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What does Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe mean for new fashion designers?

This summer, Amazon launched their new fashion platform, Prime Wardrobe. What’s most enticing about Prime Wardrobe is not 2-day shipping or free returns. Been there, done that. Instead, it’s Amazon’s fresh take on the online shopping experience as a whole.  While businesses like Zappos built a competitive advantage by making returns easy and hassle-free, Amazon has taken it a step forward by baking returns into the buying process.

Rather than pay upfront for clothes, Prime Wardrobe customers only pay for what they keep after seven days. Everything they order comes in a resealable box with a prepaid returns label. In traditional online shopping, returns are treated by companies as a necessary evil and customers rate them on the convenience of the returns process. Amazon approaches returns as an essential part of the online shopping experience.

While 2017 has been remarkable for the number of physical retailers that have closed up shop for not adapting to the online marketplace, it’s also been a flagship year for Amazon. Just one month after the Prime Wardrobe announcement, Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, briefly became the wealthiest man in the world when Amazon stocks rallied.

Prime Wardrobe isn’t an entirely new idea. The concept of the wardrobe subscription service has been executed successfully by companies such as Stitch Fix and Nordstrom’s Trunk Club. However, Amazon is able to offer over a million styles from a wide range of brands, including Amazon’s own private label, and isn’t limited to any one market, like wealthy, professional women. 

Amazon has the market power to not just democratize the concept, but also remove the subscription element that Stitch Fix and Trunk Club need to run a profitable business. And they’re offering 20% off to shoppers who hold on to five or more pieces of clothes. 

The question isn’t if shoppers will catch on – the value proposition really is just too good for them not to – but how can emerging fashion brands prepare for the shift in habits and expectations?

Depending on your take on Amazon as a fashionable business partner the answer may differ. Companies that are less concerned about controlling their brand messaging could attempt to leverage Amazon as a distribution platform to increase their reach and grow faster. Much like Spotify, Prime Wardrobe has the potential to give indie designers a boost in exposure – and Amazon can streamline fulfillment and returns.

The strategy of many other brands will deliberately exclude Amazon and any other major retail partners. Companies like Bonobos, Mizzen & Main, Crane & Lion, and MeUndies,  known as “digitally native vertical brands” for their top-down control over message and distribution, won’t want anything to do with Wardrobe Prime – and they’ve had wild success. These brands have a unique advantage over Amazon because they can create a completely personalized experience that’s difficult for large retailers to achieve.

Regardless of their size, Amazon won’t conquer the entire market. Americans’ desire for individuality won’t allow a complete Amazon fashion take over – the industry just doesn’t work that way.  Consumers will continue to discover and show loyalty to new fashion brands that they relate to on an intensely personal level, like Bonobos and others. The brand that will win is always the brand that tells a story compelling enough to win hearts, minds – and wallets.

That said, as shopping continues to move online and Amazon cuts itself a bigger slice of the retail pie, any and all designers should take a fresh look at how they sell to customers and explore different shopping and fulfillment models. While subscription boxes, pre-paid return labels, and bulk discounts may be more than most budding designers can afford, it will increasingly pay to look outside the box and start experimenting. The Prime Wardrobe box can be a good start.

 

How To Create a Clothing Line Budget in 5 Steps
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How To Create a Clothing Line Budget in 5 Steps

One of the first questions we ask our new development clients at the beginning stages of creating a clothing line is “what is your budget for the project?” Most new designers and entrepreneurs have no idea. We know that creating a budget can be overwhelming when you’re first starting out, so we decided to outline a few important budget components that we share with all of our clients.

Here are five steps for putting together a budget for your new clothing line.

1. How much can you spend in total?

It might seem elementary, but the first step to devising a budget for your project is to look at your finances and determine how much you can spend in total. Lots of new clients will say they do not have a budget, and that they are willing to spend whatever it takes to get their clothing brand up and running.

But, let’s be honest, most of us do not have an unlimited pile of cash to funnel into a new business. So sit down and take a look at your finances to see just how much money you are willing to invest in your new brand. Once you have your total budget, you can then decide where to allocate your funds and how to utilize your resources best.

2. How much do you want to spend on product development?

Once you have an overall budget, the next step is to split it up into a handful of different buckets, including product development, manufacturing, and marketing. With international production and larger orders, these buckets get more complex, but we will assume you are starting small and your clothing line will be USA-made.

