#132: Growing a Clothing Brand from Ocean Waste with Kieran Miles
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"We are guardians of this Earth.” – Kieran Miles

Kieran Miles (@kieran_miles) is one of the co-founders of Duco: a premium sportswear manufacturer creating high-performance garments from ocean waste.

The idea was born in 2016, and with their mission of climbing higher, Duco has gone from strength to strength. Despite the inevitable challenges Brexit and Covid have thrown up, they’ve positioned themselves into helping other brands bring sustainable products to life with their certified supply chain, and they’ve got some exciting plans for 2021!

I should add this is one of the most fun conversations I’ve ever had! Kieran’s entrepreneurial past is fascinating, and we unpick stories from starting a DJ business at 13 through to attempting to pull off his very own festival. He’s also brought mobile apps to life and has helped to sell turbine blades!

In our wide-ranging conversation, we discuss how he grew a night event to be the biggest in the east of England; how to create a clothing brand from scratch; manufacturing processes; and so much more!

You can find Kieran at the following:

Resources mentioned during the conversation:

Coral Eye Wear

Key Points:

Kieran’s DJ skills and his very first business (4:00)

How he grew a night event to be the biggest in the east of England (10:00)

The power of asking (19:41)

App development, photography website, and wind turbines (22:38)

Hiring a beach to hold a festival (27:00)

How to create a clothing brand from scratch (33:06)

Outsourcing, designing, tech packs, and manufacturing processes  (41:07)

The effects of the pandemic and Brexit with their processes (51:44)

Climbing higher (59:13)

Don’t let your success go to your head or your failures go to your heart. - Keiran (1:04:27)

 


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