Louie Marquez, Class of 2008

Hello to all you fashion enthusiasts. My name is Louie. I’m a Fashion and Textile Technology major with a concentration in Product Development. What’s Product Development (PD), you may ask? Well, in all honesty, it’s like the Apparel Design concentration, but with a two-course difference. It will be my job, though, to tell you what PD is really about. So, stay tuned, logon, and hopefully you will learn something new each time you read my blog. D’ici la!

October 07, 2007

Knox Farm Fiber Festival

Last Saturday September 29, 2007 was the Knox farm fiber festival. This was my first ever fiber festival and I was very curious to see what it was all about. They had demos, vendors, animals, and a hay ride. The festival had many different kinds of demos such as Iron work, spinning wool, weaving, dyeing and many more. The weavers would spin and then weave shawls from fleece which had come from one of the farms very own sheep. One vendor had silk worms and showed the complete process of making silk from silk worms. She had every stage with here from the eggs to the worms which she let you touch to the actual silk. A couple of vendors were knitting and had different types of yarn. Another neat aspect was all the animals at the Knox farm they had, sheep, llamas, goats, and alpacas oh my! The Knox farm also had a hay ride that took you around the farm with a tour guide which was very interesting. I had a great time visiting all the different vendors to see what they had to offer. I encourage people to go next year and see all the great things that the Knox Farm Fiber Festival has to offer.

Vendors at Knox Farm Fiber Festival
Class at Knox Farm Fiber Festival

December 08, 2006

Signing Off…

Well fashion friends, it is time that I bid you adieu. I hope you learned a thing or two about what PD is all about. If you didn’t, you can always email me with more questions! I do love checking my email….Since this is my first stint at blogging, I wasn’t sure how to really approach it. I would like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to read our blogs. Thank you also to fellow bloggers Julie and Misty; I hope you were able to understand about the apparel design and merchandising section as well. I would also like to thank Professors Polvinen and Abraham who spearheaded this blogging. It’s been a busy semester. I apologise for not writing as many entries as I would have liked. Besides the fact that we began a little late, I was finding less and less time to come up with topics to write about. Thankfully, though, my classes for the fall were all fashion courses, so it helped. Again, I hope you enjoyed and learned a thing or two. Zaijian!

And the Beat Goes On…

Ever heard of the Marena Group? Well, I recently read an article about them in Apparel Magazine, and I am humbled to know there are still manufacturing companies in the good US of A who operate in our own country. In a time where most garments you own come from India, China, or Turkey, the Marena Group strives to keep all facets of the manufacturing process in their Lawrenceville, GA, offices.

So, who is Marena Group? They create compression garments which are designed to be used for post surgical operations. Their patented fabric, Comfortweave, “acts like a second skin over the wearer’s healing body.” Moreover, it allows complete freedom when moving so as not to restrain the wearer unlike some other products which immobilise the wearer.

Plan of action: Marena sells its products to medical supply distributors who then distribute it to its customers, most of which are doctor’s offices, sugery clinics, and hospitals. Marena has distributors in over 50 countries. They are also able to ship products directly to customers, mostly in the North American section, though.

Standing alone: So, does Marena have competitors? Of course they do, but what makes them so different (besides their innovative fabric) is their ability to ship products quickly. They accomplish this efficiency by shipping on the same day, regardless of which SKU is shipped. “It takes orders until 6 p.m., and one-third of its production work force is scheduled to work until 7 p.m. to ensure it can produce and ship the garments that same day,” according to Apparel Magazine. Consequently, these products are delivered by 8 a.m. the next morning.

The bottom line: According to Bill Watkins, COO of Marena, “It’s a crime that we’re outsourcing our manufacturing know-how. The United States doesn’t need to be only receiving other countries’ products while our people are only able to find work in service industries.” So, it’s good to know that there are still companies in the US who are keeping it local. Kudos, Marena!

November 19, 2006

Quick Response

Nazdar Fashion Friends

Time: As a college student, one thing we always grumble about is that there is never enough time. Eventually, though, we prioritize which items are more important than others.

One of the most important elements in maintaining and running a successful apparel company is time. Open communication throughout the supply chain management is vital because the longer the wait time, the greater risk of delivering products to consumer in an untimely manner.

So, here are some fundamentals of the quick response system:

Management must be able to monitor each function to detect deviation and respond appropriately
Product development process must be able to react to the changing of the marketplace and offer the right product at the right time
Team work is integral because working together enables everyone to respond to errors quickly and efficiently

In order to implement QR successfully, the ability to communicate between company and supplier is very important
Universal Product Code (UPC) identifies products by product category, manufacturer, and merchandise item
Bar codes allow for rapid communication and identification of products
Point of sale (POS) transmits data from retail stores to manufacturers who then use this information to analyze what the customer is buying

Partnership, or team work, among all components of supply chain management is needed to fulfill obligations
Trust and confidence are characteristics that are needed to work together efficiently

November 11, 2006

Where Do We Go From Here?

Merhaba Fashion Friends!

Photoshop, Illustrator, Modaris…what do these things have in common? Besides the fact that they are being used in many apparel companies’s production line, technology is playing a vital role in the future of fashion. So, what new, inventive ideas will flourish after these programs?

Ever heard of body-scanning technology? Believe or not, it’s currently happening. Levi’s introduced the use of body-scanning during the late-90’s to provide custom fit to its customers. Speaking of, we’re entering an age where mass production will soon become a thing of the past. What’s the new trend? Customization. Giving customers the opportunity to buy clothes that make them feel that je ne sais quoi will be what many companies are looking to do.

So, what does your crystal ball say about the future of fashion? High-tech fabrics and new methods of construction? Outfits that can be created by the touch of a dial, as ingeniously demonstrated by Hussein Chalayan for his Fall 2006 collection. Paint me a picture of your fashion future!



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