SERVICES/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

THE PROCESS

 

Developing your designs is the hardest part of launching a fashion collection but the system our expert design team follows, makes it a smooth process for you. Here are the steps we apply to ensure no short cuts are taken and guarantees that the fit and cut of each design, match your vision.

STEP ONE - MAKING OF A DRAFT PATTERN 

Once we have discussed your designs and clarified all the details, we move on to the design development phase. First step is to make draft patterns for each one of your designs using standard measurements for size small. Note; all first prototypes are made in size small to fit our model when we do fittings. 

 

STEP TWO - FABRIC SOURCING 

Once we have agreed on material to use for each of your designs, our team will start sourcing it. If you want to use specific fabric and /or accessories and we are unable to source it for you, we kindly ask you to supply it to us before we start the design process. We will need to know the composition of the fabric before we start pattern making. This is because measurements we will use to develop the draft patterns will depend on the characteristics of the fabric, that the designs will be made from. For example if we use stretch fabric, the draft patterns will need to be made smaller than if we use non stretch fabric.

STEP TWO - MAKING OF FIRST PROTOTYPE 

Once fabric is sourced and draft patterns are made, our cutter will lay the patterns on the fabric and cut the first prototypes. Next our machinists will sew together the cut material and complete the first sample using sewing construction techniques recommended by our head designer. Our sewing team is hand picked and are the best in the industry with decades of experience in sewing high-end swimwear, womenswear and sportswear. 

STEP FOUR - FITTINGS 

Next step is to try the first samples on a fit model to check the cut and fit. At this point we will contact you and get you involved in the process. We will send you images and videos of the design/s on the model and ask you to give us your feedback. We will also give you our expert opinion on the design/s and suggest ways to improve cut, fit and construction techniques. 

STEP FIVE - MAKING OF SECOND PROTOTYPES

At this stage we will make adjustments to draft patterns as discussed during fitting sessions, cut and make new samples if need be and arrange to ship them out to you. We will make the adjusted samples in the size you request. This concludes the product development stage. Note the quote we send you at the start of the process includes all these steps. We usually require you to pay 50% deposit to start the process and remaining amount to be paid with shipping costs as well as material costs when all designs are completed and ready to post them out to you. 

MAKING OF PRE-PRODUCTION SAMPLES

After you receive the samples, please get them tried on and assess them for fit and quality. Please ensure that the samples we send you are tried on a person with the same size as the samples. At this stage of the process, the second prototypes you receive should be perfect or near perfect but If you find there are further improvements that you'd like made to the designs, we can do so to the preproduction samples. Note, the costs for preproduction samples is half the costs of initial samples. Once preproduction samples are complete, we will be ready to start the production process.