Podcast Air Date: October 25, 2021


Series 2: Shark Tank

Ep. 197 - Julie Kalimian - Skinny Shirt

Julie Kalimian, a former magazine marketing executive, pitches Skinny Shirt, her line of slimming yet fashionable women’s shirts, in Shark Tank. The Skinny Shirt is essentially a tee-shirt with a collar designed to be worn under jackets, sweaters, and other shirts while giving the appearance of wearing a full-collared shirt. Since the Skinny Shirt is sheer, it doesn’t have the bulk of a “real” button down shirt. The result is a sleeker, slimmer appearance.

Kaliman started selling her line back in late 2010. She wanted a shirt with the feel of a stretchy, comfy camisole with a professional look. The first prototype was actually made specially for Julie by her tailor who sewed the top of a collared shirt onto one of her camisoles. With a little help from Alexandra Shuman, friend and designer at Michael Kors, Julie took the Skinny Shirt from concept to finished product.

The shirts are available online and at a couple dozen boutiques nationwide. To date she’s done around $500K in sales. She’s likely looking for a Shark to help with manufacturing and increased retail distribution.

"My network of contacts weren't only business connections, I found my 'product sourcer' in China from a recommendation by a friend at my kid's school."
Networking isn't limited to business, its everyone you know- ask Julie...

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