MyWearStore.com: Custom Fashion at Affordable Prices

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Have you heard the news? We’re very proud to announce the launch of our new marketplace, MyWearStore.com!

MyWearStore is the world’s first and only collection of completely customizable apparel and accessories, designed by a talented community of independent LaunchMyWear artists and designers. Our marketplace allows customers to discover new, emerging artists, designers, and trends – all at affordable prices. Customers have the option of personalizing every aspect of their order, from size and fabric, all the way down to the actual design itself. In turn, independent artists and designers are able to sell their own lines of apparel and accessories, under their own labels and with no minimum order quantities. We believe this is the future of art and fashion: an ecosystem of innovation, on-demand production, and full customization.

live inspired t shirts mywearstore.comOnce upon a time, having an up and coming designer make you a one-of-a-kind piece in your measurements and choice of fabric meant you were insanely wealthy. Now, with MyWearStore, you can have exactly that, at less than department store prices. We live in the future, guys!

I thought we’d use this as an opportunity to showcase some of our artists’ work, so, without further ado, here are some collections brought to you by the incredibly creative people that make MyWear possible:

I’ll start with one of my personal favorites, the folky designs of Ms. Ranka Stevic. Ranka uses patterns and prints that I would normally associate with embroidery, but updates them with modern colors and sharp angles. This marriage of tradition and modern design feels both familiar and fresh.

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One of our earliest supporters and favorite designers has been Inspired Fashion. Inspired offers a huge range of unique apparel, with a positive message to boot.

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I’m also a huge fan of these trippy designs from Fashion4U:

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YSO Serious fashion has some seriously unique graphic tees:

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Last but not least, my favorite, Reality Inc., brings technicolor pop art to the table, combining satire, modern art, and a Warhol-esque approach in his designs.

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We’re expanding our marketplace constantly with new designers and a huge range of products in the pipeline. Those of you interested in creating your own line can register on LaunchMyWear.com. Those looking to support the artist community and snag your own one-of-a-kind pieces can visit MyWearStore.com.

Happy shopping!

The Ultimate Souvenir: Create Apparel from Vacation Photos with MyWear®

I’m currently writing this on my phone, somewhere between Taichung and Taoyaun. I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to Taiwan this week, and as I ride the high speed rail back to the airport, and on the way back to my home in Oregon, I can’t help but feel nostalgic already.

Taiwan was beautiful, with vivid tastes and sounds, and a culture rich in tradition. It would be difficult to communicate the feelings that come about when stepping into one of the striking temples filled with ornate statues and the scent of incense. Similarly hard to capture is the sensation of walking up the steps of an old Taiwanese mansion and feeling the warm breeze as you hold a railing that’s been touched by countless people before you, dating back to before the industrial revolution.

I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase just how personal you can make a LaunchMyWear piece. Not only are you given the opportunity to personalize your fabric or customize your size, you’re able to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece from experiences, just as you want to remember them.

Taiwanese flowersAs I mentioned, I was really taken with the temples and an old mansion we visited Lu Kang. The architectural details and fabrics were so beautiful, and so different than anything I see regularly in the States. I would point at a gorgeous hand-carved wood plank or embroidered sash and exclaim to my husband, “If we were independently wealthy, I’d want to do this in our house!” or “I WISH they still made fabric like that!”.

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Then, I realized: I work for the best custom clothing company ever. What am I doing? I can make a dress inspired by my trip… I can even make a shirt using the actual photos from Taiwan! So, that is exactly what I did! Using a process similarly to the one here, I was able to take the photos of stunning, priceless antiques and artifacts and turn them into the perfect custom pieces to remember my trip by!

First, I created a print using the flowers featured on one of the goddess’ robes in the temple. I updated it with a clean background.

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For my second design, I used the tiles from the mansion to create a trim and extended the holes in the tiles upwards to create polka dots.

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And there you have it! Two distinctly personal tank tops from my trip… without the hassle of stuffing souvenirs in my luggage, made possible with LaunchMyWear!

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LaunchMyWear How-To: Create a Tribal Print

In this week’s MyWear® How-To, I’ll walk you through creating your own tribal print. To do this, you’ll need Photoshop and a little creativity. Easy peasy!

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Start by using the rectangular marquee tool, located on your tool bar to your left, to create a couple of lines. Fill them in with the desired color using the paint bucket, also located in your tool bar.

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Use the polygonal Lasso Tool to begin shaping out an angular design. To do this click corners and the polygonal lasso will connect them with lines. You’ll be using this tool a lot for this particular design, so I recommend playing around with it for a few moments to get a good feel for it.