As for what to budget for product development, you can use our in-house Product Development Program as a guide. For fabric sourcing, trim sourcing, pattern making, and cut and sew for your samples, clients typically spend between $1,500 to $2,000 per sample. We recommend that you devote at least $2,000 to each sample to create a quality product that will be successful in the marketplace.

3. Decide on your target price per unit for manufacturing

Once you have allocated funds to product development, calculate how much you can spend on manufacturing by focusing on the cost per unit to produce in bulk. To determine your target price per unit, start by learning the industry standard retail prices for similar products and work backward. Find out who your competitors are and what they are charging for their products. Their prices will allow you to hone in on a target retail price and get closer to how much you could reasonably make off of the sale of each unit to earn a profit. From there, you can determine the target price per unit.

4. Choose your method of distribution

How will you be selling your product? Will you be selling your clothing to stores or will you be selling on your e-commerce site? Many new businesses start out with a Shopify site to keep web development costs down, but some hire a web developer to design an e-commerce site for them. Decide how you want to sell your product and figure out how much you will need to spend to make distribution happen.

5. What is your marketing strategy?

For a startup clothing brand, we recommend allocating a significant amount of time and resources to marketing your product. Clothing moves when there’s buzz. If funds are tight, we recommend utilizing free social media marketing tools such as Hootsuite and Buffer to get started.

If you have extra budget for advertising, Facebook and Instagram ads are a great way to jumpstart your company’s social media audience and promote your brand name. Alternatively, PR is also possible with little to no budget if you are willing to come up with angles yourself and do the legwork of finding and contacting writers; and influencer marketing on Instagram is a marketing channel that many budding designers have used with success.

We hope these steps get you started on your clothing line budget. Is there something you think we should add to the list? What unexpected costs derailed your budget? Leave us a comment below with any questions or comments. We love feedback.

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American Apparel Shuts Down! Keep People Employed

As American Apparel layoffs begin, Indie Source is poised to hire

Today, American Apparel has started the mass layoffs that will leave thousands of apparel workers wondering where to turn for work. I know this because dozens of them showed up at our factory this morning looking for employment.

What can we do?

We need the U.S. fashion brands to make commitments to moving production here. These workers are extremely talented, loyal and ready to take on a new challenge.  While we can support some of the workers, there has been over 2,000 jobs lost all in one day. This requires a massive shift in the way we do business.

Today less than 3% of US fashion brands produce in the United States. If we could bump that percentage up, only slightly, all jobs could be saved. 

We’re asking U.S. fashion brands producing abroad to give LA a shot. But not just for that fuzzy feeling that will lead to more American jobs, but because we believe it’s in many U.S brands’ best interest to produce domestically.

We will perform a cost-benefit analysis using each brands’ current cost structures to show that it makes sense to produce in the U.S. financially. We’ll review the costs associated with overseas and compare them to domestic production in our factory or other Los Angeles factories.  Yes, the cost of direct labor is higher but when you consider taxes, shipping costs, holding costs and the massive cost of inventory that is discounted and thrown away, the total costs of production in China vs. Los Angeles are marginal. Tack on the tremendously skilled workforce and available fabric and trim sitting idle in Los Angeles and you’ve got a sound business case for moving some production stateside.

Don’t believe us? We’ll prove it. We’re asking US fashion brands to send us their overseas made garments and we’ll show them how to produce here while saving a ton of American jobs in the process. 

Once it is clear that Los Angeles apparel production is viable for each brand, we will create a plan for implementation and will allow each brand to see data on the workers’ they are impacting.

Contact Us Now to see if your brand can make it happen in Los Angeles.

Check out Our Sweatshop Free, Ethically Responsible Downtown LA Space Below:

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IndieViews: Meet Emily Meaker

Our IndieViews series highlights the talented and committed people who power Indie Source.

Get to know Emily Meaker, your GO-TO point person to help you organize, plan and (finally!) get going on building your dream fashion collection.

What is your role at Indie Source?

I am a Client Coordinator at Indie Source. I work with designers who are interested in our sample development or apparel production services and help them prepare for collaboration with us.  Before we dive into things like materials sourcing, pattern making and sample making, our clients need to have the creative components figured out. They need to know what styles they wish to bring to life and have clear directions for us so we know what to develop! I help brands organize their thoughts into the language that we can understand as manufacturers. This ensures the development process runs smoothly. When you call our office line looking for help, I’m usually the one who takes your call! 🙂

 

What has your career path looked like?

