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 sewing and alteration business ($12K/year)

Examples of a successful sewing and alteration business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a sewing and alteration business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our sewing and alteration business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Saara Hafeez's story on creating ALTRD a read:

We are Saara and Stephanie - we’ve been friends for 8 years and have both launched our own socially oriented businesses. We recently started ALTRD - a clothing alteration service.

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

2. Start a handbag business

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3. Start a shoe brand ($4.7M/year)

Examples of a successful shoe brand:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a shoe brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our shoe brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Kartik Gurmule's story on creating KASA a read:

I am Kartik Gurmule, Founder at KASA, and Co-Founder at Dropshyp. KASA is an online luxury shoe and accessory boutique with over 270 luxury shoes in the collection.

We specialize in brogue designed footwear. All of our products are designed in the United Kingdom and made in Milan, Italy, by our partnered manufacturer. All of the KASA collection is hand-painted and handmade using Blake-stitching techniques. With insoles and outsoles entirely in leather, our shoes are ever long-lasting. Each shoe showcases the brand’s signature style and bears witness to the luxury lifestyle. We are actively marketing our products to our potential customers in the USA, the UK, Australia, and other parts of Europe using a variety of marketing techniques.

We launched our first collection in November 2018.

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

4. Start a natural beauty product business ($270K/year)

Examples of a successful natural beauty product business:

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For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our natural beauty product business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Mel young 's story on creating Flowerdale Valley a read:

Hello, my name is Mel. I run a skincare business called Flowerdale Valley. I named the business Flowerdale valley because that's where I live, in a small town called Flowerdale in country Victoria, Australia.

Now, my business provides my income for me and my kids.

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

5. Start a jewelry making business ($4.9M/year)

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For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our jewelry making business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier's story on creating Ann + Joy a read:

Hello there! We are Lindsay Ann Gottschall and Courtney Joy Bleier, two sisters from Miami who started Ann + Joy. We make handmade real flower and resin jewelry and sell online and in stores around the world. We take pride in being one of the first companies to make real flower jewelry. During our first year of business, we blossomed almost immediately into a very successful Etsy shop. Etsy was constantly featuring our products on its website and in promotional emails. We are proud to say that since starting in early 2017 we have had over 5,000 sales online.

For all the readers, we are providing a 20% off coupon to our Etsy shop. Use code: STARTERSTORY at checkout!

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

6. Start a fashion accessories brand ($266K/year)

Examples of a successful fashion accessories brand:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fashion accessories brand:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our fashion accessories brand case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Eric Morton's story on creating Cuff Style a read:

My name is Eric Morton and I am one of the cofounders of CuffStyle, LLC. My team and I invented Cuff Adapters, which are small silicone tabs that fit over shirt cuff buttons allowing cufflinks to be worn with standard button-down shirts.

Cufflinks are such a great way to accessorize and enhance an outfit, especially for men who have such limited options as it is. There are so many cool cufflinks out there, ranging from fancy solid gold designs to casual novelty designs, and we felt there was a serious need for innovation that would allow cufflinks to be worn more often with any button-down shirt in any setting.

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Eric Morton, on starting Cuff Style ($10,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a clothing manufacturing business ($1.94M/year)

Examples of a successful clothing manufacturing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our clothing manufacturing business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Donovan Mathews's story on creating Bryden Apparel a read:

Hello from sunny Singapore! My name is Donovan and I am the founder of Bryden.

I started Bryden back in 2015 with my partner and we are now a team of 8, with an average monthly revenue of $74,000 and serving customers in more than 20 countries from French Polynesia to USA.

Some of the designs we made for our clients at Bryden

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

8. Start a wristwatch outlet business

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9. Start a fashion columnist business

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10. Start a fashion magazine business

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

Examples of a successful men's fashion blog:

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Check out all of our men's fashion blog case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Barron Cuadro's story on creating Effortless Gent a read:

I’m Barron and I run Effortless Gent, a men’s style publication focused on helping guys feel confident and look sharp in the clothes they wear.

EG generates on average $8,000/mo through a combination of ad revenue (display ads, brand sponsorships), affiliate revenue, digital products (an eBook and self-guided style improvement program), and 1-on-1 online or in-person styling consultations.

