We were lucky to catch up with Jade McFadden recently and have shared our conversation below.
Jade, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today What do you think it takes to be successful?
I started my brand in 2018, but in 2019, I made a list of 10 things that I keep in mind and in my phone that helps keep me on track:
2. Believe in yourself.
3. Grind hard.
4. Trust the process.
5. Try to remain optimistic.
9. Give back.
10. Never give up.
Jade, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
I’m from Texarkana, Texas, a small town in East Texas. I knew as a kid I always wanted to become a fashion designer/business owner. I remember sketching designs as a little girl and I eventually started styling and then I became a freelance designer, until I launched my own fashion & lifestyle brand.
What makes my brand different is that it’s versatile for women, men and kids with various products and constantly expanding. The brand is global. Pieces have been featured at NYFW, magazines around the world, TV and more! I’ve also collaborated with celebrities and award winning journalists/writers who I never thought would be interested in my little brand! Lol It’s growing and I’m very, very proud and grateful to be surrounded with people who believe in me! I think another thing that is unique about the Jade McFadden brand, is the aesthetic of the brand, as we like to call it, “Vintage-Inspiration, Mod-Liberation”…It’s clean, cool, classic, with a little razzle dazzle, which is the perfect combination! One of our main focuses is also to make sure the products are sustainable as possible, ethically sourced, as you can see, we have many vegan products!
We’d really appreciate if you could talk to us about how you figured out the manufacturing process./
I had to do A LOT of research to find the right manufacturers! Some pieces are designed/sewn in-house, but most products are shipped from my manufacturers. I design on a template, pick out the material, ingredients, packaging & etc. and do a “trial”, because it’s important that I make sure the products are made correctly and work well.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about selling platforms like Amazon/Etsy vs selling on your own site.
I sell from my site. In the future, I may decide to do a pop-up shop, but I would absolutely love to have some of our products in major stores worldwide!