I studied Music Performance and Composition in Australia and then started my first company when I was 19 called The Live Large Project, we ran events that were all about empowering people to live passionately and successfully doing what they love, I spent a lot of time doing business development for our company and we had programs running in over 40% of schools in Melbourne. I spent about four years traveling and exploring as a musician and entrepreneur and didn’t move into fashion until I happened upon Indie Source, I loved the focus and drive of the company and it was a team I really wanted to be a part of.

 

What advice would you give an aspiring fashion designer?

Educate yourself.  Many new designers don’t  understand the amount of work that goes into collection, even if a design seems simple. There are dozens of people that source, engineer, construct and manage each project to ensure the designers gets what they’ve envisioned.  Use the resources around you and pay attention to the experts you have working for you (that’s why you pay them). Our company has thrived because we have a team of people that work hard and know the industry inside out, so utilize and listen to those people. Lastly, do not begin this process without a clear idea of what you are able to invest in your development and production. It’s much smarter to have target prices and a budget for your business than to fly by the seat of your pants and finance as you go. Planning is key!

 

Why Indie Source?

I come from a business and music background, so when the opportunity to work at Indie Source came up I was excited because it’s a totally different industry than what I’ve worked in before. I’ve known Zack and Jesse for a long time and I was excited to work with a company that is so dedicated to creating jobs, growing businesses and making this industry accessible to everyone no matter where in the world you live.

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Any amazing Indie Source moments?

We’ve grown so much in the last 18 months and when we moved into our current office, we had the opportunity to throw a launch party and invite a lot of people within the industry, as well as all our clients. It was wonderful to see so many people in one space sharing and networking with each other where they otherwise might never have met, it was awesome to be part of creating that.

 

What sets Indie Source apart from other places where you’ve worked?

We are constantly striving to be as accessible to people as possible. We’ve made it easier than ever to give all the resources of the LA fashion district to everyone, no matter where in the world you are.

 

What’s the best aspect of working at Indie Source?

There is so much room for a person to grow at Indie Source and we have an amazing team! I’ve been here for over a year now and watched it grow from a few full-time office employees in a warehouse, to over 30 people in a big, beautiful showroom. Indie Source works as one unit, if something happens with a client’s project, everyone knows about it and is there for support.

 

 

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Your Kickstart to Entrepreneurship!

Amongst the many doctor and actor aspirations, lays an ambition many are not equipped to commence: creating their own business. As many start up’s disappoint before they’re fully able to thrive, a middle ground of uncertainty is present: how does a novice idea meet the demands of initial costs, provide a product worthy of consumer demands yet provide an opportunity to gain loyal customers willing to purchase at my inauguration? Enter Kickstarter, the crowd-funding platform that provides potential entrepreneurs with the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality.

There are many variables contributing to the success or deemed failure of companies; some externally or internally known while others are not. Whether or not the variables identified to the failure are presented, it’s best to reflect upon the factors contributing to success. I had the pleasure to speak with two very successful brands– one that has had recent achievement and the other still in the process of a Kickstarter triumph. Whether you’re planning the next great funded project or simply looking for inspiration from relatable businessmen, Ryan Beltran from Original Grain and Jake Joseph from Jake Joseph Underwear are idyllic.

Before investing in inventory and product development to begin any business venture, research and adequate testing are needed to determine if your product is in demand. With that said, Ryan Beltran believes “Kickstarter is a great avenue for testing products and gauging potential demand” as it develops a platform for advancing decisions to determine to continue or not. It’s also a great platform due to the audience – “an overflow of people who appreciate creativity and I wanted to reach and work with those people” reveals Jake Joseph.

As one of the most funded fashion projects to date, Original Grain fuses local wood inspiration from their Pacific Northwest hometown and modern eminence that results in a captivating timepiece. “Our primary goal when launching Original Grain (OG) was to develop a product unlike any other on the market. We wanted to create a watch that would ‘turn heads’, but was top notch in terms of its quality. That’s to be great at making our watches and provide a good experience for each and every customer we have.” With plans to solidify OG as household name and eventually expanding into a lifestyle brand, “the only way I can get there is

to focus on making a high quality product and continuously innovating our product offering.”

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Jake Joseph elevates a traditional, hidden piece and “adds quality and workmanship to an often neglected garment”– underwear and proves that internal details and value of the first layer of adornment is equally vital. Insight to this piece was gained as this was in the process of development just as his project was launching. “We are constantly looking for ways to design products that are not just beautiful, but offer a solution too. Kickstarter is a terrific platform to introduce the The ZenSho Collective – the first underwear to never rise.” Ultimately, passion is vital Joseph believes, “be passionate about the product you want to introduce and illustrate that passion in your product and its benefits.” Genuinely understand your audience while developing an approach to providing them with a highly unique outcome, just as the exclusive underclothing of Jake Joseph has done.

