04 Dec Sourcing Plant-Based Textiles from Overseas + Building a ’19 PR Strategy with Nicki Patel of Ethical Fashion Brand Milo + Nicki
Meet this week’s guest, Nicki Patel, Founder of Milo + Nicki.
What you’ll learn
When Nicki wanted to launch a sustainable fashion brand, exploring her Indian heritage led her to banana fabric – yes, it’s fabric made from the non-fruit part of the banana tree. Despite challenges she’s encountered along the way, Nicki stands by banana fabric as an excellent material to explore for FEST brands. Listen to the show to learn more about this plant-based textile and what to know when working with overseas suppliers as a small US-based brand.
How you’ll be inspired
It might feel like a daunting process to establish business with international suppliers. Nicki agrees that there are many challenges, but setting up a complex supply chain as a small business is a lot easier today than it has been in the past. Listen to the show to hear what Nicki says she learned along the way and why respecting cultural differences may be the key to a successful partnership.
What you’ll tell your friends
Hey, I listened to this FEST founder’s story about leaving her corporate job after health problems changed her life. She went out on her own and made it happen and is now designing her ethical fashion brand in Austin, TX, working with suppliers in India who make textiles using banana plant materials and having it sew in New York. It’s a pretty inspiring story and tells you a lot about what building a fashion brand can loo like today. Check it out on the Spirit of 608 podcast.
Resource of the week
Low-tech and lovely: Time for yourself. It can be so easy to check your mail or social media accounts, and yet so much harder to set your phone down and take time off. Nicki suggests having an activity that is totally unrelated to your business, just so that you can a barrier and reset when needed.
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