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This month we added a few pages to show and tell about the quality straight of goods available from our in-house, customizable, casual portfolio of wholesale top sellers.

Browse the top menu or follow this link to view pick- a -style reference of apparel cut and sewn in Vancouver.  See page for a quick look at made to order assorted basic garment styles tried and true.

This jacket as shown made in Canada by Direct Current Manufacturing Inc. Vancouver, BC
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Finding a good solution to manufacturing apparel in Vancouver, BC can be a challenge for new and existing clothing and other textile product producers.  At Direct Current Sales – we understand the access to skilled labour resource problem as an opportunity to grow cooperatively in the trade. das_logo-and-wordmark

Direct Current Manufacturing Inc., was established in 1999 (2000) to fill the void between the need demand and availability to quick response, local garment making.  The benefits of expanding resources for apparel made in Canada is desirable for a host of reasons to include new job creation and stewardship toward sustainable business practices.Dallas age Three Blue Rainsuit

Next to achieving a great fit, the “straight of goods” is perhaps one of the most important quality control concerns.  And proper patterns are at the foundation of all products made.

To ensure cost control in production it is a very good idea to make sure every detail is well refined before spending on bulk sewing labour begins.  The necessity to prototype and design is a craft reliant on a willingness to work out component details as a major part in the process of pre-production.

In practice, this is a chore that is best given to the brand/ project manager to administrate in a format that prevents guesswork by pattern makers who are draftspeople with infinite options.  For this reason, it becomes the project managers chore to supervise and table the desired goal with answers limiting the back and forth with patterning and production that if not properly respected will lead to frustration, inflated cost and in the worst case delay and poor results will lead to waste and work stoppage.knit Jacket Pattern Resource-medium

We hope this post will be useful to explain the importance of what is sometimes referred to as a condition “standard in the trade”. We think making apparel is akin to horse racing.  It’s a rich person game.  If you have to ask repeatedly “How much” then we would recommend greater research be applied to plan before spending.

2008 cocktaildress2-131pixProjects fail when questions that inevitably arise if a design is not fully thought out by the creators and business managers.  Let us face it upfront – a good sewing shop is hard to find.  The best sewing shops have little or no time for problem-solving.  We sometimes find that clients sending out a “Tech pack” feel that their job is done and the responsibility has been handed off to production to handle.  In our experience, that attitude alone does not work without consideration to the time investment of the handler tasked with receiving the plans – especially if those plans are in any way incomplete.  This is an important point to review when asking for a price.  Who pays for the customer interface?  The breakpoint here is the administrative fee relative to getting the job ready for the cutting table that should be reflected in the pre-production budget allowed.

Time is money and the Cut make and trim per unit is sewing shop labour so beware the bottleneck that can crush a timeline or other sensitive R&D hope.  Remember garbage in = garbage out.

Contact us for solutions to growth. For help with your business apparel design ambition #MadeinCanada email info@directcurrentmfg.com2015-Ancillary Production is generating Income




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Year to year, season to season, fads go in and out of style faster than turning pages in the latest issue of Vogue. With over $500 billion being spent every year on advertising, it’s no wonder that the fashion industry has been able to sell the idea that happiness can be bought in the form of a new, trendy outfit.

Spurred on by the strong urges of consumerism and flashy marketing campaigns, many people all over the world eagerly buy into this concept. This has resulted in a constantly churning cycle of fast fashion supply and demand. In order to make room in their closets for the latest styles, consumers tend to discard the preceding styles even if they’ve only worn the garment a handful of times.

While some consumers try to recycle their clothes by either donating them to charities, upcycling or using them as cleaning rags in their home, the vast majority of these garments do not see a second life. According to Global Fashion Agenda, an organization dedicated to various fashion sustainability efforts, 73% of the world’s clothing ends up either incinerated or in landfills.

When deposited in landfills, natural and semi-synthetic fibres like cotton and rayon break down and produce the harmful greenhouse gas methane as they degrade. In order to make the fabrics, these fibres are often processed using toxic chemicals like dyes and bleaches, which can potentially seep into groundwater. Burning unwanted clothing isn’t really a better alternative, as it distributes these toxins into the air we breathe. Synthetic fibres such as polyester present the same problems but have the added downside of taking hundreds of years (or more) to biodegrade.

The crazy part is that most of these materials are easily repurposed or recycled. Although most frivolous waste occurs at the end of a garment’s lifecycle, many leaders in the fashion world are determined to do something about it.

Closed Loop Couture

The concept of closed-loop fashion has grown in popularity in the past few years, increasing the industry’s overall interest in circularity and garment recycling. Major fashion organizations such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have been instrumental in bringing the issue to the forefront of the fashion industry.

There’s also the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, an annual event organized by Global Fashion Agenda. This event brings fashion industry leaders and sustainability experts together to discuss sustainability practices, as well as develop strategies for implementing these practices. At the 2017 Summit, Global Fashion Agenda implored brands and retailers to sign their “2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment” agreement.

The goal of the agreement is to precipitate a wave of meaningful action toward accomplishing more sustainable recycling systems through education, knowledge sharing, collaboration, and public declarations of commitments to closed-loop fashion systems.

