Martwayne | Power Through Fashion

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Do you need a job?! Then grab this opportunity to start a career in clothing manufacturing / the fashion industry!

Hello good people!!! It has been a VERY BUSY start to the year!!!  Yes we started off our Beginners Course on Monday for the weekday option.  The weekend option starts on Saturday at 2pm.  The Bodices & Dressmaking Course kicked off today, though more people will be joining us next week so you can still register.  And we are working on one or two more Courses coming up for which I have received a request.  So yes it has been busy!

BUT this is a project I have been on for years now (since 2012 to be precise) though I never actually publicized it since I wanted to kind of test the concept first before going into it full time.  We have been all over trying to search for machinists to place with fashion designers.  I'm sure some of you may have heard me say a few times about going into the middle of Lagos Island to find people who could sew but did not have jobs so we could get them jobs with fashion designers.  And over the months, we have placed tailors who have reached out to us with designers who needed them.  

Has it been a breeze?!  Of course not!  After testing them in-house, there were a lot of issues BOTH with the designers and the machinists themselves.  I'm sure you must have remembered my posts "A Passionate Plea to Fashion Designers" Part 1 & Part 2 .  You can click on the links to read them and gosh it has NOT been easy!

Yes we have faced a lot of issues and we realized we needed to change our strategy if we really want this to work.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Start Dates for Martwayne's Fashion Courses

Happy New Year again everyone!!!!!!  I'm sure we had a great break!  I know I did.  BUT like everything else, all great things must somehow come to an end. So the holidays are now over and we are all back at work! :-( :-( :-(  

Well actually no not really... We, at Martwayne, are still on break :-D BUT not for long!  But we'll soon be back in no time!  Work fully begins in-house on Friday the 6th!

Here are the start dates for our fashion courses:

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Why a New Year is always a big deal + Happy New Year!!!!! Welcome to 2017!

YES!!!!!  We made it!!!  Happy New Year People!!!!!!  The much anticipated New Year is finally here!!! :-D  2016 was hectic!  3 sisters got married, my mum and dad both hit milestone ages and of course you know what that means and my sister had a baby!  Add that to the many trips we had to make + it was a pretty exhausting year! I was one of those looking forward to a new one so I could start kick off my new projects.

Oh... I had amazing fun at the crossover service last night.  Ron Kenoly was in the house!!!!!!!!  Yaye!!!  AND he came specially for me because he played MY FAVOURITE songs of all time, I was mighty pleased!  I danced so hard my husband had to remind me I was not in a club!  Those dance moves I did not know I even had just came out of me!  Yah I had a great time!

And the minute the countdown ended and everyone yelled Happy New Year, the first thing that came to my mind was "Wow!  I will be a year older in a few Sundays from now" (yeah... my birthday always falls on the same day as the previous Christmas and New Year's Day) and that thought hit me with mixed feelings.  And suddenly it clicked!  Now I know why a new year is always a big deal!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What a FABULOUS Testimonial to wrap up the Year! :-D

Need I say more?!  I'll just leave this right here!  Much love to you too Debbie!  

Debbie made these amazing dresses for Lola's (another Martwayne student's) bridal train and also helped Lola with her reception dress.  

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Sorry I joined the party late but better late than never! :-D

Wishing you all the love, peace and joy that comes with the Season today and always...

Friday, December 23, 2016

5 Tips to Prepare for & Live Your Dreams in 2017! #2017loading & PS. Martwayne is Officially Closed for the Year!!!

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YES WE ARE!!!!  Well actually to be honest we've been closed since Saturday the 17th but I still stayed back to do one or two things - PLANNING for the New Year!  :-D  And you do know that planning actually begins before 2017 hits not on the 1st.  I see that happen too often where everything shuts down and people wait till January 1st - like January 1st comes with some major changes or something.  But guess what I discovered over the years...

a.  The sun will still rise - the same way it rose all through the year;
b.  The sun will still set - the same way it set all through the year; and
c.  You will still be YOU!

Not a brand new You like you have always promised yourself you will become once the clock strikes 12 on the 1st of each year.  Not a different you!  Still the same fabulous YOU!  SO why must you wait till the 1st to live your dreams or do what you've always wanted to do?!  As my favorite quote goes...  

"You are the You that Makes You the You that You are!" 

Besides many people seem to have forgotten that 2017 is just next week!  So why waste another minute hoping to change this in the New Year when you can start NOW.  AND guess what?!  You still have (what today is 23rd right?!) 8 WHOLE DAYS to make things work before the New Year hits!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Get set for 2017! Register for our last Stream of Martwayne's Fashion Design / Sewing Classes for 2016! Start Dates 14 & 19 November 2016.

Yes!  We are pretty much counting down to the end of 2016!  I bet those notepads are coming out for the new list of 2017 resolution and if the previous years are anything to go by, finally following your "passion for fashion" is top on the list!

We know this at Martwayne which is why, despite the fact that many companies are pretty much winding down for the year, we are GEARING UP for our final sewing classes for 2016!  Just in time   help you make that important move in January 2017!