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Passion coupled with an essential connection with your audience and quality product, all combine to make both of these company’s successful Kickstarter projects. “Kickstarter is an amazing community of people that want to help companies get off the ground…you just gotta go and do the dang thing.” Provide an experience for the consumer by revealing your story; when done effectively, the generated buzz will appeal to the need of your consumer now while also illustrating ideas for the future. “People love helping others achieve their goals, especially when they’re genuine” concludes Beltran. Therefore, the highly advantageous and mutually beneficial Kickstarter are highly recommended for the inner entrepreneur in all.

Original Grain: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/originalgrain/original-grain-all-natural-wood-and-stainless-stee

Jake Joseph: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/678444944/jake-joseph-redefining-mens-underwear?ref=discovery

By: Storm Tyler

***Update: Check out one of our brands NAMAKAN FUR: they just ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and we’re now in production – product to be completed January 2017

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IndieViews: Meet Johnny Quintero

Our IndieViews series highlights the talented and committed people who power Indie Source.

In our interview with Indie Source’s trim specialist Johnny Quintero, he shares his wisdom, experience, and excitement for what’s next.

What inspired you to work in fashion?

I would have to say the artistic part of fashion. I’ve always been attracted to fashion growing up. Seeing people express themselves through clothing always puts a smile on my face!

What advice would you give an aspiring fashion designer?

Do your research and think your design through to the end. Think about how your garments will be produced in production and design thoughtfully! I’ve seen so many times, designers “make it happen” or alter trim, sewing or cutting for samples and when the garment goes into production everyone scrambles to figure out how to reproduce the sample. You do not want to sell your garments one way and then in production find out you can’t do the same.

JQ2-for-webWhat has your career path looked like? 

Most of my experience has been in production. I started out as an assistant for development and production, then a production trim buyer, to domestic production manager and import coordinator. What brought me to Indie Source was the opportunity to be part of a development team again. I love working with a team to bring peoples designs to life.

What sets Indie Source apart from other places where you’ve worked?

The wonderful people here! Everyone has an entrepreneur attitude and we all work so well together. It’s a great team to be a part of.

What’s the best aspect of working at Indie Source?

The best aspect of Indie Source is meeting like minded people and always developing new and exciting garments! Every client is different and the work is always changing.

Any amazing Indie Source moments? 

Right now is the most memorable moment! We are growing the company and partnering up with so many great brands. I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for us!

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Watch Indie Source In Action On BET

Indie Source delivers for Damon Dash’s Poppington on BET’s Music Moguls.

Damon Dash’s vision for his Poppington apparel line is 100% independent and made in America using the highest quality materials and construction. On BET’s Music Moguls, Dash finds the key to his vision in Indie Source.

The BET crew captures Dash and partner Raquel M. Horn’s visit to Indie Source and meeting with Zack Hurley and Emily Meaker, where they review sketches and discuss samples. Dame’s reaction when he receives his samples from Indie Source? In a word – LOVE!

“To make something in America, at the quality and level that you like it … to me that’s real fashion,” says Dash. “With a group like Indie Source, I can make my samples, I can cut to order. I don’t have to hold a lot of inventory, because inventory’s what kills you in the fashion business.”

As a company that was created to help support independent designers, Indie Source is excited to be manufacturing Dame Dash’s vision for Poppington. We help designers like Dash develop their initial product. They bring us their sketches and we make modifications, source the fabric, and put together a collection for them. Once they’re happy with samples, we take them into production. And we manufacture it all here in Los Angeles. Indie Source is transforming the fashion industry in LA and making dreams into reality for indie designers.

Check us out in the Music Moguls episode below and find out more about what Indie Source has to offer independent fashion designers.

https://youtu.be/J2zSE6jDnrI?t=13m50s

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Join Us At The LA Business Journal Fashion Awards

Celebrate standout local fashion companies and make new connections at LABJ’s 2016 Fashion Awards.