As of May 2018, 94 fashion companies ranging from commercial retailers like Target and H&M to designer brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and J. Cavallo have signed the agreement. This number represents an astounding 12.5% of the global fashion market.

The first step of the commitment stipulates that signees must set circularity targets for themselves to achieve. These targets are allocated across four action points:

  1. Circular design
  2. Material collection
  3. Reuse
  4. Recycling

Furthering increasing the stakes, Global Fashion Market also publicly lists the companies that have signed but haven’t followed up the specified requirements.

Substance Over Style: Circularity in Practice

Circular design is accomplished when all levels of a garment’s life cycle are considered and thoroughly analyzed during early planning phases; These cycles include the manufacturing, usage, and disposal of the garment.

New York-based company ADAY exemplifies this on multiple levels by adhering to minimalist principles and designing versatile garments in evergreen styles. They also work with engineers to locate and develop durable, technically advanced fabrics, many of which are derived from recycled materials. They create their designs with the intention of instilling a less-is-more mindset in their customers.

Other companies are focusing their efforts on collecting discarded garments in order to reuse, resell, or repurpose them. Some designers, such as French designer Marine Serre, are using sustainability and recycling as part of their creative process. Her design collection is comprised of hybrid garments with a futuristic flair using remnants of vintage scarves and shirts.

Eco-conscious H&M has even developed an incentive program for their customers: bring your unwanted apparel to one of their stores – regardless of condition or brand – and get a voucher. H&M then hands the clothing over to their business partner I:CO, which sorts through it all and separates the clothes to be resold as second-hand clothes, reused as other products like cleaning cloths or recycled into textile fibres for industrial applications.

H&M also partnered with the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) to invest in the development of processes that can separate the materials that comprise blended textiles and isolate them so they can be made into new yarns.

Wardrobe Staples: The Future Outlook of Sustainable Fashion

This series has covered only a few examples of the many ways that the fashion industry is working towards sustainability. Although the road ahead is long and fraught with many obstacles, the fashion community has been enthusiastic and ambitious in their pursuits. Ephemeral fads may come and go, but sustainability will soon be the most fashionable trend of all.


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Cadilac Brand SustainSustainability in Apparel will require Environmental Stewardship and Significant Social Responsibility to Equity Brand Interests.

With Domestic Garment Manufacturing visible to Statistics Canada as a high potential growth Industry.  Canadians have challenges to face beyond the estimated 35 Kilo (80lbs) per person of textile waste entering landfills each year.

If the consumer economy is dependent on disposable “Fast Fashion” the natural inclination is to seek out “Made in Canada” as part the “Act Local – Think Global” catchphrase works to promote.  But in this “ethical” “sweatshop-free” coin a phrase put a sticker on it. promote you have a blue box ambition.  Are we really getting anywhere?

What is Direct Current Manufacturing Inc. doing with regards to sustainability was a question recently put forward by a student study project originating from Queens University motivate me as a CEO to apply additional effort to a topic that we have been participating to follow along with in spirit since about 2010 but since that time the industry as a whole has in my opinion not very much progressed.  Attending to respect the agreement made to answer a short list of question several hours of self-study and a review was given to the topic in preparation for my interview.

By adopting an expanded view we discovered an ability to approach the conversation with open-mindedness with new thinking and answer to say in fact there was nothing being done towards sustainability and this reality fostered thought for greater concern and the development window to a pathway for greater change was opened.

I want to thank this student who was artful in reaching out to me at my desk to request participation in the simple survey questions being asked.  It has always been my habit to reply or contribute in some way even if only to satisfy the curriculum criteria need in brief the student can carry on to say they have completed their task.

At other times I have invested greater amounts of time to help students complete there projects.  The dividend has been received in long-lasting relationships, kindly thank you notes and on one occasion a coupon for a few Big Mac’s arrived sent from a father who appreciated our input in his daughters project the man a MacDonalds Franchise Owner operating a business that is also uniquely engaged in this topic… 15 years ago I thought very little of it and saved the compliment as a souvenir.

Sometimes I refuse student requests if the query is empty as I am reluctant to the casual take of hypothetical requests for quotations in speculation of some imaginary upstart… Predictable as this is – when that time of year comes and the business professor releases the group to spam my inbox pretending to be clients seeking a quote I cringe and reluctantly reply to state policy with regret – I opt out.

What this student did was stimulate thought.  A credit to her course master.  I became the student and my experience guided thought to better understand the potential of what can be done.

The resulting potential is great and I look forward to implementation and sharing with others.  A Project Plan has been created.  The Student has been invited to contribute to making a change.  I am extremely confident that our company and others can pick up the pace to join in the discussion and action necessary to improve.

Were we began by responding to what programs are in place.  What effort is being taken has transitioned to thinking about what source is the genesis of this question as being sustainability or sustenance.  The answer we suspect in fact contains a much broader sensibility to feel around to accept the obligation as being societal as much as it an industry concern.  I doubt greatly there is any sustainability that will come from a patchwork plan towards maintaining the status quo.

The student has learned that asking a question has pioneered a path to discover there is a job to be done.  This is exciting – we think this is great!  Get it wrong and we’re all going to be living in a massive junk heap.

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.