Start Your Own Apparel Collection With Clothier!

Creating an apparel collection is no easy feat. The steps behind the process can seem a little intimidating but with the right guidance, you too can launch your own apparel brand. Clothier Design Source wants to get you the knowledge you need to launch your collection. They are offering The Clothier 4 Step Academy to give potential apparel entrepreneurs all the  information they need to create and produce a collection.

The Apparel Entrepreneur Class is a 4-Step Academy series that includes classes on Tech Packs, Manufacturing, Prototype, and a Design. It runs 9am-4pm. Each class comes with a Q&A session at the end for additional depth on the subject matter. In between classes participants will go on a factory tour and take part in a networking lunch. This is a great opportunity to meet other apparel entrepreneurs. The course is scheduled to take place next Saturday February, 24, 2018 at CLothier Design Source Headquarters in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Check the information below for the full schedule and additional information.

Tickets are still available for the course via Eventbrite. For further information, please email



The Clothier 4 Step Academy Day Schedule:

9:00 am – 9:30 am – Arrive, Check-in

9:30 am – 10:30 am – CLASS ONE: Kick Off Class and Q&A

Introduction to the apparel industry and The Clothier 4 Step Process – learn what you can do to prepare for developing your product(s).

10:30 am – 11:30 am CLASS TWO: Step 1 Design Class and Q&A

Learn everything that needs to happen to complete Step 1. Understand how to review designs, fabrics and trims. Learn the basics in fabric and raw goods to help you make the best choices for your product(s). Understand the world of raw goods vendors and the difference between stock goods, made-to-order and developed-to-order.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm CLASS THREE: Step 2 Prototype Class and Q&A

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Learn how to review prototypes with a critical eye and how to give constructive feedback. Go over how to fit a garment, wash test and other testing options. Learn about piece goods vs dye goods. Learn about printing options including all-over vs. placed.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Networking (provided by Clothier Design Source)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Tour of Clothier Design Source Factory and Headquarters:

Get a personal tour of our facility, giving you insight on what to look for when looking for a manufacturer.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CLASS FOUR: Preparing for Manufacturing and Q&A

In this class we will prep you for entering manufacturing. Understand your label options and label designs. Understand what sizes and colorways to offer and discuss grade rules.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm CLASS FIVE: Step 3 Tech Design and Q&A

Learn what is in a tech pack and how to use them. Go over our tech pack templates. Learn how to write a purchase order for apparel.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm CLASS SIX: Step 4 Manufacturing and Q&A

Learn what to expect during the manufacturing process. How does apparel manufacturing work? How does quality control work?


Materials included:

  • Apparel industry Vendor Sourcing list (over 200 vendors)
  • Manufacturing Guide Booklet
  • Materials to take away from each class.
  • Tech pack Templates

NOTE: This academy does not include marketing advice or how to get funding advice. It is strictly dedicated to helping you manage the quality and success of your brand from a manufacturing and development perspective.


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