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Once you’ve created a shape, fill it in with the desired color.

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Add an additional color, if desired.

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Create more space for expanding your design by lengthening the canvas size. To do this, go to “Image” on the Menu Bar, then “Canvas Size”, and shift the anchor to one side. Enter a larger number in the Width box.

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To repeat a design, use the rectangular marquee tool to select area you’d like to repeat. Copy and paste (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V) and use cursor arrows to move the desired spot.

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Continue creating a design using your Polygonal Lasso Tool and filling it with the Paint Bucket tool, adding additional colors as you go.

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From here, it is really just a matter of creating, copying, and pasting, and adding to your design.

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Here’s my final pattern:

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From here, you can either save and upload to LaunchMyWear or you can add texture. To do this, Go to “Filter” on your Menu Bar and dropdown to select “Oil Paint”. Move around the dials and up the “shine” until you achieve desired effect.

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Now you’ve created a one-of-a-kind tribal print ready to be uploaded to LaunchMyWear and turned into an awesome piece of clothing or accessory. Have fun and remember to tweet your designs to @LaunchMyWear.

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LaunchMyWear How-to: Create a Print from a Photograph

This is the first installment of a weekly-running tutorial on different ways you can create art for your LaunchMyWear collection. In this one, we’ll explore how to make a print from a photograph!

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Today’s tutorial will require Photoshop. Adobe Illustrator is also used for an additional step, but not necessary. Some basic knowledge of Photoshop would come in handy, but fear not if you’re a beginner. There are lots of free resources out there.

Because life if absurd and I’m obsessed with my pets, Andre and Shanté, they will be the source of my pattern today!

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1. Open desired photo in Photoshop. Click on the quick selection tool, located to the left in your toolbar, and select the area you want to feature in your print. You can use the magic wand or lasso to select the area, as well.

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2. Create a second blank document in Photoshop.

3. Copy and paste the selected area (ctrl-c, ctrl-v) and use the cursor to drag the layer to its own new Photoshop document.

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Double the Andre, double the fun!

4. Use the clone stamp tool or eraser to soften edges. To select the area you want to clone, hold down the alt key while clicking on desired area. Then, click again where you want to apply the cloned selection. If you’re new to this feature, take a few minutes to play around with it. It’s incredibly intuitive once you get the hang of it, but requires a little getting used to. In this case, I’m selecting the white background and applying it to the edges of Andre’s fur, to soften the appearance.

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This is getting weird.

hue saturation5. If you want a cartoon-y effect, I recommend turning up the saturation, which will help keep the photo from getting washed out during the process of making it look more illustrated later in AI. To add saturation, go to “Image” on your menu bar, then “Adjustments” in the dropdown. There, you’ll see an option for “Hue/Saturation”. Turn the saturation dial up and press ok. You can also turn up the exposure under “adjustments”, which I have done here.

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6. To create the cartoon-y effect mentioned above, save your saturated document and open in Adobe Illustrator. Go to “Object” in the top menu bar and select “Artboards”, followed by “Fit to Artwork Bounds”, which will be necessary for saving/exporting the file later on. From here, you can click on your image and an “Image Trace” box should appear. Use this to change the preset to 16 colors.

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You can also use the pen tool, located on your toolbar to the left, to trace your photo and create an outline.

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7. Return to Photoshop after exporting your art from Adobe Illustrator (don’t forget to check the “Use Artboards” box when exporting!) . From here, create a background color with the paint bucket tool.

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8. Enlarge your canvas size and copy and paste your photo repeatedly until you begin to create a print. Here, I added Shanté to the mix in the same way that I did with Andre earlier.

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9. Keep going until you develop the desired size and look.

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10. There you have it! After re-sizing to 20MB or less and saving, your artwork is ready to be uploaded to LaunchMyWear. You can also size it into a square and use the tile option when uploading to LaunchMyWear.com Your print is now on its way to being turned into an incredible one-of-a-kind item. You’re not going to find this scarf anywhere else, that’s for sure!

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Have fun! And, as always, tweet you designs or questions @LaunchMyWear.

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Best Free Stock Image Sites to Use When Launching Your MyWear Store

Finding stock images can be difficult. A google image search will normally yield one of two things: A slew of mystifying photos of overly excited guys in suits, or worse, an image you like, but that’s watermarked to filth.

