What every retailer wished you knew before you tried to sell to them.

What every retailer wished you knew before you tried to sell to them.

I know I am in a pretty lucky position. I get to meet 100’s of amazing creative business owners with a wide variety of work history and skills. Every now and then a client comes to us for an initial meeting and they have a skill from a previous ‘life’ that I don’t have and…

Filed Under:

Today must be a slow news day. Fit Model Controversy!

Today must be a slow news day. Fit Model Controversy!

This morning I have woken up to the controversy about fit models/receptionists roles with in our industry. I believe that ignorance in many areas of life is caused by lack of education so today it is my aim to provide some education not only to those outside of the fashion industry but those clients who…

Filed Under:

Are you a successful business that has lost faith in your pattern library?

Are you a successful business that has lost faith in your pattern library?

You are not alone. I often talk on this blog about issues that start-ups encounter. Mainly because they are many and varied and a new issue arises each week. Today I would like to talk to you about another key group of customers that often call us in absolute panic and with an urgent, very…

Filed Under:

Looking for a Point of Difference?

Looking for a Point of Difference?

The fashion industry is always changing. Trends in how to design and manufacturer a product change just as often as hem lines. One of the biggest changes I have seen in the last year is that a lot of traditional developers/retailers have started to design. Now this may sounds a bit strange but what I…

Filed Under:

Take Your Measure

Take Your Measure

Take Your Measure Whether you are manufacturing locally or offshore there are some consistant pieces of information that are needed so a pattern maker can accuratly translate the picture you are drawn with the picture in your mind. Although we work mainly from sketches, discussions and inspiration images, key measurement points are also something…

Filed Under:

Morning bike rides and Niche markets

Morning bike rides and Niche markets

I have just come back from a morning bike ride. I have just started riding with a group of wonderful girls with Breeze on the Boulie. A new years resolution to move a bit more. There are a number of girls in our group that wear a kit designed by the Women’s Design Project (www.womensdesignproject.com)….

Filed Under:

Finding a Good Patternmaker

Finding a Good Patternmaker

One of the key things for you as a designer to know is how to select the best patternmaker for you. To help you with this, I thought it might be helpful for you to know how we select a pattern maker here at Sample Room. There are 8 steps that we follow. 1. Can…

Filed Under: