I need samples made. Can you help me?
Yes. Where are you in the process? Do you have flat sketches & tech packs completed? Patterns? As a gentle reminder, we are not a factory. But part of our consulting scope of work involves building the development collection and samples are a byproduct of this crucial part of the cycle.
What does a Tech Pack include?
A tech pack is our industry bible and it is followed verbatim in order to provide the pattern and sample maker the tools to build a 3D prototype from your 2D design. It includes a flat sketch, a technical computer-aided design (CAD) drawing, full garment specs, a bill of materials page identifying all fabric, trim, thread and finishing, production graded specs and any other design related technical directions in order to enable the suppliers to build properly! A well put together and fully loaded tech pack is the backbone of any well-made sample.
Can you help me with fittings, and how many fittings can I anticipate each season?
Our role is to manage the build process for you, and fittings are a critical part of that cycle. We suggest approximately 3 fittings per style prior to the salesman sample (SMS) stage: proto, 1st fit and 2nd fit. After SMS are completed, we suggest 2 to 3 fittings prior to production: SMS, 2nd SMS fit (if necessary), pre-production (PPS), partial or full size run. Once PPS is approved we go into production.