As an aspiring fashion designer sooner or later you will meet somebody willing to buy and manufacture your designs. This is a turning point for your career: turning your hobby to something that brings you funds. It is a big moment and it is better to be prepared for it.
I sold my first painting the age of 16 for $10 and I spent over 40 hours working on it. I don’t want this to happen to you. It is important to know how much money you deserve for your efforts of designing and drawing your ideas.
How much time I will spend on the design
It matters if you are selling a doodle you’ve done in the train on your way home or you’ve spent hours reading art history books, making your research and created the design as a result of many days working. The more efforts you’ve put – the more it costs.
What media will I use to create the image?
A factor is also the media you’ve used to create your art. A sketch made with a set of color pencils for $8 would cost less than a sketch made with markers set for $150. The materials are something you need to calculate in the price. This includes the drawing materials (pens, watercolors, pencils) , the paper and the extra materials ( like glitter, textile or anything you like to add to your drawings).
For how much would this garment sell in the shops?
Consider how many pairs of your design will be produced and how much is it likely to be valued in the shops. In 90% of the occasions it would be offensive to sell the design for less than 2x the price of the garment in the stores.
These were just a few rules to keep in mind. Don’t sell your talent cheap. Don’t be afraid to lose a client because if you are good at what you do more clients will keep coming. Believe me – they will !
It took me years to learn to value my work and I would be happy if I can save you the bitter taste of selling your art for less than it’s worth!