What can be sold on NO FIRM?
Any item related to fashion that can be worn may be sold on NO FIRM, whether it is a garment (shirts, T-shirts, trousers, coats, underwear, etc.) or accessories (jewellery, shoes, bags, hats, scarves, ties, etc.). NO FIRM has no opinion about fashion so all designs are welcome.
How do I submit a design?
To submit your design, just click on the Submit a Design button on the NO FIRM homepage.
You’ll find tips on how to structure and organise the submission of your design in our Creators Handbook. We also recommend looking at our Rules & Best Practices to make sure your design adheres to our community principles.
Meanwhile, you can save a draft of your design and finish it when you are ready to send it in for review.
What should I do before submitting my design?
Before submitting a design you must have the following materials ready:
- A unique and original design
- A pattern
- A finished prototype
- A photo shoot with at least three photos
This is important for more than just creating your product page. When you send your design in for review and it is approved, a courier will come to pick up the patterns and prototype in 3-4 days, so you’ll need to have them ready.
Check out the Creators Handbook, created specifically to guide you through the entire process.
What should I keep in mind when making the final prototype?
The prototype will be your voice when we work with producers. So the more detailed and finished it is, the easier it will be for them to understand your intentions and realise them in the final product.
What should I keep in mind for the photo shoot?
Try to put as much care into the photos as you put into your design. The photos are the best representation of your idea and will be key in your potential customers’ buying decisions. Pay attention to quality, composition and colour, and focus on what you are trying to convey.
Using models in the photos is highly recommended. It is always easier to get an idea of how your design will look if we can see people wearing it. If you do use models, we’ll need some basic information:
- First name
- Height (cm)
Size worn in the photo
I don’t know any photographers. Do I have to do a professional photoshoot?
Imagine that somebody who didn’t even know what a pattern was tried to make their own design instead of asking you to do it. What do you think the result would be? The same goes for photography. At NO FIRM we believe in respecting professionals, so if you want good photos, use a photographer. Maybe it doesn’t even have to be a financial burden; you can establish a collaboration and share your earnings.
What basic information must appear on my product page?
Your product page is how you will show your design to the world. It must include the following minimum information:
- Type of garment / accessory
- Brief description
- One main photo
- At least two more photos
If models appear in the photos we ask you to include their basic information (first name, height and size worn in the photo).
What additional information should I put on my product page?
Be as creative here as you were with your design!
- Add a more detailed description of your design, your creative process or anything else you'd like to highlight.
- More photos. Customers will appreciate it.
- Mention if the design has appeared in the press or has won any prizes or commendations.
- Add links to your personal or professional website, or blogs, videos or songs that inspire you.
- Include variations to your design, like different colours.
In our Creator Handbook you will find some tips and tricks to help your product page faithfully convey your design.
Where can I find the NO FIRM Creators Handbook?
There is a direct link to the Creators Handbook at the bottom of every NO FIRM page.
Can I use several models?
Of course. You can edit the caption for each photo or eliminate it if no models appear.
Can I add variations to a design? Like colour, fabric, etc.
Yes. They are shown as thumbnails. Remember that these variations are not new designs, but alternatives, like a garment in several colours. Variations are considered to be separate products, so you’ll have to fill in the basic information for each one.
I collaborated with other people on a design. Can we all appear as creators?
You can give other people credit in the product description, and add links, references or whatever else you want. However there can only be one creator. You can use your own account with your own name, or create a new account with a name that represents the group of designers.
Who sets the price for a design?
The price of each design is exclusively based on production costs. This allows us to avoid speculation on the value of a design and respect the manufacturer’s working conditions. The production cost is doubled to get the final price. A quarter goes to the designer and a quarter to NO FIRM.
Can I cancel a design before sending it to be reviewed?
Yes. While you are creating your product page you can always delete it or save it as a draft and continue working on it later.
Can I submit several designs at once?
Yes, as long as each has its own product page. You can work on one while saving others as drafts. When you are ready to send them in for review, you will have to do so one by one.
How can I be sure that nobody steals my idea?
To work with NO FIRM you must be open and share fearlessly. This community is based on everybody’s participation and it is a powerful tool for designers. If you don’t want to share too much information with your potential customers, maybe NO FIRM is not for you.
Can I share a design with my friends before launching it?
Absolutely! The opinions of your friends and collaborators may be important to you and you have every right to share your design with whomever you want.
Does NO FIRM have any exclusivity over the designs I submit?
No. Your design is yours. We have the right to produce it, but not exclusively. NO FIRM is an inclusive, not exclusive, community, and we don’t require exclusivity from any designer. We are very pleased to support your design career and that you have multiple means of getting your works produced.
Can my product page be in a language other than English?
NO FIRM is a global community, so we suggest that your product page be in English. If you would like to add descriptions in another language, go ahead. But if you want to reach the maximum number of people, you’ll need English.
Can I use copyrighted material on my product page?
Don’t use music, images, videos or other content that you don’t have permission to use. Using copyrighted material is against the law and can lead to serious problems.
The best way to avoid it is to create all the content on your product page yourself or use open-source content.
How much time does it take to create a product page?
Creating your product page can be quick and easy if you have all the material ready. We recommend carefully reading the Creator Handbook to get a clear idea of the times needed for each step of the process.