We’ve got the answers to your most urgent questions:
Q: I am new to the fashion industry. Where do I get started?
A: You’re at the right place! We offer services in apparel design, dye sublimation, and small batch manufacturing; specialized for small and emerging brands! In order to move from concept to production you will need a few things. A tech pack, a graded garment pattern, and an approved sales sample.
Q: What is a tech pack? If I have a sketch, do I need one?
A: Short answer? It is HIGHLY recommended, regardless of where you manufacture. JLD-Studios does require a tech pack for all manufacturing services.
Ok, now for the longer answer… A tech pack is essentially a blueprint for the garment. It shows your factory how the garment is supposed to look, including intricate construction details, how big/small the garment is supposed to be, which fabric and what type of stitch you would like, etc. While some factories do not require a tech pack, it would be like assembling 20 pieces of IKEA furniture without any instructions…. technically you could do it, but would you want to sit on that piece of furniture?
Q: What is a pattern? Does artwork count?
A: Patterns refer to a few different things. In apparel it can refer to the pieces used to cut out fabric for assembly as well as the printed design on the material. Since we develop both forms at JLD-Studios, we are generally referring to the former when we say pattern. All of our patternmaking is done digitally, which gives a lot of flexibility for grading, marker making, and later renditions. For artwork or textile print info, please visit out sublimation printing page.
Q: What are your minimums?
A: Simple, we have zero minimums for all services. This includes design, dye sublimation, and cut/sew production. As it is our passion to see you succeed, our capacity for first production orders is 100 units per style. If you are in need of additional units, we are happy to further discuss your production plans.
Q: What do you need in order to estimate production pricing?
A: We will need your tech pack and/or approved sample and rough quantities.
Q: What are your average lead times?
A: Samples typically take 2-3 weeks, with full production services at 8-12 weeks. The clock starts once all materials are in-house.
Q: If I give you this garment, could you copy it for us?
A: While we are happy to work through a market sample(s) for fit inspiration and/or design inspiration, we do not design or produce replicas of existing designs.
Q: I am working on having my design patented. Will you sign my NDA?
A: We sign NDAs when it incorporates a new form of technology, or proprietary fabric or construction method not currently on the market. Please be sure to email us: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions regarding this policy.
Q: What types of clothes do you specialize in making?
A: Great question! Each factory specializes in different types of garments. While we try to stay as flexible as possible, we specialize in active and casual garments for women’s and men’s collections.
*We do not currently manufacturer soft accessories, bedding/home goods, childrenswear, intimates/swimwear, denims/leathers, socks/hats, or evening/bridalwear.