Meet Melissa Shea, Founder and CEO of Fashion Mingle.
Fashion Mingle is a global network for fashion industry professionals. With over 6000 members in 100+ categories, Fashion Mingle connects fashion pros to the resources and services they need in every major city in the world.
With over 20 years in the fashion and tech industry, Shea is fueled by a love of learning about the “next new thing” and has built the first platform to connect local fashion communities in every major city in the world.
Shea has managed media teams for New York Fashion Week and was the creator of the official New York Fashion Week Networking Party, held every season since 2017. Fashion Mingle clients include international fashion and beauty industry professionals, and is known for producing fashion shows with unique themes, such as Times Square Fashion Week, and Covergirl NYFW Designer Popup. Shea loves creating experiential events like NYC Fashion Industry Tours and Influencers Unscripted, as well as at iconic venues like the Sydney Opera House and Argentine Consulate.
Why did you create Fashion Mingle?
With a background in web development and marketing, a chance meeting with someone in the fashion industry inspired Shea to build Fashion Mingle. She instantly fell in love with the wildly creative designers, photographers, models, makeup artists and hairstylists she met, and as she learned more about their businesses, she quickly understood how difficult it was to grow a business that would sustain themselves and their families. As someone who is always looking for solutions to problems, the concept of Fashion Mingle was born.
Who should join Fashion Mingle?
Fashion Mingle has over 6000 members, and 100+ categories of fashion industry professionals. The idea is to connect everyone in the fashion industry, from the moment the designer has the concept, all the way through to getting the designs to the customer. A designer’s collection passes through many hands, from the original sample production, to the Lookbook shoots, and through retail operations. A designer can put together their entire team, right from our platform.
Tell us about some success stories?
One of my favorite success stories, which we call a “Mingle Match”, is when a successful denim jean designer in Louisville KY reached out because she needed a patternmaker that specialized in denim and she couldn’t find anyone locally. We were able to connect her with 10 different companies in 3 different countries. She tried out 2 and was very happy with her final decision.
What is the core mission of Fashion Mingle?
Fashion Mingle’s mission is to solve problems for fashion industry entrepreneurs.
Fashion Mingle provides networking and educational opportunities to introduce our members to experts in business, marketing, production, and media. Members have the opportunity to attend virtual networking events, take courses and workshops, and connect directly with mentors.
We also provide a full suite of marketing services designed to create a strong foundation for fashion businesses. From digital marketing, website development, and concierge services, we use our global network to connect our clients to the resources they need for success.
What's next for the Fashion Mingle?
We’re ready to launch our new service - a jobs portal that will allow our members to post full and part time jobs, freelance projects, internships, as well as barter and volunteer opportunities.
The bottom line is that everyone in the fashion industry needs to make money. Fashion Mingle is providing the platform to make that happen easier, and faster than ever before.
Do you have any giveaways or prizes?
Join our VIP Membership for 50% off with code LookingGood
VIP members enjoy exclusive opportunities to promote products or services and personal introductions to our trusted network of service providers.
Members can earn free months as a Featured Member by sharing their affiliate link with their fashion community.
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