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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

What is grading? Is it some sort of system where we rank our designs in order of best to worst? Are we ranking what would sell the best? This hem is A+ work! For those of us who are new to the industry, there are a lot of terms that get thrown around that we just don’t fully understand. It’s ok! We all start somewhere. So, back to grading. What is it?Read More →

  It’s officially winter! That means that spring is right around the corner and we are all in a blitz to solidify our designs, fabrics, patterns, and (hopefully) getting our designs out for production. Spring 2015 emphasizes on the softer and cooler side of the color spectrum by casting bold colors as a supportive role, accenting Pantone’s® picks for SS15. Read More →