Pitching Fashion
Oct
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

Pitching Fashion

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Want to get local and national press for your business but don't know where to start? Want to reach out to buyers and retailers about carrying your line but don't know what to say?

We've got you covered! Join us live at WM Goods on Wednesday, October 18th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for Pitching Fashion with Portland Monthly Magazine style editor, Eden Dawn, Gray Magazine editor, Rachel Gallaher and WM GOODS shop owner Whitney Goodman!

Come enjoy wine & light refreshments as Eden, Rachel and Whitney (who also previously worked at a PR firm in New York and later became an in-house publicist for Mara Hoffman and Lucky Brands) discuss the ends and outs of approaching the media and buyers, what to include in your pitch and, the do's and don'ts of telling your brand story in a way that gets you noticed.

Whether you're looking to pitch your brand to the press or, to a retailer for a wholesale account come and hear from the pros and leave feeling inspired with useful information on how to establish relationships with buyers, editors, and journalists.

Have a specific question you want to be answered during the event? Simply comment below or, send them to hello@laptopsandsmalltalk.com and we'll answer them live at the event!

Wine light refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm, the conversation will begin at 6 pm. See you there!

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L&S SOCIAL HOSTED BY REIFHAUS
Jun
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

L&S SOCIAL HOSTED BY REIFHAUS

Join us Friday, June 16th for our 2nd L&S SOCial hosted by REIFhaus

In addition to networking and mingling opportunities, we're THRILLED to announce that Lindsey Reif, Designer and Founder of REIFhaus will be speaking about her experiences as a designer and sharing some of her tips on building a successful fashion business in the Portland industry and beyond! 

Your network is one of your most powerful assets but networking isn't about collecting contacts, it's about building and growing relationships. Come grow with us! 

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LEVO HAPPY HOUR
May
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

LEVO HAPPY HOUR

We're proud to announce that our Founder, Brittany Sierra will be speaking at Levo League Portland's first event on 5/31! RSVP below and come hang out with us! This will be a great opportunity to make meaningful connections with others both personally and professionally! Did we mention it's on the rooftop of Indigo Twelve West?! 🥂

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Portland Made: Brand Strategy & Marketing Workshop
May
7
3:00pm 3:00pm

Portland Made: Brand Strategy & Marketing Workshop

Portland Made has teamed up with Klum House’s Brave Your Own Business to bring you The Portland Made Business Development Workshop series and we're proud to announce that our Founder, Brittany Sierra is teaching a Marketing & Brand Strategy workshop May 7th!

If you are an emerging business who’s ready to turn your ideas into a reality. Or, an established brand that isn’t seeing the level of success you hoped for and is ready to reevaluate your strategy and approach, THIS is for you.

Led by Brittany Sierra, in this 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn clear, step-by-step strategies to create a business that allows you to live your passion full-time and make real money doing what you love.

You’ll learn real strategies that work and walk away with a personalized strategy to move forward in your business that you can apply right away to see results now.

You’ll learn:

  • How to use your story to determine your purpose and create an incredible brand.
  • 3 steps to determining your brand message.
  • How to create a die-hard community around your brand.
  • How to stand out in a saturated market and set yourself apart.
  • How to create a personalized marketing strategy for your business
  • How to create a digital marketing strategy using social media, your blog, and your newsletter to drive traffic to your website and boost sales.
  • How to attract paying customers.
  • How to create engaging content.
  • The number one thing that will bring you success that no one talks about.
  • How to create buzz and hype around your brand

And so MUCH more

Skip the frustration, stress, and confusion of trying to do it all on your own and instead, get inspired, learn new strategies to grow your business in a fun, interactive environment and connect with like-minded fashion creatives.

Seats are limited. Reserve your seat today!

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Apr
23
3:00pm 3:00pm

Sustainable Fashion Forum

Join us for the first ever Laptops & Smalltalk Ethical Fashion Forum during Design Week Portland 2017 as we celebrate ethical and sustainable fashion. The festivities kick off Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 at 3 pm with a panel discussion moderated by Kerri Ulloa of Eileen Fisher's Green Eileen between local sustainable designers and fashion’s top industry leaders about the obstacles and opportunities faced in the effort to create ethically-made and fashion-forward clothing.

Following the panel discussion, Modified Style Environmental Consultant, Kelly Raynor will speak about sustainability in fashion followed by a live fashion show featuring the sustainable designs from some of Portland's top local designers.

Come get inspired by individuals who are paving the way in ethical and sustainable fashion and learn how you can do the same in your own life. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day and highlight ethical and sustainable fashion.

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FASHION TO PROFIT™ II
Jan
22
11:00am11:00am

FASHION TO PROFIT™ II

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FASHION TO PROFIT™ IS PERFECT FOR INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS AND FASHION ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE SLOW GROWTH OF THEIR BUSINESS AND ARE READY TO CREATE A STRATEGY THAT WORKS. 

If you are an emerging designer, boutique owner, stylist or fashion blogger who's ready to turn your ideas into a reality. Or, an established brand that isn't seeing the level of success that you expected and are ready to reevaluate your strategy and approach, THIS is for you!

We’ve worked with a number of creatives over the years and one of the main concerns on every creative entrepreneur’s mind is how can they make a living from doing what they love. In #FashionToProfit, we’ll teach you a clear, step-by-step strategy on how to create a business that allows you to live your passion and make real money doing what you love.

This isn’t the kind of workshop where we share a bunch of fluff that beats around the bush. We'll give you REAL strategies that work-- strategies that we currently use with our business and with our clients that will get you REAL results. You’ll walk away with your questions answered and a personalized strategy (because one size does not fit all) to move forward in your business that you can apply right away to see results now.

You’ll learn:

  • How to use your story to determine your purpose and create an incredible brand. 
  • 3 steps to determining your brand message. 
  • How to create a die-hard community around your brand.
  • How to stand out in a saturated market and set yourself apart. 
  • How to create a personalized marketing strategy for your business
  • How to create a digital marketing strategy using social media, your blog, and your newsletter to drive traffic to your website and boost sales.
  • How to attract paying customers.
  • How to create engaging content.
  • The number one thing that will bring you success that no one talks about.
  • How to create buzz and hype around your brand
  • And so MUCH more

And, because you signed up for #FashionToProfit, you’ll also receive a corresponding 20+ page workbook filled to the brim with strategies, tools, and resources to grow your business.

Skip the frustration, stress, and confusion of trying to do it all on your own and instead, get inspired, learn new strategies to grow your business in a fun, interactive environment and connect with like-minded fashion creatives.

Seats are limited. Reserve your seat today. 

Unless the workshop is cancelled, at this time, all sales are final. No exceptions.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I found the Fashion to Profit workshop to be really helpful and inspiring as well. I’ve had my business for about 2 years now and feel like I have the general concept of it down with branding and such, but this class filled in so many of the nitty-gritty details that have been neglected or I just didn’t know.

I know my craft but am overwhelmed by the business end and then the ever changing social media platforms. In all these ways again, the Fashion to Profit workshop really covered nicely these concerns as well as helped build a foundation for further discussion.
— Allison J
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Instagram Marketing Workshop
Nov
13
11:00am11:00am

Instagram Marketing Workshop

Ever find yourself wondering what to post on Instagram?

Do you have a hard to growing your following and connecting with your ideal audience?

Do you want to increase your website traffic but more importantly make SALES through Instagram?

Do you want to learn how to take stunning Instagram pictures with your smartphone?

We've partnered with social media and photography powerhouse Candace Molatore to show you how! Join us Sunday, November 13th 11am-1pm at Portland Apparel Lab for some hands-on guidance!

 

Our Instagram Marketing Workshop is specifically for emerging designers and fashions brands. We'll cover all the basics of Instagram and how to create an Insta strategy to grow your business, increase your following and use Instagram as a tool to sell your product.

