How To Hire The Best Sign Company Out There?

A business sign is the immediate identity of your company. It helps create instant awareness about your store and builds up a steady clientele. Choosing the right company to handle your business signs is a crucial task. It is of paramount importance to ensure that a sign company has everything that it takes to create and manufacture signs that will boost your business further.

Choosing the best company can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. This article will help you decide the best signage manufacturers in your area. If you are in the process of hunting the most deserving company, try to consider the following:

1. Manpower and Staffing

If you want an indoor or outdoor signage for your new store, you want it to be there the moment you open your business or else it is of no use. Thus, make sure that the company you’re choosing has enough staff to handle the job on time. Besides this, you also need to take a look at their skills and qualifications. Select a company with competent layout artists and graphics designers that will turn your vision for the best sign into reality.

2. Sophisticated Equipment

Monument signs speak a great deal about your business. To ensure that your business sign will be made with the highest quality, assess the facilities and equipment of the sign design company. Old fashioned printers and manual fabrication will not be enough for intricate details of your signage. Companies that use cutting edge technologies in signage making have the edge as they have more flexibility in accepting business signs regardless of materials and layouts.

3. Installation Services

For a holistic service, choose a sign company with the capability to install your brand signage anytime, anywhere. It is recommended to select a firm that offers installation services to avoid spending additional money for installing the signs. Attempting to do-it-yourself is not recommended as any damage to the signage can void its warranty.

4. Check Previous Sign Projects

It pays off to check finished products previously done by the signage company for other clients. Should you feel that the product is not up to par with your standards, continue doing your hunt until you have found the company that suits your taste to get the job done well.

Never allow a second-rate signage represent your business. To ensure that you are not taken advantage of by scam signage companies, make it a habit of taking these tips into consideration in searching for the best manufacturer in your area.

Easily Judge the Personality of a Stranger by Looking at His Shoes

Just like we get some idea about the income of a person, his or her sense of style by looking at the costume, similarly it is now possible to judge a person’s personality by just looking at his or her shoes! Yes, this is just the case. The August 2012 edition of the Journal of Research in Personality has proved the fact. The researchers of University of Kansas and Wellesley College asked 63 students to look at 208 photos of shoes of the participants and say about their personality. The students did a marvelous job in accurately saying every shoe wearer’s age, gender, income, political association, emotional and other important personality traits by just looking at the footwear. Lead researcher Omri Gillath found that 90 per cent of the owner’s personal traits were correctly identified by the students. Researchers were simply astonished how it is possible to find a person’s age, gender or political views by simply looking at his shoes.

Expensive shoes

High-income earners buy expensive, stylish shoes. These shoes come in different colours with exquisite design and stitches. Wearers of this type of shoes are also meticulous in what they do and Democrat.

Colourful shoes

People who wear colourful footwear are either introverts or extroverts. They are confident in maintaining relationships with people, and have higher control over their emotions. They do not fear of getting separated from their dear ones.

Repaired shoes

Wearers of repaired shoes are not well-off but are tidy and clean. They are careful in their appearance and looks on the streets or at parties.

Functional shoes

Wearers of these shoes are more agreeable. However, ankle boots wearers are more aggressive. People with calm personalities prefer wearing uncomfortable looking shoes.

In psychology, emotional stability refers to people who fear losing their loved ones or getting rejected by their special someone. They don’t have the power of handling emotions of different people. People with this kind of personality usually wear brand new or well-kept shoes. Researchers believe it is because they are so much worried about what others will think of them when they go outside.

Flip-flops

People with liberal views love flip-flops. Hippies and students also love this type of shoes since they are less expensive.

Boring-looking footwear

They don’t love to enter in a new relationship. They refer to remain aloof and do not care what people think of them.

Glamour magazine which is Britain’s Number 1 women’s magazine did a survey to find what men think of the different types of women’s shoes.

Fashionable shoes

The wearers are more aggressive and have a bold attitude. Fashionable shoes wearers are confident, but not quick decision takers.

Girly shoes

They have a sweet nature and are extremely feminine.

High-heeled stilettos

Women who wear stilettos have a cheerful personality, seek more attention, and confident about their appearance. However, women wearing stiletto cannot be easily relied.

