A lot of student who graduated from fashion design school somehow has expectation of having their own fashion design business. Some of them may want to be a designer and just want to have own little studio then taking the job from outside, mean while some other want to join reputable fashion design schools or institutes or even work for the company which can pay highest income. However, the fashion business today has more variety of options. As the fashion business actually can be started from very small scale like family business where one or two family member could set up by using only little budget, to the very large fashion items manufacturers. There are so many business owners who are now are very successful and are the owner of very famous fashion design companies, and these people started their business only from home business. However, it is fairly to say that at present time, there will be only a little chance for the home business to become success without having huge amount of money. Therefore, many of graduates who finish from good fashion school and they also paid the expensive tuition fee may not want to go back to start his/her own home business for just to get a little of money. Even though the key of success seem to be the money that designer have to invest on the business, but in fact, the most important thing that is really keys of the success is the idea of the design. No matter the size of the business that you have just started, it is very important for you that you have to find the chance to get your design out to the public and if your design are acceptable by the market, then you will have more work as well as possibility to expand your business. There are so many for example of the people who just started from very small home business but finally gain reputation from their design and it means that you can gain reputation by doing in the same way too!. The most effective way to present your design items to the word it the internet. If we were in ten years back from now, I would say that there is very least chance for small business to compete with giant companies because there are very limited channel for small business to present products to public. But now we are in internet age, where everything is possible and the competitive advantage is no longer limited by the size of the business at all. There are places on the internet to present your work and also not just to present and you can sell them on line as well. There are also many of online auction site that you can capture the market and sell your products. It is the place where any one who wants to sell not only fashion item goes and present the design to people all over the world. Now it is you decision if you are one of the people who want to start up your fashion design career and want to gain competitive advantage of your design.
Do you as a fashion trend setter know, that the clothes/Jewelry you wear tells a story about you as an individual? It is fact; the way you dress and present yourself in public dominantly speaks volumes about your whole domain. It is the onlooker on the street that holds the ending chapter when weighing up what type of person they think you are from the clothes you wear. More often than not people tend to conjure up a personal opinion based on the whole entity of your image. Regardless of what fashion designer gear is displayed in the fashion boutique window, remember, the dummy is not out to make an impression. To dress to impress is all well and good, however it is who you wish to impress that may cause the denial of a friendship or worse a relationship if dress sense (code) is not suitable. Latest trendy fashion designs can be dressed up or down for approval in certain situations. Sadly to make an impression you may find you have to make changes e.g. choice of identity (style) just to please folks who label you as being a fashion freak. A first impression is where you make an impact on others, this is crucial if you seek acceptance into a particular circle of friends. Unfortunately fashion trend setters are judged by the clothes they wear. Judgemental opinions should be kept under wraps because, it is not what is on the outside that counts, it’s the warm inner beauty on the inside that really matters. However people find this hard to understand or in some cases do not want to understand that fashion trend setters – really are nice people regardless of the stud in the nose or Medusa hairstyle. Some fashion trend setters are seen as outcasts and therefore suffer rejection all because of the clothes that is worn. A couple of examples below will tell you how the latest fashion or your very own personal wardrobe can let you down. 1 “Vacancy for bank manger”; you dress in creations designed by Vivienne Westwood for your interview, (orange skirt, black fishnet stockings purple shawl and pink bows in your hair), and before your foot is through the door, you are shown it after being told the position has been filled. A judgmental opinion on your appearance has just lost the bank a fashion trend setter with an IQ of a 160. 2 What of the toffee nosed snob in the office spruced up in his pin striped suit, tie and briefcase? Sadly he loses out on love because of status issues, i.e. choosing to ignore the petite flower hippie girl he passes each morning going to the office. His world is only in acceptance of seamed stockings stilettos and hair neatly pinned up. “Wrong move” many an office clerk has ended up with a bird with no brains. Remember “Never judge the book by the cover” Seeing through an image can result in a perfect relationship/friendship. For those with status issues who pass judgement and make false assumptions about a person based purely upon the garments they wear, Then look – listen and learn from the example below. 1 Take the fashion trend setter dressed in combat pants, boots – baseball cap and pierced tongue 2 Take the female office assistant dressed in a tailor made suit, sling back patent shoes and hair neatly clipped in a bun. 3 Take the hippie dressed in ankle length skirt, leather sandals, flowers in her hair and bells round her neck Now strip the 3 ladies down to the bare essentials (naked) and what do we have. Yes a triple duplication of the female species. The only difference may be that of size and weight in each woman. There is a lesson to be learned from this and that is, you have no story due absent content. Without clothes we have no character to base a story on. Fashion trend setters who want to make a good impression on their first date, need to keep their clothes on. You do not undress to impress at least until you know your partners name.