Indie Source is excited to attend the second annual Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2016 Fashion Awards! This event recognizes outstanding companies and individuals driving growth in the local fashion industry and the LA business community. It will take place on Tuesday, December 6, location TBD.

friends-champagne-for-webWith 300-1,500 attendees, the program will include apparel, denim, activewear, couture, swimwear, accessories, retail, and e-commerce companies based in Southern California. It’s an excellent opportunity for designers and others in the fashion industry to grow their brands and make valuable new connections.

Apparel companies making a powerful impact in the LA fashion industry can be nominated for awards in several categories. Indie Source is aiming for nominations in the categories of Made In California, Professional Service Provider, and Supplier Of The Year. If you’d like to recognize Indie Source for the difference we make in the apparel industry and driving business in Southern California, you may nominate us here.

Come and celebrate LA Fashion with us!

 

 

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Ace Your Indie Source Intro Meeting

Ready to work with Indie Source? Your Intro Meeting is the first step. Here’s everything you need to know.

When you’re ready to transform your daydreams and sketches into a clothing line, Indie Source is the resource to make that happen. As a full service clothing manufacturer, Indie Source takes your ideas and makes them into something wearable by combining the right materials, fit, and construction. Our experienced, knowledgeable and passionate team will transform that overwhelming feeling of “where to begin” into the sense of delight that comes from manufacturing your line and bringing it to market.

The Intro Meeting

Your first step in working with Indie Source is the Intro Meeting. This is your chance to introduce your brand to us and share your vision for your business, as well as the specific products we’ll be creating with you. In your Intro Meeting meeting you will:

  • Meet your project manager, who will be your direct point of contact. They’re going to supervise, manage, and ensure the overall success of your project.
  • Meet our fabric specialist and trim specialist, who will be sourcing the perfect fabric and trims for your products.
  • Meet with Indie Source’s pattern maker, who will take fit notes (if you already have a prototype sample) .

The Indie Source team is experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated to making you and your brand a success and helping you along the way.

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To get the most powerful results from your Intro Meeting, you’ll need to be ready to discuss a broad range of topics around your label, as well as go into detail about each one.  Here’s a rundown of all the info you should have at the ready.

About Your Brand

  • Have a strong vision and goals, and know the values of your brand
  • What makes your brand unique or special?
  • Who is your competition?
  • What are your specific goals for your brand?
  • What is important to you in the development of your brand?
  • Are you price or quality focused?
  • Do you have a logo? Tag line? Mission statement?

Have A Brand Business Plan

  • How are you going to sell your product? Will you have a website? A storefront? Sell wholesale to retailers?
  • How are you going to market your brand? To who?
  • What are the price points for your products? How much do you want to pay to produce them versus how much do you want to sell them for?
  • How many units are you going to order? We have a minimum of 3 style and 250 pieces per style.
  • What is your budget for development? For production?

Have A Product Plan

  • Remember – we think of you as the designer! We are here to bring your ideas to life. Think through all the small details. We’re happy to make suggestions and help, but this is YOUR brand!
  • What are your sizes going to be? XS-XL? S-L?
  • What size would you like your samples to be made in? Think about who would come and try them on. If it is you, have the samples made in your size so you can make sure it’s the perfect fit.
  • What are the grading rules for your production? This means how much bigger do you want each size to be from the last? It is usually 2’’, but look at a line in a store or do some research and compare.
  • Will there be artwork on your products? This includes your logo.
  • What will your main label tags look like? Will they be printed or sewn in? They should have your name, logo, tagline, where it is made, and size. What will they look like? You send your tag artwork before your first meeting!
  • Are you going to have a hang tag or any other tagging or labeling on your products? Think about what they’ll look like in the store.
  • What colors do you want for your fabrics? Bring a color sample with you. We will find similar colors in in-stock fabrics. If you absolutely need a specific hue, we will need to dye it! Bring the exact color sample or find it using the PANTONE color finder. Keep in mind that colors might look different on a screen than in reality.

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Have A Timeline

  • When do you need your samples done? The development process usually takes around six weeks. However, the more custom and detailed your products are, the longer it will take (i.e. custom elastic and prints).
  • When do you want full production to be done? Production usually takes about 4-8 weeks depending on the complexity of your designs.
  • Set dates from start to finish! When do you want your clothes ready to be sold?

Have Patience

If we’re starting your line from scratch, it might take a round or two of sample making and fittings to get everything perfect. Indie Source wants to make sure you love your line and fits how you want. Be prepared to make more than one sample.

Now that you know what you’ll need to get started, are you ready to call Indie Source? Let’s manufacture your dream line!

