APPAREL & ACCESSORY DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

      WELCOME TO THE NEW LC APPAREL EDUCATION & SERVICES PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 

HOW TO GET STARTED........

BOOK A DESIGN DEVELOPMENT SESSION W/ OUR CEO: $400 

For the Design Development Session we conceptualize your ideas in 2D sketches, go over fabrication options, intended target consumer, branding, packaging, pricing categories, sales strategies, business structures and financial health. We create a product development mentoring, coaching and business development track for the designer. As well as a cohesive collection assortment for you to move forward with in product development which includes fabric sourcing, sampling, pattern making and fitting. We discuss, educate and advise our expertise on the entire product development and production process. Once the program is complete, we will move the designer into overseas or domestic production/manufacturing. The commitment for this product development education and services program is 12 months. The $400 development session will be credited to your program. 

Intended Schedule:

6months Fashion Business Mentoring/Education/Coaching

6months Product Development Services 

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION & SERVICES 

MERCHANDISE MANAGEMENT: 
Style numbering system creation
Brand Identity & distinction
Creating assortment vs variety
Target consumer & Identification
Creating Line sheets & Line Review
Retail Partner Distribution Plan 
Apparel Product Evaluation
Social Responsibility Collaborations 
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DESIGN/TECH/FIT: 
Fabric knowledge: Knit vs Woven/ Natural & Synthetic Fibers
Fabric manipulation, texture, printing, customized fabrics 
Color theory & palette
Design Elements: exploring line, shape, color, texture
Drawing fundamentals: Mood boards, concepts, inspiration & themes
Tech Pack & Spec Sheet Development 
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PRODUCTION LOGISTICS & COSTING
Understanding Apparel price point categories
Pricing Strategy development & consistency
Cost & development strategies per style
Fabric & trim souring, pricing & negotiations
Factory negotiation & target cut/sew cost
Factory allocation
Pre-production samples & Top samples
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BUSINESS & LEGAL STRUCTURES
Business Formation 
Business Plan Creation 
TradeMarks/Copy Writing Education
Contracts, Agreements and Proposals 
Business Taxes 101
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MARKETING/ADVERTISING/PR
Introductory, Maintenance and Clearance Marketing Plan 
Sales Strategy Creation 
Sell thru in Units Projections 
Product Placement Strategies 
Social Media Campaigns 
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ACCOUNTING AND BUDGETING 
Allocating Your Dollars 
Funding Your Business
Grant Writing
Building Business Credit
Money Management Education 
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FABRIC SOURCING:
This service does not include the price of your final approved fabrics.
Fabrics are both inspiring and innovative. They help to set the theme of each line. Each season, fabric designers and mills create new color palettes, weaves and textures, fiber blends and printing techniques, lending fashion direction for the coming season. We guide our clients in choosing the right fabrics for their product to achieve the desired finished product and price point. Starting with reliable and knowledgeable sources we source from fabric wholesalers & fabric trade shows all over the world.
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PATTERN MAKING:
It is the art of manipulating and shaping a flat piece of paper to conform to one or more curves of the human figure. Pattern making is a bridge function between design and production. A sketch can be turned into a garment via a pattern which interprets the design in the form of the garment components.
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SAMPLE MAKING:
To cut and sew the 1st prototypes of your design. Sample making is the 3rd step in the process. We lay out your fabric and cut out the fabric into the shapes using your pattern. We will use the fabric the designer has chosen for their final design for the sales sample. One of our highly experienced & trained sample makers will sew your clothing design or garment. Normally we make 1 to 2 samples per design to test the fabric and make any pattern corrections that are needed to ensure the fit and design is perfect before bulk production is made.
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PACKAGING DESIGN:
Designing and Creating the perfect custom packaging to be sent to your consumers. Including but not limited to Garment Bags, Tissue Paper, Ribbon, Boxes, Clothing Labels, Hangtags, Hangers and Polybags.
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NYC GARMENT DISTRICT TOUR & ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
A completely private tour comprised of 20 apparel and accessory manufacturers, wholesale fabric/trim suppliers and embellishment vendors. As well as a full list of manufacturers and wholesale fabric/trim suppliers all over the world. 

*Production/Manufacturing Cost is not included in the below pricing. The below pricing strictly covers mentoring, coaching, education and product development services. (Fabric sourcing, sampling, pattern making and fitting)

2-3 Piece Collection $9,000
4-5 Piece Collection $12,000
6-7 Piece Collection $15,000
8-9 Piece Collection $18,000

*2-4 Payment Installments available with added payment plan convenience fee. 

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HOW OUR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS WORKS
Stage 1 - Fabric selection  We will be mailing you the option and you will confirm which fabrics you like for each style. After you confirm we send you the invoice. Once the payment is made we order the sample yardage. Also, keep in mind that we can NOT start sewing the final samples in stage 6 until all fabrics and trims are physically in our studio *This fabric is not for production. 
Stage 2 - Patterns 2D paper that reflects your design/fabric for each style. Which is the blueprint and intellectual property of your design. The pattern is accompanied with a cutters must. The cutters must is a complete instructions on how to place the garment pieces together to turn it from 2D to 3D. 
Stage 3 - Fit samples We use the patterns to make mockups for each style with fabrics like or similar to the ones you asked for in the consultation.
Stage 4 - Fitting meeting (Virtual or in-person) We do not use dress forms. A fit model is required. We try the fit samples on your fit model and make the necessary fit adjustments for each style. We can add or take away any details. You can not change your design from a coat to a pant for example. We take photos and notes while this is going on. Once the fitting is over we email you a recap to confirm these changes. Once you confirm the notes we can not change the design anymore without incurring additional fees. 
Stage 5 - Pattern edits After confirming the recap notes we use the notes to edit the patterns for each style. We compare the pattern with the fit samples to make sure the fit is accurate. Sometimes a 2nd fitting is necessary if the fit is way off before we go to stage 6 so stages 2-4 are repeated.
Stage 6 -  Final sample Once all styles are edited we move them as 1 project to be sewn in your final fabrics. We check the cutter's-must, make sure trimmings are In the bag, check the fabric. Then we cut out all the styles and sew them. Once the sewing is complete we do quality control.
Stage 7 - Final sample review (Mailed to you or in-person) We try the final samples on your model to make sure they fit. If there are any additional changes or updates, your welcome to request an additional sample at our sample cost or leave the changes to be updated in production. 
That ends the design development stages. After you've spent time with your samples you come back to us with your numbers (units and sizes) so we can price out production if you wish to do it with us. A production meeting will be scheduled to talk more in-depth, advise quote and all manufacturing options based on your production budget.  

 
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