Gentleman Jim, a master tailor, pattern maker, designer, sewing instructor and clothing manufacturer, has been active in the garment industry since 1961. He began working in the garment industry in 1961 at all the finer men’s stores. Weber and Heilbrunery, John Davidson, Barney’s Men’s Store and The Macy. At age 20, Gentleman Jim began under the mentorship of Orie Wells of Orie’s Custom Tailoring, an exclusive tailoring store. Orie’s was located on 125th Street in New York City next to The Apollo Theatre. In the 60’s, Orie’s made custom clothes for all the great stars: James Brown, The Isley Brothers, B. B. King, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, James Cleveland and many more. The client list also included Baseball great Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Civil Right’s A. Philip Randolph and Byard Ruskin and several members of New York Jet’s football team. After relocating to Georgia, Gentleman Jim opened his own business which was a high-end exclusive men’s and women’s clothing establishment in the Buckhead community in the Atlanta metropolitan area: Gentleman Jim has served as a sewing and tailoring instructor for the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Southwest Arts Center in Atlanta.
By his own account, Michael Belk has lived a blessed life. As a worldly fashion photographer, he has been one of the best. His work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, GQ and Vanity Fair. And his clients have been a constellation unto themselves: Nautica, J.Crew, Polo and Christian Dior – to namedrop a few. But that’s just a portion of what he has accomplished in his life time.
Combining his gift for photography with a natural sales sense, he’s created advertising campaigns for many well-known names in the clothing industry. For 30-plus years, he has been the man behind the camera, the creative director and the account executive – a one-stop shop for fashion advertising.
“It has been intense,” he says, “but it has been a whole lot of fun… not as much about work as it has been about playing at something I love – traveling the world and working with many of the great models and crews in our industry.” Not bad for a self-taught photographer who never picked-up a camera until he was 20. Born in Orlando and growing up in Ocala, Michael had a different life envisioned for himself when photography snagged his soul. “Working in retail clothing in high school and college, I was interested in the clothing industry and had no clue about photography.”
But somewhere around his 20th birthday, he and his brother hired a photographer friend to photograph them as a gift for their mother. Michael had definite ideas and directed the “on location” photo shoot. “I was fascinated with the whole process. I bought a 35mm camera and began shooting pictures of just about everything.”
Every life has definitive milestones. One of Michael’s came with only one semester remaining in college, when he heard about an opening for a sales position with Gant Shirtmakers. Gant was the clothing phenomena of the ’60s and this would be a job for a seasoned veteran, not a 22-year-old novice. Yet, Michael arranged an interview and somehow convinced Gant to take a chance on him. A few weeks later, he was traveling as a sales executive. But, he notes, “I always had my camera on the front seat next to me.”
Three years later, while attending a Gant sales meeting, Michael was unimpressed with the advertising agency presentation. “I just didn’t feel that the agency understood who we were.” Back home in Florida, he photographed a friend wearing Gant samples and created images he felt portrayed the look Gant needed. Then, he took the images to New York and presented them to Gant’s management and design staff. They loved the look, moved their account to a new agency and created a new campaign titled, “The Gant Attitude.”
Having his “style” validated, Michael began photographing his entire sample line, using his friends as models. In a makeshift darkroom, he created a book of 8 x 10 photographs to use as a visual aid when presenting the line to retail clients. “The response to this presentation was so strong, I began exploring the idea of creating these ’look books’ for other companies for their salesmen.” His business plan showed so much promise that he resigned from Gant and headed for New York in August 1976.
It was nip and tuck for the first year until he landed an account whose order exceeded the average order by seven times. As his business and his reputation grew, Michael was asked if he could create printed brochures in addition to the “look books.” Eventually, this led to creating advertising campaigns. “I would start a company out on ’look books’ and end up being their ad agency.”
In 1989, he moved his company to Atlanta for the unexpected next milestone. “We were about a $2 million company, doing great work for several small accounts.” Russell Athletic, an industry giant, purchased one of those accounts. The executives at Russell liked the work Michael produced for others and asked him to “pitch” the advertising for one of their larger divisions. He won the account, and Michael Belk & Company’s business jumped 400 percent. “We were cooking! Print campaigns, television commercials and, along with a string of other accounts, I didn’t feel at home if not on an airplane or in a hotel.”
At 42, his life had great excitement, huge success, but very little substance. “Outwardly, my life was full. Inside, I was running on empty.” Physically and emotionally, he ran out of steam. “You can red-line your engine only so many times and mine had flamed out.” Michael found himself in a very dark place. “I kept thinking that I could get myself out of this abyss, but it just wasn’t happening.” Lying awake one night, completely unsure of his fate, Michael had a visitor.
“You think back over these things and wonder if they really happened, but I distinctly remember the absolute presence of God in my room. He asked me if I wanted to keep doing things my way or maybe try them His way. I knew that I couldn’t get out of this on my own, and realized that it was time to try His way.” From that moment, Michael says, his life began to change. “It was still a difficult time. God had no intention of fixing it all at once.” Over the next months (and years), incredible people came into his life, Michael says, all bringing information that would reshape his life into “the one God had intended for me all along.”