We have our Beginners Course & our Bodices & Dressmaking Courses starting 14 November 2016! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 is almost over! Isn't it time to start that Clothing Line or Fashion Business?!

Good question!  I bet you have attended lots and lots for fashion seminars and conferences this year!  You have met so many people who have told you their stories.  I, for one, have chatted with so many people since Fashion Talk 2, who are just ready to go!  Some have even placed orders for samples with one of the speakers which is great!  We like action not just words!

So now that we got the ball rolling, how do we keep the momentum?!  And for those who haven't, how do we start? 2017 is upon us so the planning starts NOW!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hello November... Have you picked up your Fashion Talk 2 DVDs?

Yes it is November!  Just 2 months to the end of 2016! (yes that's me stating the obvious right? lol) BUT yes we are almost at the time when people begin the all-too familiar routine of reflecting on the year and writing resolutions for new one coming up.  Most plan to start their Resolutions on the 1st but you see, that too often ends up being a recipe for disaster!

Why?!  Because January 1st is not actually the time to start planning.  January 1st is when you act on that resolution!  

Sunday, October 2, 2016

YES! NOW for what happened at Fashion Talk 2! Did I tell you it was AWESOME???!!! It was TRES FAB!

YES IT WAS!!!  Oh my goodness! 

The pictures! 

Our sold-out seats!  

The fah-bu-lous speakers! 

:-D.... of course I have to add myself somewhere in there even though I did the least

 The FOOD! 

 And best of all THE FEEDBACK!!!

  Awesome!  Awesome!! AWESOME!!!

Ok... now that you've seen the end... let's start at the very beginning! :-D

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Start a Clothing Line! Register for Fashion Talk 2! We have just 4 days before the D-Day! :-D

FAB end to our 2016 summer classes for kids (ages 9-16)! :-D

My goodness WHAT an experience!  I cannot even begin to explain how amazing this Course was...  We had SUCH a fab time with the Juniors over the summer holidays!  We actually thought "hey how hard can it be hosting children between 9 and 11?" Easy peasy right?!  Or so we thought!  Little did we know that these kids were 9 and 11 going on 29 and 31! You can clearly tell from the quotes!  "Quotes to live by" I call them... lol

Friday, September 2, 2016

Have you registered for Fashion Talk 2???

Welcome to September everyone!!!!!!  Yes... I know not many people are happy with the whole "Happy New Month" greeting but you know what?! It does feel good to look forward to something new every month right?!  And this month, we have enough things happening - Beginners Course, Bodices & Dressmaking Course, Design and Illustration Course (the last for the year) AND Fashion Talk 2!!!!! :-D :-D :-D

We had a blast with the Juniors during their summer classes.  I will definitely post pictures in a separate post.  But right now, we are counting down to Fashion Talk 2!!!!! :-D

The speakers have been confirmed!  Registrations are coming in and we are rearing to go! :-D

If you have not registered, please do not procrastinate!  Register as soon as you see this.  

If you have no clue what it is about, simply click on this link:  It's time for Fashion Talk 2! 

We will be having a daily count down!  Look out for it!

Have a great month and look out for our other posts!  Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @martwayne.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

BY FAR my favourite picture of the day! Stop the excuses! Make the move now! Learn Fashion at Martwayne!

I was going to write about something else today until I saw this picture and I just FELL IN LOVE with it!  So apt!  So to the point!  So ruthless!

Of course it leads me to this:

And of course THIS!  If you love fashion, then why wait?!  

Why keep putting it off till tomorrow?!  The tomorrow that never comes?!  The clock is ticking..... Make that move now!  Let us help you LIVE YOUR DREAM of becoming a fashion designer and earn that second income!  

Look Good   .   Live Life   .   Love Fashion   .   Learn Fashion @ Martwayne

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

What happened to your dream of becoming a fashion designer?

Yes!  What happened to that dream?!  Year in year out we hear the same old story.... don't worry in the New Year I will definitely pursue it.  Come first January, you get all gingered up!  Yes this time I'll do it!  Then half way through the year, the excuses have piled up simply because of the FEAR that is deep within you.  This time next year, you will still tell the same story.  Aren't you exhausted already?!  Imagine what will happens 10 years down the line when you are filled with regret?!

I remember when I was planning to resign to go to fashion school.  Everyone supported me but a few said:

"why not wait to get married first?"
"why not wait to complete ICAN?"
"why not add more to your work experience?"

You know what went through my mind?!  As they were telling me those things, I had my own answers ready for them.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It's time for Fashion Talk 2

Yes yes! It is time for Fashion Talk 2!  When we had it last year, who knew we would make it an annual event?  But here we are again, almost a year later - I cannot even believe how much time has flown by!  It is just amazing!

So what is Fashion Talk 2 about?!  The flyer says it all!  We have 3 great speakers to touch on the 3 major aspects of running a ready-to-wear line.  Our theme for this year is:

"Growing Your Ready to Wear Line" 

 with a focus on starting up, expanding, finances and of course production!