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Quick post this week: a brief update on our production process. We officially went into pre-production with our manufacturer a few weeks before Christmas. Pre-production for us means getting updated tech packs and toile patterns made. It also includes samples of our prints (screen printed) and final sample garments.
We go through these stages to mitigate risk and also to make changes. It’s hugely risky to agree (and pay for) inventory without being assured of what the final product will look and feel like.
You may recall that we’d previously made tech packs. We did. These first round tech packs were important to be taken seriously by prospective manufacturers. They also allowed us to get quotes and samples and whittle down prospective manufacturers. However now we’ve honed in on one, we made the joint decision to re-produce the tech packs. This was to avoid confusion over the details of the garments.
Christmas and the New Year slowed things down a little as expected. We’ve now received our updated technical drawings and the other items are beginning to roll in. Make sure to stay up to date with the blog to see when we our first fully printed samples arrive.
Hooray. I have samples. It’s been quite the process to get these made. I was initially in talks with a manufacturer I was interested in working with. We’d actually got quite far down the line talking, but we couldn’t go any further as I felt the MOQs (minimum order quantities) were just too high. I’m …
Looking for a Visual Identity
Over the past two weeks or so I’ve been trying to find a designer to work with to develop the brand’s visual identity. What is a Visual Identity? To me, a visual identity is the combination of colours, images and shapes that make up a brand. As you can probably tell if you’ve been following …
Regulation, Requirements & Red Tape
I tried for a snappy title, I really did. Regulation isn’t the sexiest of topics, but my, it’s important. It’s important to me anyway. And it’s really challenging to get your head around. I need to start this post by saying I’m no expert. I definitely haven’t got it all worked out yet. However, after …