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 →

We often receive multiple inquiries, comments, and sometimes confusion on what exactly is a pattern. There are two terms that are generally used in the apparel manufacturing industry in regards to patterns. First, patterns, or garment patterns, can be a template from which parts of a garment are traced onto fabric before cutting and assembling. Garment patterns are used in the designing and production process to ensure that the fit of the garment is to the designer’s liking. While a tech pack is a blue print, the garment pattern is the cutting template.   Tip: “Keep in mind that when costs are involved in making aRead 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 →

no factory response

At JLD-Studios we work to respond to all inquiries.  Though some days it just doesn’t happen.  Not receiving a factory response is one of the most common complaints we hear from new companies. We can’t speak for everyone, but here are some of the reasons our response times can lag. 1- Sheer volume of Inquiries This is not meant as a humble brag. US manufacturing inquiries are on the rise. Which is great! Flip side is, we have a lot of responses to send.gbwhatsapp apk It may take a couple of days for us to get back to you. Please keep in mind: – WeRead 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 →