I have nothing to add that hasn't been mentioned already. But one thing to note about the last time and the current opportunity (and apologies if it was mentioned and I missed it!) -- last time you said you made gowns. That's a much different product than hats. And in general, I'd imagine gowns are a much higher price point than hats. So with the different product line you might do quite nicely.
I'm sorry to hear that you were so affected by an earthquake. I'm in NYC and have many friends who lost homes, etc. in a hurricane almost a couple years back. It takes a lot to regroup and restart, and I can imagine that the cost seems like a fortune. But it certainly sounds like a great opportunity and with the different product, I'll bet you come away with a better experience.
Keep us posted!
Take the risk - as the outlay is small, but the show promises a good footfall. Do you still have gowns you used to create? i would combine that with the millinery and just launch a complete brand. Just have faith - as that is what self employment is... All the best, and don't concentrate so much on sales but contacts, customers, interest and emails!
Please let us know how it turns out. Get some of your outgoing friends to attend wearing YOUR hats and do face to face selling for you. Not just handing out your cards, but taking peoples' contact info so that "the designer" can contact them to discuss special designs.
Best of luck,
Well done just 2 pieces at a time , one after the other - Rome was not built in a day. all the best
Best of luck!
This time last week, I was sitting in a very surreal environment. The fashion show.
It was amazing. Stitching up until the last minute - out of practice with timing. Models arriving with only seconds to get hats in place.. then down they went, out into the world. So pleased I did it. Now the hard work starts, selling them!
I've put photos of the pieces in an album - link below. I'll add a couple from the night too. Thanks all for the support and ideas.