My name is Brad Carrick, and as Editor-In-Chief it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to Fashion InJunction. If you are a creative, talented individual looking to take your skills and fashion a successful, profitable business, you have come to the right place! This is the website I wish had existed when I started my own fashion business.
I founded SOLZ, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of “Functional Fashion for Active Lifestyles.” I launched it in 2010 right out of business school and manage all aspects of the business from product creation to financing, legal, marketing and distribution. I funded it entirely with three online crowd-funding campaigns all averaging over 200% of their funding goals and am proud to say SOLZ was awarded 2012 Designer of The Year & 2013 Eco Design of The Year in the San Francisco Fashion Awards.
However, my background is a bit more complex than that. I have been an attorney for over 10 years with a degree from Harvard Law School and heavy experience working for top international law firms doing both transactional and litigation work. I also have an MBA from IE in Madrid Spain, one of the best schools in Europe with a focus on fashion. I have studied in four different continents and have no shortage of crazy, unexpected experiences I would love to chat more about.
A few years ago, my career really had the most lucky and rewarding turn of my life. I joined my high school friend (LV co-founder Gregory Lemmons) to build the fashion law side of our boutique law firm, Lord Bertram. We have since been at the forefront of the field of fashion law and helped countless clients create their dream companies. In no other law firms that I know of, can you work as closely with both experienced professional attorneys that also have such close personal experience in the fashion industry and also directly with the clients you are helping. I encourage you not to go down this road alone, but to create a team that you can count on. When it comes to the legal and business needs you will run into, I would love to chat with you more.
With all the complicated and challenging paths I have taken to get to where I am, I realized the simple truth that has led me to create the career of my dreams and found this very publication. If you have creative talent and want to turn it into a successful business, “You Can Do it, I Can Help!”
Of course, it is not just about me! I have assembled the absolute best team of fashion and business/legal professionals you will find, anywhere. I know when I started in the industry, one of the hardest things I had to deal with was finding the right people to help me succeed. There were just so many different options and I had no idea who to trust. In putting this team together, I wanted to take away this stress for other people in the industry. You have better things to deal with (like your talent, creativity and art!) Let us help with the things you don’t want to think about – but are so very necessary to make your dreams become a reality.
As our slogan says: “Your success is just our style!℠”
Now what do you say we get this started!?