Frances Harder


Frances and industry expert and educator has published a series of books dealing with starting a fashion business.  Fashion for Profit, Costing for Profit, Brand Building for Profit and Forms for Profit are industry focused texts used both by new companies and for further education programs.

She was the Founder/President of the FBI (Fashion Business Incorporated) 1999- 2017.  Educational 501c3, which provided vital business development and certified job retraining programs to the US apparel industry.

United Nations consultant for small businesses producing Alpaca products in Peru & Cashmere products in Nepal.

Consults and speaks internationally on product development, branding, merchandising, production and entering the US market.

Serves as an industry expert in legal disputes.  Adjunct professor Cal Poly Pomona, a member of the Southern California District Export Council (SCDEC), Business Incubation Network (BINS).


May 22, 2018
LAUNCHING A BRAND in 2018 – So many changes that need to be fully understood. Trends, demographics, sustainability, mass customization, online selling to name a few!
11:30 AM  -  12:15 PM
May 23, 2018
Costing 4 Profit – A professionals guide to effective costing.
10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM
May 28, 2019
Apparel Costing 101
Miami Fashion Lab
11:15  -  12:00
May 29, 2019
Creating a Brand Strategy
Miami Fashion Lab
13:45  -  14:30
How Can Technology Help a Company Save Both Time and Money to Meet Manufacturing Demands
Miami Main Stage
15:15  -  16:00
May 25, 2020
Check List for Apparel Start-ups
03:00 PM  -  04:00 PM
May 28, 2020
Costing For Profit
03:00 PM  -  04:00 PM