Flat sandals

They are beach lovers and easy-going.

Platform shoes

These women are social media savvy and like to make frequent updates on Facebook, Instagram, and such other popular social media web platforms.
Huffington Post Style also did a study to find the nature of men wearing different styles of shoes.

Vans are easy-going but late in their work.

Wearers of desert boots are masculine yet not aggressive. They are more detail-oriented but not loud.

Do You Know 90 Percent of People Can Judge Your Personality by Looking at Your Shoes!

Here’s an interesting find out. Christian Crandall, a social psychology professor at the University of Kansas stated it is possible to judge the gender, age, personality, and even political views of people by looking at their shoes. 63 University of Kansas undergraduate students have already proved it. They looked at about 200 photos of shoes and could easily tell the age and gender of the person! Christian Crandall is also the lead author of the Journal of Research in Personality where the study revealed 90% of your personality could be judged by your shoes choice.

Let us at first look at the footwear worn by both men and women

Colorful Sneakers

People wearing colorful sneakers have more confidence in their associations than people wearing brown, black or gray color footwear. They have more control over emotions and are less disposed to anxiety or fear of getting separated from loved ones. However, if you believe colorful shoes users are more extrovert, you are wrong. Researchers say funny looking footwear does not mean a fun personality.

High-Tops

The Journal of Research in Personality 2012 found that high-tops lovers are generally more introvert, careful, and unfriendly.

High-Fashion

Usually if you earn more, you will be prone to buying high-fashion footwear. High-fashion wearers are more concerned about what people will think of them and therefore always seen keeping their shoes tidy and clean. University of Kansas researchers also found high-fashion shoes users are more agreeable, conscientious, and are Republican.

Well-worn shoes

According to Angela Bahns, an assistant professor of psychology at Wellesley College, people who wear less attractive shoes are liberal in their views. These people are also less stylish. However, well-kept repaired shoes mean the person is conscientious. Moreover, they are more emotionally stable and extrovert.

Boring-looking footwear

The wearers are always in trouble when forming a new relationship. They are aloof and suppressive and don’t care what others think of them.

Biker-style Boots

Million Looks fashion website said people who wear biker-style boots are more reserved, selfish, and don’t trust other people. They are smart and prefer doing what they feel like without thinking of others will feel. Million Looks fashion website also found ankle boots are mainly worn by people who are aggressive and tough.

The Journal of Research in Personality study also found men tend to spend more on shoes than women. Also, high income people prefer to buy attractive and stylish footwear.

The Glamour magazine did a survey to find what men think about the different styles of women’s shoes

Fashionable Wedges

The wearers are more fierce and straight-forward. Women are more confident about themselves, yet hesitant to make quick decision about anything.

Excessive Girly Shoes

Buyers of this type of shoes are very sweet and feminine.

High-heel Pumps

Men surveyed said they are a pain to the eyes. Stilettos on the contrary show a more bright personality and make men believe the wearer is seeking more attention at party or other event. The wearers are confident about their appearance. However, women wearing stiletto are usually unreliable.

Flat Sandals

The wearers are elegant and ideal beach beauties.

Platforms

You are probably social media savvy who is extremely active on Facebook, Instagram, and other social web platforms.

Huffington Post Style: What Men’s Shoes Say about Their Personality?

Vans: Easygoing but late.

Desert Boots: Masculine yet not at all aggressive; detail-oriented but not flamboyant.

Driving Mocs: Stylish but untidy.

2013 NFL Week 13 Review – The All Time Greatest Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers and Running Backs

WEEK 13 REVIEW

The 10-1 Seattle Seahawks came to play when they faced the 9-2 New Orleans Saints at home in Week 13. The entire first quarter was dominated by the Seahawks scoring a 22 yard field goal half way through the quarter. Less than 1 minute later they scored again on a fumble recovery from 22 yards out. With 1:55 left in the first quarter, Russell Wilson connected with Zach Miller for a 2 yard touchdown and the Seahawks led the Saints 17-0. The Saints were able to drive the ball in the second quarter and Drew Brees connected with Jimmy Graham from 2 yards out giving the Saints a touchdown and what would be their only score of the game. The Seahawks dominated the ball for the rest of the game scoring a field goal and 2 more touchdowns handing the New Orleans Saints their third loss of the season and taking the Seattle Seahawks to 11-1 and the best record in the NFL with the Playoffs looking like they will be going through Seattle this year.

