Designer uniform can only be achieved by hunting out the very best factories in the world. These factories, rarely have websites and are extremely hard to come by. That’s why we keep searching. Last year I attended the Techtextil trade fair in Frankfurt. There in the midst of textile machinery was a new supplier, who specialised in tailoring. What made me excited were two reasons; the product looked well made and the account manager spoke, perfect English. He was young and hungry for new business.
Not only did the factory offer development and sampling but they have a uniform designer if we need the extra help. After swiftly pulling together a booklet of fabrics from their stock supported range we chatted logistics. How would shipping work? They offered to manage this process from their end using their local courier service. What’s more, if orders were bigger they have their own vans that would transport the garments door to door. My eyes lit up. This was music to my ears.
Since meeting them I was keen to start sampling some garments with them quickly to see if they really could create designer uniform. We flew out in March and worked for three days solid with the pattern cutter, account manager and seamstress. We gave them a challenging design but we always want to push boundaries. The factory was very organised. In fact the best I had ever seen. To cut a long story short, they have just delivered the first order. It was ahead of schedule, perfectly packed and beautifully made. Here’s to a long term relationship making many more designer uniforms.