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Direct Current Manufacturing Inc. has a very specific process for in-house production aided by digital pattern services that in a decade ago were outsourced to a service provider. These companies like ourselves correctly identified with an evolution of domestic cut and sew that we expect will continue for many years to come.  The digital landscape indicating the best is yet to come.

In between 2000 and 2005 terms like globalization and the 100-mile diet would emerge to raise question guiding the decisions still to make are visible now to be recent add-ons to the social fabric of change that includes the widely accepted use of email, the retirement of our one fabulous fax machines and the introduction of blue box recycling. In the late 1990’s we had just started out on the vector pathway of digital design and pattern management. The Internet was very much a newfangled thing and the WordPress interface we use for this Blogspot wouldn’t even come to exist until around 2006, so the topic of the day has no answer, certain methods of production being used in this local region are changing too.

Labour and Technology are key to the concerns for environmental stewardship. Fuel surcharges and transparency of supply chain management are topics closely linked to the general enquiry for cut and sew services it becomes apparent that brand builders and product development managers have much more to think about than just the basic start-up info of days gone by but those questions remain in play.

The good news is we operate industry-wide, capabilities with an all-around lower Minimum Order Quantity. At DCMfg there has never been a minimum Order… was the purpose motivating our ambitions in 1999 that brought us to develop our management processability as leaders in the small batch niche market we see as expanding.

The concept that is now a priority to becoming more green benefits from not overproducing. Less surplus equals less waste.  A practice maintained since day one. Students of fashion design and marketing apparel who contact us with their questions add to the milieu of considerations we enjoy as apparel producers to respect. This way our process has more meaning as we repeat to ask always of clients we serve – why and for what audience is the garment or collections even being made.

This answers only part the question as to what “production process” is most appropriate to the need. The process standard observed as being best at this time involves workers receive a significant amount of cross-training as a necessary part of growing to advance the domestic modular, sometimes specialized workgroup approach tailored to local cut and sew on demand, for design and boutique size order fulfilment.

Our process that is crafty and creative may very possibly remain this way – more technology will be needed to mesh appropriately with responsibility for sustainability and ensure that job creation is value added should bring about “Production with Purpose” as being primary to the Process. Clear is the need – that there is some thinking to do.

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There is no fixed quantity rule for minimum order placement.

The Brand or Project Manager normally determines this based on the project plan, budget and lead time.

Be practical. Samples are made when needed and normally this is because there is a production order in place to back up the request.

When requesting services, consider to also provide a summary of your needs. Opening inventory to support advance sales may suggest that placing a small batch production is a good way to try a styles sales performance when exhibiting direct to consumer or offering items online. take samples from the small lot to pioneer larger prospects.

This way if a buyer requests a sample you have some stock on hand or otherwise plan far in advance when Sampling for buyers and only the items that attract significant interest from qualified buyers or distributors become a production run.

Your Minimum Order really depends on method of sale, distribution and overall business model. If selling direct to consumer at events then make enough but not so many that all your cash is tied up and you have no ability to transact other needs.

Short Answer: Order what you need to be sustainable. More important that you plan in advance and can control the raw material supply. Fabric is key. The devil is in the details.

In a word: Resources.

Designers like Value… So, when a new designer arrives at our door with their plan for a new collection we often hear the desire to create a unique and interesting product “at a reasonable price”.

Reasonably priced organic Cotton Cardigan: $89.00 Bloomfield Clothing

Reasonably priced organic Cotton Cardigan: $89.00 Bloomfield Clothing

But what does that mean? By what standard do we gauge “reasonable price” ? It is a good question to consider as it opens the dialogue to Quality, Access to Market Share, Positioning, Distribution and Volume of Scale. These and other factors are going to determine the price charged. And these considerations are far away from the singular component of Manufacturing.

Mercedes Benz has a reasonable price for the quality they provide? Goods Made in Canada are typically thought to be of reasonable quality but does that translate into a reasonable price?

This is where we put the question back to the designer to solve their own business question.

What does it take to achieve a reasonable price?

For an Apparel design line you would have to have all aspects of your Source Supply, Manufacturing and Distribution confirmed in advance from the fabric raw material to a final, well branded customer fulfillment venue or retail outlet? Add to that your Administrative Structure and even financial situation and other strengths would also come into play.

It is a very involved undertaking to reach this type of end to end standard of readiness to produce a line focused on price.

Our facility does offer some of the components required to Design, Develop, and Make a dynamic product offering and depending on the other facets required to mass produce, market, and deliver a worldwide quality standard worthy the price charged.

For:  A) Design and Pattern Development

Leading to:  B) Prototype Development.

The Manufacturing, if in Canada, would require you investing in several seasons of commitment to secure your production.

At this stage our office would require a base retainer, with payment up front, to enter any sort of meeting discussion. This retainer is for the time and attention our office will have to pay towards focusing on your ambition.

If you would like to solicit us for support with your business development plan we would need to confirm the significant details of your “roll out” strategy and the associated costs required to reach your goal would be revealed.

Based on what most designers come forward with when establishing a Domestic Garment Manufacturing program there is a substantial capital requirement. In most cases we do not see our team becoming involved for less than $5,000 – $25,000 in preliminary-production services, as we have to direct significant amount of our resources to the task of converting illustrations to pattern and in that process, determine the garment construction questions involved in the task of developing a prototype and companion finished showroom sample.

And as mentioned, the effort to realize a “reasonably priced line” suggests some significant logistical challenges that are simply not attainable without major effort being applied.

the Brand has to be prepared to build some opening inventory and most likely will purchase in advance materials keystone to the product development plan and “reasonable price” objective.

Resources: Facility and Equipment, Time and Talent.

With AccuMark Software and Gerber Technology, patterns are digital, so calling up a style and making an edit saves time and money.

Using advanced computer software assists with accuracy when cutting multiple layers of cloth by automated positioning of the pattern pieces prior to ordering or laying cloth on the table.

With “markers” (as the blueprint) specific to a cutting order, errors are reduced and the yield is enhanced adding further benefit to every job customized to the fabric and style being made to maximize yield.

To reach this point in the process, original pattern creations are converted to vector lines using an electronic drafting table. Our investment in this technology helps make quality fashion garment apparel better, faster and in smaller quantities if desired.

Have a question?
Sending an email can be great way to get things started.
Info@directcurrentfmg.com

Victoria fashion retailer

Celebrating 10 Years of Swimwear & Fashion

Celebrating ten years in retail, this little gem of a store gets rave reviews from customers for the service and fit of their fabulous bathing suits and bikini selection.

Click Here for a peek at their wide range of wraps, sundress and other summer and travel resort friendly looks.

Bravo Paradise Boutique – looking good!

 

Direct Current cutting Room 40 foot x 86 inch table.

Direct Current cutting Room 40 foot x 86 inch table.

Our Clothing Factory in Vancouver, BC is looking for a design associate familiar with the Gerber pattern grading and marker making computer system we use. As an experienced Computer Technician you would be joining a team of traditional pattern designers to input and administrate revisions to garment styles to set up Electronic Grading and Marker Output for a wide range of commercial garment cut and sew production.

Previous Apparel Pattern making, design and understanding of garment construction is required to operate the software and digital drafting board for input and editing apparel patterns.

Tasks include: digitizing patterns into the system, application of size grading rules, organizing markers for plotting of markers used as cutting templates in production.

Located in Central Vancouver on major bus route, our design studio speaks directly with production staff to manage all types of manufacturing requests in collaboration with clients, sales associates and production designers to produce professional sportswear, street wear and technical apparel.

Contact us by return email or call Cyndi Schuring at 604.340.4460 to interview by phone.

Examples of BC domestic garment sewing work can be found on the pages of your local newsstand now.kelly rowland shape magazine october 2013 cover

This Month – Kelly Rowland is pictured wearing a few Beth Richards designs in Shape Magazine. A proud contributor to the engineering of the garments from Beth’s original design concept line drawings is our very own, Cyndi Schuring, production coordinator and owner of DirectCurrentMfg.com.  Beth, Cyndi and the staff at Direct Current manufacturing took the garments through several stages of handling enabling Beth to grow her business marketing her brand worldwide.

Careful management of the patterning, cutting and test sewing was required for each item before making their way, to final bulk order production at this proudly Canadian, privately owned, apparel design and production facility quietly located in Vancouver, BC.

Direct Current Manufacturing produces finished goods for established and emerging designers in several categories of kelly rowland shape magazine october 2013 inside“ready to wear”. Capabilities of this sewing shop includes the latest Gerber Digital Pattern management, Expert Cut and Sew for all types of clothing is performed by seasoned industrial sewing technicians. Direct Current offers aspiring designers access to small batch production, custom made-to-order services, consultation and design of cocktail dress, fancy tops, fancy bottoms, sportswear, swimwear, leisure wear, and more.

Nice Style Beth.
Good Job Cyndi.

Unbeatable seating for a small space

Unbeatable seating for a small space

We can’t say enough about the wonderful versatility the Moroccan Pouf adds to any home decor as a splash of color or to provide additional occasional seating.  In our home the kids use them to saddle up to the coffee table and for mom it has become a favorite foot rest. What impressed us most was how easily they fit into almost any room. An extra bonus was the stuffing Direct Current uses to fill the imported leather case allows us to redirect waste generated in our fashion production away from land fills as the fashion fabric off cuts make a perfect foundation for the stuffing.

We never much liked disposable clothing.

So when we set out to develop the all-weather Dallas-James Adventure wear for kids we started out by following two rules:

A)  the suits should offer a functional fit and finish that ensures the kids use them and  B)  the product should be durable.

The result is the growing list of comments we get from satisfied Mom’s and grandparents like this example:

“I ordered a pant and jacket set a couple of years ago and my older son has now grown out of it (his younger brother can now enjoy using it). 

I need to order a larger size for the big brother and am wondering if you have any sizes bigger than size 6. I am confident that a 6 would fit but would like it a bit bigger so that we can get another couple of years wear out of it.

You make them so well that they last through some tough wearing ;-).  I am really happy with my last purchase and would like to put another order in soon so please get back to me at your earliest convenience.”

Cheers,

Jeneen R.
(a very happy customer)

Well an email like this proves the point that quality pays its way to future business and that in this day and age we are pleased to see our product get a second life in keeping with the three “R’s” that have us reduce , recycle and re-use.  Thank you, Jeneen.

And as it goes, we are making larger sizes now for kids over 7 as they start heading to the sidelines and other outdoor activities that inspire us to continue the development of our Dallas-James brand “Adventure wear for Kids”.

Open to the Public –  click here for details.

Cyndi Schuring is an authentic clothing designer. Her products are well refined and sculpted by hand in her Vancouver Studio.  With 20 years of experience the clothing she makes is expertly constructed.  A talent she willingly shares with others by consulting and producing for other brands who rely on her knowledge and resources, to develop an outstanding variety of  branded athletica, eco-organic fashions, swimwear, custom corporate apparel and her very own Bloomfield Clothing for Women and Men.

The Bloomfield Brand pays homage to her family name and traditions dating back to the fine art, ceramic and textiles created by her parents and grand-parents.

Visit us at 1844 Clark Drive in Vancouver –  Today and Sunday. If you are passing by, Cyndi would love to meet you.