Learning from Fashion Startups

Source: Fashionista, Dec 2010

Our fabulous panel included Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein (of Timo Weiland), Rebecca Minkoff, Jeff Halmos (of Shipley & Halmos), Nellie Partow, Michael Mente (of Farfetch.com and Revolveclothing.com) and Paul Birardi and Eddy Chai (Odinand Pas de Deux).

Lesson #1: Be ballsy.

Lesson #2: You don’t necessarily have to be obsessed with fashion or have lots of fashion experience to end up with a successful fashion business.
Michael Mente started his e-commerce site in 2002, at the end of the last recession, before e-commerce was “cool.” He had nothing to sell and actually stumbled upon fashion by chance.

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