Friday, September 14, 2018

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST


Apparel Academy Livestream with CDS President Mindy Martel


We usually offer this as in-house Apparel Academy but due to requests to take it online, we have done just that! Wherever you are at in the process or in the world join us Friday, September 14th online and learn the Clothier 4 steps to launching your apparel line. 

Take 4 classes in 4 hours on how to be the best new apparel entrepreneur. Take a virtual tour of our clothing factory, ask questions from industry professionals and start formulating your plan to get your clothing line made. This is not a design class, this is Apparel Entrepreneur Class!



We are also giving away 2 free spots with an essay contest. Prompt: How would attending this event be beneficial to you or your company? Rules: 300 words or less. Please submit to Deadline: September 1st, 2018 at midnight


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. 
  • Virtually Tour our factory and development headquarters.

Also included:

  • Q&A Time
  • Virtual Factory & Development Tour 
  • Class Materials including digital copies of the presentations, templates for tech packs, fabric source lists and more! (more details below) 
  • Post-Academy 30 minutes video consultation with Design Manager who has 10+ years in the industry.

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!


The Clothier 4 Step Apparel Academy Day Schedule:

Kick Off  and Q&A

Introduction to the apparel industry and The Clothier 4 Step Process 

Virtual Tour of Clothier Design Source Factory and Headquarters:

Get a personal tour of our facility,  giving you insight on what to look for when looking for a manufacturer.


CLASS THREE: 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.


CLASS FOUR: 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:

  • Digital Apparel industry Vendor Sourcing list (over 200 vendors)

  • Digtital 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.

 CLASS ONE: 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.

CLASS TWO: 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.