Hello everyone! It’s Jennifer here, founder of JLD-Studios. Today, I will be giving you some tips on how to start a leggings brand so you can design and sell your own custom leggings. Creating a leggings brand or any form of business is not an easy task (trust me, I am still learning as I go). 1. Do your research: What I always tell my clients is to first research and put together a plan. Who is your customer- Be Specific!  What kind of leggings will they wear? Why will they shop with you? Do they prefer cats or dogs? A specific customer will help youRead More →

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 →

Inspiration comes from many different places. This year, we want to share some of the things that inspire us to you. Here are our top 10 Blogs and Instagrams every designer should follow. 1. Maker’s Row Maker’s Row is an online marketplace that connects American manufacturers with small, medium-sized businesses. Not only are they a great resource to find local manufacturers, they also provide great content on industry news ranging from fashion, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and much more. 2. The Bussiness of Fashion (BoF) We cannot create a post about top 10 Blogs and Instagrams every designer should follow without mentioning The Business of Fashion (B0F). BoF isRead 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 →

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 →

Do you think the choice of Pantone color Greenery was a subtle nod to our hope that 2017 would be better than 2016?  After all, “The Grass is Always Greener.”  Despite where you feel we’re heading for this year, the color of the year is as cheery as Kermit. To embrace the shade our textile designers had a little fun with our print library. The cool shade of green is playing nicely with shades of aqua and navy blues.  We even through in some gray to further neutralize the color.  From ditsy florals to more laid back conversationals, greenery is accenting these prints very well.Read More →

Now that Halloween is finally upon us, we felt a spooky surge of inspiration to share some of our favorite industry horror stories! Whether you’re a fashion industry veteran, or you’re just getting started, sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. We’ve all had our fair share of disasters, and as grim as it can seem at times, everyone in the industry has had a similar or worse horror story to tell at some point – so just take a nice, deep breath, and know that you’re in good company.Read More →

The top 10 PANTONE colors for Spring 2016 blend both soft and bold unisex tones, defying typical cultural and gender norms to usher in a new season with more uplifting color palette, and we couldn’t be more excited!Wireless Routers for Office As Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman of the PANTONE Color Institute tells us, Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.Read More →

framaroot android I am in love with bringing power to femininity and 2015’s Spring Couture has done just that. Spring Couture 2015 collections have shown us both ends of the femininity spectrum, from soft to edgy. Below are some pieces worth remembering, and hopefully bring some inspiration to a season that is right around the corner. Read More →

April Showers… It wouldn’t be spring without floral prints, and this spring it is all about Flower Power. From soft to edgy, we see this season essential return to us year after year, reminding us that summer is on the horizon. click hereThis can be applied to anything from feminine lines to edgy designs, and everything in between.Read More →

The shift dress. What an iconic staple in every woman’s wardrobe! We all know they rose to fame in the sixties, but how? In this week’s edition of our Throwback Thursday, we are going to discuss shift dresses, their iconic structure, and how/when to incorporate them into your personal collections.Read More →

Are those your Grandma’s clothes? Fashion is all about recycling old ideas and making them new. This retro inspired trend takes that idea and does a headstand with it! We are seeing color, structure, and attitude reawaken from the sixties and seventies and I don’t think they want to leave just yet.Read More →