Innovation vs. Commodity Apparel

When you're chosing to develop your clothing brand overseas versus in the United States, think about what kind of product you're making. Is it a commodity product? For example, a commodity product would be a standard T-shirt with a screen print highlighting a brand slogan or logo. This is an example of commodity garment that is already prominent within the market place and developing that product overseas could be a better fit for you. Why? Because many factories are already making those standard T-shirts at high volumes and therefore, those overseas factories could drive the cost down. 

At Clothing Design Source, we are focused on specialized garments; garments that are different and much more innovative than your standard T-shirt. We source fabrics to highlight garment functionality, utilize the latest technology in manufacturing and most importantly,  we work closely with you and partner with you every step of the way. 

Check out our video HERE to follow the conversation on comedy apparel versus innovation. 

One great thing we've noticed lately within the market is the availability of good quality blank goods made in the United States. If you want your brand to be made in the United States, you can purchase those blank goods from U.S. based companies-- the cost will be slightly higher compared to those overseas factories, but, your innovation and manufacturing quality will likely produce a finished good more closely aligned to your clothing brand goals.

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USA vs. Overseas

Depending on various factors in your business, overseas development versus USA-development can be advantageous. If having visibility throughout the entire supply chain process is important to you, to your brand, your marketing strategy, and to your target consumer, then making your clothes in the USA will likely be your preferred route. We will take a closer look at the overseas development process, answering some commonly posed questions, to help foster a greater understanding of which avenue, USA vs Overseas, is a better fit for your brand.

At our most recent Clothier Design Source roundtable, we discuss the pros and cons of manufacturing in the USA versus Overseas.

For more, tune in to our video HERE

To Review, here are some reasons why you would want to make overseas:

1)   Labor costs overseas can be lower, while still ethical & fair.
2)  High volume orders mean more cost-effective shipping options.

Some common issues you’ll likely run into if you decide to manufacture overseas:

1)    Longer timelines
2)   Communication delays
3)   Cultural barriers can lead to misunderstandings in product development
3)   Less room for innovation because fewer steps are better with overseas manufacturing
4)   Hidden costs include shipping, tariffs and duties

If you’re a low-cost, high-volume brand, then you may be a candidate for making your clothes overseas. On the contrary, here are the advantages of developing domestically in the USA:

1)   Easier communication
2)   Shorter timelines
3)   Supply chain visibility
4)   Smaller minimum order quantities
5)   Better quality innovation and collaboration

For more information, check out our most recent blog posts HERE and HERE from our Fashion Revolution week!

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#WHOMADEMYCLOTHES

Beyond thinking about how much we’re buying, what it’s made of, and where it came from, we have to consider who made our clothes. What were their wages and working conditions of the people, and are they of a standard you feel comfortable with?

1 of every 6 people work in the garment industry, which means that there are approximately 1 billion people employed by the garment industry. That includes everyone from the farmers that grow the fibers, to the mills that weave the fabric, to the factories that cut and sew the garments to the shipping industry which moves the garments around the world then finally to the stores and the employees of those stores that sell the garments to consumers. It’s a massive supply chain!

Watch our video on Who Made My Clothes for more information!

Clothing is too inexpensive and if we considered paying 10 cents more for a garment for each division of that supply chain, the world would be a much better place. You’d be paying for higher technology using less water for cotton processing; thus resulting in a more sustainable earth and environmental best practices.

That extra 10 cents could help the farmers in India and all around the world who grow the cotton get out of debt after investing in the seeds they use to grow the cotton and over begin to experience a better quality of life. That extra 10 cents along the way could truly result in the world being a different place.

When you buy 100% USA, you can more easily follow that supply chain. In The US, we have environmental protections and human rights protection laws in place which help keep that supply chain honest. Certainly, there are always improvements to these laws that should continue to be considered, however, you can feel better that everyone, even down to the farmers, are compensated fairly.


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How To Combat Fast Fashion

Less is more and quality over quantity are two important factors in the fight against fast fashion. Other really impactful elements are the classic concepts of Recycle, Reduce, Reuse.

Fashion Revolution is a movement motivated by addressing the flawed status quo that clothing should be made at the lowest cost possible and in the quickest time, and that the resulting over-consumerism isn’t actually a thing. However, it is, and the planet pays the highest price.

Watch our video HERE to learn more about this!

