Fashion Production – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

We spent yesterday in Los Angeles to meet with some factories and look at new textiles. To say the least, it was a long day. We had a good friend with us, Matt Schultz, who has a clothing company (www.shultzsurf.com ). Once we had coffee and smoothies in hand we embarked on our two-hour drive to the fashion district. Our first stop was the Giggle Handbag factory, where the Bagonia bags are made. Nichole went over the details of the new designs with Jane (super exciting since they will complete the 2009 Bagonia line). Jane, being the great person that she is, agreed to manufacturer the funky new additions even though the factory probably doesn’t really have the time to do it. Then Matt had his turn to talk about some production possibilities for making some backpacks and duffle bags for his sportswear line. 

Next stop was Eco-Tex, an eco-friendly textile company. There we met with Helene, who was probably the funniest and warmest person we’ve ever met in our lives. She showed us some great new eco-textiles that are coming out this year and how we can incorporate them into our line.  Helene informed us that if we used great “left over” textiles to create new designs Bagonia bags become even more earth friendly by minimizing waste during the production process.  Boo waste!

After that we headed to a factory (of which we can’t remember the name) where Matt picked up the uniforms for the San Diego Soccers.  Matt recently landed a licensing partnership with them and is now the outfitter for the team. Matt also outfits a volleyball team in Solana Beach and we had to pick up some pants for them at another place called Rockwell (we *think*), which also happens to be the manufacturer for TapOut brand. We took a little peak at some of the TapOut clothes, which was kinda fun.

By this point we had three giant boxes in the car, and countless odds and ends we collected throughout the day. Good thing Adriana has a little bum! She was stuffed in the back seat next to Noah’s car seat (we had to pick him up from school in Carlsbad on the way home). 

All in all it was a long day but a good day…Not all glitz and glamour but we love it.  

 

 

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