How to Launch a Fashion Business (When You're Terrified to Start)

If you love fashion (you’re on this site, so we’re assuming that’s a given), the notion of designing a collection has probably crossed your mind at one point. But without technical skills, manufacturing connections, sketching prowess, or any of the countless additional skills needed to launch a brand, the daydream often remains just that. Admittedly, the step to take your vision from fantasy to reality is a giant leap, which is why we were especially captivated by the story of Understated Leather.

In just two years, Jennifer Kassell has built a wildly successful brand from scratch, including their cult leather jackets, other apparel (we’re particularly obsessed with their custom denim jackets), and a newly launched shoe collaboration. The pieces have been worn by celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, January Jones, and none other than Blue Ivy. Not to mention they’ve got fashion publication cred, too—Vogue Paris, anyone? Just how did Kassell do it, especially when at one point she was “too scared to start”?

Read on for an in-depth (and refreshingly honest) peek into Understated Leather’s path to success.

If you could start a business, what would it be? Let us know in the comments below. Who knows? Perhaps writing it down is the first step to making it happen!