We encourage you to give this practice a try; start to buy less. Buy higher quality garments that will retain their value even if you change sizes or if your style tastes shift. Also, keep an eye out for a natural fiber in the fabrics. Because if, one day, that garment ends up in a landfill, those fibers will naturally degrade. The problem with cheap clothing is that the fibers are made with polyester and oil based materials; which will never degrade if those clothes end up in a landfill.

If we’re all a little mindful of our purchases, together we can start making an impact today!. Its so easy! The next time you buy a piece of clothing, really think about how often are you going to wear it, how often will it last in terms of quality and style and what are the fibers made of. Where did it come from, how long will last and what is going to happen to the garment when you’re done with it. Together, we can start to combat fast fashion!

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Your Relationship With Your Clothing Factory

The success of a product once it hits market has several factors involved on the manufacturing side. One of these variables is the level of involvement of the factory you work with. However, all factories are going to rely on you as the business owner to test and approve the prototype of your samples for your brand. With that, it’s important to know and understand your market, have a strong awareness of your goals, and what elements your product needs to retain in order to achieve those goals.

At Clothier Design Source, we are actively involved in walking you through the manufacturing and development process, we work to understand your brand as your clothing line grows. We’ll offer education for you on how to test your prototype, as it undergoes the development process to ensure you’re ready for manufacturing. No product is an island, it’s important that we always keep in mind your brand goals. We’ll be by your side the whole way, but in the end the final product is your dream and thus your final decision. We are here to support you and to provide with you with guidance through the entire process! We've been manufacturing for over a decade, use us as your resource to ensure your products are exactly how you want them.

In summary, ensure that you have a solid prototype to reflect your manufacturing goals. More importantly, trust your branding and ensure it best highlights the final, approved prototype.

President of Clothier Design Source, Mindy Martell explains in more detail in the quick, 2-minute video below. Check it out!

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8-Step Manufacturing Checklist--Our Gift To You!

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You're ready to manufacture your clothing line but are unsure where to begin. It's common in the industry to feel overwhelmed. You want your finished product to reach the marketplace successfully, but it feels like there are a million decisions to make first. We've developed our Clothier 4-Step Academy to walk you through every step of the way.

STEP 1: Design, is centered around finalizing the details of your product.
STEP 2: Prototype, is where your design is turned into a draft for review.
STEP 3: Tech Design, is about creating a universal production blueprint to control quality.
STEP 4: Manufacturing, is when your product comes to life.

To aid in your project, we have made this helpful 8-Step Manufacturing checklist, available for free download HERE

When do you know it's the right time to place your production order? We talk you through this major decision in this video:

 

A few key points from the video to keep in mind:
1) Have your sample ready.
2) Do not assume the factory you partner with will be able to connect the dots based on a submission of documents and materials alone. Adjunct everything you send, from patterns, to samples, documents, & drawings with clear communication about what you're looking for.
3) Remember you need that factory to prove to you that they can sew and manufacture your product the way you envisioned it. 


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1) Get your FREE 8-point manufacturing checklist download HERE
2) Get a FREE consultation to our Clothier Design Source 4-Step Academy HERE
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How to Manufacture in 4 Easy Steps

At Clothier Design Source we are all about the details and making things easy for you. Our specialty is walking you through the 4 steps of apparel production; design, prototyping, tech design and manufacturing. Founder of Clothier Design Source, Mindy Martell explains in the video below what brands can expect during the apparel production process.

For more information on this step, watch the video below:

Want more? Our friends at Makers Row also wrote a blog post on this very topic! Check it out HERE

We want you all to learn from the 10 years of experience that Mindy has to offer, check out our webinars HERE to learn how to bring manufacturing back to the United States and help turn your idea into a reality. Best part? These webinars are FREE

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1) Check out our 4-Step Academy HERE

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How Pattern Makers are Apparel Engineers; Not Simply Fashionistas

Here's a question for you: how do you make something completely flat fit around a complex 3-dimensional object with multiple concave curves, convex curves, and all with various degrees of radiuses?

The answer: by being a professional clothing pattern maker! This is what Clothier Design Source does and all pattern makers continuously do on a day-to-day. We shape the cloth and cut it into varying shapes and sizes, then stitch the shapes together to fit the human body like a glove. We then duplicate the design to fit various body types and sizes! This is no easy feat! Notice how the rate of growth at different points on the body varies, for example, the rate that a neck can grow, or a waistline! There is math, geometry, trigonometry and a dollop of artistic design that goes into every single pattern we output.

