Shilo Byrd Studio participated again at the CitySource Tradeshow this year at FIT on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. CitySource is an annual tradeshow consisting of local manufacturers, patternmakers, samplerooms, trim shops, graders, and many other vendor service providers that make up the rich ecosystem of New York City’s fashion industry. Designers visiting the tradeshow benefit from having apparel industry experts gathered all in one place, immediately available for discussion and even for live demos and insightful seminars.
In addition to meeting with designers at our tables, our studio founder Shilo Byrd and owner Jené Stefaniak also presented a sold-out, knowledge-packed seminar tailored to emerging designers, titled Production, Contractors, and Costs. The talk was a concise, informative guide through the 4 major steps of design, development, pre-production, and production. Best practices and common gotchas were pinpointed for designers when they work with patternmakers, samplemakers, and factories. They also touched upon fashion business topics such as costing and timelines crucial for running a successful apparel brand. For a primer on how to take your designs from conception to production, or a quick refresher on the terminology such as grading, marker, and TOP, check out the slides from the presentation below!