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"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 »

NikeLab x Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci

Last year, a co-worker of mine introduced me to NikeLab. It's a part of Nike much like the "Applied Sciences Division" of Wayne Enterprises. Nike created a fashion forward think-tank within its company similar to small teams within auto companies that are responsible for concept cars for the trade shows. »

Budgeting for Time

Let's just get this out in the open. The product development process is extremely long and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Don't Let Fast Fashion Fool You Everything you read about Zara, H&M and fast fashion, it's only half the story. There are products they can move »

Sweat Wicking Suits

Thanks to the breaking down of the barrier between work and personal life, millennials are constantly looking for ways to fuse the two together. Slowly but surely, it's getting into suits as well. Typically, light colored cotton summer suits will do a great job keeping cool. But, there are a »

4 New Terms of Fast Fashion

Pascal Morand, the EVP of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, recently wrote an editorial that has the clearest definitions of the "See-Now Buy-Now" runway-to-closet fast fashion that consumers desire. 1. Seasonal Buy Now This kind of buy now originated as »

How to Get Your Coffee Stain Out (and 225 Other Stains)

The University of Illinois created an amazing list of instructions on how to get your stains out. It's the most comprehensive list I know of. We think it's amazing because it gives you instructions on which cleaning products to use for the general types of materials you have accidentally stained. »

Fashionary's Fashionpedia on Kickstarter

I've been anxiously awaiting the shipment of Fashionary's Fashionpedia. Working in manufacturing, we sometimes take on the roles of designer, technical designer, production, materials engineer, and sourcing. Having a book to not only look up references, but a way to give companies references will speed up a huge chunk of »

How to Make Fast Fashion Work For You

We have a few fast fashion clients. It's not for everyone and not everyone can make it work. Here are three tips to speeding up your process. Provide Reference Samples The fastest way to go to production is to ask a manufacturer to replicate an existing product. Building up a »

3 Milestones For Virtual Reality In Fashion

Yesterday, YouTube introduced a new feature: live-streaming 360-degree video. Many see this as another stepping stone into virtual reality (VR). Currently, internet speeds prohibit a smooth, full VR experience. The lack of VR headsets in homes is another obstacle. Step by step, we are moving toward more immersive multimedia. But, »

The Oldest Clothing Company In The World

While researching the oldest clothing companies in America, I saw that Brooks Brothers is usually listed. However, there was ready-to-wear clothing that was worn before 1818. So I reached deeper into Google for tailor shops during The Revolutionary War. After an hour of dilly dallying, I found something even better, »