Development: working with a sample maker

Developing new garments is an exciting process, but it's time consuming and can be very expensive. It's easy to get stuck in the sampling phase, continually making changes and never releasing the garment to the world. There are plenty of lessons…


From idea to a finished garment: the process

There's a lot that goes into taking an idea and turning it into a tangible garment. Here's an outline of the process. I'll try to make this as detailed as possible but just about every step will likely be its own post at some point. Most of this is…


How to pick factories and suppliers

Picking the right suppliers to work with is one of the hardest and most time-consuming tasks. First, most of these suppliers live in the analog world, with sporadic websites, phone numbers, emails and even addresses. Tracking them down is hard. And…


No one cares except you

This is probably the first lesson I learned, yet is something I’m reminded about every day. This isn’t coming from a cynical point of view; it’s just the reality. No matter how much you tell someone about what you're doing, no matter how much you…