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09-06-2011
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Hi all,

I am opening a Boutique in Alberta, Canada but have zero experience in buying for the store.

I am currrently still in University, and have not been exposed to this side of the fashion idustry yet.

Do any of you know the best process or place to go in North America to do this?

Any advice is much appreciated!

Thanks!
Welcome to the forum, boutiqueananas!

I'm glad you came here asking for advice! :p You just avoided one of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make when starting a business: be reluctant to ask others for advice!

Since you haven't opened the boutique yet and you are still at the Uni and have zero experience in buying perhaps it will be a good idea to work as an employee in a similar (but successful, and well run) boutique to the one you want to open to gain some training. Talking or consulting with other boutique owners, not with the idea of getting their trade secrets but for learning from their insights (you can find them here or in your local business associations), may also help you. Otherwise I'm guessing you'll hire someone to compensate your lack of experience in starting and running a fashion boutique, or you'll enroll yourself in a business course to gain business and trade skills and knowledge.

Also confirm there's enough demand for the products you want to offer in your market and do more business planning (your success is not guaranteed just because you've found a market opportunity) before opening.

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12-06-2011
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Thank you! But you should also consider other opinions.

Why shouldn't take off?
Yeah definitely. I do know a couple of people who are pretty established within the industry in Asia so I'm getting advice from as many people as I can My main concern now is the feasibility of my business idea so I've made plans to sit down with some friends in finance and law to see how I can work things out. I just don't want to get ahead of myself. Still one semester of uni left to go! xx

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I opened my boutique about a year and a half ago...it has been going pretty good I am glad I made it through the 1st year..that is the hardest...I could help anyone interested in finding wholesalers...and what is really involved. I am in New Jersey but travel to NYC alot for the showrooms and trade shows. You have to really be involved with the designers, I am constantly looking for new products...The hardest part is having new stock always available for the customers. My website will show some of the stuff I sell. I started small out of my home just to get people to know my name and what I sell..to build a cusotmer mailing list... Once you go to a few trade shows you will know what to buy, the minimums, and the terms such as immediates,cancel dates, delivery. The other thing to think about is your general business info, if you go online set up your business name to get a tax id number, this is something some designers ask for too.
its great,can I ask you who hosts the strore for you?


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^I think the post you quoted is several years old so I wanted to chime in. I've used two different shopping cart hosts for my store and I have trialed two others. I love volusion, I loathe yahoo stores, shopify seems decent for beginners, corecommerce has horrible support. I've also heard 3dcart is good. Its a good idea to compare and do trials of every shopping cart host, and talk with their support to see which is a good fit for you.

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I am currently planning the shop and still are certain things not 100% clear to me:
1. concerning the contemporary market for women how do usually pay your order as a newcomer? do you pay 100% in advance?

2. what are the minimum orders from brands like joie, equipment etc?

3. how much is one obliged to stick to the suggested retail prices? what if one wants to start sales, do coupon codes etc?

4. what happens with the clothes that you didn't sale in the season and also not in sale? do

5. how much do you usually order in advance and how much "space" do you let yourself to act/order spontaneously?

I would really appreciate if somebody could help me with (some of) my questions!

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Some of these questions have already come up in this thread, if I remember correctly. So I suggest that you take some time to read it all. And there area also thread about showrooms and possibly pricing and sourcing ... so you might want to do a search for those threads, too.

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I am currently planning the shop and still are certain things not 100% clear to me:
1. concerning the contemporary market for women how do usually pay your order as a newcomer? do you pay 100% in advance?

2. what are the minimum orders from brands like joie, equipment etc?

3. how much is one obliged to stick to the suggested retail prices? what if one wants to start sales, do coupon codes etc?

4. what happens with the clothes that you didn't sale in the season and also not in sale? do

5. how much do you usually order in advance and how much "space" do you let yourself to act/order spontaneously?

I would really appreciate if somebody could help me with (some of) my questions!
2. Each brand is totally different.

3. Some brands do not want you reducing the sugg retail price at all, but it depends on the company, I think most understand that stores do discounts and sales to clearance out merchandise.

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Starting a store for young designers
I have always wanted to start a store that showcases young talent. One that brings to gether talented designers that couldnt afford their own store. What suggestions and ideas can you give me? Also what kinds of organizations can one approach to back such an idea?

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hello everyone, this is my first post and i would love your help.

I am currently starting an e-commerce store for men, and possibly womens clothing.

I do have a unique selling point (top secret - obviously )

I only want to sell ultra-luxury brands. For instance - Burberry.

They have requested that i send them a letter with my intentions.

What should I write, and how can i secure the deal?

All ideas are welcome, but people with experience - manifested in conscience and pertinent advice, would be deeply appreciated.

thank you


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Welcome to the Fashion Spot!!

Merging this with an existing thread that covers a little bit about the topic of buying luxury lines for your start up store. Just read trough this and you might find a few pieces of advice.

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Send invitation to luxury brand
When talking to someone at Vivienne Westwood - I was asked to send an invitation to them - as a request to stock their brands, in my website.

What format, style ect would this invitation go by. I assume there are people on here who have sent/received these and I would like your help please. Thank you.


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Merged with the existing thread about opening and operating a boutique.

You will find some discussion, early in this thread (and perhaps more than once), about approaching major lines to carry their products in your store. If you read the whole thread, perhaps there is a nugget or two that will help answer your questions about this.

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^^^ Just to add for King: From my experience working with PR, Stockists will send an e-vite for convenience since you're able to include digital files and hotlinks to instantly connect with one another. Either a brief but formal email message or a professionally designed e-vite is ideal.

Following up with a professionally designed, quality-stock invitation by courier. People still appreciate something that's of tactile quality in their hands.

With both cases, keep it brief, formal and to the point. People usually won't be interested in reading too much on such invitations, Press Kits, etc. Directions/ links to more info should always be provided on the e/ invites, of course.

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^^^ Just to add for King: From my experience working with PR, Stockists will send an e-vite for convenience since you're able to include digital files and hotlinks to instantly connect with one another. Either a brief but formal email message or a professionally designed e-vite is ideal.

Following up with a professionally designed, quality-stock invitation by courier. People still appreciate something that's of tactile quality in their hands.

With both cases, keep it brief, formal and to the point. People usually won't be interested in reading too much on such invitations, Press Kits, etc. Directions/ links to more info should always be provided on the e/ invites, of course.
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