The Fashion-Startup Hustle

Most new fashion companies, like startups in any field, are destined to fail. On Friday, ten young designers, at the invitation of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, pitched their companies to a panel of four prominent investors in a hotel across from Bryant Park, seeking lessons on how to avoid that fate.   A cobbler named Isa Tapia, who wanted capital to help keep up with demand for her pretty shoes, said, “I’ve lost some orders because I’ve had to say no to stores.” Kaelen Haworth, a clothing designer, said, “We want to implement what we’re calling a
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