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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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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