Unfortunately, pattern making and sewing skills are slowly becoming a dying art in the USA. Historically, women would make clothes free of charge to meet a demand and the art of designing patterns slowly faded through time. We've got news for you! Those women set the tone as engineers and at Clothier Design Source, we spend countless hours to make custom pieces that are tailored to perfection from 2-dimensional design to 3-dimensinonal wear. 

Clothier Design Source is one of a few companies left in the USA that offers pattern making and clothing manufacturing featuring a full staff of local St. Paul Designers. Mindy Martell, Owner of Clothier Design Source, is approaching fashion design the way she sees it has always been: as technically skilled women performing mathematical and artistic feats, over and over again.

The next time you pull on a pair of pants, take an extra second to notice the seams, panels and stitch work that went into designing that garment. Those jeans were made by trained human hands to finesse fabric through a stitching machine; even super mass goods are made this way! 

  • How we can help:

  1. Check out our Pattern Maker page to learn more!

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How To Be A Sustainable Clothing Brand

There are a few ways and reasons to start thinking how you can make your brand sustainable. 

First of all, it's just a good idea, right? Making clothing that won't end up in a landfill in the next year just seems like a good idea. Secondly, it's good marketing! Everyone likes another reason to buy your brand so give them one. Lastly, let's stop the clothing industry from being the #2 polluter of the earth,  right behind the oil industry. 

We use many sustainable fabrics at Clothier Design Source. But what does this mean? There are so many different categories that sustainability can fall into, here is our quick breakdown of what it means and how we utilize sustainable fabrics in all our designs.

Two main types of sustainable fabric is natural fibers, such as cotton, linen and wool. The other side to this is recycled materials, such as plastic water bottles. Which helps eliminate waste in landfills—win!

The influx of sustainable fabrics has been on an upswing in the USA. This is great for us because we can follow and control the quality of those fibers at the supply-chain level. We work closely with our sourcing partners to provide the most appropriate selections for your garment.

Watch this video as we describe 3 ways you can source sustainable fabrics and 3 additional ways you can design a sustainable clothing brand. Sustainability is a good for the earth, and also great for your marketing. Design your line with us and win!

Here are ways to think about how you can make your clothing brand more sustainable. 

And here are ways to think about how to use more sustainable fabrics. 

 

  • How we can help:
  1. Follow our YouTube channel to learn more!
  2. Let us help you source your sustainable fabric
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Why Make In The USA

Generally speaking, if you’re starting a clothing brand, or any business for that matter; you want to feel good about what you’re going to put out there to a consumer and the partnerships you select to help grow your business.

A big area of discussion is order minimums. The industry standard is usually a 600-piece minimum. Whoa. That can be a lot of waste if you don’t love the fit, cloth, trim, or have any sort of market testing to back up why you were pushed into making a purchase for 600 pieces. Also, factor in changes mockups, supply and demand measurement, feedback on hems, buttons and all those details…bottom line is that 600 pieces can be too much to commit to when you’re trying to concept your piece.

At Clothier Design Source, we believe in finding the RIGHT style for your brand and narrowing your focus on a 100 order minimum to really get your brand right…the first time…instead of having money tied up in a 600 piece inventory that may, and likely will not, be your desired finished product or anything close to that!

 

 

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Guide to Fabric Sourcing like a Pro

We have a lot of tips on sourcing the right fabrics and trims because it's what we do on a daily basis. We've worked on thousands of projects and have learned the in's and out's. We can help you get started on the right foot. Remember the vendors are here to sell you their fabric. They don't have time to educate their customers. Follow closely the tips in this post & webinar so vendors are more likely to work with you. This will give you a headstart in the right direction with making good decisions on your fabric.

To learn more, watch this video:
... seriously, it has incredibly helpful graphs and charts and lists you might just want to see.

6 Basic Questions to Ask Fabric Vendors
1. Price. (Per yard/meter/unit)
2. Availability (Ready now or made-to-order)
3. Minimum Order Quantity (per color & fabric type)
4. Timeline. (After order placed, how long til it arrives)
5. Country of Origin (Where was the fabric made)
6. Sustainable features (recyclable, biodegradable, organic)

5 Characteristics of Fabric that you should know
1. Is it a knit or woven (stretch or no-stretch)
2. What's most appropriate for your garment (woven= dressier, knit = more casual)
3. Type of knit or weave (how fibers are mechanically intertwined)
4. Weight of Fabric (grams per metered square)
5. Gauge of fibers (smaller- softer, larger- stiffer)

3 Ways that we can help you source the right Fabric
Tier 1: Look for fabrics from wholesale vendors that are sitting on the shelf. We can order small quantities for sampling or a small production. Goal to keep minimum order quantities down for clients. Need to be flexible with timelines, but can sometimes be very short, 1-2 weeks.
Tier 2: Fabric Made-to-Order. Larger minimum orders. Can get more picky/selective about fabrics. Fabric availability is now guaranteed. Timeline is a bit longer, several weeks.
Tier 3: Fabric developed for your brand. The sky is the limit. Moisturizers infused or in particular for gripping a yoga mat. Minimum quantity goes up substantially. Timeline is much longer, 6 months to a year.

How we can help:
1. Set up a FREE consultation and we'll get you a customized plan and pricing.
2. Have us source your fabric for you.
3. Join our 4-Step Academy.

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Finding the Right Fabric

Sourcing tends to be the most surprising step in the CDS 4-Step Academy. Fabric makes a huge difference in the quality and function of your garment which is why it is such and important part of the process.

Often, leading brands like Nike and Adidas have their fabrics developed specifically for their products. That can be very expensive and is usually not an option for product developers just starting out. So we help you find the fabrics through our directory of wholesale vendors that will be the closest fit for your design and goals.

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Tips on how to source the right fabric for your line:
-After working with thousands of developers we have learned how important it is to choose the right fabric, let us guide you in this process. We want what's best for you too!
-Remember there are several companies involved in sourcing. Give this step time.
-Bring a comparable in. It really helps us find the fabric that will match your vision most closely.

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Making Overseas

Making overseas can be very difficult. Finding the right fabric for your project on average takes a new person to the industry about 80-100 hours. If you're gearing up to dive in to this portion of product development yourself, we have a few tips to help you have more success in the fabric sourcing arena.

Watch the video below for helpful information from our in-house experts.

Tips for Overseas Fabric Sourcing Interactions with Mills:
-Be personable. Friendliness, deference, and professionalism go a long way.
-If you're not coming in as a high-volume customer, don't expect huge savings. However you may be able to negotiate minimums. See if you can piggy-back a smaller order savings on another larger client's product order on your fabric of choice.
-Communication is key. Be clear, concise, with quick response-time.
-Be flexible. Remember you are at their mercy not the opposite way around. 
-Always be considerate of their timing. Don't ask a million questions, AKA being high-maintenance. And keep superfluous brand/product information limited. 

If you don't want to tackle this yourself, we happen to be very good at it! We can help you avoid a lot of headache by handling this part of your product. We have systems in place and communications so you can focus on fittings and prototyping rather than worrying about mill negotiations. Remember how it takes a new product developer 80 hours weekly to fabric source? It'll take us 5-10 on your behalf. We have an incredible vendor list and a substantial degree of knowledge of the fabric company's existing inventory. Let's start the conversation. Email us at info@clothierdesignsource.com.


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More is Less for Everyone

Clothing is the only commodity that has not changed price since 1980s. 

Clothing used to be 10%-15% of a household income up until early 1980's. Now it is less than 4%. That is not good news for humanity. I took this picture of a t-shirt tag I found from 1985. As you can see the t-shirt was $22.00. In 2016 that is $49.78. How many of us are willing to pay that for a t-shirt? 

In the 1980's production and manufacturing started moving overseas and using slave-like labor to produce clothing. It has these negative effects:

  •  It causes us to buy more junk because, hey why not, it's only $9.95, I can just toss it after one wear. 
  • Our clothing waste creates 15.1 million tons of waste a year. Imagine that visual. That is literally barges and barges full of clothing. It has become such an issue we are baling clothing in giant bales and selling for pennies a pound to other countries. 
  • The unwillingness to pay $50.00 for a high quality t-shirt made with fair labor causes the exploitation of people all over the world. 
  • When you give clothing to the Goodwill or other resell outlet, that warm feeling you get for helping out the needy is bogus. These resell centers have such an influx of clothing they toss or bale most of it. 