The New England Patriots faced off with the Houston Texans in a game thought to be dominated by the Patriots. In the first quarter, Ben Tate scored from 8 yards out and the Texans were up 7-0. Randy Bullock added to their lead by kicking a 43 yard field goal with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter. Tom Brady marched the ball down the field and connected with his favorite target, Rob Gronkowski for a 23 yard touchdown and the quarter ended with the Texans leading 10-7. After going back and forth in the second quarter, Ben Tate ran the ball in from 20 yards giving the Texans a 17-7 lead at half time. Early in the third quarter, James Develin ran in a touchdown from 1 yard out and the score was 17-14. A few minutes later, Tom Brady was connected with Shane Vereen from 9 yards out and the Patriots got their first lead of the game. The Texans countered with a touchdown of their own with a 5 yard run by Quarterback Case Keenum from 5 yards and the third quarter ended with the Texans on top again 24-21. Shortly into the fourth quarter, LeGarrette Blount scored a touchdown from 7 yards out and the Patriots were on top again 28-24. Two minutes later, the Texans scored a touchdown of their own when Ben Tate ran in his 3rd of the day from 10 yards putting the Texans up 31-28. In pure Patriots fashion, Tom Brady moved the team into field goal position and they were able to tie the game with a 53 yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski with 7:16 remaining in the game. The Texans were unable to capitalize on their next drive and punted and the Patriots were able to connect on another 53 yard field goal from Gostkowski putting the Patriots in the lead 34-31 and giving them their 9th win of the season.

The Denver Broncos faced the Kansas City Chiefs for the second time in 3 weeks, this time in Kansas City. The Chiefs scored first on a 17 yard pass from Alex Smith to Junior Hemingway. In the second quarter, Peyton Manning connected with Eric Decker for 41 yards tying up the game at 7. On the ensuing kick off, Knile Davis ran back the Bronco kick off 108 yards for a touchdown which was the longest ever in Chiefs history. A few minutes later, the Chiefs scored again with a 12 yard reception by Anthony Fasano giving the Chiefs a 21-7 lead. Knowshon Moreno scored a 3 yard touchdown with a pass from Manning with 4:16 left in the first half. The Broncos took the kickoff in the second half and marched down the field and capped off the drive with a 37 yard pass to Eric Decker tying up the game at 21. Decker scored another touchdown in the third quarter from 15 yards out and the Broncos led the Chiefs 28-21 at the end of three quarters. The Broncos scored again early in the fourth quarter with another pass from Peyton Manning to Eric Decker giving Decker his 4th touchdown of the game and the Broncos a 35-21 lead. Eric Decker had a huge day catching 8 passes for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns averaging 21.8 yards per reception. The Chiefs were able to put another score on the board with a 1 yard run from Jamaal Charles but ended up losing at home 35-28 and giving the Broncos a distinct advantage in the Playoff picture at 10-2 and winning both division games against the Chiefs.

SCORES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE

Detroit Lions handily defeated the Green Bay Packers 40-10
Dallas Cowboys beat the Oakland Raiders 31-24
Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20
Denver Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28
Jacksonville Jaguars win over the Cleveland Browns 32-28
Indianapolis Colts defeated the Tennessee Titans 22-14
Minnesota Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 23-20 in Overtime
Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 23-3
Philadelphia Eagles narrowly defeated the Arizona Cardinals 24-21
Carolina Panthers won easily over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-6
New England Patriots defeated the Houston Texans 34-31
Atlanta Falcons beat the Buffalo Bills 34-31
San Francisco 49ers won over the St. Louis Rams 23-13
Cincinnati Bengals beat the San Diego Chargers 17-10
New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 24-17
Seattle Seahawks took the New Orleans Saints to town beating them 34-7
WEEK 13 HIGHLIGHTS

