Chinese New Year +Fabrics

We had received our fabric for making the samples and started the process of creating the perfect Pocket Poppet. We worked with Julie Luther the (great!) pattern maker at V.Mora and started the prototype process. We saw the first prototype today! We’ve got the basics but it takes several more weeks and 6 prototypes to get the look and style we wanted to achieve and also the perfect design that would not only disguise the pocket in the back, but also fit and drape nicely. Julie is great, very patient and very detailed. We’ll get there in the end…. In the meantime, we arrange to meet with Dooley & Associates to start working on a plan for the website. As we don’t have product , and won’t for a while, we start putting together ideas for our upcoming November 5th meeting so we can figure out how we would like things to look. One of the thousands of things that are learning during this process , is that with the holidays rapidly approaching and the Chinese New Year looming – things start to get a little crazy. It kind of messes with the whole industry and of course everyone wants their manufacturing done not only before the holidays but before the Chinese New Year kicks in and they can’t get their fabrics etc. Lucky for us our ‘Classic’ fabric is in Made in the USA and is shipped from New York. We still have the issue of waiting our turn for manufacturing...

The Sweet Life

Written by: Karen (Sweetest Day) Today the best man I have ever known surprised me with an engagement ring. I said...

An Idea grows….

Continuing on during the upcoming week, thoughts were flowing through my head like an express train with no stop in sight! There are so many aspects to creating a garment , a new idea and a new business that you know nothing about , but somehow one thing just continually leads to another and another and another……………..! It’s like when you get on the internet to look for one thing and three hours later and boat loads of information later, you finally return to where you began! In looking at emails that I have sent, I chose a snippet of one that I wrote to Karen when I woke up at 5:03 a.m. on the morning of October 18th: “Just thinking about other label ideas… round or oval with pocket on top and poppet on bottom curving around edges…..also making flap closure on outside of pocket rounded so that it doesn’t have edges that can peel up - been awake for hours  - so writing these thoughts as they come in my head so I don’t forget. Trying to think of branding making it more identifiable from the outside. Making it rounded may make it so we can cut down on amount of Velcro closure or maybe we will see something else at show today. Also need to write this down….to remember to mention to Abi about putting the jingle on a hang tag….” It’s funny for me to look at and know that this was just one thought in one split second and how many more there are in there keeping me awake at...

Traveling in the Right Direction

Another one of those serendipitous moments was presented to Karen and me when I was talking with my friend Nikelle and telling her about the idea. As a new Mom she had seen a product called the nursing poncho on a website called Molly Ades Maternity which had a similar idea for a garment which folded into a pocket. Nikelle showed me the website so that we could be sure that we didn’t have the same idea. The utility of the idea was similar but was quite different in design and was specific to a nursing mother. As we talked we realized that I not only knew who Molly was , but that I knew her parents from working at Café Calamari and that she grew up in Fontana , WI and had moved back there from Chicago with her new family ! I told Karen about the scenario and she told me that a friend in her Pilates class named Lisa wanted to connect us with a friend of hers, who was also in the apparel industry, so that we could share information. Well of course, as with the rest of this process, the person that Lisa was referring to just happened to be the same person that Nikelle told me about. So Molly came to us independently from two different sources and we set up a meeting with her at of all places, Tickled Pink Coffee & Antiques – the very same place where the idea originated! Weird!! Molly shared some great insights and she is a few years ahead of us in her process and has...

A new female patent holder ?

October is a very busy month and some great news arrived today from Patrick Richards at Richards Patent Law –the message is as follows: “Attached are the documents I filed for your provisional patent application. As you will see, the USPTO has designated your patent application as U.S. Patent Application No. 61/709,154 with a filing date of October 2, 2012.”   Filing for a patent is an arduous process! So much paperwork and detail. It feels good to have this part of the process done! I came across this site with some interesting information; “Only 7.5 percent of regular patent and 5.5 percent of commercial patent holders are female.” We are doing our part to try and bump up the percentage a...