Another month, and we’re stoked to announce – ANOTHER MakersValley Platform release!
We’re making it easier than ever now to manage your clothing manufacturing project online. Last release, you learned about how we streamlined sharing images from your Timeline with your followers on social media. This release, we’re giving you the ability to share even more.
Let’s jump into it.
Starting your own clothing line is exciting! But if you’ve never done it before, knowing how to get from point A to point B can be confusing and overwhelming. One of the first things you’ll need to do to start selling your own clothing line is to find a manufacturer who can make your designs at a cost that you can afford and in a quantity that you can actually sell to customers.
As an e-commerce shop owner or the owner of your own brick & mortar boutique, these coming months may present a turning point for your business’s supply chain. The trade war between China and the United States is just revving up, and from farmers to automakers, no industry is guaranteed safety.
Traditional wholesale manufacturing poses certain challenges for fashion designers and boutique owners. Wholesale manufacturers can change their prices on boutiques suddenly, resell original designs to other boutique owners for less, or shutter their doors altogether, leaving you and your customers at a loss for your favorite products.
We’re over the moon excited every time we release an update to make our Platform better, but this one has truly got us tap dancing!
The most important component of a garment is its fabric. It doesn't matter how well crafted the seams of the garment are – if it the clothing is made from the wrong fabric, it will not do justice to the design and will look like a disaster.
Picture this: you have an awesome idea, you make the sketch, and you turn it into a sewing pattern. The next step is to make it, but in order to do that you need the fabric. This the part where things start to get interesting. Read on to find out how to make fabric shopping easier!
Fabric is a term you'll encounter a lot in the fashion industry. If I ask you to tell me what fabrics are, you will say, "Easy, it's what we use to make a garment, right?"
What if I ask you to tell me what a fiber is, or to tell me the difference between a fabric and a fiber. Would you be able to answer that?
Read on, and we'll review the difference between fabrics and fibers.
Picture the beautiful setting of Southern Italy, Naples to be specific. There lived a family of four. The mother owned her own boutique; the father owned another; their son would grow up around luxury apparel artisans and manufacturers, from whom his parents bought the merchandise for their boutiques.
The boy would bike to these artisans' workshops, wearing his backpack to buy the extra merchandise left behind by globally-renowned luxury designers like Versace and Dolce & Gabanna. As he grew up, he noticed that the family owned manufacturing factories were struggling as they fought bidding wars to keep the big brands happy. He became passionate about finding a solution to keep these family owned apparel manufacturing companies open and successful without being reliant on only one large customer.