After months of planning, tons of meetings and a large amount of coffee, we're excited to announce that Laptops & Smalltalk is now LIVE!
Laptops & Smalltalk is a Portland-based network and online platform for emerging designers and fashion brands. We educate and support the fashion community by providing early stage expert advice, business strategies, tools and resources to bridge the gap between business and emerging fashion.
So what exactly does that mean?
Portland is full of talented designers and creators who have great ideas, awesome products and a lot of passion for what they do. The problem, however, is that many people struggle to turn their passion into a profitable business. According to the Business of Fashion, 90% of start-up fashion companies fail within the first 3-5 years and an even higher number fail to even get off the ground due to problems with production, cash flow and the disconnect between business and creativity.
There are many hurdles that make being a designer in the Portland metro area difficult and although we want to tackle them all, PR, marketing, and brand development are the areas we love and want to share with you.
Laptops & Smalltalk aims to bridge the disconnect between business and emerging fashion by being a source of education and inspiration both online and offline. Whether you're a trained or self-taught designer, we offer fill-in-the-blank strategies, skills, and concepts which you can use to grow your business and convert your passion into a long-term career now!
5 REASONS WE KNOW YOU'LL LOVE US (and 5 things you can expect from us).
NO°1 EXPERT ADVICE AND BUSINESS STRATEGIES YOU CAN DO YOURSELF.
We started Laptops & Smalltalk as a way to give back our community and contribute our passion of business to the fashion industry. Through our blog, we offer FREE easy to understand tips, tools, and strategies that you can apply to your business right now to see results.
NO°2 INSIDER INDUSTRY INTERVIEWS
We share the best advice and insight from local people who are making it in the fashion industry through our Insider Industry Interviews.
NO°3 EVENTS x WORKSHOPS
We have a calendar full of networking events and educational workshops (not to mention our launch party/fashion panel) planned for this summer! Sign up for our newsletter below and be the first to know about our launch party! You'll also receive first-hand info about our events, popups and workshops. Plus exclusive content that's only available to our community.
NO°4 1-ON-1 BUSINESS COACHING AND MENTORSHIP
Online articles and email conversations are great, but sometimes you just want to sit down with someone and talk face-to-face. Laptops and Smalltalk will soon offer 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring sessions. Watch this space for details about our consulting sessions.
Whether online or offline, Laptops & Smalltalk was formed around the principle of community. We strive to be a place where like-minded individuals can learn, network, collaborate and feel supported.
Thank you so much for visiting Laptops & Smalltalk! We're thrilled that you're here and we're excited to bring something new and fresh to the Portland fashion community!
If you haven't already, check out our interview with Portland Gear's Marcus Harvey where he shares some really get tips to mastering Instagram and building your brand with social media.
Have a question or just want to say hi? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.