When it comes to working in fashion, it may appear as though there are only a few ladders to success in the industry, such as becoming an editor, designer, buyer, stylist or photographer. But in reality, these jobs represent a small

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By Anya Ferring Yesterday the Ellen MacArthur Foundation released a new report, “A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future in London.” The launch was co-hosted by Stella McCartney whose Winter 2017 ad campaign compares two different disposal sites, located on

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By Anya Ferring This holiday season we give thanks to all of our valued clients, but also for our vast network of vendors, collaborators, and laborers in NYC’s Garment District, and let history be a reminder that we continue to

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By Anya Ferring Here at Factory8 we talk a lot about the art and best practices of garment making and manufacturing, but have you ever wondered about the history and process for making the materials involved in garments? And excellent

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By Anya Ferring What exactly is pattern grading? The purpose of grading is to proportionally increase or decrease the size of a pattern, while maintaining shape, fit, balance, and scale of all style details. Grading is different from alteration in that grading is

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By Anya Ferring Historically, trade shows were first created to gather buyers and sellers in one place, and although that core objective remains the same, trade shows today also offer opportunities beyond buying and selling. In what can be described

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By Anya Ferring While a number of forward-thinking retailers are already using social networks like Instagram and Pinterest to track the latest fashion trends, it appears Amazon intends to go one step further and use this information to actually design

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By Anya Ferring $200/hour, no way! I will just be my own fit model, or use (insert random friend/family member/etc) they are also the right size….. Firstly, to understand the value of a fit model it’s important to understand the

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By Anya Ferring The dawn of the information age has shaken up many industries, but in fashion it is most clearly seen with the advent of direct-to-consumer shopping. Direct-to-consumer shopping is the business model that more and more fashion brands

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By Anya Ferring Increasingly, apparel companies are using information technology and new innovations to enhance their manufacturing systems. Customer relationship management systems, mobile technologies and supply chain tracking, for example, are receiving the most attention among U.S. manufacturers. But with

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