Peyton Manning completed 63% of his passes for 403 yards and 5 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. Manning’s performance in Week 13 takes him through the 4,000 yard mark for the season which is the 13th time in his career he has accomplished that mark. Drew Brees is the next closest with 7 seasons above 4,000 yards on his way to his 8th.
Josh Gordon caught 10 passes for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns.
DeMarco Murray carried the ball 17 times for 63 yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 13 and caught 5 passes for 39 yards.
Matt Stafford threw for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns with 2 interceptions.
Monte Ball ran the ball 13 times for 117 yards averaging 9.0 yards per carry.
Andre Holmes caught 7 passes for 136 yards averaging 19.4 yards per reception.
Maurice Jones-Drew threw 1 touchdown pass from 8 yards out and ran for 77 yards.
Nick Foles continues to play well completing 62% of his passes for 237 yards and 3 touchdowns and keeps his streak alive with zero interceptions this season.
Eric Decker caught 8 passes for 174 yards and 4 touchdowns averaging 21.8 yards per reception.
Jamaal Charles ran the ball 19 times for 93 yards and 1 touchdown.
Brandon Weeden completed 60 percent of his passes for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns with 2 interceptions.
Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brian Hartline caught 9 passes for 127 yards and 1 touchdown.
Josh McCown threw for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 35 times for 211 yards.
Alshon Jeffery caught 12 passes for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns averaging 20.8 yards per reception.
Reggie Bush carried the ball 20 times for 117 yards and 1 touchdown along with catching 5 passes for 65 yards averaging 13 yards per reception.
Ryan Tannehill eclipsed the 300 yard mark again throwing for 331 yards, 2 touchdowns with 1 interception.
Cam Newton had a good day and ran the ball 5 times for 68 yards with 1 touchdown in addition to throwing for 263 yards, 2 passing touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Brandon Tate ran the ball 22 times for 102 yards and 3 touchdowns averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
Roddy White caught 10 passes for 143 yards.
QUARTERBACK LEADERS – WEEK 13 PLAYERS ON THE MOVE

Ben Roethlisberger moved up 2 slots into the #26 position passing Hall of Fame Quarterback Y.A. Tittle and Hall of Fame Quarterback Steve Young and is currently behind Phil Simms with 33,219 Career Passing Yards. Roethlisberger also threw 3 touchdowns in Week 13 and joined Philip Rivers and Hall of Fame Quarterback Terry Bradshaw at #25 with 212 Career Passing Touchdowns.
Philip Rivers moved past Steve McNair to the #36 slot behind John Brodie with 31,524 Career Passing Yards. Rivers joined Terry Bradshaw at #25 with 212 Career Passing Touchdowns.
Drew Brees threw 1 touchdown and is tied with Tom Brady at #4 behind Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Marino with 353 Career Passing Touchdowns.
Tom Brady joined Drew Brees at #4 behind Dan Marino with 353 Career Passing Touchdowns.
Carson Palmer passed Randall Cunningham and joined Kurt Warner and Kerry Collins at the #27 slot with 208 Career Passing Touchdowns.
Tony Romo threw 1 Touchdown in Week 13 and joined Roman Gabriel and Matt Hasselbeck at #30 with 201 Career Passing Touchdowns.
RUNNING BACK LEADERS – WEEK 13 PLAYERS ON THE MOVE

Steven Jackson moved up 2 slots to #23 passing Eddie George and Tiki Barber and is behind Thomas Jones with 10,474 Career Rushing Yards. Jackson’s 2 Touchdowns in Week 13 ties him with Frank Gore at #30 passing Jamal Lewis and Mike Alstott with 59 Career Rushing Touchdowns.
Adrian Peterson eclipsed the 10,000 Career Rushing Yards mark and moved up 1 slot to #28 passing Clinton Portis and is behind Ricky Williams with 10,057 yards.
Willis McGahee moved up 1 slot to #25 passing Hall of Fame Running Back Larry Csonka and joined Hall of Fame Running Back Thurman Thomas and Stephen Davis at 65 Career Rushing Touchdowns.
WIDE RECEIVER LEADERS – WEEK 13 PLAYERS ON THE MOVE

Greg Jennings passed Chris Burford, Anthony Carter and Ed McCaffrey to join Wes Chandler, Tony Martin and Haven Moses at #38 with 56 Career Receiving Touchdowns.
DEFENSIVE LEADERS – WEEK 13 PLAYERS ON THE MOVE

Jared Allen moved past Simeon Rice to the #11 slot behind Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas with 123.0 Career Sacks.
Julius Peppers 2.5 Sacks in Week 13 moved him up 1 slot to #15 passing DeMarcus Ware and putting him behind Clyde Simmons with 118.0 Career Sacks.
Robert Mathis moved up 1 slot to #21 passing Trace Armstrong and sitting behind Pat Swilling at 107.0 Career Sacks.

