30+ Profitable Fashion Business Ideas

30+ Profitable Fashion Business Ideas

Interested in starting a fashion business but not quite sure what to start?

We put a list together below of the most profitable fashion business ideas you can start today!

Here they are:

1. Start a fashion consulting business ($42K/year)

Susannah Davda from Bromley started The Shoe Consultant Ltd over 6 years ago, a fashion consulting business.

  • Revenue: $3,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Bromley

Except for a paper round and a brief stint in a horrible bag shop, I have only ever worked in shoes. At the age of sixteen, I started working in a shoe shop. Although the product was pretty average, I loved it when new styles were delivered. I got a kick out of seeing the transformation of customers trying on different shoes. I didn’t even mind the monotony of “working stock” - climbing up and down ladders shifting heavy shoe boxes from one set of shelves to another.

When I was looking for fashion design degree courses in the great big manual of university options, I stumbled across the tiny Footwear Design section. There were two footwear design degree courses and an HND in the UK. I applied for all three!

During my undergraduate degree, I learned to design, make, and cut the patterns for shoes. When I graduated, I worked in design and buying, then product management. I had experience in retail, wholesale, and branded footwear, and I knew I wanted to use my knowledge to help people.

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Susannah Davda, on starting The Shoe Consultant Ltd ($3,500/month) full story ➜

2. Start an embroidery business ($78K/year)

Cailey Golden from New York, New York, USA started The Patchsmith almost 4 years ago, a embroidery business.

  • Revenue: $6,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

I’ve been in the customization industry for over 10 years. I started with screen printing first. Eventually I was hired to work for the Yankees and was taught how to embroider caps. A company reached out to me for a production embroidery job and I accepted. I was taught how to run production but was left alone a lot. I ended up teaching myself a lot of different embroidery methods, it was also the place I made my first patch. I ended up creating patches for my supporters club of the local MLS team, NYCFC, and sold them for $7 each. I stopped after a few months and didn’t think about patches for awhile.

In 2017 I was going through a huge change in my life, a previous employer in the City attempted to permanently remove me from the industry, very unsuccessfully. I’d say it’s part of the reason why I’ve been able to be as successful as I have been so far. I spent months grasping at straws to come up with a business idea that I knew could do while keeping my mind busy while I was on a rollercoaster of repercussions from that employer.

I was in the bank one day after work and was sitting down with a representative, I did that a few months prior with the same guy and we spoke a bit about my career. This time he asked me if I was able to embroider patches for his fantasy football league called “Fight Club”. It was the first time anyone had ever asked for patches, I had no idea what to charge him but I knew I could definitely do it. I said yes and charged him $6 per patch for 25 of them. He was all too excited and agreed. I had no idea if I undercharged, overcharged or was right on the money but it was too easy. I was completely hooked.

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Cailey Golden, on starting The Patchsmith ($6,500/month) full story ➜

3. Start an online fabric store ($120K/year)

Alanna Banks from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Fridays Off Fabric Shop over 8 years ago, a online fabric store.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Before starting Fridays Off I was an Account Director at a public relations agency where I ran PR campaigns for consumer product brands.

After returning from a year long maternity leave I found it difficult to juggle my new life as a mom working in the confines of a 9-5, I also came to the realization that the corporate life just wasn’t for me and became very unhappy. I was tired of faking it and really just wanted to follow my forever dream of doing my own thing and being my own boss. So, I did what anyone would do in that situation and got pregnant again ;)

I bootstrapped the whole operation, using whatever I had in my bank account to buy my starting inventory of about 20 bolts of fabric.

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Alanna Banks, on starting Fridays Off Fabric Shop ($10,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a lingerie business ($62.9K/year)

Jessica Ding from New York, USA started LoveLornLingerie over 7 years ago, a lingerie business.

  • Revenue: $5,245/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, USA

I graduated from Pratt Institute in 2012 with a degree in fashion design, focusing on costume design.