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IndieViews: Meet Rebecca Ellison

Our IndieViews series reveals the passion, expertise, and personalities behind Indie Source’s amazing team.

Get to know Rebecca Ellison, our superstar production assistant who helps turn clients’ fashion design dreams into reality.

Describe what you do at Indie Source.

I’m the trim buyer for the production team. When a client places a production order, I buy all of the zippers, buttons, elastic, and embellishments wholesale and make sure that they will work for the needs of each garment. I also order the labels that tell the buyers what the fabric is made out of and how to wash it. When we do screen printed logos or artwork, I help coordinate that, too. It’s a lot of small details that ultimately have a big impact.

What inspired you to work in the fashion industry?

I’ve always liked to make things–for myself and for others; for fun and for money– but I was planning on being a social worker because I was passionate about empowerment. I was actually in graduate school for social work when I realized that creating new things from raw materials is a tangible way to turn dreams into reality and that the process of creating something is empowering and has potential to change the way we live. I wound up switching career paths late in the game when I decided that apparel design is just as empowering as any kind of therapy and that I would enjoy it more than the traditional “helping professions.” I left social work school and signed up for trade school in apparel design, and I’m so glad I followed my heart when I did.

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Why Indie Source?

I knew that I wanted to work for a smaller company where I would feel like I was part of a team but not stuck doing one thing every day, and I wanted to get to interact with the client because I want to feel like I’m helping people reach their goals. Since Indie Source is full package, I get to see the whole process and witness the satisfaction the clients get designing from start to finish. The values of the company worked well with my own, and when I met the Indie Source team I felt like I would never get tired of spending time with them, which is important when it comes to a job, so I feel very lucky to have been introduced to Indie Source shortly after going to school for apparel design.

What types of clients and fashion markets have you worked with?

It’s so exciting to me that we have worked on everything from t-shirts to lingerie, whimsical things like a sweatshirt with devil horns and a tail, girls’ dresses with interchangeable trims, professional uniforms, vintage dresses, even leather accessories. Some clients have done productions before and know exactly what they want and expect, while others leave a lot of decisions up to us. Each project has its own challenges but it’s always something new so it keeps me learning everyday. There are people wanting to make something that’s unique or never been done before, and there’s so much new technology in fashion, so I expect that our clients and their customers will continue to widen, and the fashion markets will overlap more and more.

rebecca-and-lana-for-webWhat is your favorite thing about working at Indie Source?

My favorite thing about my job is being on a team that accomplishes huge projects because everyone plays their part. When we communicate well and coordinate effectively, we can produce a huge amount of product in a short period of time, but it’s only because everyone on the team has their own area of expertise, and everyone’s skills come together in a large production. My team members are the best thing about my job because we are interdependent but we also keep each other learning and laughing all the time.

What is a typical challenge that comes up in your work and how do you handle it?

The timeline for a production is a part of my job that calls for strategic thinking. When it comes to certain trims, such as a shiny gold plated zipper, getting them in bulk can take weeks because they have to be made for us. By the time I know exactly how many we need and what sizes we will get, the patterns are usually approved and the fabric is often faster to get delivered and cut. So waiting 6 weeks for zippers is too long. In that case I have to make decisions about what vendors to use based on their time frames as well as their pricing and product quality. Timing for trim buying is tricky but exciting.

 

gold-zipper-for-webWhat sets Indie Source apart from other fashion companies you’ve been involved with?

The atmosphere at Indie Source is both professional and fun-loving, which is hard to come by in my experience. Usually the work environment is either tense and stressful as deadlines get met, or there is too little focus on deadlines because everyone is laid back and not too concerned with their work at all. Indie Source is different because we keep a positive vibe in the office and we have fun together inside and outside of work, but it feels like each person in the office is silently keeping an eye on their calendar, their to-do list, and their work-related obligations. I never worry that a team member is not doing their job, because all of my co-workers are self-motivated and responsible people that are also a joy to be around.

Any wisdom you’d like to pass on to aspiring fashion designers?

I would encourage a new fashion designer to be very clear about their goals, and to know what elements are necessary to achieve them. Knowing what is important in order to create a look or for a garment to function perfectly is key when it comes to making a ton of decisions about the details. In some cases, a less expensive detail won’t impact the overall goal, but some details might be the thing that makes the garment what it’s supposed to be. If you’re clear about where you can cut costs without compromising your goals, you can make something that’s both affordable and exactly what you want. You just have to know what details are important for your design and make sure to keep your goal in focus through the whole process.

 

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