Determinants of a Rewarding Fashion Buyer Salary

Nature of Work

Salary of a fashion largely depends on the nature of work. Opening a fashion outlet or a boutique gives a low start, but; ensures higher returns in the long term depending on the creativity and market sense of an individual. Obviously; working for a retail garment store, private fashion outlet or a fashion store adds up to the returns of a buyer, as it provides the required practical exposure and professional training.

Skills and Experience

A degree in fashion designing or fashion management is enough to start off the career of a fashion buyer. But, a good amount of relevant experience at a retail outlet or fashion outlet is always a must to get a high start in salary. Being analytical, logical, organized and strategic also increases the monetary gains of a fashion, as these skills determine the scale of business.

The creative spark present within a candidate makes him earn a large amount of money in the long run. That means, higher the creative ideas, higher the returns of a buyer. In addition to these elements, a high degree of self motivation is required to face the highs and lows of this hectic profession.

Knowledge of Market Trend

Understanding the past, present and future market and fashion trends is equally important for a fashion. Tapping the scope of innovation, launch of new fashion design, identification of new fashion apparel markets and timely elimination of the outdated fashion apparel makes up the market sense of a fashion buyer. More the fashion sense and knowledge of market trends, more the fashion buyer salary.

The fashion buyer salary for a retail buyer is dependent on numerous factors like nature of work, skills, work experience and knowledge of fashion trends and markets. But, certainly, a well trained and experienced fashion buyer gets a higher salary in comparison to his inexperienced and untrained counterparts. To get an expert career advice, you can visit the career website State University conceptualized by the veteran author Simon Haughtone.

Fashion Week Begins! How to Start a Career in Fashion

For all you fashionistas out there, this is the week you’ve long been waiting for. New York Fashion week kicked off on September 9 at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, with the entire fashion world holding its breath to see what clothes we’ll be wearing in Spring 2011.

The final products you’ll see over the next few days are the result of months of hard work and collaboration between a variety of players in the fashion industry. From the designers who make the clothes, to the models who wear them, to the stylists who use them for celebrity clients, everyone has a role in bringing the newest styles to the public eye.

If one of these jobs sounds like your dream career, now might be the time to consider a career in fashion. Whether you’re watching coverage of the shows online, or you’re lucky enough to be attending, there are a variety of careers you can consider as you watch the latest looks roll down the runway.

It all starts here…
Fashion Designer Careers
Days, weeks and months before Fashion Week begins, fashion designers begin sketching, planning, and designing clothes for upcoming seasons. With an extensive knowledge of fashion history, designers combine past trends, beautiful fabrics, and their vision of the future to create wearable works of art. The clothes they display on the runway eventually influence what we wear to work, to school, and even to the beach.

On the runway…
Modeling Careers
It’s not enough for clothes to look beautiful on the rack-NY Fashion Show attendees need to see how clothes move, hang and appear when they’re worn by real live human beings. That’s where fashion models come in. Although their jobs might appear easy on the outside, professional models have to cultivate their look, walk and attitude to help designers showcase their creations and make them appealing to stylists, editors, and merchandisers.

In the audience…
Fashion Stylist Careers
At Fashion Week, celebrities, style editors, and fashion stylists alike are in the audience to preview next season’s looks and trends. Attendance is extremely important for anyone in the styling world, as it gives them a chance to scout outfits for their clients, network with designers and other fashion insiders, and stay up-to-date on the hottest new designs.

From the runway to your closet…
Fashion Buyer & Merchandising Careers
As the hottest new looks are unveiled, fashion buyers and merchandisers get to work, deciding which designs and styles are right for their customers. Whether they work in large department stores or small, exclusive boutiques, fashion buyers and merchandisers are in charge of monitoring and predicting trends, deciding how much merchandise to order, and keeping an eye out for hot new items.

