Archives for October 2011


do you have a posse?

retail recipes

Happy Wednesday!

Relationships have always been the most important thing in my life, be it romantic, friendship, or family. Surrounding yourself with loved ones, and making sure they know how important they all are to you, should be top priority! With similar passions and interests, we support and encourage each other in our various endeavors with enough laughter to make anything fun :)

The more support you’ve got in your corner, the more you feel like you can do anything in the world. The same goes for your business. Surrounding yourself with your customers, fans, friends and family members who rave about you will not only bolster your confidence, but also make you more appealing to the outside world, potential retail partners. When they see that you have build a strong community of followers, they will want to “get to know you” to see what the buzz is about. Hopefully, some of your followers will become followers of the store if they decide bring in your product line.

If you are looking to grow your community, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

1. First of all, creating a facebook fan page opens you up to the millions of facebook users. If you don’t have one yet, go create one. It’s easy as 1-2-3. Once you have 25 likes you can even create your own vanity URL (i.e.
2. Secondly, your friends and family count! They can spread the word just as well as anyone else can. Plus they can vouch for your personality and history.
3. And last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to reward them! Giving special gifts and offers to your posse is important, after all they are in a special group!

Do you have a posse? Post your facebook page below and let’s support each other!


Grace Kang
Your Retail Product Mentor

p.s. A BIG, warm welcome to all of the new readers who joined our community! You are going to love the resources you will find here to help you make your product retail-ready… Enjoy!

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Are you retail ready? It’s not what you think….

Hey there!

Are you Retail Ready?

People ask me all the time – How do I make my product retail ready? How do I get into more retail stores? That’s the million dollar question. I hate to break it to you but it’s not an easy task and there is no quick fix. It is a process of understanding the basic tools to honing assortments, maximizing sales opportunities, and understanding buyers’ open-to-buy system and overall mentality to expand to more retail stores.

There is no shortcut around these crucial steps but I believe in making things simple. Are you ready?

1) Eat your veggies (the absolute must do things that you can’t survive without): 

* Do your homework! – Visit the store you want to be in (or at least check out their website) and see what their assortment is like before contacting the buyer. (You’d be amazed how many people skip this simple step).
* Be sure to having that compelling story behind your brand that I have mentioned before. Buyers want to connect with the person behind the brand and hear their story.
* Professional looking website & email – The first thing a buyer will do when they hear about a line is google their website. Make sure that it is professionally put together, reflects your style and is easy to navigate. Your presence on the web will show the buyer that you take your business seriously. It’s also a great way for buyers to “preview” your collection before meeting with you. 
Also, no janky emails!
* Have a linesheet – Buyers are inundated with product submissions every day. Stand out from the crowd by having a linesheet that has all the necessary components that buyers need to write a purchase order: product shot, style number, wholesale cost, suggested retail and delivery. If you have a clothing line, it helps to have a lookbook as well as a linesheet.
* Know your competition – It helps to know who your competition is so that you can be competitive with what’s already out there, speak confidently about what makes your line different, and how it fills a void in the market.

2) Add a little sugar (the extra little things designers can do to sweeten the deal when trying to get in stores)
* Send samples – Depending on the nature of your product, you can either “show” samples or “leave” samples for the buyers to try. Buyers like to see a production sample in person so that they will know exactly what they will be getting in shop.
* Give an incentive – With the nature of the current economy, every dollar helps the margin. Give a 10% discount for new accounts or free shipping with an opening order. This is the kind of incentive that might push a buyer from “maybe” to “yes!”
* Be open to do consignment – This is a great way for stores to “test” your line without having to commit to buying the inventory upfront. It can be mutually beneficial because it gives you an opportunity to sell your product in the store (that you want to be in) while gaining feedback and exposure.

