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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.

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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”.

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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.