We are no stranger to 1960’s fashion (check out our previous blog post). We love the bright patterns, interesting silhouettes that this era brought to the fashion industry. Today, we are diving deeper into the history of the man who created the distinctive psychedelic patterns which proliferated during the mid-Sixties as well as his version of “leggings.” Emilio Pucci printed leggings are sensual, effortlessly elegant, and made to liberate a woman’s movement in every situation. Emilio Pucci was born in Naples, Italy on November 20th, 1914 to an illustrious Italian family. He graduated from the Università di Firenze in 1941 with a doctorate in political science, after having attended the UniversityRead More →

When finding the right fit for your leggings, it is important to find the size, fabric and most of all the fit for your body. This makes all of the difference between having a pair of leggings ride up or digging into your waist. Leggings Styles Compression Leggings Compression leggings are great for intense activities like running, kickboxing, or just being the bad-a** woman that you are. It is said that they improve sporting performance, and reduce muscle recovery time. Keep in mind that these leggings are a tighter fit than the usual leggings. Athleisure Leggings Fitted leggings have light compression and usually with wide, flatRead More →

She is an all-star designer, creative, and woman. Jennifer Diana is JLD-Studios Founder and Creative Director. We are so excited to have her on the blog and share her stories on how JLD-Studios began. So why did you created JLD-Studios? Throughout my career in fashion, I’ve always been passionate about finding a way to create more jobs in the US.  Initially, we started as a freelance business servicing the apparel industry in apparel development and textile design. Over the years we’ve been able to build a team of hardworking women that together excel in all areas of full product development through manufacturing. Those women areRead More →

As a women-owned and women-operated business, we love to support others like us on this journey. Our first Women in Business feature is Lorica Clothing, founded by Elie Hutchinson. Today, Elie will talk about the story behind her brand and what’s in store for the future. Describe Lorica Clothing in 3 words: For Every Warrior What inspired you to start Lorica Clothing? Ever since I paged through my brother’s Dungeons and Dragons manuals as a kid, I’ve been smitten with images of epic heroes and flashing steel. If I had my way, I’d just wear full plate armor casually in my daily life. But inRead More →

At JLD-Studios, we live and breathe leggings, especially printed leggings. Today, we are here to break down some of the easiest ways to style printed leggings. Here is to wearing leggings that go beyond plain black… 1. Pair with Solids: Prints and solids can balance each other. Let your bold leggings style be the center of attention by wearing a solid color top. 2. Color Inspiration from the Print: To create a cohesive look, it is great to incorporate some of the colors from your printed leggings into your outfit. Don’t be afraid of color and mix and matching your prints. 3. Dress it Up: Style printed leggings withRead More →

Who We Are     We are a team of creative and passionate women that work with small emerging brands to make their dreams come true. From our designers to our sewers, we understand the development process from concept to execution. Since the day we started our foundation was built on a commitment to customers in quality, speed, and communication. We are also proud to be part of a growing network of US manufacturers and bringing jobs back to the USA!   What We Do Have you ever dreamed of creating your own Leggings collection? Then you found the perfect place. We live and breathe leggingsRead More →

We know many of you are curious about what JLD does, what we make, and what we stand for. So here are some quick questions answered just for you!   What Type of Clothes Do You Specialize in Making? We specialize in leggings and stretchy athletic bottoms. Think of yoga pants, shorts, or anything that is made with knit fabrics. Why Leggings? We love leggings and are passionate about creating one of a kind design for our clients. We believe that creating your own pair of leggings can help set your brand apart from your competition and helps promote recognition of who you are asRead More →

Emily Franklin is our beloved associate textile designer at JLD-Studios. We caught up with her to chat about her background, design process and favorite aspect about textile design. How did you become a textile designer? During my senior year of my Studio Arts degree, I stumbled upon textile design when my created a thesis of an intricate drawing which looked like wallpaper. I fell in love with textile design because I like the nitty-gritty details of the design.  I decided to take a chance and attended FIDM to earn my Textile Design degree and freelanced for a bit before I landed an internship at JLDRead More →

Starting a business can be a daunting task, not to mention finding the right manufacturer for your products. There are so many resources online that can help you find your perfect match but it can be challenging. Here are some of our tips to help you select a manufacturer for your business.   Overseas v. Domestic Manufacturing We strongly believe in supporting domestic manufacturing in the USA (if you’re curious to learn more about them, watch some of our favorite documentaries here). Domestic manufacturing has so many advantages such as higher manufacturing quality, no import duties or tariffs, and faster shipping time. Not to mentionRead More →

We strongly believe that the price of manufacturing in the USA outweighs the price of social and environmental justice lost at many overseas facilities, that’s why we are proud of what we do in the Pacific Northwest. Are you in interested in starting your own brand? Are you looking into manufacturing overseas but are skeptical? Here are some of our favorite documentaries to watch to help you make these important business decisions.   The True Cost Why You Should Watch: This documentary tells the story of fast fashion and its impact on our society and the environment. If you’re ready to find the “true cost”Read More →

When we receive a new inquiry, we always ask to see the legging concepts first.  This allows us to better understand the brand direction, assess if we’ll be the best fit, and get started on a proposal.  If this is your first time designing leggings, sending the concepts can be a little daunting!  This post should help you prepare your ideas to send us your legging concepts. Biggest Misconception – I need to send professional legging sketches Not at all!  We can work from just about any version of a legging concept, from similar products to rough napkin sketches. We’ve seen it all and areRead More →

We are excited for the prints we saw marching down the Runway for Autumn/Winter 2017.  While opulent damask and lavish embroidery may not immediately seem like ideal textiles for leggings, we can extract the elements and create dramatic printed leggings. Here is a great example from the Red Valentino collection.  Inspired by traditional embroidery and damask weaves, these dresses have a demure feel. By punching out the color into darker tones and colorblocking the waistband, we can take this same print inspiration into a more active feel.  Creating damask inspired printed leggings. This print is also using a damask weave style print. We were furtherRead More →