Principals for the leather fashion accessories product company share tips and lessons learned

Values Partnerships leads a nationwide casting tour for ABC’s Shark Tank focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to the show.

In 2017, the company is hosting casting calls across the country; giving diverse entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses to appear on Season 9 of Shark Tank.

Values Partnerships also provides pitch prep, entrepreneurship resources, and access to capital discussions to entrepreneurs around the country with the goal of every entrepreneur leaving the events better than they came.

At each stop, I sit down for a Q/A with entrepreneurs from the casting calls and the organizations that support them.

In 2016, the casting tour began in Miami. While in Miami, I sat down with Winston and Dap of CuffedDesign.

We’re kicking off our 2017 casting tour by checking in on Cuffed Design.

Cuffed Design  

Brandon: How has the Cuffed Design story progressed since we chatted in 2016?

Cuffed Design: Years 2015 and 2016 afforded us the opportunity to experiment with various products while studying logistics and developing an infrastructure dedicated to operating lean and manufacturing very high-quality products. Using data gathered from previous years of work makes it easier to forecast supply and demand for 2017. Keeping target dates for deliverables at the forefront of our fiscal calendar and season specificity in mind, we have become more proactive and less reactive when it comes to gauging what items resonate with our audience. 

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