3) Create a buzz (ways for designers to garner interest with public)

* Stores want to know that you are doing your part in getting the word out about your line. The secret that many designers may not know is that buyers are looking for new vendors as much as each vendor is looking to be in stores. You need to get out there with your product line to increase their chances of getting picked up by a store or media.
* Participate in local craft fairs and flea markets (ones that are relevant to your business) – It is imperative for designers to get direct customer feedback on their line. (For example: the two designers from Foley + Corinna started selling their vintage dresses at a flea market in chelsea. They now have a thriving multi-million dollar wholesale and retail business.
* Use social media outlets to create your own posse – Be relevant to your customers and engage with them for feedback and support. Create a facebook fan page and twitter accounts and use them as if you are networking at a cocktail party.
* Pitch to editors and bloggers to obtain press mentions – Customers, as well as stores, love press mentions! Post them on your website and have tear sheets to show to prospective stores.

This may seem easy for some but overwhelming for others. If you want to learn how you can implement these strategies into your own business, please share below. I would love to keep you accountable and take more action in the next 60 days!


Here’s to getting your product retail ready!


Grace Kang
Your Retail Product Mentor



look who’s talking?

Happy Wednesday!

According to an old wives’ tale, when your ears are burning that means someone is talking about you. Luckily for us, technology has advanced in recent years and we now have a much more reliable source: Google Alerts! If you don’t already have an alert set up for your name, and business name, get to it! It’s incredibly simple:

–       Go to
–       Create an alert
–       Enter your, or your business, name (you can create separate alerts for each if
you’d like), your email address and how often you’d like to get a report in your
–       Voila! You’ll start receiving alerts immediately.
Google Alerts are incredibly helpful not only for finding out how often you’re being mentioned, but also what specifically is being said about you and who is saying it. Whether it’s a rave review that makes your day, or more constructive criticism that you can take and utilize, knowing what is being said is an important tool in growing your business. It can help you figure out who your ideal customer base is and where you are most popular. As you’ve heard me say before, feedback is always a welcome thing :).

Here is a piece that caught my attention one morning as I got my google alert. Who would have known that she loves Pink Olive? Made me smile :)

Go to Google Alerts and create your first alert! Let me know what you find! :)

Happy Alerting!


Grace Kang
Your Retail Product Mentor

p.s. A BIG, warm welcome to all of the new readers who joined our community! You are going to love the resources you will find here to help you make your product retail-ready… Enjoy!

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Are you ready to multiply?


Hey there!

Are you ready to multiply your business? I bet you are! As a product-based designer, you are probably making money by doing one of two things:
1) selling your product directly to customers through your own website shop, marketplace sites, or fairs
2) selling wholesale to retailers around the world

This second option is your multiplier.

Let’s say you have a good stream of customers right now who buy directly from you, or even a healthy pool of retailers. However, your business has plateaued and you are looking to grow your existing business and add new ones. When this happens, it’s time to multiply!

Instead of jumping ahead and opening up your own brick and mortar store (just yet), you can partner with retailers around the world to test your product ideas. By reaching out to new markets, you have the ability to create new revenue streams without physically being there and get valuable feedback. Once you have a good handle of your best selling products, share that information with potential new retailers. At the end of the day, every store wants to make money and have the best assortment of products. They want to be “in the know” with the next big seller, and maximize sales opportunities.

For your existing store partners, create exclusive products just for their customers. It will keep them very happy and help grow your business together. Once you have that “know, like trust factor”, you will no longer have to “sell” them your products. They will gladly hand over a BIG piece of their open-to-buy money to grow your business. After all, if you’re making money, they’re making money. You help each other build a profitable business together, and that’s what I call a win-win partnership.

Do you have what it takes to leverage your unique selling products and multiply your business? Are you ready to increase your existing business, or even thinking of opening your own brick and mortar store? Please contact me for a 15-minute get acquainted session. I would love to get to know you :)

Here’s to multiplying your business!


Grace Kang
Your Retail Product Mentor

p.s. A BIG, warm welcome to all of the new readers who joined our community! You are going to love the resources you will find here to help you make your product retail-ready… Enjoy!

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