Brainstorming + Ideation
Recommend specific fabrics, interlinings, and hardware to best replicate design intention of original sketch.
Generate unique concepts based on crossover skill of ID + soft goods.
Work with in-house teams to gauge which concepts will translate best into fabric.
Suggest appropriate textiles or hardware mechanisms to enhance concepts.
Research + Development
An obsessive devotion to understanding user behavior, fabric properties, fit, form and movement drive the design process from project outset to production. Constant iteration of concepts with the crossover understanding of industrial design principles, pattern making and fabric are constantly applied to achieve unique design insights.
Pairing the correct fabric with the design concept is one of the most essential skills for excellent soft goods product functionality. A voracious interest in fabric and product experience over a wide range of soft goods areas from outdoor gear to medical textiles to fine apparel fabrics, provides opportunities for unusual crossover solutions, and a constant updating of fabric options.
Materials Library for Prototyping
Maintain library of hundreds of fabrics, trims, hardware, notions and fasteners to allow breadth of concept generation quickly.
Construct prototypes in materials early to test viability of concepts.
Modify prototypes throughout construction process as issues or opportunities emerge.
Patternmaking + Grading
Anthropometric data, 3d printed fit models, and fabric knowledge come together to create an accurate, well-fitted pattern. Fit and pattern accuracy are critical to product success.
Prototypes for User Testing
Production quality looks-like, works-like prototypes are the best way to ensure accurate data from user testing. Industrial machines and large library of notions, hardware, and fabrics, as well as low quantity sourcing resources allows high quality prototypes to be constructed for testing.
Tech Pack Creation
A properly made tech pack can be the difference between success and failure. Giving manufacturing partners all the information they need in a detailed, well organized format is a critical part of the process.
Making many, rough working prototypes is the best way to accurately test soft goods concepts, and explore the limits of an idea. By maintaining a large library of notions, hardware and fabrics, many ideas can be tested quickly at the outset of the project to find unique and exciting solutions to old problems.
Sourcing + Quality Control
Sourcing unique components, low minimum fabrics, or finding a supplier in a specific geographic area can greatly enhance the success of a design. Understanding fabric properties and testing, as well as quality control guidelines and procedures ensures continuing product quality.