learn how to navigate supply chains like an industry expert

Summer Sourcing Intensive

Only Accepting 10 Students - The deadline to enroll is July 1st


in 10 weeks, learn how to take your fashion business from idea to made

*includes 5 live coaching calls!

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  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
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  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
  • grab a spot while you still can
  • enrollment is first come first served
  • deadline to enroll is July 1st!
  • grab a spot while you still can
 

their words, not mine...

 

Can We Skip To The Good Part?

  • 1 types in "ethical suppliers near me" presses search... thinks to self, these company websites look kind of sketchy
  • 2 emails supplier. no answer. emails supplier again. still no answer. calls supplier. they say someone will get back to me why can't i get anyone to work with me?
  • 3 i don't have design skills so i started hiring freelancers online but, their work isn't what i want, and i kind of feel like i am being ripped off
  • 4 found my dream supplier, put in my sample order, waited patiently, and FINALLY got my samples in the mail today except, help! the samples look nothing like what I wanted

The Biggest Challenge For Fashion Startups,

is not just finding reliable manufacturers, but learning and understanding the nuances of how to work with them.

 

A Different Approach

  • CUSTOM TAILORED HELP - JUST FOR YOU

    this is the hard truth that no one wants to hear 99.99% of manufacturing problems are actually the brands fault because of poor communication, that's why I will never just give you a list of manufactures and say, good luck.

    I'm here to teach you what to say and how to say it so you can avoid expensive production disasters.

  • NO FLUFF POLICY

    I know you are a busy person, with limited free time, my tried and true hacks will allow you to start your brand as quickly as possible.

    I learned the hard way, so you don't have to. Back in my fast fashion days, I was responsible for developing thousands of styles across 5 different countries every season. The systems I developed during this time allowed me to do my job quickly, efficiently, and effectively.

  • RELEVANT REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE + APPLICATIONS

    to be an effective teacher I believe you need to lead by example. And, I do this by having my own brand, Terracotta City – where I implement and test everything I teach inside LMCL.

    This is how I am certain the program works. I am doing it myself, every day.

    And, I am also a partner in a factory in India. Meaning I am on the cutting edge of what’s happening in the world of apparel manufacturing (and, am often quoted as an industry expert in publications like the business of fashion, and sourcing journal).

  • AND HERE IS THE BEST PART

    you don't need to know how to draw, design, or have any artistic abiitly at all to get your brand started!
INTRODUCING…

SUMMER SOURCING INTENSIVE

*yes, you get access to my GLOBAL vip supplier list

(perfect for low MOQ startup orders)

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*yes, you get live coaching from me

(5 session to be exact)

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*and, yes, you get continued support even after the 10 weeks

(because I am 100% dedicated to your success)

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JuJu, DUTCHXFASHION

Once you get going you fall down the rabbit hole and want to know more.

I loved the layout of the course. Every week builds upon the week before. It's like school but in the best way possible!

@dutchxfashion

Christopher, CYC The Label

Christopher cyc the label

My valuable takeaway from Melanie’s program was the personal connections with like-minded creatives working through similar issues. Together we learned from seasoned professionals and discovered pathways & opportunities to develop our own businesses.

@cycthelabel
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Arielle, Four Rabbit

Melanie was able to help me scale my business and get wholesale ready. She continues to be my go-to sourcing resource as I grow my brand. Knowing that I had a strong supply chain to back up my orders helped give me the extra confidence I needed to start taking larger retail orders.

@four.rabbit

Zoe Grinfeld

This course filled all the gaps in my industry knowledge that I was left with after graduating from fashion school. Melanie is like a production matchmaker, pairing students with ethical manufacturers for any product you can think of. Weekly office hours allowed space for brainstorming, problem-solving, and a great sense of community in the group. 

@zoegrinfeld

By The End of The 10 Weeks, You Will...

  • UNDERSTAND YOUR BRANDS MANUFACTURING NEEDS

    many startups feel they are at the mercy of the factory. i teach you how to figure out what it is you really want, and get it
  • STOP FEELING LIKE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN IS OUT OF YOUR CONTROL

    leave with a working industry insider knowledge of how to get things done in the world of manufacturing
  • HAVE SOURCED THE PERFECT FABRIC

    using my global supplier list you'll get access to startup-friendly low MOQ fabric suppliers where you can get fabrics with custom colors or your own unique prints
  • FOUND A FACTORY TO MAKE YOUR GARMENTS

    you'll get access to my VIP factory list - this cheat sheet to low MOQ manufacturing is worth the price of the course alone
  • PERFECT YOUR QUALITY ASSURANCE PLAN

    startups think it's the factories job to make sure the quality of their product is good.

    this is very, very wrong. it's 100% your job. and, I'll teach you what you need to know

take a peek inside
the 10 WEEKS

week 1

MERCHANDIZING

Every brand has what I like to call a secret sauce. The perfect blend of different items that have customers coming back for more.

In week 1 you will lay down the entire foundation of your first season, learning how to create a versatile line plan that converts browsers into buyers

week 2

TEXTILES 101

You can't source fabrics if you don't understand what they are.

