Building Relationships in the Fashion Industry

Building Relationships in the Fashion Industry

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Emerging Designers, Industry Know How, Sample Room Solutions | 0 comments

Like any workplace, the fashion industry thrives on relationships. The way you work with those around you, will greatly affect and influence your ability to forge ahead. Build your relationships early. Make yourself known. At Sample Room, our extensive experience in the fashion industry tells us that it is a fickle business. Manufacturers are fickle, suppliers too. Customers are fickle. Fabrics and tastes often have a quick turnaround.  Everything you thought was solid and...

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Transform your IKEA Kura with the Safe Night Net

Transform your IKEA Kura with the Safe Night Net

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Fashion Design, Follow the Label, Mentee | 0 comments

  So often people have an idea for a 'Thing'... this 'Thing' is made from fabric but it is not 'Fashion' or even Clothing. In today's blog you will find out about one of our clients, Megan, and her journey to create a bed cover using an IKEA bed. The Safe Night Net looks like a normal mosquito net, but it's not. It's designed to keep some things out and others in. The mesh used is 100% made in the USA — used for industrial applications. It looks and feels good, but can...

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Looking for a Point of Difference?

Looking for a Point of Difference?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Sample Room Solutions | 0 comments

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 mean by this is, in the past designers have often travelled overseas and purchased samples, come back and designed ‘based’ on these styles. With the ‘onslaught’ of overseas...

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Fast Fashion or Great Fit – Which will triumph?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

There is a lot of press at the moment about the big International retailers coming to town to take everyone's retail dollar and shut down every local small label that ever dared to think yeah I could survive in our market. Well, I’ve had enough of this... There are a few points of view I think need to be told. Last Friday night, I went clothes shopping. This does not happen a lot, mainly because as every long-term fashion industry employee would understand, that after a...

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Finding a Good Patternmaker

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Firstly, I would like to say that I am sorry for the long spaces of time between blogs lately. We have been very busy at Sample Room. We have also been caught up in the employment process, looking for a new pattern maker for our team. It has been long and drawn out process, with a false start. In reflection, it has made me realize how hard it must be for you, the designer, to find a pattern maker that’s right for you. I thought it might be helpful for you to know how we...

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