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 →

Supporting other women owned businesses drives us everyday.  Launching a snow leggings line is more up hill than down hill.  Learn more about how Cheryl Baker of Sto Snow does it! Why did you create Sto Snow Leggings? I created Sto Snow because in 15 years of skiing at the end of every day on the mountain, my friends and I would complain to each other how there are no women’s snow pants out there made specifically with women’s bodies in mind. What seems to be mostly available are pants made for men’s shape and structure made smaller for women. Every woman I see aroundRead 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 →

JLD-Studios 2017 New logo

As the year is nearly ending, we thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on what happened in 2017. This year, we had so many new opportunities, projects, and drank gallons of coffee. Here is a quick JLD-Studios 2017 recap for you. Destination for Customized Leggings If you haven’t heard the news, JLD-Studios is now specializing in textile design and manufacturing leggings. We are very excited to take on this new business and we know that you are as well! Here are some leggings that we have designed this past year. MHARBANA is a sustainable athletic wear line that provides high-quality fabrics andRead 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 →

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 →