Ask yourself these questions: 

Do I need 80 tops and 40 bottoms in my wardrobe? It sounds like an extravagant number but it's the reality for most of us. If we actually took a look at our personal inventory we might be surprised by the number of items hanging in our closets.

Can I get by with 20 shirts and 12 pants that I love, are high quality and will last season to season? 

The answer is yes! You can make a difference in reducing waste and exploitation of cotton farmers and garment sewers around the world. Let's do this together. It's a simple way to make the world a better place.

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CDS 4-Step Academy. Step 4: Manufacturing

When developers reach step 4, manufacturing, it is a very exciting time. Bulk product delivery feels moments away. And it's true, the finish line is near! But this part of the process has an element of mystery to first-time developers. What's actually going on in there, where are we at in the process, are half of my products done yet? So many of these questions are very common. This is one reason why a visit to your factory is highly recommended, so that a grasp on how this works can be fully understood. There are a lot of moving parts in manufacturing. Within this step, there are several sub-departments with hands on the progression of the product. It starts in one area with marking, then there is cutting & other prepwork with details including grommets, heat transfer, & snaps, and last is sewing. Often overlooked in the sewing step is that products move along in an assembly-line style of manufacturing, so all of the products will be completed at the same time at the end. Here at Clothier Design Source, we like to be as transparent as possible when we work with clients, from beginning to end about the entire product development process.

CDS has built a tried and true 4-step process that can guide you through your journey from idea to product dissemination. We've worked with thousands of brands and found these steps to be paramount in getting to where you want to be. Most of your questions can be answered right here.

The fourth step is Manufacturing. We have valuable information on:
1. Made in USA Benefits
2. Manufacturing Services Breakdown
3. Outsource-Ready Evaluation 

It's time to dive in! Go through the full fourth step here. Tell us about your #CDSStep4! And don't hesitate to contact us with any questions that come up along the way. We want to be there for you to coach, inspire, and educate you as you go on this exciting journey!

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CDS 4-Step Academy. Step 3: Tech Design

We wouldn't build a house without a high quality blueprint. It's the place where the big picture and the tiniest details come together to create a complete vision. The overall quality of the home depends on all measurements aligning and everything making structural sense. So why would we consider proceeding with product design without the same careful planning? 

CDS has built a tried and true 4-step process that can guide you through your journey from idea to product dissemination. We've worked with thousands of brands and found these steps to be paramount in getting to where you want to be. Most of your questions can be answered right here.

The third step is Tech Design. We have valuable information on:
1. Technical Design Packets
2. Technical Line Drawing
3. Technical Design Examples

It's time to dive in! Go through the full second step here. Tell us about your #CDSStep3! And don't hesitate to contact us with any questions that come up along the way. We want to be there for you to coach, inspire, and educate you as you go on this exciting journey!

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CDS 4-Step Academy. Step 2: Prototype

Too many times we hear horror stories of mass production gone awry. An end-product that isn't quite what the visionary was hoping for. Maybe it's a small strap in the wrong place, or a fabric style that was just a bit too stretchy. Whether big or small, it's off. At the very least, it's disappointing and at most heartbreaking and a huge monetary & timeline setback! Dreams delayed.

All of this can be avoided with a successfully implemented Step 2.

CDS has built a tried and true 4-step process that can guide you through your journey from idea to product dissemination. We've worked with thousands of brands and found these steps to be paramount in getting to where you want to be. Most of your questions can be answered right here.

The second step? Prototype. We have valuable information on:
1. Pattern
2. Size Set
3. Sewn Prototype
4. 3D Prototyping
5. Grading

It's time to dive in! Go through the full second step here. Tell us about your #CDSStep2! And don't hesitate to contact us with any questions that come up along the way. We want to be there for you to coach, inspire, and educate you as you go on this exciting journey!

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CDS 4-Step Academy. Step 1: Apparel Design

Every project has to start somewhere. Sometimes the beginning is the most intimidating part. And the questions we have are overwhelming. One question leads to another which leads to 5 more and pretty sure we've convinced ourselves it would be better to make the first move tomorrow.

But what if you didn't have to do it alone?

CDS has built a tried and true 4-step process that can guide you through your journey from idea to product dissemination. We've worked with thousands of brands and found these steps to be paramount in getting to where you want to be. Most of your questions can be answered right here.

