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Factory Production

Factory Production

In my opinion I believe that a few people really understand how much hard work goes into being an independent designer.  This summer I was privileged to work with the designer behind the company Lobo Mau.    As an independent designer, working with her really showed me the struggles and difficulties that a designer has to face daily.  She worked in a boutique with a number of other independent designers that were sharing the same situation.  I was shocked to learn that all of the independent designers manufactured their products in a studio or at their home, they did not use a factory.  During my internship, we took a business day to visit her showroom and a potential factory she was interested in doing business with.   Walking into the factory was such an awesome experience, the atmosphere was so different than what I was expecting.  I could see the importance of factory manufacturing.  Factory manufacturing takes the stress of production off of a designer’s hands.  Those who manufacture in factories only have to worry about cutting the fabric out (unless they get that done in a factory too).  It allows designers to better use their time rather than sewing each garment individually.  The problem with factories is that it can be risky.  Factories are used to produce large quantities quickly.  If a designer’s orders are not very large, a factory may be hesitant to work with them, especially if the designers only needs twenty of the same garment.   It is also risky for designers because if they request more of one style, they have to make sure that it is going to sell so they are not stuck with the pieces.  I think that for an entrepreneur, an independent designer, taking that risk will pay off in the end.  I think that if a company wants to move to the next level they should consider factory production.  Factories offer designers the ability to mass produce garments.  Factories allow designers to have more free time which includes perfecting their brand. With more free time, designers can focus on promoting their companies instead of worrying about production.  Designers can also pop into factories and oversee the production as often as they feel necessary, so they aren’t completely removed from the manufacturing stage.  I think that factories offer designers a lot of positive features. What do you think?