The 3 Benefits to Prototyping Earlier

Which phase of manufacturing typically takes the longest? For most companies, it’s development. Approving fabrics, fit, and design details takes a long time, and usually not enough time is budgeted. This results in an assortment of issues that have to be resolved during Salesman Samples (SMS), pre-production samples, or »

Why You Should Source Fabric Earlier

Apparel manufacturing is a complex business, requiring the coordination of many different vendors to create the final product. This is like a general contractor building a house, but instead of needing a lumber and cement supplier, apparel manufacturers have fabric, trim, and occasionally, post process suppliers. Just like building a »

[Beta Release] Introducing Maderight's 14-Day Prototype Program

How many times have you experienced crazy long lead times during the development of your products? It always starts promising enough. You’re communicating with the factory to start your samples and things seem to be going well. Then their promised delivery date passes. The 3-4 week sample time they »

2 Major Types of Samples and Why You Need to Know the Difference

A big issue in the apparel industry is the lack of standardized language and terminology. With much of manufacturing occurring world wide, the language barrier just adds to the confusion, leading to delays and long lead times. Sampling is a perfect example. There are a dozens of terms interchangeably used, »

5 Smart Strategies to Reduce Sample Lead Times

One of the most common complaints about apparel manufacturing are the long lead times. From our online survey, brands were experiencing an average of 4-8 weeks to get a single sample. So what can you do as a brand to reduce lead time? Finalize Design Sampling Before you start sampling, »

Industry Insider: Cooper Golding

ChipmunkBags is the laundry bag that is much more than just a laundry bag -- this bag does it all, whether you're sailing, camping, or traveling. There's only 3 days left for their Kickstarter campaign so get yours now! Below is our interview with Cooper Golding, the founder of ChipmunkBags. »

Open Source | How Do You Name Your Brand?

I don’t actually know if there’s a good way or a bad way to come up with the name of a brand but I do know one thing: you shouldn't waste too much time coming up with it. This is exactly what we did to arrive at the »

"Why do Minimum Order Quantities (MOQs) vary so much?" - Client

It really depends... Minimum Order Quantities(MOQ) are largely determined by what materials you use. When dealing with smaller scale manufacturing, purchasing stock materials will help reduce your MOQs, but you also have to live with the constraints of stock materials - namely your choices will be limited. Surcharges can »

Open Source | What Products Should We Make?

From womenswear to menswear and casual to professional, there's a million different categories and subcategories to choose from when it comes to the fashion & apparel industry. For our in-house brand, we've decided to specialize in activewear. Here's why: 1) Follow the data. A rule of thumb for starting any »

Industry Insider: Matteo Gemignani

Premium Italian Leather goods crafted by the same artisans that produce for Chanel and Gucci without the retail markup -- what's not to love about Armadio? Today, we're with the founder & CEO, Matteo Mattia Gemignani. Tell us about yourself I was born in Lucca, Tuscany, and studied in Pisa, »