Trying to work with fabric suppliers without understanding what it is you really need is like asking someone to be the lead in a play but never bothering to give them the script.

Before you can jump into the world of suppliers, you need to understand the basics.

 

week 3

FABRIC SOURCING

This is where you get access to my global list of startup-friendly, low MOQ fabric suppliers.

But it's not just about the list. It's about learning how to communicate with those suppliers and get the fabrics you need.

* for payment plan students' lists will not be given until week 5 when payment is made in full

week 4

GARMENT MANUFACTURING

I am going to create a custom list of garment manufacturing partners to help get you started.

Every factory is not the right fit for every brand. That's why I take the time to learn about your specific needs before making manufacturing suggestions.  

* for payment plan students' lists will not be given until week 5 when payment is made in full

week 5

BECOME AN INSTANT FASHION DESIGNER

This week is my little secret that allows anyone to become a fashion designer (yes, even if you can't draw)

You are going to learn how to communicate all of those ideas in your head to the factory and get your garment made IRL.

week 6

TECH PACKS AND COMMS

Have you been thinking about hiring someone to create a tech pack for you?

DON'T!

It can be a huge waste of money.

Week 6 is going to teach you what you should be doing instead.

week 7

DETAILS TO HELP YOU STAND OUT FROM EVERYONE ELSE

Trims are one of the best places to boost the perceived value of your brand.

Seriously, a small $1 accessory could help you take your clothes from selling in stores for $100 to $300.

And, I am going to show you how.

week 8

PACKAGING

unboxing is your customer's first touchpoint with your brand.

And, you want to make a good first impression.

Yea, packaging can be wasteful (and were are not about creating extra waste here) so, I'll show you earth-friendly ways to create memorable packaging. 

week 9

PRODUCTION + LOGISTICS

This is probably the scariest moment as a founder... placing your first bulk order.

There is so much money on the line - what if everything goes wrong?

Don't worry, I am here to help you make sure it doesn't.  

week 10

OPTMIZATION

If everything you are going to learn in weeks 1-9 feels overwhelming, you're not alone.

You started this business to enjoy life more, not be worked to the bone - so in week 10, I will teach you my best-kept secrets that allowed me to manage thousands of fast fashion styles a season, and still have time for a social life.

And, Did I Mention The Bonuses?

 

BONUS 1 - LIVE GROUP COACHING AND MENTORSHIP

5 sessions of live zoom calls with me – this is a place where you can ask questions, and we can work together on anything you are having trouble with.

Live coaching is held at 9 am on Tuesdays (NY time).

Can't make office hours? No problem - you can email your questions, I will answer them live, and you can watch the replay!

What You’ll Get:

  • a chance to ask questions and get help from me on anything you are working on
  • deadlines to end procrastination - by showing up each week with your lesson homework you can easily stay on schedule
  • a community to share your work in and get feedback from
($2500 value)
 

BONUS 2 - ACCESS TO THE MASTERMIND

this is a network of LMCL students and alumni, it is also a place where you can get (almost) instant help from me, whenever you get stuck

What You’ll Get:

  • need help and can't wait? that's what the chat is for, ask your questions and get help right away
  • an international support system of peers who have all been where you are now, and are cheering you on
  • digital coffee dates and other networking opportunities for collaborations and all the business things
($1000 value)

BONUS 3 - VIP STARTUP-FRIENDLY SUPPLIER LIST

10 years of industry contacts in 1 easy to use excel

What You’ll Get:

  • stop googling, and use my VIP supplier list instead
  • low MOQs and startup-friendly supply chain partners
  • stay organized with my super easy excel template - if it was good enough for me to keep track of thousands of styles per season during my fast fashion days, imagine what it can do for your productivity
(priceless)
 

BONUS 4 - INTERACTIVE PROGRESS TRACKERS

stick to your timelines, and reach your goals

What You’ll Get:

  • the timeline builder - use this interactive excel to stay on track and launch on time
  • budgeting calculator - I always say, starting a brand is like going into target - you go in needing a pack of pens, and leave with a $300 bill - this excel will help you stick to your budget
  • profit predictor - this one is the most fun, easily calculate how much money your new brand is going to make you
($450)
 

BONUS 5 - CONTINUED SUPPORT EVEN AFTER YOU GRADUATE

because I hate goodbyes

What You’ll Get:

  • lifetime access to the mastermind group- this way we can keep working together
  • invitations to special programming with industry guest speakers
  • the chance for your brand to be included on the virtue + vice website which gets over 30,000 visitors per month!
(priceless)
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Olivia, After9

As someone with entrepreneurial experience, who has shipped and sold in their market first hand, and has a business background, I can tell you I learned something every week. Starting a brand from the ground up is completely different from working for one.

@wearafter9

Pilar, Alfa Athletics

There were times when things were brought up in office hours, and I was like, I wasn't even thinking about that. Or, someone else was talking about something, and then a week later I was facing the same exact issue. But, now I know how to solve the problem myself!

@alfaathletics

Miranda Watson

When the pandemic hit, I panicked. But, Melanie helped me realize it was a strange opportunity to look at fashion, business, and design differently. I was thankfully able to adapt quickly without major losses. 

