NEWS FROM APPAREL ARTS
• NEW BANK FEES We are now being charged $10 for every declined credit card and $9 when we have to key in a credit card. I think you will agree that Merchant Services at all banks are abusing small businesses with these exorbitant fees. We cannot afford to absorb these fees. Therefore, please try to pay with checks (or cash) and if you are going to use your credit card, please make sure there are funds in your account or we will pass the $10 fee onto you. Also, please bring your credit card to class on tuition payday, if we have to key in the card, we will pass the $9 fee onto you. I am sorry for this inconvenience. Please let me know if you have questions.
• Look for the new January – June, 2012 schedule to come in in mid-October. Classes do fill up so sign up early.
• New sewing machines this week! I will be setting up the new machines on Tuesday evening this week. They are really good. If you are interested in buying one of the old machines, they can be paid for and picked up from Wednesday on. The ones with the magenta strip are $200 and the ones with the blue accent are $175. I think about half have been sold, but there are more blue ones left if you are interested.
• Just a friendly reminder that tuitions are due this week for Patternmaking and Design classes.
INTERESTING WEBSITES, ARTICLES, AND VIDEOS
• This is Utube video is really adorable and educational! Thanks Jill Barnett.
• Check out this lovely article about your fellow student, Jeff Oakes. Very inspirational! Hand/Eye Magazine is really cool.
• Check out this Small Business Managerial System. Looks really good. Thanks Jess Baldi!
OUTSIDE CLASSES AND EVENTS
• Join SFMade and the SF Bicycle Coalition for a visit to three of San Francisco’s neighborhoods that still are home to many of our City’s finest local manufacturers – South of Market, the Northeast Mission, and the Dogpatch. Thursday, September 29 12 to 3 pm. Starts at TechShop, 926 Howard Street, San Francisco, Cost: $25. Contact www.SFMade.org
Led by SFMade’s Kate Sofis, the tour will start in SOMA where we visit Tech Shop – SFMade’s headquarters and a fascinating do-it-yourself facility for makers – and taste the freshly roasted coffee at nearby Ritual Coffee’s roasting facility; the tour continues into the historic Northeast Mission manufacturing district where we will visit several producers; and then we are off to the Dogpatch to glimpse DodoCase’s manufacturing operation, and we conclude at Rickshaw Bagworks.
Bikes not included, so please bring your own!
• Garment Industry 411
Expert led workshops on Apparel Manufacturing
Presenter: Lana Hogue has worked in garment manufacturing for over 25 years. With extensive experience in production, quality control, and operations both in the U.S. and off shore including Asia, Mexico & Central America, South America, and Caribbean Basin. Lana has worked as an employee and a consultant to hundreds of companies from start-
ups to $400 million in sales. Her unique perspective will help you understand how to thrive in the world of sewn-product manufacturing, and maximize your return on investment. Email to register: email@example.com
Workshops are conducted in San Francisco sewing factories – locations provided to registered attendees
All workshops are on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 9pm
Cost: for students and peopleWearSF members – $35/class (Non-members: $40/class)
Everyone – $30 per class for any 3 or more classes
Fabric Sourcing & Inspection: October 19, 2011
Fabric is the biggest expenses you face in the garment industry. Streamline your fabric sourcing and learn the industry standard method for measuring fabric quality (Mills do NOT want you to know this!). Covers detailed information on fabric management including sourcing – what information to ask for, what to order, fabric cataloging – methods for
organizing swatches/headers, fabric quality assurance – 4 Point Fabric Inspection (Demonstration!), and raw material inventory & storage.
WE HAVE A FINALIST!
•NORTH BY NORTHWEST (N x NW)FASHION COMPETITION
Vote for our own Shelby Robertson!!!!! Check it out and you can vote on line. Congratulations Shelby for becoming a finalist and good luck!
Voting for the People’s Choice winner will begin on September 30.
Visit www.nordicfashionbiennale.com to vote for your favorite!
What does it mean to be inspired by Nordic design? Twelve emerging fashion designers are going to find out. The North by Northwest (N x NW) fashion competition is an exciting new element of the Nordic Fashion Biennale. The purpose of the competition is to inspire creativity, encourage emerging designers to seek out new directions, and spark awareness of new trends in Nordic fashion. Two lucky winners will each win a trip to Iceland!
Check the postings in the studio. Byer has openings for a Senior Patternmaker and a Spec Writer.
That is it for now. Happy Fall.