5.16.13: 2 New Dates Added! May 29th and June 13th
Don’t know where to go for production?
Still sewing everything yourself and sick of it?
Not sure what factories have what equipment?
Feeling like it’s an “insider business” and you’re on the outside?
If you answered YES to the questions above, this tour will help you.
I’ve enlisted my colleague and Chicago production guru, Anna Livermore (of V. Mora) to join me in helping you create relationships with contractors that will streamline the production process and make your life easier!
You will be shown 4 Chicago factories (taken around in a mini-bus complete with driver), a Production Seminar with Jane and Anna, stop for lunch, and teach you strategies to work with sewing contractors along the ride.
What designers are saying about the Tour:
“I wanted an introduction to a few contractors and I definitely got that and more! I am currently sewing everything myself and I had no idea I was so close to having my production sewn elsewhere – it’s a very pleasant realization! Worth every penny.” -Sam Howard, Bobalookids, http://shop.bobalookids.com/
The tour was even better than I expected! It was fantastic to get a chance to talk to so many great people and hear about their businesses and ideas. I like the manufacturer choices – they seem to offer a good variety/offerings.” -M.S., Chicago designer
“LOVING this manufacturing tour w/ @fashbrain TOTALLY worth the $ if you’re moving towards cut/sew!” Twitter Comment from Truem Jaimes (@truenjaimes)
Here’s the Deal:
- we start with a Production Seminar with Jane Hamill and Anna Livermore to go over the “Steps to Production” and answer your questions
- save yourself the schlepping, setting up appointments, having to present yourself to factories, and even the gas
- you and the other designers will be carted around in a van – meet them, compare notes, and ask the Tour guide, Abigail (V. Mora production manager) all your questions
- 4 factory stops on the tour.
- lunch is on us – time to network with the other deigners and re-group
- get introduced to sewing contractors and start building relationships with manufactureres right away
- relieve your stress about where to get things made and “best-practices” of working with manufacturers
- 5 hour tour – 9 am – 3 pm
- you’ll get examples of a tech pack
- you’ll get a template of a cutting ticket
- Step-by-Step Worksheet on everything involved in production – from 1st sketch to final product, how things flow, etc.
Bonus: The minute you sign up, we’ll send you Jane Hamill’s free Training Prep Video to help you prepare for the tour. This way you can start improving your production process IMMEDIATELY – even before the tour starts.
How the day will go:
We’ll meet at the V. Mora Studio studio at 9:00 am (820 N. California, Chicago, IL 60622 – plenty of free street parking).
First, you will have a Production Seminar with Jane Hamill (Fashion Brain Academy) and Anna Livermore (V. Mora). We’ll hand out the materials for the day, you can meet the other designers, we’ll go over the “Steps to Production” and answer your manufacturing questions.
Next, you will climb into the mini-bus with your Tour Guide for the day, Abigail. Abigail is a product development consultant at V. Mora’s Chicago office and has extensive experience in the industry. The mini-bus travel time is AWESOME for you to ask Abigail all your specific questions. Feedback from tour-goers is also that they LOVE this time to connect with the other designers – a rare opportunity.
You’ll make your rounds to the factories and be introduced to what capabilities and equipment each has and what they do for your business. We’ll stop for a quick and simple lunch (on us) – usually tacos in a “real deal” Chicago neighborhood place. Wear comfortable clothes and please note that climbing in and out of the van requires some agility and you may want to wear pants. You’ll be back to the V. Mora Studio at 3 pm (allow until 3:30 just in case)- armed with contact lists and a plan for your production.
Your Investment: $248
All past Tour dates have sold out weeks in advance.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 Sign up Now!
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 Sign up Now!
After you sign up, you will receive a brief questionnaire about your product and any special equipment you are looking for in a factory.. We do our best to pick factories that will appeal to the majority. We cannot guarantee you will find the perfect fit and we do not announce what factories we will visit before the tour as plans can change at the last minute due to factory issues – we’re pretty sure you can relate to that!
Also, we visit factories that can produce all types of woven apparel, cut and sew knits, handbags and other accessories. We do not visit contractors that make shoes or denim.
Are there 2 people from the same company that want to come? If you want to bring a key employee or partner, use coupon code: TWOOFUS to save $25 off each ticket. Please use this code only if you are from the same company.