Though it might seem as if the artistic aspect of fashion is missing in the bustle of commercial marketing and constantly changing trends, it actually is not the case if you look at the work of some of the most accomplished designers today.
Just like painting, sculpture or dance, there is an inspiration, that compels the designer to create, thus giving them a reason to create, a purpose. This compulsion can be due to numerous factors which could be emotional or inspired by internal or external circumstances. Regardless, the compulsion to create can be boiled down as a need to express,
Fashion creates a gate way for the human mind to express an inner truth, a belief or an idea, about oneself or the external world though the canvas of clothing. An emotion one can wear, which reflects themselves or the world around them.
Every aspect of a garment can tell a story, from the colors, texture, cut, drape to even minute subliminal details such as buttons which can signify strong ideals such as aspiration or innocence.
If you are wondering, is talent alone enough?, you need to look at industry legends like Coco Chanel, who learnt the art of sewing while being raised in an orphanage or Georgio Armani, who started his career from a garments shop, where he assisted a photographer in arranging the window, or let’s take the example of Calvin Klein, who started his career as a complete loner, with no connections nor money, except for what he made helping his father at his grocery store.
The simple truth is, in addition to being exceptional fashion designers, these greats were also exceptional business men and women, scouting the market like a hawk, searching for opportunity, flaws, chinks in the armor where they could step in and offer their solutions.
For instance, Rene’ Lacoste designed a game changing shirt with a buttoned neckline and short sleeves in a time when tennis players were accustomed to rolling up their sleeves to get a little relief. Lacoste saw opportunity, stepped in and offered his solution. A simple formula.
These extraordinary people loved their art enough to learn and develop a new line of business. Now, we have made the barriers much lower for an enterprising designer to get started on their own.
Choose from our wide range of product silhouettes across customer segments – Tees, Tops, Dresses, Backpacks, Messenger bags and Raglans across Kids, Men, Women and Extended Sizes in Synthetic, Cotton, Polyester, Silk or Blends. Just design on our 3D tool and publish to your store and the product is ready for purchase! No inventory, no pre-orders, no minimums – we will custom make and drop ship every single order, under your label, within 2 weeks.
Need your own custom product or special fabric? We will design, pattern-make and set up manufacturing just for you, for a small fee.
Promote your products on Facebook, sell on Facebook in-app store, promote on Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest with a single click from our social dashboard. When your customers order on any of your channels, we will manufacture and drop ship it!
We have simplified supply chains, built design tools and brought on-demand
manufacturing so any budding designer with talent and entrepreneurial skills can get started. We have made sure tools, technology or cost are no longer a barrier. You just need to add your talent and creativity to the mix!
Some of you have been curious about this while logging in to design custom clothing and accessories on LaunchMyWear.com:
To the left, you’ll find your designer portal. To the right? Meet MyWear Decorators Network. In addition to the artist and designer platform you’re familiar with, we’ve recently developed a new design and manufacturing software specifically for custom retailers and manufacturers.
This soon-to-be released software has industry-specific solutions that optimize user experience, bring innovative products to market, and drive new business models. MyWear Decorators’ Network provides a single technology platform across the entire manufacturing life cycle, at a very affordable price, so you can focus on running your business without worrying about the technology heavy lifting. Based on years of research, our patented real 3D designer helps customers easily visualize products in real 3D, as they will be manufactured and our manufacturing automation software delivers production ready patterns to create exactly what was visualized!
Create stock designs or publish blanks for your customers to design on. Use our patented design automation tools to design once for multiple sizes, products and styles – a huge saving in time and cost. Get manufacturing ready patterns, not spec sheets. Reduce pre-production costs by up to 90% with automated pattern generation, grading, cross product designer, design corrector and more! Let your customers design or personalize in real 3D on the web, take a photo and design on a mobile or personalize with a Facebook app. Fully managed e-commerce, social commerce, payment processing and production management.
With MyWear Decorators’ Network you have access to industry specific tools like:
3D Visual Designer
Collaborate closely with your customers. Design and communicate in real 3D. Download production-ready patterns.
Get manufacturing-ready patterns, not spec sheets. Automated pattern generation, grading, cross product designer, design corrector and more!
Quick Product Setup. Simple design tools
Offer customers pre-made designs or a blank canvas. Easy to use, intuitive 3D design controls for your designers and customers. Design once for multiple sizes and products!
Mobile & Social Apps
Let customer’s design and order from their mobile, using the camera integrated 3D app! Sell on Facebook with an integrated marketplace app.
E-Commerce, Social Commerce, Payments & Order Management.
Broadest Product Coverage
Full bleed, cut & sew apparel, bags, accessories, hard goods, shoes, skateboards or car wraps – we got you covered!
There was quite a bit of drama at Paris Fashion Week but, luckily for us, a fair share of it occurred on the runways! We saw many collections take on a ‘more is more’ approach in lieu of some of the more minimalist looks we’ve seen a lot of over the past couple years. Designers embraced big shoulders, sequins, and lots of 80s-esque silhouettes and disco-inspired designs. Check out some of our favorites below!
Stay tuned for our Spring 2017 trend predictions, although you can probably spot a few from the collections above! Feeling inspired? Then get to MyWear to create your own unique design!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Fashion month is in full swing-currently wrapping things up in London, then making its way to Milan tomorrow. Before seeing what Versace, Fendi, and Gucci (OMG, Gucci tho!) have in store for us, let’s take a look at our favorite S/S17 collections that showed at London Fashion Week!
