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Apparel/Clothing Industry

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Frances Harder authored and published a series of books dealing with starting a fashion business. Fashion for Profit (10th edition), Costing for Profit, Brand Building for Profit and Forms for Profit are industry focused texts used both by new companies and for further education programs.

In 1999 she foundered the FBI (Fashion Business Incorporated), an educational not for profit 501c3 organization, which provided vital business development, resources and certified job training programs to both the US, and to the International apparel industry. Closed in 2017 to relaunch as a for profit entity in 2018.

For the past 10 years Frances has been a consultant to the United Nations assisting small businesses. She was recently consulting producers of Alpaca products in Peru & Cashmere products in Nepal on creating and developing products for the US market. She consults and speaks internationally on product development, branding, merchandising, production and entering the US market. She also serves as an industry expert in legal disputes. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona and serves on the Dean’s advisory board.

She studied Art and Fashion in the UK.

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