There is a huge shift today in how consumers purchase fashion. It seems as though the idea of fast fashion is being flipped on its head as consumers are looking deeper than just the price tag into what clothes and brands they purchase. One of the biggest (and hotly debated) trends we see in fashion today is the idea of “sustainable” fashion. Even with the growing awareness, it can be tricky to define the movement. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that consumers are demanding brands be more environmentally and socio-economically aware as they design and produce their products.
We are super excited that one of our favorite fabric and trim sourcing shows is coming to Chicago! Check out DG Expo December 6th and 7th at the Palmer House. Not only will we have our own booth, but we are one of the sponsors for the Fashion Group International's Holiday Party which takes place after the show on the 6th. We hope to see you on the trade show floor or at the party!
Being an entrepreneur is an exhilarating roller coaster ride! One moment you are killing it and the next minute you are asking yourself why you got out of bed that morning. We all have those specific challenges that can knock us down. Here at Stitch Method we encounter some we didn’t even see coming! For instance, when we started looking for office space we thought “this will be fun! Looking at real estate is awesome!” Wrong. Looking at real estate IS fun. But it takes time out of your day that you need to be working on other things. It takes more time and more money than you thought to find the perfect place, pack up everything, move everything, organize all the people involved, set up the phones and it goes on and on! It was exhausting!
It is tempting to jump right into the fun part of designing your line when launching a new product. We love that part too! However, before you even start to design your new product line, it is important to create a business plan. Writing a business plan can sound scary. But, unless you are seeking funding from a financial institution your business plan doesn’t necessarily need to be that overwhelming. We suggest a basic business plan outlining a few specifics for the apparel industry. Below is our top 5 list of questions that we suggest you address in your plan.
If you read our blog or follow us on social media, you know that we love Tech Packs at Stitch Method. Not only is the Tech Pack a blueprint for how your garment is made, but it also acts as an ingredient list. The Bill of Materials (BOM) included in the Tech Pack outlines every raw material that goes into your garment, how much is needed and where to get it. Creating your BOM not only helps you as the designer to organize everything you need for production, but it also helps to keep your factory organized. Keep in mind that factories work with a lot of different brands so they have tons of fabrics and trims to keep track of.