOT a "social" network. The site is a "business" network. Although you will find a friendly and sociable community, the primary function is to meet business contacts and discuss relevant business topics.
The Fashion Industry Network has been developed by the Apparel Search Company. As stated by the owners of Apparel Search, "We are very pleased to provide the fashion industry with the first online business network devoted entirely to the fashion industry. Although we have incubated the concept and developed the site, the success of the network lies in the hands of our individual members. If this network turns into the valuable tool that we believe is possible, the thanks should not go to Apparel Search. Each fashion industry expert that has joined the network deserves the praise. Again, it is the community of members that will make this site a valuable business tool."
The network has recently launched and will take time to fully develop. In time, this network will be beneficial to all that have an interest in fashion.
You can also view our official
press release at
Fashion Industry Network Launch - press release
Fashion Network Becomes an Essential Tool for the Fashion Industry Fashion Article Posted May 12, 2008