What Is The Next Big Thing In Fashion?

If you look at the fashion industry you will notice that things come and go, and the hunt is always on for the next new fashion look. So how can you be ahead and always be in the know and have the most up to date fashion advice. Imagine being able to look into the future and to accurately see exactly the fashion that will be the style for the coming month and year. You could find that you would have a great advantage, you could use this knowledge to become an expert in the field of fashion. So how can you know what things are going to be big in the world of fashion.

Predict The Future Fashion By Making It

This could seem a simple idea but consider a very small point, who currently decides what is going to be fashionable and what will not be fashionable? Think about who are the experts in the world of fashion, and what makes them the experts. What do they know that you do not know? Could it be that they have imagination, well the fact is you have great imagination. We were all born with imagination and have the power to develop our imagination.

Expert by Studying Three Books

It was once said by a successful businessman that to become an expert a person needs only to study around 3 books on a subject. If this is the case then you could become an expert in the world of fashion by reading and studying 3 good books on fashion. This could mean that soon you could be determining what happens in the world of fashion instead of being led by fashion. So this would also mean that you could be the person who could be creating the next big thing in fashion. This means that instead of waiting for the next big thing in fashion, you would be the catalyst that brings about the next big change in fashion.

What doors could open to you

By becoming an expert in the world of fashion could open many doors for you. You could get invited to attend many speaking engagements. You may also get opportunities to do radio or T V interviews. The opportunities could be endless, so by spending time to study to the level of an expert in the world of fashion could be very valuable for you. Also by developing your expertise you could also find that writing articles and books could further enhance your credibility. So you should now see that you could be the next big thing in the world of fashion. And that could be just a thought away so make a decision today and bring about the change that you want in your life.

Singapore – Emerging Fashion Capital

Each summer, the Global Language Monitor ranks the Top Fashion Capitals of the World. Singapore and Berlin broke into the Top Ten for the first time this year. Singapore is ranked eighth in the World, coming in behind only Hong Kong in the Asia list.

The impact of Princess Kate and Alexander McQueen propel London over New York as the Top Global Fashion Capital for 2011. That may come as a bit of a surprise. However, to many, the bigger surprise must be the entry of Singapore into the Top Ten, jumping seven spots from last year and overtaking Tokyo.

Singapore is a young city known for its order and conformity. It was not too long ago that Singapore was described by quite a few as a boring, sterile place. It is fair to say that Singapore’s fashion scene has been undergoing some dramatic transformation. For those who know how Singapore works, it would not come as a surprise to see government agencies playing a big part in creating a buzz in the fashion scene. When the Singapore government sets its mind on developing a certain sector or industry – whether it is aviation, pharmaceutical or the creative arts – spectacular success stories usually follow. Thus, when it is declared that International Enterprise Singapore, SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board would jointly support the development of Singapore as Asia’s fashion gateway, the foundation was laid for a fast track development of the fashion industry. The government agencies, in collaboration with the private sector, adopted a three-pronged approach to develop the fashion industry in Singapore by cultivating design talent, stimulating demand locally and internationally and positioning Singapore as a fashion centre on the international stage.

In 2010, Asia Fashion Exchange (AFX) was launched as an event which would comprise both business-to-business and business-to-consumer components, as well as talent development programmes to identify promising local and regional talent. Some 50 exhibitors and 1,000 buyers and visitors from regional markets, as well as from Europe and the United States, attended the AFX’s Blueprint – the business-to-business fashion tradeshow targeting fashion professionals. The AFX also incorporates the Audi Fashion Festival which features top international designers and supermodels.

Globetrotting fashionistas now has reasons to add Singapore to their list of not-to-be-missed destinations. The fashion calendar in Singapore boasts AAMA-TEX (for buyers, textile and apparel producers and exporters), the Blueprint, the Asian Fashion Summit, the Fashionably Sustainable Competition, the Star Creation (design competition for new Asian talents) and hosts of other trade fairs and exhibitions. In 2011, Singapore hosted the first Men’s Fashion Week in Asia. Singapore is only the third city in the world to host that event, besides international fashion cities Milan and Paris.

