How to Build Your Own Clothing Brand

Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Join us for an exciting event on how to start your own clothing brand! Our special guest moderated panel of speakers, including Ladrea from Mindless Thoughts Clothing, Shakim from New Haven Apparel, and Simone from Auto Pilot Clothing, will share their experiences and insights into building successful clothing brands.  Our speakers will share their stories, challenges, and strategies for success, and you'll have the chance to ask questions and network with like-minded individuals.
You will have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of starting a clothing brand, such as design, manufacturing, marketing, and branding. In addition to our guest speakers, a MakeHaven facilitator will also be on-hand to demonstrate the process of screen printing and embroidery. This intruduction will set you up to decied if you want to go further in learning these skills.
Whether you're a fashion enthusiast, aspiring entrepreneur, or simply curious about the process of starting a clothing brand, this event is for you. Come to MakeHaven and let's learn and grow together in the exciting world of fashion and entrepreneurship!
Register now and get ready to take your fashion and entrepreneurship skills to the next level!


8:00pm - Panel Discussion (10 minutes each)
8:30pm - Questions and answers.
9:00pm - Demonstrations 
(Embroidery, Screen printing, Vinyl cutter heat press/makescreen, product photography in media room)
9:30pm - Tour of MakeHaven
Cost: Free
Food: Light snacks and refreshments avalible, BYOB
Location: Make-Haven, located at 770 Chapel St in New Haven, CT


Our Panelists

LaDrea Moss



Mindless Thoughts

Mindless Thoughts is an urban clothing line created in New Haven, CT. The company strives to provide its consumers with a creative, up to date appealing fashion that anyone would feel proud to wear. The line is all about encouraging people to think for themselves and embrace their own creativity.


Brand Website





Shakim Shabaz

New Haven Apparel

The Boutique  was established in 2019. We pride ourself in being conducive in the community by giving local designers of New Haven the opportunity to showcase and sell their brand. This also allows us to be a one stop shop for customers.  Aside from selling local brands, we also carry known sneaker brands such as Nike and Air Jordan while catering to both men and women. 


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NEVILE WISDOM LLC is a clothing design atelier and retailer. The atelier where each garment is hand made is located in the Neville Wisdom Westville shop located at 903 Whalley Ave New Haven. It is the manufacturing powerhouse for each and every Neville Wisdom garment. Each garment–be it from the collection or your custom order–is designed, cut, and constructed in The Studio. It houses beautiful, hand-selected fabrics sourced from NYC that you can consider and select from when thinking about your custom design order from Neville Wisdom. We provide a number of Services in addition to creating new seasonal collections.NEVILE WISDOM LLC is a clothing design atelier and retailer. The atelier where each garment is hand made is located in the 



Real name: 
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MakeHaven Main Space

The main makerspace and connected shops. This is located at 770 Chapel Street. Registered participants should ring the MakeHaven labeled doorbell. They will be directed down a long hallway, and down a set of stairs to our basement workshop.

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