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Samples: Fitting – Part 1

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Needs to be two inches longer.

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cheap generic Fincar no prescription JANAKPURI, DELHI One of the issues with designing in India is finding a fit model that works for fits internationally. Pradeep is a perfect size small fit for India, but size small translates differently in different markets. We need to create that perfect #worldcitizen fit. Today was spent trying to find that right balance of a little give here and there for different body types.

What I learned: 

  1. Because fit is not universal, the solution to creating a versatile fit is to use fabrics with a little stretch to them.
  2. Stretch doesn’t always mean adding in synthetics.  To maintain the integrity of the fabric, the weave can be loosened to allow for flexibility.

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Sourcing Fabric – Part 2

This is good, but not what I was looking for.  It needs to be softer; special.

here JANAKPURI, DELHI Today was spent reviewing fabrics the factory sourced based on the requirements I set in our previous meeting.  I was looking for a very specific type of slub cotton until Rajesh introduced me to PIMA COTTON.  He told me it was the finest quality cotton in the world. The threads come from Peru and are woven in India.  As soon as I touched it I knew it had to be a part of the collection.  To differentiate my styles from one another I decided to use different qualities for the different silhouettes.

What I learned: 

  1. Using different qualities for different silhouettes is costly and complicated. 
  2. Dying fabric changes everything about it.  After color dying, the white vs. the black fabric looked and felt completely different (to a trained eye).

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Sourcing Fabric – Part 1

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I’m looking for the most luxurious cotton India has to offer; the best.

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http://sensiblebuildingscience.com/ JANAKPURI, DELHI – Today I met with a factory recommended by a family member.  The meeting was intense.  I was looking for %100 Organic Cotton and was beyond disappointed to hear that it’s not available “Made in India”.  Rajesh, (the factory owner) assured me that anyone claiming to sell me organic fabric in India was selling a lie because in order for fabric to be considered “Organic”, it needs to follow compliance regulations from start to finish throughout the production process. By definition organic cotton has to be grown from non-genetically modified plants (without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides) but beyond that the production and handling processes also need to be compliant with requirements enforced by the National Organic Program (NOP), from the USDA, in order to be considered organic in the U.S.  When he told me that organic fields need to go through a cleansing period of three years it started to sink in, I wasn’t getting high quality organic cotton from India this year.

I brought in examples of the types of fabrics I was looking for. Rajesh told me these fabrics were really expensive and recommended less expensive fabrics with a similar look but lower grade quality. I told Rajesh that I wanted the best and people would recognize the difference… delivering actually high quality product would separate me from the competition.

What I learned: 

  1. According to my sources, truly high quality organic cotton is not currently available “Made in India”.
  2. Because of the rise of fast fashion, the mentality in the industry is to deliver the cheapest products with the best “looking” quality.  As a buyer, ask questions around why the fabrics being recommended are superior to others on the market.
  3. It’s instinctual for salespeople to sell you what they have on hand. Be really specific about what you want otherwise you’ll likely get talked into something else that just happens to be available and becomes a quick sale.