The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is located in Brooklyn, NY. They have been making samples for Tabii Just for about a year. I work directly with Tara, who coordinates production. She then works with a small team of sewers, cutters and more to do sample work and small batch production. Roberto made my last sample. Here is some more info about him. I chose the BF+DA because of their commitment to ethical garment production. I look for clean working conditions, a roomy atmosphere where staff can comfortably get around, clear exits and a general ease of work. I also look at how the production coordinator speaks to the people who work there and her expectations for them. My measure is always if I can see myself working in the facility that my clothes are made in.
The Production Lab at the BF+DA (p.LAB) provides NYC designers with the resources they need to go from idea to prototype to production to market. The p.LAB is a digital fabrication service bureau offering 3D printing and laser cutting along with a sample development studio and small-run apparel manufacturing facility, equipped with the latest technology in garment production, with no minimum requirements. Created for new designers and established brands, our one-stop full-package apparel production service provides development in cut & sew knits and wovens, fully fashioned and whole garment knitting as well as digitally-printed textiles.
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