In 1993, he decided to take a break. He closed his business, remaining a consultant on two accounts, began building his English-style country home on 80 acres in North Georgia and started working on an idea for a book. “I had this idea for creating a book that could be used as a marketing tool for a large company.” He began writing and calling for appointments with industry giants. Finally, Reebok, Kodak and Champion Sportswear agreed to see him. “Reebok liked the concept, Kodak was indifferent and, to my overwhelming surprise, Champion agreed to back the idea.” Champion, as part of Sara Lee, would be an Olympic sponsor that year and saw great potential in Michael’s book, which would be exclusive to them. The book, “Beyond the Sport, The Victory Within,” told inspirational stories of America’s Winter Olympians, featuring greats such as Peggy Fleming, Scott Hamilton and Eric Heiden. Michael not only created the photographs, he wrote it as well. Twenty-five thousand copies were sold.
Yet, if he thought the publication of the book had overwhelmed him, it was nothing compared to being reunited with his college-sweetheart that same year. “It had to be divine intervention,” he said. “She was 400 miles away and I had not seen her in over 21 years.” When they met in Pensacola, Florida in April, it was love at second sight. They knew at once what their future held and they were married five months later. “Since Cheryl and I married, both of us have grown exponentially in our relationship with the Lord. He is the center of our lives and the One who has blessed us so. ”
Michael and Cheryl spent a year building their North Georgia home. But, after four years of living in a remote area, they sold the farm and returned to their beloved North Florida. Her two children, who Michael considers as his own, are grown and married, and Michael loves being the grandfather of four little boys.
These days, although Michael’s life has taken a much more contemplative turn, his schedule is just as hectic as usual, having spent the past one and a half years creating Journeys With the Messiah. “Although Journeys is in its infancy, I plan for it to occupy much of the coming years. There are so many directions it can go.” He looks back on his life as an incredible journey – one full of lessons learned.
Vincent Marsh, Founder and President of Marsh Designs, has been a distinguished Graphic Artist/Illustrator since 1981. A product of the North Carolina educational system, Marsh was a recipient of Certificates of Art in both 1981 and 1982. He was also the 1983 winner of the prestigious Art Pen Award. Having received his Associate in Applied Science Degree in Commercial Graphics from Randolph Community College in Asheboro, North Carolina, Marsh came to Atlanta, Georgia in 1989. The Art Institute of Atlanta provided Marsh with an Associate of Arts Degree in Illustration/Fashion Illustration in 1991. Professional experiences include, the Pepsi Cola Company, Accent Printing Company, Advance Graphics Communications, F&R Specialty Advertising, Options Software Inc., Fedex/Kinko’s, TrialGraphix/TrailLogix, Green Mountain Ads and the Georgia Department of Labor, have provided the foundation for Marsh Designs’ (Dr Spot) entrepreneurial success.
I asked a psychic once “How many past lives have I had” to which she replied “28”. Wow 28 really? That may explain a few things about me and my current life, which I will go into detail later.
So how did I even get to the point of asking the psychic that question in the first place? It started many years ago with reading my first book on the subject “Only Love is Real” and “Many Lives, Many Masters” by Brian Weiss, which I highly recommend to get you started if you are not familiar with this subject. These books will help you have a greater understanding of some of your current life situations. You can purchase these books on Amazon.com.
Some time after that, I was hypnotized and revisited some past life experiences. I have also done a past life regression by myself. So what have I uncovered? Well, not all 28 past lives, but they say the most current past life and the most traumatic may come up first. All in all, I have visited approximately 10 past lives through hypnotherapy, psychics, and my own past life regression, some of which I will reveal to you later in this article.
But first, to get you started quickly and easily on your own path to becoming your own past life detective, here are some of the things that you can do on your own that are real easy to get started with, and then later on I will explain how you can go more in-depth with this.
Make A List of Clues
Make a list of things that you are most attracted to now, or think back to your childhood, what were some items, or decorations that you absolutely loved and had to have. Something in you said, “I have to have this”, or it could be something that you have always loved and treasured.
Another good idea is to list all the Halloween costumes that you wore that you really liked, not something your parents made you wear that you did not care for. I wonder about food. What kind of foods do you absolutely love list them here. How about the type of music that you are drawn to, that you feel most moved by. I have some movies that I really love, that take place in certain time periods, Braveheart, Pride and Prejudice, and Moulin Rouge to name a few. Some past life physical illnesses can also find there way into some chronic illnesses in your current life situation, something that you cannot quite find any answers to, such as panic attacks, unknown fears, etc.
Do not sensor anything, just list whatever comes to mind, go ahead and do that now. I believe that some things you are attracted to in this life, you may have had in another. To help you become your own past life detective, I will give you a list of some of my items: