Successful Fashion Designer interview with Kathleen Fasanella by Sew Heidi

SFD 015: Find an American Clothing Factory to Make Your Fashion Product

August 14, 2017

You’ve reached out to clothing factories and manufacturers, but no one replies! Learn essential strategies about how to approach them and what terminology you need to know so factories will take you seriously. Get industry insider secrets from expert Kathleen Fasanella to learn how to find an American clothing factory to make your fashion product.

Kathleen Fasanella is author of one of the fashion industry’s best resource books, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing. She’s a trained pattern maker with almost 4 decades of experience, and now owns a factory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this interview, she shares why speaking the right language can help factories and vendors take you seriously, how to make sure your production stays on track so you don’t get bumped out of line, and why designing isn’t always as glamorous as it can seem.



You will learn:

  • Less expensive and more effective alternatives to FIT or FIDM for technical design
  • Why you may be more technically inclined than you think (hint: if you can sew, you are)
  • The difference between a manufacturer and a sewing contractor
  • How speaking the right language will help suppliers take you seriously
  • Tricks to find an American clothing factory to make your fashion product
  • Why you should only produce one style with a new factory
  • The realities of being a designer, and why it’s not as glamorous as you think
  • How to make sure your production stays on track and you don’y get bumped out of line for a bigger order

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