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.
This is the guiding concept of my business. I included the above in the introduction of my book (The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing) in 1996. For many years, I was the object of public ridicule; most people didn’t even bother to conceal their contempt of my ideas. It stung but I kept at it. Maybe they were right then, but you know, they’re not now.
Thankfully, the issue today is the resurgence of sustainable manufacturing within the United States of America. Problem is, it’s not the same climate it was in 1995 when I started my business. In the olden days, if you wanted to start a factory or apparel manufacturing business of your own, you got a job in a factory until you figured it out. Today, you can’t find a factory to get a job in -so how do you learn? In a nutshell, that’s what we do. We teach manufacturing with two goals in mind. The first is to benefit needy people in our community. The second is to give entrepreneurs an opportunity to experience the workings of a real factory. To be sure, one isn’t wholly prepared after this experience but it is certainly an eye opening, trial by fire, immersive learning experience that opens a new world.
Care to join us? Sign up for the Fall 2016 session, manufacturing children’s coats.