At the time, I just wanted a job that could support my life in New York City - stability, a salary, healthcare, that whole thing. While I’d have loved to get a job in costume design, that’s tougher to get into without connections.

Being able to change is, in and of itself, a trust in your innate abilities to grow in ANY field, rather than shackling yourself to one particular look.

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Jessica Ding, on starting LoveLornLingerie ($5,245/month) full story ➜

5. Start a maternity store ($60K/year)

Wendy Foster from Portland, Oregon, USA started Mamalates almost 14 years ago, a maternity store.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

I’ve always been an entrepreneur! I have a knack for noticing what is missing that people will want and filling that gap. I had experience working as a therapeutic Pilates instructor for years but I never had to recover from childbirth. As a skier, climber and general movement enthusiast, I was familiar with discomfort, physical pain and enduring miserable situations but nothing prepared and humbled me like the marathon of labor, birth and postpartum.

Just offering 1-3 products as you launch your store is plenty. Even if you don’t have it all figured out. For me, it helps to works backwards from 5 years. Then you can figure out what you need to do today to make the 5 year goal happen.

After a long labor and c-section, I felt like a train wreck! I was recovering from surgery in an unfamiliar body caring for a newborn and not sleeping. I was suffering from The Baby Blues and was completely humbled by my chronic pain, weakness and overall overwhelm. I started to piece myself back together physically by modifying traditional Pilates stretches and exercises and using the foam roller for self myofascial release.

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Wendy Foster, on starting Mamalates ($5,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a men's fashion blog ($102K/year)

Barron Cuadro from New York, New York, USA started Effortless Gent over 11 years ago, a men's fashion blog.

  • Revenue: $8,500/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

Growing up, I’ve always been interested in my own personal style.

I loved being experimental and trying new trends. I learned through experimentation that how you dress can change the way you feel about yourself, as well as how other people perceive you.

I’d advise to start small and be consistent. So if you’re going to be a content creator, focus on producing content regularly, whether that’s 1x a week or 1x a day.

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Barron Cuadro, on starting Effortless Gent ($8,500/month) full story ➜

7. Start a sunglasses business ($300K/year)

Jeff Phillips from Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia started Grown Eyewear about 10 years ago, a sunglasses business.

  • Revenue: $25,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

I was a teacher and would find my mind wandering to product ideas in class. I would say I was a good teacher and liked doing it, but it was clear that it wasn’t quite enough. In 2009 I had launched a headwear brand (Beardo®) and it was going quite well, but I had an urge to do something that would do good. So odd as it seems, the idea to create a company that ‘did only good’ came long before the actual product idea.

Be stubborn in your pursuits, but not so stubborn that you won’t humor the idea of changing paths if something isn’t likely to work.

I didn’t know what I was going to sell, only that the profits would go to help others. I was first inspired by a documentary I saw on TV in Australia about an eye doctor named Fred Hollows.

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Jeff Phillips, on starting Grown Eyewear ($25,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a fashion accessories brand ($600K/year)

Eric Morton from Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA started Cuff Style over 2 years ago, a fashion accessories brand.

  • Revenue: $50,000/ month
  • Founders: 4
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA

Cuffstyle LLC was founded by myself, Jason, Chris, and Carl.

Carl came up with the original concept while trying to solve a very simple problem he was having. He loved playing acoustic guitar, but shirt sleeves always seemed to get in the way while he was strumming. He would typically fold his shirt cuff up just enough to keep it out of the way, but the cuff would constantly fall back down while he was playing. He wanted a way to keep the cuff held back, and he thought cufflinks would do the trick. Unfortunately, he didn’t own any French cuff shirts, so he started to improvise, and thus the idea was born.

All in all, we believe the key to success in business is not being skilled in any specific technical area, but rather being skilled at networking, managing, and motivating people.

