Founder & Designer of Kini Bands, an accessories brand sold in over 1000 retail locations around the world. I'm passionate about helping branding get started & sell their product to retailers including salons, spas, resorts, grocery & fitness. I'll help get your product retail ready, and establish a system to reach leads & generate recurring sales.
Are you looking to connect specifically with franchises that have individual buying power? I found a lot of franchise locations would order my product whether or not they were allowed which I didn’t realize at the time. But then I formed relationships with those franchises and got in with them. Let’s chat more about this!
Get into a showroom that has these connections. I'm with one in Los Angeles so I don't have to worry about sales. I have connections with a few that work with the majors. It will cost a min of 500 a month but that's the way to do it right. Just be aware of
Be cautious, as there are showrooms that don't produce results, and simply collect on monthly fees. I'd love to hear more about your product!
Let's talk! I'm in the process of vetting out sales reps and a lot of them seem to have many connections with salons. You might consider going this route or attending a trade show. Lots of tips to get representation at a show which will save funds and give you a better chance of getting sales.
There are Pitch Fests that allow you to do just that. Also join local MeetUp groups and ask the smartest and most business savvy people in your network if you can practice on them and get their feedback. Also record your pitch so you can see/hear yourself. Good luck!
That's a common fear, but you are better off putting that aside and just going for it. Instead of worrying about someone taking your idea, have any manufacturer, pattern maker, etc sign an NDA, and move forward with your idea. And most importantly, work with people you can trust. Even if your idea is revolutionary (and I'm sure it's excellent), the people you talk to are most likely busy enough with their own endeavors to copy someone else's project. Not to mention they aren't going to be as passionate about it as you are. I'm happy to help if you need advice or a contract. Good luck and take action!