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Experience The Apparel Academy taught by Mindy Martell, on November 9th from 9-4 pm


In-Factory Academy

When: November 9th 9-4 pm

Essay contest submission date: October 20th by midnight

COST: $399

Perfect for:

Apparel Entrepreneurs wanting to understand the apparel industry.

You will learn:
• The design process and how to make good decisions on construction and fabric
• The prototype/sampling process and how to find the right factory partner and how to evaluate your prototypes
• The tech pack/ Spec sheet process and how to read them/create them for your product(s)
• The manufacturing process and learn behind the scenes details.
• Tour our factory and development headquarters.

Also included:
• Lunch
• Networking time
• Q&A Time
• Factory & Development Tour
• Class Materials including copies of the presentations, templates for tech
packs, fabric source lists and more!


1 on 1 Academy

When: Dependent on schedule

Perfect for:

Apparel Entrepreneurs wanting to understand the apparel industry.

This academy is short in duration, but includes personalized attention to you and your project. Visit the facility and receive a one-on-one consult an apparel industry 101 lesson and tour the facility. You’re mini academy will be led by CDS owner, Mindy Martell and you will have an opportunity to meet some of the people who will be developing and manufacturing your designs. The consult is 2-3 hours and is $650 per brand (multiple people can attend).

COST: $650

You don't want to miss this event. Let us help you figure out the next steps to move forward in your apparel line! We hope to see you there!


ENTER OUR ESSAY CONTEST - Were Giving Away 2 Free Spots!

Prompt: How would attending this event be beneficial to you or your company?

Rules: 300 words or less. Please submit to 

Deadline: October 20th, 2019 at midnight


The Clothier 4 Step Academy Day Schedule:

8:45 am - 9:00 am - ARRIVE - CHECK IN

9:00 am - 9:30 am - INTROS

9:30 am - 10:30 am - CLASS ONE: Kick Off Class and Q&A
Introduction to the apparel industry and The Clothier 4 Step Process - learn what you can do to prepare for developing your product(s).

10:30 am - 11:30 am CLASS TWO: Step 1 Design Class and Q&A
Learn everything that needs to happen to complete Step 1. Understand how to review designs, fabrics and trims. Learn the basics in fabric and raw goods to help you make the best choices for your product(s). Understand the world of raw goods vendors and the difference between stock goods, made-to-order and developed-to-order.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm CLASS THREE: Step 2 Prototype Class and Q&A
Learn how to review prototypes with a critical eye and how to give constructive feedback. Go over how to fit a garment, wash test and other testing options. Learn about piece goods vs dye goods. Learn about printing options including all-over vs. placed.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch & Networking (provided by Clothier Design Source)
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Virtual Tour of Clothier Design Source Headquarters
Get a personal tour of our facility, giving you insight on what to look for when looking for a manufacturer.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CLASS FOUR: Jane Hamill - Build a Following Before you’re even ready to Sell! Learn simple step-by-step strategies that even the busiest entrepreneur can start right away!

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm CLASS FIVE: Step 3 Tech Design and Q&A
Learn what is in a tech pack and how to use them. Go over our tech pack templates. Learn how to write a purchase order for apparel.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CLASS SIX: Step 4 Manufacturing and Q&A
Learn what to expect during the manufacturing process. How does apparel manufacturing work? How does quality control work?
Materials included:
• Apparel industry Vendor Sourcing list (over 200 vendors)
• Manufacturing Guide Booklet
• Materials to take away from each class.
• Tech pack Templates

NOTE: This academy does not include marketing advice or how to get funding advice. It is strictly dedicated to helping you manage the quality and success of your brand from a manufacturing and development perspective.

The first academy by the people who actually make your clothing line happen... in our building... manufactured by us.... in the USA!  This is not design school nor marketing school. This is a group of lessons to help you navigate the apparel industry and help you make great decisions.  You will learn from our last 10 years of helping other start-ups succeed.  Contact us for a free 15 minute consult and learn if the academy is right for you.



If you can't make the event or aren't ready to produce your line join our video series!

We have a 6 class video series that you can watch at your own pace.  Please contact us here and specify your interest in the video series Academy.  Read more below.  $199/person

 Join the Online Pre-Recorded Academy for FREE by producing your clothing line with us. 

We have in an in-house staff of designers, pattern makers, sample makers and a factory waiting to help you create your clothing line or product(s). Should you choose to develop your line with us, we will include The Clothier 4 Step Academy with your development work. Contact us here for a free consult.