Fabric has been chosen and ordered. Patterns are drawn. Markers are set. Tickets sent in. Cutting and sewing and labeling is happening as we speak (read?)!
In less than two weeks, the first Cause I Run samples will exist – a sports bra, a tank top, and running capris.
I'll have my fit model try them on, take note of any changes that need to be made, and take photographs (and share them with you all)! I'll wait for the updated set, then produce a full round that includes every size, to make sure the sizing is appropriate. And then we will be officially one step closer to launch!
The process of production
I'm letting you in on all of this because I think we as consumers know hardly anything about what really goes into clothing production. I stopped into the new Primark store in Boston the other day, because it's near my work and I wanted to check it out. There are four floors worth of clothing! Thousands upon thousands of items for sale, most for $10 or less.
A couple of years ago, this discovery would have been my heaven, but now, it's overwhelming. Each of those pieces needed a pattern and grading (to make different sizes). Each of them needs thread and a care label, and someone who cuts the fabric, and someone who sews the pieces together. And someone who puts it all into boxes to ship it around the world.
For the most part, it's people doing these things, not machines.
People make our clothes -- cheap ones and expensive ones. All of those thousands of items packed into that store made me feel almost a little sad, because it doesn't reflect a care for the people involved in making them; it doesn't reflect care for the environment; it doesn't even reflect a care for the garment itself. The item is just a number, designed poorly in order to make someone at the top a large, quick profit.
Clothing production takes a lot of work, especially in the United States, where clothing production is scarce. Before Factory45, I had no idea just how much work it took to produce an American made product. So, I'll be letting you in on as much of the production process as I can, so you can understand it, too.
And soon, we'll see the fruits of that effort! I can't wait to share the details about our samples. In the mean time, I need your help. Everyone on our email list by the time our Kickstarter launches early next year will receive a super sweet deal for list members only. Share this link with your family and friends: http://goo.gl/jdIh3K