When designing the banner for your LaunchMyWear store, watermarks and men in suits might not be what you had in mind, so we’ve compiled a list of some sites offering free, aesthetically-pleasing photos to choose from. Enjoy!

GRATISOGRAPHY

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A personal favorite! Gratisography’s curated collection of stunning photography offers tons of quirk, and even more pixels.

Stokpic

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A nice, downloadable mix of different styles of photography.

Pexels

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Another amazing source with a huge selection of free photos that’s added to daily.

StockSnap.io

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A little bit of everything, in large, high-res photos.

re:splashed

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Tons of gorgeous photos to choose from in large, downloadable sizes.

After you’ve created your banner and logo, you’re all set to promote your MyWear® store. Go get ’em, tiger!

Your Print Guide for Spring/Summer 2016 is Here!

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If you caught any glimpses of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, you’ve probably already caught the buzz. After watching the absolutely dazzling array of cheerful, globally-inspired prints that walked the runway, I wanted to pre-order one of everything the models were wearing. Unfortunately, that isn’t in my budget this year, as I am not Beyoncé 😦

D&G took us around the world, with loud, in-your-face color and embellishments that were streamlined in classic, feminine silhouettes. Just look at these photos from the show!

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This recipe of adventurous prints and color in ladylike cuts made for an absolutely delightful show that, of course, inspired me to create my own look on my LaunchMyWear:

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Clearly inspired by D&G’s lemon print here

Marc Jacobs’ print game was strong, too. His collection showcased a lineup of models with tons of pumped-up, old Hollywood glamour, and even more New York Dolls-style attitude. Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers, so, of course I had to pay homage to his  incredible Spring ready-to-wear line, as well.

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My take on his plaid/floral numbers. I ❤ you, Marc!

Another gorgeous collection that stood out for me was Diane Von Furstenberg’s. I know floral prints in a spring collection isn’t a new concept, but Diane Von Furstenberg does it so darn well. This woman knows prints like she knows wrap dresses. So, this Spring ready-to-wear trifecta wouldn’t be complete without her.

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Love her mix of prints!

Other labels that brought it for S/S 2016 included:

Gucci (Spring 2016 Ready-To-Wear)

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Jonathan Saunders (S/S16 Ready-To-Wear)

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Temperley London (Spring 2016 Ready-To-Wear)

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And Clover Canyon (Spring & Resort 2016)

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Because MyWear® is the perfect platform to create custom clothes with your own custom prints, every runway show can provide inspiration for your own designs, without the Beyoncé bank account! What are your favorite looks from S/S16 collections? I’d love to see your takes on them! Be sure to tweet your designs at us @LaunchMyWear

3D tool to design full bleed printed merchandise

At LaunchMyWear.com we offer you a 3D tool to design apparels and accessories with full bleed prints. For example, you can design a custom hoodie, with running designs or patterns that cross over from the body to the sleeve. The artworks designed on the hoodie are not restricted to just the front or back but the entire product. Our unique technology ensures that the finished product matches with the design on the 3D model almost exactly.

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While designing, you can view your work in 360 degrees on the 3D model by rotating the model.

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One design many SKUs including Custom sizes

On the consumer facing portal of yours, we let the consumer choose his/her custom size apart from the regular sizes. Adding to the ease, you need not design for different sizes. Our patent pending software generates the design done on the 3D tool and makes patterns automatically for different sizes. This saves up your time to focus on new designs.

One artwork many products:

Using only one artwork you can easily publish various products such as backpacks, T-shirts, hoodies and more. This would help you to create a lookbook for your consumers.

Complete flexibility to place artwork, text and color:

You will find various navigational buttons to place your artwork anywhere on the product. You may expand or contract the artwork using scale in and scale out buttons, rotate the artwork in both anti-clock wise and clock wise directions and select the autofit option which would intelligently autofit your artwork to the entire chosen product. You can choose the section where you want the image through “apply image to” button.

Other functionalities like clone and mirror image:

Using the clone functionality the artwork gets copied from one layer to another layer without requiring you to upload it again. For example, you may copy the artwork from front to back or from right to left side of the product and work on the cloned artwork in a different way compared to the original artwork. It just happens with the click of a button.

If you want to place a mirror image on the opposite section with perfect alignment, the mirror image option comes in handy. The mirror button creates a mirror image of the artwork and the artwork gets applied to the opposite section. This would be useful when you want to place the mirrored artwork from front to back or from right to left without re-doing it all over again.

There is no restriction to turn your creativity to merchandise. Imagination is the only limit. You may register at LaunchMyWear.com and bring your creativity to life.