Preparing for Production and Tech Packs - This seminar will review the important steps when preparing for production. It will review the elements of a tech pack for a fashion product. You cannot make a garment successfully without having a proper tech pack and if you attempt to do so, you're going to spend a lot of unnecessary money fixing everything once your samples are made.
Costing for Profit - It goes without saying that the simplest garments cost less to make. As styling details are added the cost of the finished garment will increase. Determining all the costs and important components that make up a cost sheet will be key to your company’s success. One missing item or miscalculation from the cost sheet could lead a major profit loss. Understanding the importance of costing your product will be the determining factor in the profitability of your company’s growth and survival. Seminar FEE $15
Seminar 3 2:00PM – 3:00PM Wednesday / Rita and Maris Catapano, Catapano Group Inc.
Selling to Retail Stores: The Email Formula to Use When Pitching to Buyers -
Have you been feeling insecure about pitching retail buyers because you’re not sure how to contact them or have tried before with no response? In this seminar, two former Macy's Corporate Merchants will discuss what sets winning email pitches apart. Seminar Fee $15
Seminar 4 6:00PM – 7:00PM Wednesday / Jennifer Olivo, Jennifer Loel Designs
Step into the world of manufacturing in the United States
In this seminar, Jennifer will share her tips of success as an industry professional, pattern maker, and manufacturer. Several aspects will be covered including: pattern design (how to save money), common issues (and ways to problem solve), technical packs, samples, grading/sizing (specific to types of garments), cutting, and manufacturing. Jennifer will discuss how to streamline the process, and the necessary steps in chronological order. She will also be reviewing specific grade rules & the machines that are specific to the type of garments/fabric. At the end of the presentation Jennifer will be answering any questions you may have and will have samples available for you to look at. The JLD team will also have the powerpoint for sale, coupled with fully graded production ready patterns at the end of the presentation. Seminar Fee $15
Thursday, April 27
Seminar 5 8:30AM - 9:30AM Thursday / Anna Livermore, V Mora
TEXTILES: What You Need to Know
Choosing the appropriate fabric for you designs is an essential part of the development process. In this seminar, Anna talks about the different kinds of knits and wovens, as well as the various types of fibers that compose fabrics. She also discusses the tricks of the trade when it comes to sourcing fabrics. Seminar Fee $15
Seminar 6 / 12 Noon – 1:00PM Tuesday / Jennifer Olivo, Jennifer Loel Designs
Active/Swimwear Design & Manufacturing Insights
Step into the world of manufacturing swim and athletic wear with manufacturer, Jennifer. She will provide a unique perspective from an industry viewpoint. Covering everything from pattern design and how to save money, recommended fabric sourcing, grading/sizing specific to swim and athletic wear, cutting, and of course, manufacturing- recommended techniques, types of machines, and materials specific to this type of clothing. Jennifer will share her tips of success as an industry professional, pattern maker, and manufacturer. Seminar Fee $15.
Topics covered during this 3 hour workshop will include information on how to turn your creative ideas into a viable fashion business, what licenses you will need, the legal steps you need to take to protect your brand, selecting the right business model for your financial situation, the most cost effective way to get your samples made, what you need to know before talking to manufacturers, costing your product correctly to ensure healthy margins for growth, How to create cash flow to determine cash flow and establish a budget to cover production and operations, tips and questions to ask when interviewing showrooms and sales reps, how to position your product to get sales reps and showrooms interested to rep your line and sell through strategies at retail to keep the orders coming in. Workshop Fee $65
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