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In-Factory Apparel Academy - Where Clothing Entrepreneurs Begin

Clothier Design Source
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Nov 09 8:45AM - 4:15PM

Take 5 classes in one day on how to be the best new apparel entrepreneur. Take a tour of our clothing factory, and start formulating your plan to get your clothing line made. This is not design class, this is Apparel Entrepreneur Class. See the schedule of the day below.

We are also giving away 2 free spots with an essay contest. Prompt: How would attending this event be beneficial to you or your company? Rules: 300 words or less. Please submit toTina@clothierdesignsource.comDeadline: October 28th, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST

You will learn:

  • The design process and how to make good decisions on construction and fabric
  • The prototype/sampling process and how to find the right factory partner and how to evaluate your prototypes
  • The tech pack/ Spec sheet process and how to read them/create them for your product(s)
  • The manufacturing process and learn behind the scenes details.
  • Tour our factory and development headquarters.

Also included:

  • Q&A Time
  • Factory & Development Tour
  • Class Materials including copies of the presentations, templates for tech packs, fabric source lists and more! (more details below)
  • Kickoff Meeting to discuss your project with a Design Manager in the industry. (Get this scheduled prior so you can come in on Friday, May 17th for your Kickoff Meeting and make the most of your trip)

You don't want to miss this event. Let us help you figure out the next steps to move forward in your apparel line! We hope to see you there!

The Apparel Academy Day Schedule:

8:45 am - 9:00 amArrive, Check-in

9:00 am - 9:30 am - Intros

9:30 am - 10:30 am - CLASS ONE:Step 1 Design Classand Q&A

Introduction to the apparel industry and The Clothier 4 Step Process - learn what you can do to prepare for developing your product(s). Learn everything that needs to happen to complete Step 1. Understand how to review designs, fabricsandtrims. Learn the basicsinfabric and raw goods to help you make the best choices for your product(s). Understand the world of raw goods vendors and the difference between stock goods, made-to-order and developed-to-order.

10:30 am - 11:30 am CLASS TWO:Step 2 Prototype Classand Q&A

Learn how to review prototypes with a critical eye and how to give constructive feedback. Go over how to fit a garment, wash test and other testing options. Learn about piece goods vs dye goods. Learn about printing options including all-over vs. placed.

11:30 am - 12:30 pmLive Tour of Clothier Design Source Factory and Headquarters:

Get a personal tour of our facility, giving you insight on what to look for when looking for a manufacturer.

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Break for Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:30 pmCLASS THREE:Preparing for Manufacturingand Q&A

In this class we will prep you for entering manufacturing. Understand your label options and label designs. Understand what sizes and colorways to offer and discuss grade rules.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CLASS FOUR:Step 3 Tech Designand Q&A

Learn what is in a tech pack and how to use them. Go over our tech pack templates. Learn how to write a purchase order for apparel.

2:30 pm - 2:50 Break / Set Up your Kickoff Meeting if you haven't done so.

2:50 pm - 3:50 pm CLASS FIVE:Step 4 Manufacturing

Learn what to expect during the manufacturing process. How does apparel manufacturing work? How does quality control work?

3:50 pm - 4:15 pmQ&A and Networking

Materials included:

  • Apparel industry Vendor Sourcing list (over 200 vendors)

  • Manufacturing Guide Booklet

  • Materials to take away from each class.

  • Tech pack Templates

NOTE:This academy does not include marketing advice or how to get funding advice. It is strictly dedicated to helping you manage the quality and success of your brand from a manufacturing and development perspective.


What's the refund policy?

You can get a full refund if you cancel at least 7 days before the event date.

How close is the airport?

We are located 20 minutes away from the Minneapolis - Saint Paul International Airport

Are there hotels accommodations near the event?

Yes, please see hotel options near the event:

Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis University Area

2812 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Phone: (612) 259-8797

Free Shuttle Service is available to and from the event from this hotel

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