Spring 2016 Apparel Boot Camp Samples!

Here is a sneak peek of the three styles that we’re producing for the Spring Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp. We plan to make each of the three styles in all three colorways -quite a challenge from a production stand point- but that was built in from the get go.  All styles have contrast touches with coordinating piping and trim, specifically, we’ll be using over 700 yards of piping and 400 yards of bias trim.

As you can see, none of the styles we’re making for donation are simple box coffin clothes. I was not going to let our designers or stitchers off so easily because we must design and produce with integrity. Integrity means producing designs that are useful; not dumbed or watered down because the fine touches are “too expensive” or difficult to execute. Perhaps more than anyone, needy people deserve nice things. I should say, these are not the first designs our team came up with but I wasn’t going to let them think they’re design ninjas for putting pockets into simplistic A-line dresses. There is nothing wrong with simple dresses but I’d feel silly patting our team on the back for design excellence with such a low bar and besides, our “customers” deserve better.  But I digress -we’re moving closer to deadline and are right on target!

If you’re interested in joining us for the Fall 2016 Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp session over Labor Day, drop a note here so we can fill you in with more details later. Also, if you happen to be attending the TexProcess trade show in Atlanta this week, give me a call (see the about page) if you want to meet up.

In 2 styles, pockets are hidden behind piping. In the other, the patch pocket is piped and trimmed with contrasting fabric.

In 2 styles, pockets are hidden behind piping. In the other, the patch pocket is piped and trimmed with contrasting fabric. Note how the piping lines up on the side seam and continues the design line onto the back? Not easy to sew and not cheap.

Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp -the podcast edition

I’m so excited to announce that the Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp was featured on the most recent American Fashion Podcast. Interviewed by Charles Beckwith, I’m flattered to share space with such luminaries as the CFDA, Ralph Rucci, Naeem Khan, Bob Bland, Richard Spiegel, Crispin Argento, Teri Agins, Lauren Sherman, and Timo Rissanen. Maybe the American Fashion Podcast is a best kept secret? In this episode, I dish on why I started the Apparel Manufacturing Boot Camp and how it affects growth in the industry today.