Are you wanting to take the next step in your fashion business, but aren’t sure where to start?

Many successful professionals from all industries believe in the effectiveness of mentoring to bring clarity, motivation and most importantly, a new perspective to their professional journeys.

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Fashion Equipped firmly believes mentoring is one of the best things industry peers can do to share knowledge, support one another and create true connections that could last an entire career! Below are three ways mentoring can benefit you and your fashion business journey:

1) Mentoring grows your network
One of the main things you’ll receive through a mentorship is a valuable industry contact who will take the time to get to know you and your professional goals. Some mentor partnerships go well beyond their specified duration – many become friendships that last decades!

A good mentor will have a wealth of experience in your industry, and with experience comes contacts. In the right circumstances, your mentor may even be able to introduce you to their network, through things like networking events or industry gatherings where they can facilitate introductions. There’s nothing like a good old fashioned mutual contact to get the conversation started!

2) It provides an environment to be truly honest
For many professionals, having a mentor is a rare chance to be completely honest about their career aspirations and goals. Perhaps you have a ‘day job’ that pays the bills, but your heart really wants to run your own fashion business full time?

Having a mentor will give you a safe space to verbalise your aspirations and run ideas past someone who will have good advice. It also gives you an opportunity to empower yourself by setting realistic goals with someone experienced and knowledgeable about the industry you’re wanting to tap into.

3) Mentoring = motivation!
Taking part in a mentor programme not only shows others you’re passionate to move forward professionally, but it’s also an inspiring process in itself! If you feel like you’ve been hitting a wall and aren’t sure whether you still have the ‘spark’ for your fashion business, enrolling in a mentor programme could be just what you need to snap back into it and feel passionate and excited about your project. Sometimes sharing with someone and reflecting is all you need to feel motivated again.

Having a mentor is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, learn, connect and grow. If you’re interested in partaking in a mentor programme, Fashion Equipped is very proud to announce we’ll be offering one-on-one Product Development + Sourcing Consultancy Sessions from leading consultant, Manuela Castelluzzo. 

Manuela started her fashion design and product development career more than 20 years ago. She’s worked with big name brands including Sportsgirl, Witchery, Portmans, Target and Corfu Jeans. Her areas of experience include Design, Sourcing, Production Management and Creative Direction. She’s worked in a variety of disciplines including Womenswear, Menswear, Childrenswear, Sports Apparel and Accessories.

Manuela is passionate about passing on her knowledge to the next generation of fashion professionals, and we’re so pleased to have her as a long-term member of the Fashion Equipped consultancy team.

Expressions of interest are now open, and will close on November 2nd, 2018. Make sure you get in quick as spaces are limited!

To register your interest, fill out our Business Consultancy Enquiry Form with some information about yourself, your fashion business journey so far and what you’d wish to gain from your Product Development + Sourcing Consultancy programme.

Now is the time to make the fashion business YOUR business!