Mentee’s Launch: Akilah Active Wear

Mentee’s Launch: Akilah Active Wear

Posted by on Aug 11, 2018 in Emerging Designers | 0 comments

 ‘Akilah’ Active Wear by our mentee, Georgit Maarrawi At Sample Room, we love seeing our mentees journey throughout the Launch Pad program. A lot of hard work goes into every stage of design, construction and production and it is wonderful to see their collections in their final form. Past mentee, Georgit Maarrawi discusses the concept and processes behind her new activewear range, Akilah.Akilah is a luxury activewear label for curvy women. My aim is to promote body positivity and diversity in the industry and to help women feel confident, strong and beautiful just the way they are. It is currently for curvy women from sizes 14-22Before embarking on this journey, I was just working in retail. I did study fashion and always knew I wanted to start my own label someday and so I just kept working and saving my pennies until I was ready both financially and mentally for this journey.The biggest thing I have learnt is to not stress so much! Everything always works out and you are going to get a few bumps along the way but that’s what makes it part of the journey. And most of the time I stressed for nothing! Just stay calm and breathe! If there is anything I would do differently it would be to not be scared to ask more questions to suppliers. A lot of suppliers are really happy to help out new designers.Currently, our range is only available here at our online store.The best advice I could give is don’t be scared to follow your dream! You will get people who will be negative and put you down but if it is something you are passionate about and want to do just go for it! That’s what I did and honestly, it was the best decision I have ever made. Business is hard but when I look at how far I’ve come I wouldn’t take anything back. Surround yourself with positive people who will be there for you when your feeling stressed and you will be ok!  Also, just save as much money as you can! You need to think about promoting your range once it is developed and getting it out there. You don’t want to miss out on opportunities because of lack of funds.Before coming to Sample Room,  I was lost as to where to even begin and to be honest, I was very overwhelmed. I definitely do recommend getting some guidance and support especially when you don’t know the industry and getting in touch with the right...

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Offshore V’s Onshore Production- The Pros and Cons

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Of all the enquiries we receive at Sample Room the most heartbreaking involve offshore production. Whether it is the money lost, the time lost or the frustration. On the flip side we love creating a smoother development process that involves offshore production BUT with pattern and sample development locally so you can ensure the right product is made the first time, saving time, money and frustration. The choice between offshore and onshore manufacturing is not a clear one to make when you are starting your label. You may have heard of cheap prices etc. To make a clear decision it is important to know the pros and cons for both. A bit of background information including a few examples of how other people work as well as some examples of where it can go wrong and you can make a more informed choice.I have worked with both, local manufacturing and offshore in China, Fiji and India.The first thing you need to be clear about is quantity.Offshore manufacturing is generally about large qty production. This is one way they are able to offer lower prices (we will talk about this further later)I have heard of manufacturers who are happy to make small qty but their prices are high and normally somewhere along the production schedule you become less of a priority when someone come in with a larger order.Local manufacturing is more accommodating to smaller qty. You can find manufactures who are happy to make qty of 100 per style, 50 per style, even 20 per style. This can be over a few colours.Overseas if you are looking to these small qty they will be made in a sampling room where you are competing with space from large qty production who are using the sampling room for samples. They will take priority. Generally overseas manufacturers would like 1000 per style (can be approx. 3-4 colours)Price-Yes is seems the price from an offshore factory is lower than local manufacturing. It is important to factor in a number of extra costs. Freight, import duty, Hiring a QC person to check the quality, you also really need to make a visit to the factory to check your production to make sure it is what you want. Even the price of couriers between overseas factories for samples, and trims for approval can add up (this can be $100 each way). Not to mention if you need to airfreight to reach a tight delivery which can add $7 to the price of a garment. I think offshore manufacturing works is you are making 20 different styles and 1000 pcs and you are traveling back from an overseas buying trip via your overseas manufacturer. On top of these hidden costs there is also an issue with faulty goods. You will normally have to pay for the full production run before it is shipped and if you find...

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