learn how to navigate supply chains like an industry expert

Fashion Sourcing Intensive

INCLUDES A CUSTOM SUPPLIER LIST MADE BY ME, SPECIALLY FOR YOUR BRANDS NEEDS!


in 5 weeks, learn how to find the perfect partners to take your fashion business from idea to made

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  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is October 31!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is October 31!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is October 31!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is October 31!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is October 31!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is October 31!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is October 31!
  • grab a spot while you still can
 

their words, not mine...

 

Can We Skip To The Good Part?

  • 1 Types in "ethical suppliers near me" presses search... thinks to self, these company websites look kind of sketchy.
  • 2 Emails supplier. No answer. Emails supplier again. Still no answer. Calls supplier. They say someone will get back to me... but they never do. Why can't i get anyone to work with me?
  • 3 I don't have design skills so I started hiring freelancers online but, their work isn't what I want, and I kind of feel like I am being ripped off!
  • 4 Found my dream supplier, put in my sample order, waited patiently, and FINALLY got my samples in the mail today. Except, help! The samples look nothing like what I wanted.

The Biggest Challenge For Fashion Startups,

is not just finding reliable manufacturers, but learning and understanding the nuances of how to work with them.

 

A Different Approach

  • CUSTOM TAILORED HELP - JUST FOR YOU

    This is the hard truth that no one wants to hear - 99.99% of manufacturing problems are actually the brands fault because of poor communication, that's why I will never just give you a list of manufactures and say, good luck.

    I'm here to teach you what to say and how to say it so you can avoid expensive production disasters.

  • NO FLUFF POLICY

    I know you are a busy person, with limited free time, my tried and true hacks will allow you to start your brand as quickly as possible.

    I learned the hard way, so you don't have to. Back in my fast fashion days, I was responsible for developing thousands of styles across 5 different countries every season. The systems I developed during this time allowed me to do my job quickly, efficiently, and effectively.

  • RELEVANT REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE + APPLICATIONS

    To be an effective teacher I believe you need to lead by example. And, I do this by having my own brand, Terracotta City – where I implement and test everything I teach inside the program.

    This is how I am certain the program works. I am doing it myself, every day.

    And, I am also a partner in a factory in India. Meaning I am on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the world of apparel manufacturing (and, am often quoted as an industry expert in publications like the business of fashion, and sourcing journal).

  • AND HERE IS THE BEST PART

    You don't need to know how to draw, design, or have any artistic ability at all to get your brand started!
INTRODUCING…

THE 5-WEEK FASHION SOURCING INTENSIVE

*yes, you get access to my GLOBAL vip supplier list

(perfect for low MOQ startup orders)

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*yes, you get individualized help from me in the private coaching slack channel

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*and, yes, you get continued support even after the 5 weeks

(because I am 100% dedicated to your success)

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JuJu, DUTCHXFASHION

Once you get going you fall down the rabbit hole and want to know more.

I loved the layout of the course. Every week builds upon the week before. It's like school but in the best way possible!

@dutchxfashion

Christopher, CYC The Label

Christopher cyc the label

My valuable takeaway from Melanie’s program was the personal connections with like-minded creatives working through similar issues. Together we learned from seasoned professionals and discovered pathways & opportunities to develop our own businesses.

@cycthelabel
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Arielle, Four Rabbit

Melanie was able to help me scale my business and get wholesale ready. She continues to be my go-to sourcing resource as I grow my brand. Knowing that I had a strong supply chain to back up my orders helped give me the extra confidence I needed to start taking larger retail orders.

@four.rabbit

Zoe Grinfeld

This course filled all the gaps in my industry knowledge that I was left with after graduating from fashion school. Melanie is like a production matchmaker, pairing students with ethical manufacturers for any product you can think of. Weekly office hours allowed space for brainstorming, problem-solving, and a great sense of community in the group. 

@zoegrinfeld

By The End of The 5 Weeks, You Will...

  • UNDERSTAND YOUR BRANDS MANUFACTURING NEEDS

    Many startups feel they are at the mercy of the factory. I teach you how to figure out what it is you really want, and get it.
  • STOP FEELING LIKE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN IS OUT OF YOUR CONTROL

    Leave with a working industry insider knowledge of how to get things done in the world of manufacturing.
  • HAVE SOURCED THE PERFECT FABRIC

    Using my global supplier list you'll get access to startup-friendly low MOQ fabric suppliers where you can get fabrics with custom colors or your own unique prints.
  • FOUND A FACTORY TO MAKE YOUR GARMENTS

    You'll get access to my VIP factory list - this cheat sheet to low MOQ garment manufacturing is worth the price of the course alone.
  • PERFECT YOUR QUALITY ASSURANCE PLAN

    Startups think it's the factories job to make sure the quality of their product is good.

    This is very, very wrong. It's 100% your job. And, I'll teach you what you need to know.

take a peek inside
the 5 WEEKS

lesson 1

TEXTILES CRASH COURSE

Part of the reason it feels impossible to source fabrics is because you are probably asking the wrong suppliers for the wrong things.

This 3-hour recording will teach you about all the different types of fabric, what types of clothing they are best used in, and where to find them.

lesson 2

FABRIC SOURCING

Step-by-step instructions on how to find, communicate, and order fabrics with suppliers.

lesson 3

FIND THE PERFECT GARMENT FACTORY

I show you how to find out if a factory is the right fit for you and your brand.

Plus, a bonus module on how to hack your competitor's supply chain (and yes, it’s totally legal).

lesson 4

BECOME AN INSTANT FASHION DESIGNER

NO ART SCHOOL NEEDED!

Now that you’ve got your fabrics sorted, and found the perfect factory, it’s time to have them make your garments.

And, this 3-hour video will walk you through the entire product development process.

The best part – you need ZERO design experience, because the method I teach, literally, anyone can do.

lesson 5

TECH PACKS + COMMS

Special guest speaker talk on tech packs and an explanation of all the other industry documents you should be using.

Plus, my personal, organizational document that helped me keep track of thousands of designs a season when I was working in fast fashion (this thing is going to save you serious time).

And, Did I Mention The Bonuses?

 

 

BONUS 1 - VIP STARTUP-FRIENDLY SUPPLIER LIST

10 years of industry contacts in 1 easy to use excel

What You’ll Get:

  • stop googling, and use my VIP supplier list instead
  • low MOQs and startup-friendly supply chain partners
  • includes 15 suppliers, hand-picked by me, that are perfect for your brand's needs.
(priceless)
 
 

BONUS 2 - GET YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY ME

In the private Slack group

Your brand is unique, and you are going to have unique challenges - and when you do, I am here to answer your questions personally.

PS - you get lifetime access to the group!

 

BONUS 3 - TEMPLATES, SWIPE FILES, AND ORGANIZATIONAL DOCUMENTS

I call this my fashion industry cheat sheet tool kit - because it's literally all the documents us professionals use on the day-to-day

  • Fabric Supplier Communication Excel - keep track of all your suppliers and the fabrics you are sampling, developing, and using in your line
  • Textile Purchase Order Template - did you know that a PO is technically a legal document (although this is not legal advice), make sure you don't miss any important details with this doc
  • How To Email Fabric Suppliers Swipe File - send the perfect email every time.
  • Garment Factory Communication Excel (this one is totally different than the fabric one)
  • Garment Factory Purchase Order Template - the secret to preventing production issues
  • How To Email Garment Factories Swipe File - have factories excited to work with you instead of leaving you unanswered
  • Product Design 101 Workbook - this is the secret sauce to get your product made without any fashion experience
  • Terracotta City Case Study - me showing you IRL how I use this exact system for my own brand
 
 
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Olivia, After9

As someone with entrepreneurial experience, who has shipped and sold in their market first hand, and has a business background, I can tell you I learned something every week. Starting a brand from the ground up is completely different from working for one.

@wearafter9

Pilar, Alfa Athletics

There were times when things were brought up in office hours, and I was like, I wasn't even thinking about that. Or, someone else was talking about something, and then a week later I was facing the same exact issue. But, now I know how to solve the problem myself!

@alfaathletics

Miranda Watson

When the pandemic hit, I panicked. But, Melanie helped me realize it was a strange opportunity to look at fashion, business, and design differently. I was thankfully able to adapt quickly without major losses. 

@mirandawatsondesign

To Recap, Here's Everything You Get...

  • 1 5 WEEKS OF SOURCING INTENSIVE COURSE MATERIAL

    5 weeks of lessons, with printable slide decks. (valued at $1500)
  • 2 WEEKLY WORKBOOKS AND CHECKLISTS

    To keep you accountable and ensure progress every week. (valued at $500)
  • 3 BONUS #1 - CUSTOM MADE SUPPLIER LIST

    A global list of startup and low MOQ friendly manufacturing partners. ($300)
  • 4 BONUS #2 - PRIVATE SLACK TO ASK ME ALL YOUR QUESTIONS

    Have a question that just can't wait? Ask it in Slack, and I'll get back to you right away; this is also a great place to connect and make new friends with other students. (valued at $1000)
  • 5 BONUS #3 - FASHION INDUSTRY CHEAT SHEET TOOL KIT

    aAll the docs you need to stay organized and look professional. ($500)
  • 6 BONUS #4 - SOURCING CASE STUDY

    How one student learned to source the perfect biodegradable nylon suppliers. (valued at $450)
  • 7 BONUS #5 - CONTINUED LIFETIME SUPPORT

    Includes lifetime membership to the mastermind, so you can continue getting the support you need! (priceless)
  • * TOTAL VALUE = $4250

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Just the course material and access to the private forum!

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This is where you can get all your questions directly answered by me, live on zoom!

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hey there

I'm Melanie

I help entrepreneurs just like you start conscious businesses.

But, before I did this I spent over a decade developing products for many of the brands you have in your closet. I have worked with the behemoths like Walmart and Target, as well as shaky startups that evolved into cult favorites like Nili Lotan and Hunter Boot.

I believe that in order to fix fashion, first, we need to understand how it’s made.

So, after living and working in countries like China, India, Taiwan, and the Philippines where I really got to see first-hand how the fashion industry operates, I now have a few ideas about how we can all be doing better.

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