The first step? Apparel Design. We have valuable information on:
1. Design Consultation
2. Research & Development
3. Sourcing
4. Design Boards
5. Label & Hangtags

It's time to dive in! Go through the full first step here. Tell us about your #CDSStep1! And don't hesitate to contact us with any questions that come up along the way. We want to be there for you to coach, inspire, and educate you as you go on this exciting journey!

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Minnesota Business Best New Textile Product Award 2016

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Remember when we told you the story of our client Donkey Label & their mission to create the best Time Trial Speed Cycling Suit known to man? Well, together we did. And on September 30, 2016, we were awarded the Best New Textile Product 2016 by Minnesota Business Magazine for our partnership with this incredible company. 

President Mindy Martell says of the award, "we're truly honored to work with businesses such as Donkey Label that are so keen at finding their brand's niche. We love engineering and developing apparel for their businesses."

It was a very exciting moment for our company. It compels us to say a big thank you to all of our incredible clients and supporters for joining us along the way and for joining us in celebrating achievements like this. Here's to continuing to grow as a company. We're committed to excellence and bringing clients past and present the best possible experience. 

Ready to take your idea to the next level like Donkey Label? Check out our 4-step Academy webinar series to get started.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Post Op Provisions Case Study

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we wanted to share a little bit about a project we recently worked on with a company that will contribute to the movement. 

Most of us know at least one friend or family member that has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Debby Nowak, MD & Founder of Post Op Provisions saw a need when her family member underwent surgery. Like 65-70% of current cases, it was an outpatient surgery, so most aftercare would take place at home. Surprise, surprise, most homes aren't equipped for optimal aftercare. Steeped in the industry as a surgeon, Debby sent a very surgically-informed care package. Little did she know that this care package would soon turn into a nation-wide delivery option that would help comfortable aftercare find its way into the homes of many many more beyond her family member.

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Within the POP Box, you can find:
1. Supplies: Wound care items, products to help with common postoperative problems, stain remover, etc.
2. Personal Care Items: These products help streamline patients' routines, fill in for some things that they may temporarily be unable to do, and add a touch of pampering.
3. Garments: Clothing that's easy to get on and off around sore areas, accessories to support surgical drains.

Garments, that's where Clothier Design Source stepped in. We worked with Post Op to finalize the design, refining construction and function to best suit the patient. We sourced the great fabric options- to be comfortable, easy to wash (this garment must be washed after each wear due to fluids) and phobic to stains. We made sure it was in the brand's signature color, purple. The hook and loop we sourced is a special low profile that performs after many washes/uses and is as soft as possible (to avoid scratchiness). We created the pattern and prototypes, taking special note that the garment must be worn loosely to be comfortable for patients. The straps are designed to detach bia hook/loop for easy access to the body, without having to change into a hospital gown for chemo treatments or changing to drain tubes. We had to be careful ensure the neckline was modest, yet comfortable. Same with the underarm - there are often incisions made under the arm that the garment should not touch. The side comes up high under the arm and is very loose to be as comfortable as possible. We made a production run and are already refilling an order.

As you can tell, a lot of thought went into this process, with a focus on comfort and convenience.

Debby was very pleased with how things turned out. "This is BIG (for me anyway).  The Tank-Tops I’ve been designing with Clothier Design Source (Thanks!) are here!! These were one of the first things I thought to put in my breast surgery care packages and (as I am crafty) I altered store-bought tanks to start with.  For the longer term I didn’t want to do that so we got to work.

The result is the POP-Top.  They’re quite simple really but (to my knowledge) not available anywhere else.  They’re made from super soft heathered cotton fabric with just a bit of stretch and have straps that detach completely with low-profile Velcro attachments (I’ve seen nursing tanks that come partially apart but…).  I first envisioned them in the hospital or Same Day center when people have IVs in but quickly realized their value to patients who’ve had breast or other upper body surgery." 

We were honored to be able to partner with such an incredible organization that is improving the comfort of those affected by Breast Cancer in a very real, practical, and innovative way. Developing the perfect prototype was particularly important part of this process to ensure the product was exactly as desired. Learn more about why Prototyping is such a critical component to product development in Step 2 of the 4-step Academy.

There are boxes catered to aid in postoperative care specific types of procedures. Read more on the Post Op Provisions website here

All the best!
Your Clothier Design Source family



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