Reading List

A work in progress of resources I have found to be essential reading…


My Start Up Life, Ben Casnocha.  Inspiring account of a 14 year old setting up a software company in San Francisco

Anyone Can Do it: Building Coffee Republic from Our Kitchen Table – 57 Real Life Laws on Entrepreneurship, Sahar and Bobby Hashemi – “It is a very personal story of dreaming, acting and succeeding offering a myriad of lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs and blowing apart the myth that only ‘special’ people start successful businesses” (

How to set up and run a Fashion Label, Toby Meadows. Very hands on, practical and clear. it begins: Running a successful fashion label requires around 90% business acumen and only about 10 % artistic ability..

Developing a Collection, Basic Fashion Design, Colin Renfrew/ Elinor Renfrew. A comprehensive guide through each stage of putting a collection together, from moodboards to the end product and sales

To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?, Lucy Siegle. An examination of the environmentally devastating story behind “fast fashion”


Fashion Toolkit: Designer’s Edition, from Nesta. Helping to make production management easier for fashion designers and manufacturers

The UK Designer Fashion Economy, CFE Report, by Dr Neri KarraThis report identifies the various stages a designer fashion business develops through and the main challenges faced at each stage.


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