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Chubz.Since you're from jamestown I'm assuming you know about squalor. Maybe not..but I'm pretty sure Glen made a decent amount of cash of the hats n shit he sold over the summer, and he just makes designs in illustrator and just has shit screen printed on shirts/hats.
SonOfAnderI'm pretty familiar with screen printing and stuff like that, what I really don't understand is how you'd start Bloom for example. How do you make your first coat that is high tech enough to be actually used.
Dennis_Reynoldstake out a wumbo loan
SonOfAnderLike I said, not really thinking of starting one at all. Just don't understand how you go from not having any products to having a fully functioning jacket.
SonOfAnderSew that shit from scratch yourself?
-DanOuterwear, or any custom cut and sew apparel requires you to make a pattern. A pattern is the map for each piece of fabric that gets used in your piece. Perfecting your pattern with take make tries and lot of patience, but the fit of your product can be a huge differentiator.
Once you have your pattern the way you want it you can either go into production yourself or communicate with a factory to produce it for you. Usually the decision is made for you based on how much money you have. For Cover, A new I'm working on right now, we've decided to do our first production run ourselves because we don't we can't afford factory minimums.
For non cut and sew there is screen printing, heat pressing, and embroidery of other company's blank clothing and hats. That's what I do with Arsenic, a brand I've been running for 7 years, and it can be so much fun plus it's a lot easier to get into. Get to learn so much this way over time and don't need to risk a lot of money if you don't want to.
If you do start an apparel company I encourage you to start out with screen printing yourself rather than paying someone to do it. It's a very fun activity and understanding how it works will be very helpful if you decide to take things further.