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Eric Morton, on starting Cuff Style ($50,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a handbag business ($12K/year)

Examples of a successful handbag business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a handbag business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Jhumkee Iyengar's story on creating Ohrna a read:

My name is Jhumkee Iyengar and I launched Ohrna at age 57 with a fourfold objective:

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Jhumkee Iyengar, on starting Ohrna ($1,000/month) full story ➜

10. Start a swimwear line ($120K/year)

Steph Gabriel from Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia started OceanZen over 7 years ago, a swimwear line.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

In 2009 I packed up and went travelling on a one way ticket overseas. I had no idea how long I was going to be away for or really where I would end up, all I knew is I had to go. I ended up being away from home for 3 years!

From hanging out with elephants on safari in South Africa, to snowboarding mountain peaks in Canada and cruising South America in an old Volkswagen, I eventually ended up on a tiny little island in the Caribbean, The Cayman Islands.

Start NOW! Follow your passion and not a trend, because when times get tough you will want to give up if your not living and working your truth!

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Steph Gabriel, on starting OceanZen ($10,000/month) full story ➜

11. Start an online baby boutique ($312K/year)

Emma Lovell from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia started Fly Babee over 6 years ago, a online baby boutique.

  • Revenue: $26,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Five years ago, my mum was diagnosed with cancer and given just nine months to live. My baby girl was just five months old at the time, and I made the difficult decision to relocate to the UK to help care for my mum during her final year.

I left my husband behind, so during that time, we flew back and forth from Sydney to London four times in 9 months. Flying with a baby is difficult and I was no exception. The airline bassinets are in the main thoroughfare of the plane and there’s so much going on. This over-stimulates your baby and makes it near to impossible to get them to sleep when they need to – which in turn it leads to overtiredness and this is the worst problem to fix.

Lesson learned – even if you’re using an agent and they say they’ll carry out Quality Control….external, independent Quality Control is an absolute must.

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Emma Lovell, on starting Fly Babee ($26,000/month) full story ➜

12. Start a clothing boutique ($120K/year)

Gia Paddock from Phoenix, Arizona, USA started Boutique Rye about 4 years ago, a clothing boutique.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona, USA

My backstory has absolutely nothing to do with what I am doing now, but that is what makes us so unique. I went to college for education and became an elementary school teacher. I taught 4th grade for three years. However, I knew that was not meant to be my “forever” job.

Something I have always enjoyed was shopping. I mean what girl doesn’t have this as a hobby?! I had always thought it would be amazing to have my own boutique and get to wear new clothes almost every day.

I started thinking about this crazy idea when I got pregnant with my son, Riley. I knew I didn’t want to teach forever and this was my way out! During the summer I quit teaching, I got a job at a local boutique just working part-time, and it was here where the wheels starting turning for this idea. I saw how much I loved going into work every day and how much I enjoyed helping others pick out outfits for different occasions.

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Gia Paddock, on starting Boutique Rye ($10,000/month) full story ➜

13. Start a sewing and alteration business ($12K/year)

Saara Hafeez from New York, New York, USA started ALTRD about 3 years ago, a sewing and alteration business.

  • Revenue: $1,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

We’ve been friends for awhile - we met right out of college in New York and stayed close even though we took fairly different professional paths.

Saara worked in the corporate world for a number of years before moving to Mexico where she launched a jewelry business aimed at rehabilitating sex trafficking survivors. Stephanie was a business consultant before going to law school and becoming a corporate lawyer; along the way, she launched an argan oil company that empowers women in Morocco.

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Saara Hafeez, on starting ALTRD ($1,000/month) full story ➜

14. Start a natural beauty product business ($60K/year)

Mel young from Hazeldene, Victoria, Australia started Flowerdale Valley about 4 years ago, a natural beauty product business.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Hazeldene, Victoria, Australia

I always wanted to work for myself. So I was always thinking about business ideas. Not everyone wants to work for themselves and not everyone is suited to the lifestyle, so if you have the dream, make sure you pursue it!

My business started when I was working as a cook at a local reception venue. A bride wanted some local honey wedding favors, which I provided. Doing this made me find a jar supplier, register my home kitchen as a food premise, prepare an invoice, etc.

