Susan Scafidi of the Fashion Law Institute breaks down the basics of Fashion Intellectual Property: Copyright and patent are all about incentivizing innovation and protecting new things, whereas trademark is about signs and symbols that indicate a company. Each of

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What are those little studs on jeans actually for? There is a purpose! They are a type of garment trim. What is trim, actually? Fabric trimmings such as lace, braid, cord, piping, metal hardware, and fringe are most frequently used

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Finishing in denim can refer to the finishing of the denim cloth, and also the finishing of the final garment once it has been sewn. Finishing the denim cloth (before it gets cut and sewn), refers to a variety of

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By Anya Ferring   Like any garment, creating the perfect pair of jeans requires going through the pattern development process, which as always is a process of finalizing fit and construction. Both of these areas are a bit more specialized

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By Anya Ferring Ah denim! It is with great irony that the fashion industry has managed to take something so seemingly simple (basic cotton work pants that have existed for over a century) and evolve them into one of the

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If you know us here at Factory8, you know how much we love a proper cutter’s must. But why? In a nutshell, a proper cutter’s must assures that the cutter will complete his or her job correctly. Correct cutting is

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Artists have long been aware that any disruption in the flow of a pattern draws the eye. While fashion designers can use this phenomenon in a pleasing way to produce visual interest, most often we avoid it by continuing the

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What will the future of fashion look like in a post online, direct-to-consumer landscape?  A partnership between Alphabet’s Google and Levi Strauss could be a sign of things to come–they have brought to market the $350 Commuter X, a denim jacket that

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Many designers (established or otherwise!) rarely spend the adequate amount of time necessary for materials sourcing. Materials sourcing can be just as labor intensive as the style development and production cut-and-sew process, but often gets overlooked as a smaller detail

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Not only novices make the error of expecting too much from their first production run.  Even industry veterans who are starting a new brand or capsule collection often put too much pressure on their first run of new garments. The

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