Ask: Maybe someone you know has some personal connections so be sure to ask everyone you know.
Read: Scope out magazines (both on line and in person) to find stores that carry similar products and appeal to your target market.
Complementary brand leveraging: Look at competitors’ websites for the stores they sell to, or even at complimentary brands that you envision in the same stores. Knowing whom you’ll be selling “along side” is one of the first keys to finding the right buyers. If you are not sure, a fun outing to some local stores is in order! Add these names to your lists, and watch it grow. You can code them as prospective stores so you know that you don’t sell to them and the letter you send, or conversation you have, will be different then with one who is a current customer.
Be a detective: Of course general googling is the best option. For example, if your target market lives in San Francisco, if you google “Boutiques San Francisco” you get a whole list of stores to try out. You may need to play around and find the “right” google terms to get you the stores you need/want. Yelp is also good for finding stores.
Online research:http://www.Luckymag.com has great lists on line, as do many fashion blogs.
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