We'll show you:

  • How to attract paying customers on Instagram
  • Time-saving strategies to help you plan and post consistently
  • How to drive website traffic
  • What analytics are and how to use them to earn more and work less
  • The art of selling (and how to do it without feeling gross)
  • 4 strategies to transform followers into brand advocates
  • How to find the right hashtags to increase brand awareness and attract customers NOT competitors  
  • How to run Instagram contests and giveaways
  • How to style your photos and create beautiful flatlays
  • How to spend less time on Instagram and still see your brand grow
  • Top tips for creating professional on brand images with your smartphone
  • How to use Instagram stories to get more sales

PLUS, Candace will be leading a live, hands-on photography demonstration on how to use your smartphone to take stunning Instagram photos.

See you there?

 
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Smalltalk SOCIAL
Oct
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

Smalltalk SOCIAL

SAVE THE DATE for our first Smalltalk SOCIAL! 

Before the blog, before the workshops, before the eBooks and events, Laptops & Smalltalk was intended to be a networking group where fashion creatives could get to know different people in the industry, collaborate and connect. 

We've had quite a few people express interest in us hosting a social so, here it is! Designers, fashion photographers, bloggers, stylists, professionals and fashion entrepreneurs join us October 28th for our first Smalltalk SOCIAL, a highly interactive and FUN networking experience!

Your network is one of your most powerful assets but networking isn't about collecting contacts, it's about building and growing relationships. Come grow with us! 

More details coming soon.

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#smalltalkPOPUP - Fashion to Profit Workshop
Sep
18
11:00am11:00am

#smalltalkPOPUP - Fashion to Profit Workshop

SmalltalkPOPUP is an in-person workshop series for emerging designers and fashion brands who want to take their business to the next level in a hands-on interactive environment.

If you are an emerging designer, boutique owner, stylist or fashion blogger who's ready to turn your ideas into a reality. Or, an established brand that isn't seeing the level of success that you expected and are ready to reevaluate your strategy and approach, THIS is for you!

We’ve worked with a number of creatives over the years and one of the main concerns on every creative entrepreneur’s mind is how can they make a living from doing what they love. In our first smalltalkPOPUP, #FashonToProfit, we’ll teach you a clear, step-by-step strategy on how to create a business that allows you to live your passion and make real money doing what you love.

This isn’t the kind of workshop where we share a bunch of fluff that beats around the bush. We'll give you REAL strategies that work-- strategies that we currently use with our business and with our clients that will get you REAL results. You’ll walk away with your questions answered and a personalized strategy (because one size does not fit all) to move forward in your business that you can apply right away to see results now.

You’ll learn:

  • How to find your authentic voice and communicate with your target customer
  • How to create community around your brand
  • How to stand out and set yourself apart
  • How to create a personalized marketing strategy for your business
  • How to use social media, blogging, and your email list to drive traffic to your website and boost sales
  • How to attract paying customers
  • How to create engaging content
  • The number one thing that will bring you success that no one talks about.
  • How to create buzz and hype around your brand
  • And so MUCH more

And, because you signed up for our #smalltalkPOPUP, you’ll also receive a corresponding 20+ page workbook filled to the brim with strategies, tools, and resources to grow your business.

Skip the frustration, stress, and confusion of trying to do it all on your own and instead, get inspired, learn new strategies to grow your business in a fun, interactive environment and connect with like-minded fashion creatives.

Seats are limited. Reserve your seat today. 

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Jul
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Laptops & Smalltalk Launch Party!

Join us in celebrating the launch of Laptops & Smalltalk Friday, July 29th from 6-8pm at the Society Hotel on the rooftop patio! 

Enjoy the amazing view of the city with drinks and treats PLUS, an exclusive PDX fashion panel with industry experts and influencers who will be discussing how to be successful in the Portland fashion industry. 

We'll start the evening off with a brief introduction to Laptops & Smalltalk followed by a panel discussion beginning at 6:30pm. Following the discussion, you'll have the opportunity to mingle and network with other fashion creatives and industry influencers while enjoying good music, desserts and of course great drinks! 

We hope you'll join us in celebrating the launch of Laptops & Smalltalk but also in celebrating the Portland fashion industry and everyone who has played a part in its growth both past and present. We're looking forward to bringing something fresh and new to the Portland fashion community and can't wait to celebrate with you! See you there?

Click here to RSVP

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