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How getting back to basics built a manufacturing business. Digital pattern making services became a key player in the late 1990s as visible in the gallery line list collection snip of DCMFG-Inc. / TDR Creative Sizzle Brand Apparel.

The welcome product design service sales work of the Sizzle contemporary ladieswear line began in around 1998 a full 24 months prior incorporation of the maker Direct Current Manufacturing Inc.   The company established in 1999 was simply responding to a wide open niche that was most notably and successfully exploited by the ever popular American Apparel Brand that emerged into the trade at just about the same time.

DCMFG-Inc. / TDR Creative Sizzle Brand Apparel.

It all started with a little sketch, or client driven new product request… Every “body” has a story. 

And here we are some 20 years later. American Apparel has peaked and is now gone. Lululemon carries on strong and other Brands that were once viewed as solid (Esprit, Benetton, Mexx) if not somewhat invincible have themselves become quite extinct.

Here we have seen major and minor players drift off, a new string of designers and marketing apparel business developers continually emerge with all the same vigour and ambition that we have witnessed for decades to result in various degree of acceptable ROI.

What the team at DCMfg-Inc. set out to do it has done and will continue to do for many years to come. Operating as one part Incubator, one part general apparel contractor and one part fashion design house, Direct Current has remained somewhat consistent and true to form.  There are no massive profits to report or glossy annual reports. The business has clients and hosts the “ethical” cut and sew of independent designers who by certain exhibit publish such works.

The common denominator is this, a willingness and profound focus to the task at hand. DCMfg-Inc. was always about what made the other party look good. And hundreds upon hundreds of styles and designs have been created.

In 1999 we needed to have a few things made. The Sizzle line was made up of about six, better fitting than what the other guys where doing garments. The styles were extraordinary for the day. Modern (new) cotton/ spandex knits sometimes made with lycra(TM) by trade. Followed by the eco-friendly introduction of Hemp and Bamboo… Digital pattern management made quick response and small batch domestic manufacturing flow functional.

None of this is important to tomorrows bright star. What the Apparel Trade in Canada needs now more than ever are skilled hands. Crafty people who are willing to sew.

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DC Mfg Cutting KnifeAs you plan a start-up or expand an existing line you may be interested in outsourcing the fabric cutting as a part process to increase yield and enhance productivity.

Bulk cutting is a great “next step” way to grow your business.

Our experience in the trade is a valuable resource to #YVR Fashion apparel brands where the careful handling of the fabric and a steady hand is applied to moving the business of apparel making forward. So important this aspect to garment making we have added a second shift.

To grow your business schedule a “second shift” fabric cutting order (yes, we can come to you) to arrange Pick-up or delivery of textile/ cut goods, call or text Direct Current Sales – Vancouver 604.442.3714

Send an email to Direct Current Manufacturing Inc.
DirectCurrentSales@gmail.com

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 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.