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

12. Start a perfume business

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13. Start a clothing rental business

Examples of a successful clothing rental business:

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14. Start a clothing boutique ($557K/year)

Examples of a successful clothing boutique:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a clothing boutique:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our clothing boutique case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Gia Paddock's story on creating Boutique Rye a read:

Hi everyone, my name is Gia, and I am the owner of Boutique Rye. We are a women’s clothing and accessories boutique that is all online!

We have anywhere from clothes that are appropriate for work or clothes that will make you turn heads on a night out on the town. I try and buy clothes with many different styles in mind. I'd like to think that we are a one-stop shop for a diverse group of women!

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

15. Start a sunglasses business ($1.65M/year)

Examples of a successful sunglasses business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our sunglasses business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jeff Phillips's story on creating Grown Eyewear a read:

Hi everyone, my name is Jeff Phillips and I am the founder of GROWN® Eyewear. We focus on designing, manufacturing and selling handcrafted & sustainable wood and bamboo sunglasses.

Our average monthly revenue is $25,000.

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

16. Start a fashion marketer business

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17. Start a fashion youtuber business

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18. Start an upcycle fashion products business

Examples of a successful upcycle fashion products business:

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

Examples of a successful online baby boutique:

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Check out all of our online baby boutique case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Emma Lovell's story on creating Fly Babee a read:

Hi, I’m Emma Lovell mum of two small children and founder of CoziGo - Sleep on the Go. I’m originally from England and live in Sydney Australia.

Since launching, we have sold thousands of CoziGo’s all over the world and have won many awards and accolades in areas such as innovation, best buy for baby, start-up, and wholesaler of the year.

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

20. Start a wedding gown rental business

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21. Start a fashion consultant business

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22. Start a swimwear line ($122K/year)

Examples of a successful swimwear line:

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For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our swimwear line case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Steph Gabriel's story on creating OceanZen a read:

My name is Steph and I am the founder for OceanZen which is a sustainable swimwear brand that uses a fabric made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets from the ocean.

I launched OceanZen in my final year of uni with $5,000, so I started small with only a couple of hundred pieces. Now we manufacture and produce thousands on sustainable bikinis and ship them globally!

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

23. Start a belt manufacturing business

Examples of a successful belt manufacturing business:

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

Examples of a successful lingerie business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our lingerie business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jessica Ding's story on creating LoveLornLingerie a read:

Hello there! My name is Jessica Ding and I started Love Lorn Lingerie.

At the moment, this business is still a side hustle. Between my online store and the in person events I do, revenue averages to about 1.9k per month. Not bad for something that was started on a whim!

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

25. Start a jersey customization business

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26. Start a fashion shows business

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27. Start a cap manufacturing business

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28. Start an embroidery business ($99K/year)

Examples of a successful embroidery business:

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For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our embroidery business case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Cailey Golden's story on creating The Patchsmith a read:

Hey there, my name is Cailey Golden and I started The Patchsmith in the later months of 2017. I’m the only company based in the USA that offers no strings attached, no custom embroidered minimum patches. All of my production is done within New York City.

Within 18 months working part time, I’ve grown the company to make $6,500 a month on average. I expect to transition over to full time in 2019 or early 2020.

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

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

Examples of a successful online fabric store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online fabric store:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our online fabric store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Alanna Banks's story on creating Fridays Off Fabric Shop a read:

Hi - my name is Alanna Banks and I’m the owner of Fridays Off Fabric Shop. Fridays Off is an online fabric store based in Toronto, Canada that supplies fabric enthusiasts, quilters and makers with beautifully curated modern fabrics.

In addition to that, we operate a monthly fabric subscription club where subscribers receive one-of-a-kind bundles of fabric every month.

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

30. Start a maternity store ($36K/year)

Examples of a successful maternity store:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a maternity store:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Check out all of our maternity store case studies ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Wendy Foster's story on creating Mamalates a read:

My name is Wendy Foster. I am the founder of The Mamalates Birth Recovery Method.

Postpartum women are sometimes isolated and can have challenges with the physical and mental recovery after baby. Finding an experienced professional to help them navigate this challenging time is crucial.

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

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