As a beginning small business in the fashion industry with no established customer base, collaboration with influencers can be a game-changer.

In today's digital age, leveraging the power of social media influencers can significantly boost brand visibility, credibility, and ultimately, sales.

This article will guide you through the step-by-step process of finding the right influencers for your fashion brand and creating a successful collaboration that yields tangible results (based on my experience).

  1. Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Influencer:

A. Specify Your Niche (Persona):

Identifying your target audience is crucial in finding the right influencers who resonate with your brand.

Define the persona of your ideal customer–their demographics, interests, and lifestyle.

This will help you narrow down your search to influencers whose followers align with your target market.

B. Search for Influencers on Relevant Platforms:

Platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok are hotspots for influencer marketing.

Utilize websites such as Heepsy, Fourstarzz, and, especially beneficial for small budget brands. To discover influencers within your niche, filter your search based on criteria like follower count, engagement rate, and audience demographics.

C. Make a List of Engaged Influencers:

Focus on influencers who have a strong engagement with their audience beyond just likes.

Look for indicators like comments, story views, saves, and direct messages. Calculate the engagement rate using tools like Phlanx or HypeAuditor to ensure authenticity.

Aim for influencers with 10k to 100k followers, as they often have a more engaged and loyal audience.

D. Craft Personalized Outreach Messages:

Reach out to selected influencers with an interesting message that highlights why your brand aligns with their audience and values.

Here's a sample message template that I used: 

"Hi [Name of your influence]! 👋 We're huge admirers of your impeccable sense of style and your passion for all things fashion. As a Fashion small business dedicated to preserving the timeless elegance of [specifying the products you sell], we'd be thrilled to collaborate with you! We'd love to offer you the opportunity to design your own unique garment or choose from our exquisite collection, showcasing your creativity and flair to your followers. As a token of appreciation, we'd also like to provide you with an exclusive coupon code, personalized with your name, to share with your audience. Together, let's keep the [your product name] alive and thriving, both locally and internationally, while inspiring the next generation of [country's name, fabrics, type of product, type of fashion ...] craftworker. 

We can't wait to hear your thoughts and explore this exciting collaboration further! 

Best regards, [your name] the owner of [brand name] if you want to take a look, use this link please [your website link] "

Note: Build relationship with influencers by engaging with their content before reaching out. Like their posts, leave meaningful comments, and interact with their stories to establish a genuine connection.

        2. Offer Value to Your Influencer:                     

Show appreciation for the influencer's time and effort by responding promptly to their inquiries.

Offer attractive incentives such as free products, exclusive discounts, or monetary compensation for their collaboration.

Emphasize the mutual benefits of the partnership and how it can elevate both parties' brands.

Here's a sample message template that I used: 

"Here are the details of collaboration: 

  1. **Product Selection**: You have the option to choose from our existing sustainable [product] collection, or we can create a bespoke piece just for you based on your preferences. 
  2. **Process**: Once you've made your selection or provided your design preferences, we'll begin the crafting process with the utmost care and attention to detail. (in my case we make our products so you can see what is your manufacturing ways)
  3. **Timeline**: We'll provide you with an estimated timeframe once the design details are finalized.
  4. **Delivery**: we'll arrange for its delivery to your location
  5. **Collaboration Requirements**: In exchange for the [product], we kindly ask that you wear and share photos of yourself styling the [product] on your Instagram feed and stories, tagging our brand and mentioning the collaboration.

If you have questions or need further clarification, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to make this collaboration a success!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Warm regards, [your name] owner of [your brand name] " 

      3. Monitoring Results and Continued Relationship Building:

Once the collaboration is underway, closely monitor key metrics such as website traffic, engagement rates, and sales generated through the influencer's promotion.

Utilize their content–videos and pictures–to further advertise your brand, as consumers tend to trust recommendations from real people.

Remember, the collaboration doesn't end with a single campaign.

Foster a lasting relationship with the influencer by staying in touch and showing genuine interest in their work.

Maintain regular communication without being intrusive, and continue to support and appreciate their contributions to your brand.

     4. My proper results after following those steps: 

This is the product that I make for my influence:

This is the result that I got: 

Account reached: 3493

Followers: 10 

Likes: 139 

Comments: 63 

Saves: 24

Send to others: 29 times

Hold sales: 2

Sales: 1



Collaborating with influencers can be a powerful strategy for small fashion businesses to gain exposure, credibility, and ultimately drive sales.

By following the step-by-step guide outlined in this article and nurturing authentic relationships with influencers, you can unlock the full potential of influencer marketing and propel your brand to new heights of success.