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Design and Production Consulting Update & Rates

I am happy to do consulting projects for start-up fashion brands. The first 30-minute call is FREE, that way we can touch base to see if the project is the right fit for Sauvage Private Label LLC.

After that, the consulting enters into my normal fee schedule.  For consulting there is a 4-hour minimum and the rate is $150 an hour for in person or Skype.

If I have to travel to the meeting, the first hour of travel time is not charged for, however, if the travel time is over one hour to meet you, the travel time will be charged at $100 per hour.  If the client wants me to go to their offices out of state then they will have to pay for the travel expenses.

For handbag design, my rates are by the project, but for the past 10 years, I have been charging approximately $500 per original bag design including specs and sketches that are factory ready. That includes up to 3 major changes to the design, if it goes beyond that then there will be a small charge for the extra time.  I have a full w…

Moving Production Out of China To Cambodia

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Many brands are nervous about moving their production out of China to Cambodia or other countries. I have put this list together to cover the basic differences to be aware of when moving production from China to Cambodia. 
Raw Materials: Materials and hardware (raw materials) need to be purchased from mainland China and then shipped by container to Cambodia. This shipping cost is amortized over the value of the bags by the unit.
Bringing raw materials from China to Cambodia adds up to 30 days to production lead time. Production lead time is 90 days plus as instead of 60 days like China.
Payment Terms: for customers are usually shorter when producing in Cambodia. It is due to long lead for material handling, factory ties up cash on the material in the warehouse and new Cap X. The factory will usually ask customers to help with cash flow by having shorter payment terms.
Efficiency: It takes a longer time to set up the production line in Cambodia because the workers are less experienced tha…

Real Leaders article on Two Neighbors!

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More and more press is rolling in! Click the link here!

https://real-leaders.com/israeli-and-palestinian-women-weave-peace-through-fashion/


Out of China production for handbags and belts

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All handbag designers have heard about the "Trade War" that is currently going on with China and the United States.

President Trump as of September 24, 2018, has imposed a 10% tariff on all handbags imported from China to the United States. Word on the street is that in January 2019 the tariff will increase to 25% on all handbags. While that is yet to be seen, many major fashion brands are planning to move their production out of China to avoid these hefty duties.

Good news! I am working closely with a reputable China factory group that has handbags and belt factories in Cambodia and Myanmar. In Cambodia, many handbag factories have been in place since 2015. The workforce is mature and well trained. The Cambodia handbag factories can handle large orders from brands such as Michael Kors and Guess?

In Myanmar, although the factories are newer, the factories are up and running smoothly. I have connections with great belt, soft luggage and handbag factories in both of these coun…

The Downsides of being a Female Entrepreneur

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As a female entrepreneur, I have had really good luck until recently. In the past decade, I have founded a startup fashion handbag brand in Seattle. After one year I was able to secure a loan through the Startup community, and about a year later I went to a VC forum in Seattle and I met an investor. He invested in my handbag brand, Rocco e Dante after one meeting and helped me build my company for several years until the economy tanked and we shut it down. I have had an overall positive experience as a female entrepreneur in the fashion industry. My investor was always professional and was a great mentor. I ended up getting to know his family.

In the past two years, I have started another brand of commuter and bicycle bags - the brand is Pendolare. www.pendolaregear.com I have spent over two years building the brand, I have the samples and have tested them, I have a business plan and an explainer video.
In March 2018 I reached out to 15 startup Venture Capitalists on LinkedIn. About 5…

New article in FORBES for Two Neighbors!

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I am super excited to see the brand I work for be covered by Forbes! Check it out here:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellemartin/2018/08/31/how-fashion-is-bringing-women-from-israel-and-palestine-together/#72245bd9515c

When retired American couple, Dr. Whitman Jones and his wife Paula createdThe Center for Emerging Futures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing some of the most difficult situations that humans face, they didn’t realize they would also be launching an innovative fashion brand soon thereafter.  After visiting Israel and seeing the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians firsthand, Jones began looking for ways to facilitate peaceful connections that could transcend the conflict. Given the skill sets of women in the region, Jones had the idea to bring Israeli seamstresses and designers together with Palestinian embroiderers to create a high-end fashion collection that could create jobs and highlight talents from both sides of the conflict. The result, Two Nei…

WOW! Two Neighbors Julia Cocktail Dress

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Introducing this lovely piece of art! 
As part of my work with Two Neighbors, I help design the apparel collection. The new Julia cocktail dress just arrived from Tel Aviv. This dress was handmade by Palestinian women and Israeli women. This joint venture is called Two Neighbors, Peace Between the Eye of a Needle.

It is a very unique innovation idea to bring women together from a challenging region to make fashion apparel and handbags. As the USA Marketing Director, I am very proud to be part of this inspirational mission.

You really have to read the back story to learn about the brand. Please go to www.twoneighbors.com and read "our story"

In the meantime, if you would like to support this wonderful peace project, please shop online at www.twoneighbors.com/shop