I launched my store this weekend (it didn't go well but starting a business is never easy – so not very down about it). Would appreciate any advice going forward.
A little about myself and my startup: I graduated from art school a few months ago and a majority of the time felt uninspired when it came to assignments and personal projects. It wasn't until the start of my senior year that I started reflecting on and mending my relationship with God.
I started my first "business" (sole prop) selling stickers, prints, and totes, among other things back in high school. I love art and almost everything anime related and I thought to myself… there isn't really a lot of Christian apparel that is "cartoony", what I've seen is mostly typography-based.
So to set myself apart from the competition, I'm focusing on anime-inspired Christian streetwear/apparel.
I did a Google ad/Instagram ad about 2 weeks ago – all my socials for the brand were set up about a month ago.
I am a freelance photographer on the side as well, so thankfully didn't need to hire anyone (product photography isn't my forte – mostly weddings/portraits – but did my best with the gear I have for my product photos).
A big inspiration of mine is Valeza, love his work and I thought I'd take some pages from his book. I know I have a long way to go and many more designs to go, but I'm hoping to provide some more creative work in the Christian apparel space for years to come!