Helping passionate, purpose-driven fashion entrepreneurs break through their challenges.

Dessy Tsolova

Founder & Fashion business strategist for creative entrepreneurs

I spent most of my childhood sewing, knitting and embroidering, firmly believing that one day I would be a designer. But upon graduating with a Fashion degree, I realised I didn’t want to be a designer after all. What I really enjoyed was the process of creating products and working alongside the people who touched the product along its journey from idea to market.

Over the past 20 years I have worked for small and large British luxury brands. From clothing, accessories and jewellery, I managed the design, product development and production process and teams, creating winning products that generated million in revenue.

Having co-founded an online manufacturing platform connecting designers to manufacturers, I spent years working closely with start-ups, small fashion brands, suppliers and manufacturers. Through mentoring and client work I was able to see first hand (repeatedly) the problems in the industry. The biggest cause to it all being the lack of knowledge and understanding of how fashion on the inside really works.

The biggest lesson of all was seeing and learning first-hand that running a business that sucks up all of your time, focus and energy is NOT worth it.

My passion to help start ups and small brands launch and grow meaningful brands led me to create Fashion Insiders & Co.

Starting, launching and scaling your business should not have to be stress-inducing or so difficult that you end up hating the process.

My gift to be able to break down the design, development & manufacturing process and simplify it into actionable steps to help entrepreneurs identify and overcome their business challenges. Most importantly, to build their knowledge and confidence so that they can launch and grow meaningful, profitable brands.

In short, I help entrepreneurs like you dream big and back it up with meaningful action to create results.

Fashion Insiders

Online Platform

Fashion Insiders & Co. is the answer to budding fashion and creative entrepreneurs; small fashion brands and designers who feel exhausted and completely spent by the relentless demands of running their fashion business.

Whether you are just starting out and looking to turn your entrepreneurial dream into a rock-solid reality OR you’re a business veteran looking to up-level big time without spreading yourself too thin or losing your spark & focus, Fashion Insiders & Co is for YOU.

We’re here to help you reach the highest levels of your creative potential and tap into the deepest wisdom within you.

Even if you’ve been successful in business for years, launching or growing a fashion brand is like nothing else you know. If you don’t take the time and support to learn how the business of fashion really works from the inside out, you’ll struggle and feel overwhelmed by the inner working of the industry – and confused about what you need to do and how to scale up.

Fashion Insiders & Co delivers topics on design development, pricing, manufacturing, strategic brand launch and growth – via original content, online education programmes, creative videos, articles and talks. Our platform’s mission is to educate, support and inspires in order to help you create the business of your dreams your way.

If you’ve read this far, thank you. We hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. And, we’d love to learn more about you.  The best way to share that and stay connected is to make sure you become one of our Fashion Insiders — join our newsletter list below.

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Dessy helped me realise that my skill as a creative pattern cutter wasn’t being pushed far enough. By focusing on my pattern cutting I launched Pattern Cutting Deconstructed. It has been the best decision I have made and I have been getting a lot of work with start-up companies working in the sustainable, slow fashion arena.

Monisola Omotoso

Pattern Cutting Deconstructed

I honestly don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t discovered Dessy and Fashion Insiders. I contacted FI when I was at my wit’s end manufacturing my bags. Dessy helped me turn the situation around. Her wealth of knowledge and experience in the fashion industry was instrumental in getting my business off the ground. The support and encouragement, as well as her honest critique, has helped me get out of my own way more than once. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for Dessy.

Rebecca Hafenrichter

Founder, HAF

"As a newly founded business, I have been following Fashion Insiders & Co webinars and have found their content and advise to be highly relevant and useful.  The platform has some helpful tools and kits. I would particularly recommend their profit margin calculator. It's a straight forward tool to work out your productions cost.'

Lily Chong

Founder of @ ethicalkind

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