Category: Tips

  • The Crystal Ball

    The Crystal Ball

    This topic is not exactly click bait. In fact, I don’t think David will even read this whole post. It’s about a dysfunctional fashion calendar and fabric leadtimes.

  • Fabric Choices

    Fabric Choices

    Most people don’t think about fabric. Part of the reason, or probably the main reason, is because fabric is a generally boring topic. But there is a value in learning about fabric.

  • Fabric G.O.A.T.

    Fabric G.O.A.T.

    The fabric world has superstars. But instead of the G.O.A.T. being a person, fabric’s greatest of all time are textile mills. And unlike athletes and actors, the fabric G.O.A.T. can’t be seen. They can only be found.

  • Fabric Calendar Tool

    Fabric Calendar Tool

    Every year, every season we re-create the fabric calendar. We use Excel, project management tools, and GANTT charts (the worst kind) to communicate deadlines for concept, fabric, sketches, samples, etc. Every department has their deadlines cluttered on top of each other’s and it can be difficult to find just the fabric due dates. Deadlines vary…

  • Perfect Swatches

    Perfect Swatches

    On job descriptions for fabric interns and assistants, I always include “cut neat swatches.” Straight cut swatches are a great look for a fabric department. It makes us appear neat, organized, and professional, even on days when we are completely distracted and can only talk about tv shows and haircuts. The fabric team cuts hundreds…

  • Getting to the Show

    Getting to the Show

    Premiere Vision, Paris starts today, Tuesday, February 7th. But a protest was scheduled for today, the first day of the show. I somehow got an Uber to take me all the way from Le Marais to Parc des Expositions, typically a 45 min drive with no traffic.

  • The Speed Queen

    The Speed Queen

    I’m in Paris. Première Vision starts tomorrow. I love this show. I love it so much I can’t even write about how this show makes me feel. I will ask David to write this part because we have been coming to the show together for the past 10 years and he knows how I feel…