STAND OUT & CARELESS!
Who knew I'll be business minded? I seriously hate math!
And yet here I am.
How it started:
It was summer of 2013 and classes will resume in a few days. As usual, I haven't prepared my things yet, my room is a mess..and my wardrobe? Let's just say it doesn't wanna stay in my closet anymore. And of course, my mom is telling me nonstop to clean my room, fix my stuffs and arrange my clothes.
Then it hit me:
I can't even put all my clothes inside my closet anymore! Some I haven't worn at all! I was really just a shopaholic who can't let the chance to buy something pass. So I gathered all my clothes that I don't wear anymore and clothes I never actually wore. It was a pile!
Since I have been a super online shopping addict too, and a fan of vintage and thrifted finds, I thought, "well what the hell, I'm gonna sell these!"
So first things first!
I decided to create my shop on Instagram. It was what I was using most of the lazy time during summer plus a lot of shops have started there too.
But what name?
I thought of many things! The shops I follow usually have "mnl", "ph", "manila" in their shop names. I wanted that too! I wanted something cool and catchy. Well, I came out with nothing. But when I was browsing my camera roll, I happen to come accross this photo I screen capped waaaaaay before. And since I most likely say "Whatever" to anything, I decided that this will be my logo and the name of my shop.
STEP ONE: Name and Create a shop. CHECK.
whatever forever's first logo
STEP TWO: Be known
This was my problem before. Nobody wants to visit an empty account. And I don't want to post everything right away. I wanted to see if people will be interested. And poof! A TEASER! I uploaded a teaser and started following people randomly. (I would go to a shop, check their followers, then follow them)
And for the love of God.. Some followed back! Not only that, but a lot also commented "tag me"! That pushed me harder. I never back out from something I already started. (or do I? Not sure.. Well, not this time)
STEP THREE: SELL
And then I launched my first collection of preloved items from my closet. And guess what? It took only 1.5 weeks for it to be sold out! Overwhelming? I know.
There it was! I got my money! It was a fun summer! All will be back to normal.. NOT!
I realized that I loved what I did. I have gained friends too who I still connect with and still buy from me till today.
So I decided to let it last a bit longer.
BUT WHAT TO SELL?
I'm the type of girl who always wants to be original. Hell, I can't stand it when I'm walking happily somewhere, then I suddenly see someone wearing the same top as I am. It kills me inside. :(
So I thought of something that has been there, but not yet widely spread, and are many are looking for. Midriffs. Cute midriffs. And just my luck! I saw a shop selling cotton spandex shirts and I just know, from the moment I saw the photo, that it would be perfect as midriffs. Plus! I know someone who prints wallets. And cause I wanted to be original, as I asked her to do customized wallets.
It was a hit! Midriffs were sold out in 2-3 days wallets for 1 week.
And then.. of course.. some people will see it.. some people will copy it. so yeah, I had to think of something again. I don't wanna have a shop that sells stuff that are already available in thousands of other shops. Plus I wanted to sell clothes that I would and could wear too!
NEXT STOP: Thrift Shopping
And guess what..
Yup, sold out again. In just one night. It was a cool collection and I love thrift shopping with my friends! But I knew there's something more that I could do.
I want my shop to stand out. I want to be able to see someone wearing something from my shop and I will know and say "That's from WF. That's my design".
So what did I do?
I started everything from scratch.
I though, I never liked the fitting of the unisex shirts from yalex, blue corner etc. so why would I settle with that? No. I bought and looked for the best fabric for my shirts. 100% pure cotton. (comfy) Then I had them made into cropped shirts and normal tees. I designed and designed (using adobe cs4. yes, I'm outdated). Then I went to recto to look for someone who could do decent silk screen templates. Then I bought A LOT of textile paints. Then I asked someone to silk screen the shirts.
VARSITEES. Yes, I am confident enough to say that I coined the term. It's a bad pun, but I stuck with it. I've always ALWAYS got a thing for baseball shirts, tees with numbers and the like.. It's ny style. And when it suddenly became a fashion trend today, I was seriously sad (mad). Coz I hate dressing up only to see someone with the same style. Ugh.
Well anyway, that's one of the reasons I do my own designs. So I'm sure that only a few will have it. And that I can still call it mine.
Then it's launching time.
Will they like these?
*my "models" from L-R: Agel, Veron, Mimi & Jocel
My first big collection, sold out in just one day!! 40+ items! not bad! (Of course there were those who were asdfghjkl irresponsible buyers who reserved then cancelled, but I manage to sell their item fast so who cares anymore)
*the best seller! Channing all over my Tatum shirt inspired by the music video
It was a good day for sure. My fingers were numb from replying to all the messages and my phone was beeping non stop.
So what's next for WF?
A lot! Apparently.
I am currently preparing for the launch of my pullover collection this Sunday (Sept.8)
The biggest collection of WF before September ends! It's gonna be huge! Varsitees will be restocked with new designs, new printed shirts, baseball shirts, more pullovers, just a lot!
I can still balance school and WF for now, but once it gets hard, I have to stop WF for a while, but I am seriously planning to join a bazaar on October (since it's our term break) so that I can experience what's it like to have a booth. Hihi. Plus when our OJT starts, I think I'll be busier.
Well anyway, WF has been simultaneously a stress reliever and stress giver. But for what's it worth, I love it. I put my heart into it. And I know it's a little forward to think of the future, but I just feel that this - WF, it's for keeps. Almost 7k followers, that's not bad. But I know if I work my ass off I can reach 10k. I want a double digit K. Okay?
I can see myself studying for my masteral degree, while being a freelance writer for some magazine, and answering inquiries for WF in the future.
I won't stop until I get featured. THIS.