A wealth of fashion education programmes offered by good quality institutions, like LaSalle College of the Arts, Raffles Design Institute and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts ensure a steady flow of fresh faces and new ideas. Its position as a regional education hub also helps to attract creative talents to Singapore.

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A design incubator programme was set up where selected designers would have the privilege to be mentored by established professionals. Under the programme, the designers undergo an 18-month incubation which includes operating an actual retail business and attending group workshops and seminars and participating in overseas mission trip. The programme has helped to launch a number of exciting local labels such as Chalk, UNCVRD, Mae Pang, OwnMuse and Ready.Made.

A common characteristic of the major fashion capitals of the world is the strong support for local labels. This is something Singapore may still lack but things are also changing. Ashley Isham, having made his name in London, now has a loyal local following. He retails his own label at the flagship store at The Fullerton Hotel. Jonathan Seow’s Woods & Woods, Keith Png’s KOOPS, Al&Alicia and Nicholas and the likes are becoming recognised names among the fashion conscious. The increasing number of boutiques offering trendy labels of local designers is further evidence of growing support for the local fashion industry. Blackmarket at Jalan Pisang (Kampong Glam), [A-mod] at TripleOne Somerset (Orchard – Somerset Belt), Antipodean at Lorong Mambong (Holland Village), Egg3 at Erskine Road (Chinatown) and a string of similar boutiques stocking local labels have sprung up in different shopping precincts across the island.

Singapore is now a place that welcomes and promotes fashion innovation – a stimulating environment with buzz and creative energy. There is a vibrant fashion scene and an established platform for designers and creative talents to showcase and retail their works. There is a belief that designers can flourish, fashion business is viable and the whole industry is moving up in the world of style and glamour. The stage is set for Singapore to take its place among the top global fashion capitals. Eighth in the World is a great achievement – but don’t expect Singapore to be content to stay there.

Pointers on How to Become a Fashion Designer

How to become a fashion designer may seem like a glamorous proposition filled with promises of working in the world of clothing, accessories, runway models and photoshoots. But like all things in life, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Only a handful of fashion designers really end up becoming famous, with their brand names known around the world, like Ralph Lauren or Alexander McQueen. The majority of fashion designers end up working for fashion brands that produce for the mass market, creating basic and ready-to-wear items.

If you really want to enter the fashion industry, here are some initial steps on how to become a fashion designer that will boost your chances of making it in this big, bad fashion world.

Know your abilities.

Do you have the artistic talent, creativity and imagination it takes to become a fashion designer? Have you tried a hand at sketching pieces that are unique and reflect your own style and personality? If all you can draw are stick people and you think that teal is something to drink, well then this may not be the best industry for you, especially if you want to be successful. Talents are innate, and if you find that you have a natural flair for colors, patterns, designs, symmetry and proportions, then this is your first weapon on how to become a fashion designer. Put together a portfolio of your work; this will not only be the key to an educational background, it will serve as your resume once you formally enter fashion.

Expand your horizons.

You will never be able to get to where you want if you stick to your comfort zone all the time. Branch out – take sewing or pattern-making courses, develop skills in design software programs, enroll in a fashion degree, go to trainings and seminars on the subject, even if it seems to be about something as simple as the history of buttons. Read fashion magazines, watch out for fashion shows you can go to, keep up with the current trends, browse the web for what’s in and what’s what in pop culture, what the controversies are in fashion and so on. This is all very important in how to become a fashion designer, because you’ll need to be constantly updated so that you know what you’re getting into and what the competition is like.

Make your connections.

Start your fashion career by getting an internship or any entry-level job related to the industry. Once you’re in, make as many connections as you can, from small to big. Don’t underestimate the power of who you know; even the mail-room boy might be able to help you in the future. Include connections in all possible areas of fashion, meaning don’t just stick to the more established designers and the bosses. Get to know the advertising and marketing team, the merchandise display and salespeople, the photographers and editors, and you’ll have a wide network of valuable names that will come in handy once you’ve managed to establish yourself. How to become a fashion designer isn’t an easy path, but like all dreams, with enough hard work, you’ll get there.