Lo­cal fash­ion en­tre­pre­neur gets hands-on

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

Time is your rich­est as­set. That is the defin­ing prin­ci­ple that Richard Paki, a suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur, lives by.

The 44 year old, who owns three fash­ion la­bels and sup­plies stores across Australia, says he is con­stantly look­ing at ways to man­age time.

‘‘My bench­mark of suc­cess is how much time I’m able to spend with my part­ner and three chil­dren,’’ he ex­plains.

Richard was bit­ten by the fash­ion bug early.

‘‘I bought a $250 pair of shoes when I was just eight,’’ he says.

In or­der to fi­nance his pas­sion for fash­ion he started work­ing part­time. Later he set up a clean­ing busi­ness as well as a trans­port com­pany. Even­tu­ally, Richard started de­sign­ing and mak­ing his clothes from home – an en­ter­prise which led to his three main brands – BBod­ker (sports­wear), PGramma (high end clothes) and So­phie Si­mon (shoes and bling).

How­ever, Richard wasn’t sat­is­fied.

‘‘I lacked the ba­sic in­dus­try skills – I was an en­tre­pre­neur who wasn’t quite the com­plete pro­fes­sional.’’

In 2017 Richard de­cided to study fash­ion de­sign, at Sewtec Fash­ion Academy.

‘‘It made a huge dif­fer­ence to my life,’’ Richard points out.

‘‘I ac­quired skills like ma­chin­ing, cut­ting and pat­tern mak­ing, learn­ing how to cut, sew and de­sign prop­erly for dif­fer­ent body shapes.’’

Time man­age­ment was clearly the big­gest gain. By cut­ting the wait­ing time for an item to be made Richard was able to meet the mar­ket faster. Re­sult: hap­pier clients. Pre­ci­sion cut­ting also helped him min­imise waste, which led to big sav­ings in ma­te­rial costs.

Be­cause Sewtec uses a lot of au­dio and vis­ual aids, Richard feels the academy suits his learn­ing style.

‘‘Plus, I’m a per­fec­tion­ist and there­fore tend to ask a lot of ques­tions, which my tu­tor Jean­nette an­swers very pa­tiently. I have also made a lot of friends. I’m go­ing to miss this place when I grad­u­ate.’’

Visit www.streets­martle­ga­cy­cloth­ing.com to view or or­der from Richard’s col­lec­tion.

To find out how Sewtec can help you, visit www.sewtec.ac.nz, call 0508 327 872 or search for

Sewtec on Face­book. The academy of­fers no-strings, free tri­als on all its cour­ses – so why not see if it’s a great fit for you?

Fash­ion de­signer Richard Paki ac­quired in­dus­try skills at Sewtec Fash­ion Academy.

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