From here, I began selling honey to the public and then I experimented with other ideas (making jam, personalized wedding favors, etc) before going into skincare. I had quite a few failures in this period!

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Mel young , on starting Flowerdale Valley ($5,000/month) full story ➜

15. Start a clothing manufacturing business ($888K/year)

Donovan Mathews from Singapore, Singapore started Bryden Apparel over 7 years ago, a clothing manufacturing business.

  • Revenue: $74,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Singapore, Singapore

I started my own t-shirt brand called Ardentees back in 2009 when I was still in school as e-commerce was starting to get popular. I was intrigued by the whole idea of e-commerce as you could reach a worldwide audience easily. I especially loved the idea of waking up to see emails of orders from customers around the world.

I always had that inner voice urging me to start something on my own related to sourcing & manufacturing and I decided to register a business to reserve the name.

After getting 2 friends on board, we spent a year sourcing & testing different manufacturers with major hiccups along the way before finally able to settle for one and start selling.

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Donovan Mathews, on starting Bryden Apparel ($74,000/month) full story ➜

16. Start a shoe brand ($960K/year)

Kartik Gurmule from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India started KASA over 2 years ago, a shoe brand.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

I started KASA as my first company as a 16 years teenager in the summer before high school, although it was not my first business. Since I was 12 years old, I did small projects like making websites and running marketing for clients.

When secondary school ended, I came to know about FlightClub, StockX, and Sneakerdon and got introduced to the sneaker culture around the world. With my connections made in the previous venture, I was able to get inside contacts in big sneaker brands who could supply me with the shoes skipping the waiting line.

But, due to strict Indian customs and taxations, this business failed in the first month itself. I was able to import the shoes at my home but was unable to sell for a good profit because it charged high custom fees and high international courier charges as potential customers were in the USA.

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Kartik Gurmule, on starting KASA ($80,000/month) full story ➜

17. Start a jewelry making business ($48K/year)

Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier from Miami, Florida, USA started Ann + Joy ago, a jewelry making business.

  • Revenue: $4,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Miami, Florida, USA

Courtney Joy always wanted to be a teacher as a little girl. She used to pretend to teach in her childhood home basement on Long Island, New York. Growing up in an artistic family, she became a figurative and landscape artist and eventually attended art school. After college, she decided to merge her two childhood passions together and became an art teacher.

Lindsay Ann expressed herself through art in a different way. She was in the theater and went to school for drama in New York City. While pursuing her dream of acting, she also made beaded jewelry on the side. It quickly became a passion of hers and would help lead her down a new path in life.

Within our first 3 months, we sold over 100 orders, resulting in more than $3,000 in revenue. By the end of our first year, we had sold over 2,300 orders, resulting in more than $65,000.

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Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, on starting Ann + Joy ($4,000/month) full story ➜

18. Start a wristwatch outlet business

Examples of a successful wristwatch outlet business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wristwatch outlet business:

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19. Start a fashion columnist business

Examples of a successful fashion columnist business:

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20. Start a fashion magazine business

Examples of a successful fashion magazine business:

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21. Start a perfume business

Examples of a successful perfume business:

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22. Start a clothing rental business

Examples of a successful clothing rental business:

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23. Start a fashion marketer business

Examples of a successful fashion marketer business:

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24. Start a fashion youtuber business

Examples of a successful fashion youtuber business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fashion youtuber business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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25. Start an upcycle fashion products business

Examples of a successful upcycle fashion products business:

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26. Start a wedding gown rental business

Examples of a successful wedding gown rental business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a wedding gown rental business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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27. Start a belt manufacturing business

Examples of a successful belt manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a belt manufacturing business:

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28. Start a jersey customization business

Examples of a successful jersey customization business:

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29. Start a fashion shows business

Examples of a successful fashion shows business:

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30. Start a cap manufacturing business

Examples of a successful cap manufacturing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a cap manufacturing business:

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