@mirandawatsondesign

To Recap, Here's Everything You Get...

  • 1 10 WEEKS OF SOURCING INTENSIVE COURSE MATERIAL

    10 weeks of lessons, with printable slide decks (valued at $1500)
  • 2 WEEKLY WORKBOOKS AND CHECKLISTS

    to keep you accountable and ensure progress every week (valued at $1000)
  • 3 TUTORIALS, REAL LIFE EXAMPLES + GUEST SPEAKERS

    I take you on a look behind the seams of how I started my own brand Terracotta City (valued at $500)
  • 4 EMAIL TEMPLATE BUNDLE

    EMAIL TEMPLATE BUNDLE - copy and paste templates to help you sound like a pro and save you time (valued at $500)
  • 5 BONUS #1 - 5 SESSIONS OF LIVE GROUP COACHING

    to get help directly from Melanie (valued at $3000)
  • 6 BONUS #2 - ACCESS TO THE MASTERMIND

    have a question that just can't wait? DM me in the private slack channel and I'll get back to you right away, this is also a great place to connect and make new friends with other students (valued at $1000)
  • 7 BONUS #3 - ACCESS TO MY PERSONAL SUPPLIER LIST

    a global list of startup and low MOQ friendly manufacturing partners (priceless)
  • 8 BONUS #4 - SOURCING CASE STUDY

    how one student learned to source the perfect biodegradable nylon suppliers (valued at $450)
  • 9 BONUS #5 - CONTINUED LIFETIME SUPPORT

    includes lifetime membership to the mastermind, so you can continue getting the support you need! (priceless)
  • * TOTAL VALUE = $7450

Get Started On The First Lesson As Soon As You Enroll!

pay in full

$1500

Save $250 when you pay in full!

2 month payment plan

$875 x 2

2 monthly payments of $875

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Let me start by saying this, Launch My Conscious Line is the most comprehensive course for anyone who is interested in launching their brand this year.

And, my exclusive community is highly curated and filled with founders just like you - they might be where you are now in the startup journey or are where you want to be in the future.

And, when you join you will be part of this special group.

In the 7 days after you join, you will gain access to the first two lessons. How To Stand Out In An Overcrowded Conscious Market, and Building Your Brands Identity

In that time, you will have had the opportunity to deep dive into what really drives you, figure out how your brand will stand out from all the other “conscious, fair trade, eco, etc.” brands, and build brand assets. Think logos, taglines, colors, and fonts.

This is when your brand transforms from an idea to something real.

If you don’t feel totally confident in continuing to work on your brand and successfully launch it, simply email me, show me you have put in the work, and I’ll refund your investment.

hey there

I'm Melanie

I help entrepreneurs just like you start conscious businesses.

But, before I did this I spent over a decade developing products for many of the brands you have in your closet. I have worked with the behemoths like Walmart and Target, as well as shaky startups that evolved into cult favorites like Nili Lotan and Hunter Boot.

I believe that in order to fix fashion, first, we need to understand how it’s made.

So, after living and working in countries like China, India, Taiwan, and the Philippines where I really got to see first-hand how the fashion industry operates, I now have a few ideas about how we can all be doing better.

frequently
asked
questions

I don't know how to design or draw, are you sure I can start a fashion brand?

Can you really help me find suppliers with low MOQs?

I don't live in the USA, is that ok?

What if i sign up, but don't like the course?

Again, Here Is Everything You Get When You Sign Up...

  • 1 10 WEEKS OF SOURCING INTENSIVE COURSE MATERIAL

    10 weeks of lessons, with printable slide decks (valued at $1500)
  • 2 WEEKLY WORKBOOKS AND CHECKLISTS

    to keep you accountable and ensure progress every week (valued at $1000)
  • 3 TUTORIALS, REAL LIFE EXAMPLES + GUEST SPEAKERS

    I take you on a look behind the seams of how I started my own brand Terracotta City (valued at $500)
  • 4 EMAIL TEMPLATE BUNDLE

    EMAIL TEMPLATE BUNDLE - copy and paste templates to help you sound like a pro and save you time (valued at $500)
  • 5 BONUS #1 - 5 SESSIONS OF LIVE GROUP COACHING

    to get help directly from Melanie (valued at $3000)
  • 6 BONUS #2 - ACCESS TO THE MASTERMIND

    have a question that just can't wait? DM me in the private slack channel and I'll get back to you right away, this is also a great place to connect and make new friends with other students (valued at $1000)
  • 7 BONUS #3 - ACCESS TO MY PERSONAL SUPPLIER LIST

    a global list of startup and low MOQ friendly manufacturing partners (priceless)
  • 8 BONUS #4 - SOURCING CASE STUDY

    how one student learned to source the perfect biodegradable nylon suppliers (valued at $450)
  • 9 BONUS #5 - CONTINUED LIFETIME SUPPORT

    includes lifetime membership to the mastermind, so you can continue getting the support you need! (priceless)
  • * TOTAL VALUE = $7450

Get Instant Access To The Course!

pay in full

$1500

Save $250 when you pay in full!

2 month payment plan

$875 x 2

2 monthly payments of $875