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Hopefully these looks have inspired you to create your own one-of-a-kind design on MyWear. As always, be sure to tweet your creations to @LaunchMyWear. Until next time, happy designing!!
The VMA’s is a time when celebrity’s let their hair down and PARTY, and with it comes a more relaxed, anything goes approach towards award show dressing. This year, there were a few trends that stood out. See below for some of the popular party attire we saw at this year’s VMAs:
This trend is still going strong. We’ve been seeing celebrities in all-white ensembles all summer long. But, we’ll soon witness this trend’s ultimate test: Labor Day!
Stars gave us the ol’ razzle dazzle at this year’s VMAs. As we’ve predicted for 2017, fashion is slowly transitioning from minimalism to a “more is more” approach. Expect to see more sparkle in the coming year. Which brings us to the next spotted trend…
Big Bird must be feelin’ pretty good about himself this week. There were a flock of feathers that made their way down the carpet.
Showing skin at the VMAs isn’t exactly a new concept, but this year’s skin-baring came in the form of cut outs and crop tops.
Fun, free-wheeling, and never taking itself too seriously, fringe makes for the perfect VMA accessory.
Taking us back to early-aughts goth a little, we saw a slew of all black ensembles at the VMAs this year. Expect this look to continue through 2016.
Sorry, 90’s minimalism, you’ve had your fun. For the past year or two, it seems like every it girl has embraced black body suits, chokers, mom jeans, and, of course, those reflective round aviator sunglasses that seem to be everywhere. While the trend is still going strong (here’s looking at you Kendall, Gigi, and Hailey), celebrities and fashion’s elite are embracing a new aesthetic:
You can thank the sartorial genius Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s current Creative Director, for this breath of fresh air. The designer’s cool-meets-geeky, vintage-inspired, more is more approach has rendered some of this year’s most exciting and talked about collections. And, as a result, we’re predicting one of 2017’s most popular aesthetics. Sequins? Check. Embroidery? Check. Ruffles? You know it. Bows, rose broaches, loud prints? Heck yes! You name it and it was probably featured in one of Gucci’s 2016 collections. And that’s just how we like it. There seems to be a little something for everyone, drawing nostalgia from multiple decades and locations while maintaining it’s own unique… je ne sais quoi?
But don’t take our word for it! These celebrities are hardily endorsing the eccentric, globally-inspired, 70s geek-glam mash-up:
Look to Beyoncé’s Visual Album Lemonade too see all kinds of Gucci goodness, or a ton of her current wardrobe IRL. She’s such a fan that even little Blue Ivy gets her own Gucci to rock.
Jared Letto also knows what’s up (hint: It’s Gucci).
Those of us without the Beyoncé bank account can take inspiration and design our own one-of-a-kind look with MyWear! Select our free custom sizing option for an additional dose of luxury. Then, pin on a flower broach and slip into some loafers or platforms and you’re all set!
Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the MyWear platform and designed your first item, you might be wondering if there’s any hacks or tools for even more control during the design process. Lucky for you, there is! Here we’ll walk you through some of the lesser known tools to utilize while designing with MyWear!
Apply Image To
If you only want to apply art to specific sections of your design, use the “Apply Image To” dropdown to add art to desired panels, or uncheck components where you don’t want your art to be applied.
Additional Artwork Tabs
If you’re planning on using more than one artwork on your piece, you can use the additional artwork tabs to do so. When combined with “apply image to” you can create pieces that feature multiple works of art on different sections, or it can be used as a tool for even more control over the placement of your art and how it will look on your garment.
Use the clone tool to clone your art to a second (or third!) artwork tab.
Center Arrow Button
As you’ve probably figured out, the four arrows located in the artwork tab will align your art further to the left or right, or higher or lower. But, there’s also a small center button which will make your arrows move in smaller increments.
Use the layer up/down buttons located to the left of your art thumbnail to change layer order.
To set a logo, use a .png file (without a background) and overlay it on top of the other layers.
To apply solid color, go to the color tab and uncheck “art” in the component you’d like to apply color to. Click the color box and use the dropper to choose a color or enter a color hex code.
Mirror & Copy Functions
You can also find the “mirror” and “copy” functions located in the color tab. Use these to copy or mirror the art from one side onto the other. For example, for symmetrical sleeves, use the color tab’s dropdown menu under “Mirror” and select “Mirror” to make the left component match with the right. Select “Copy” to apply an identical copy of the art onto the other sleeve.
Once you get the hang of these tools, you’ll find many inventive ways to use them to create truly unique items that your customers can’t find anywhere else. Want a quick visual refresher course? Look no further than our video tutorial!
Ah, the T-shirt, loved and worn by many. But, strangely, also often the most personal item in an ensemble. Whether it be graphic, band-logo’ed, or plain white, tees are a lot like tofu, taking on the flavor of whatever they’re “cooked” with, or in this case, accessorized with. Give five people the same T-shirt and you’ll find it styled five different ways. The possibilities are endless! Just look to these celebrities and street style stars for proof:
Want some more ideas? We’ve got your back with these MyWear®-approved outfits!
A T-shirt and jeans: one of the most classic pairings in the book. Elevate this old faithful with a denim button down top layer and high-end accessories.
Boat shoes + chino shorts + blue T-shirt = epitome of summer dressing, no yacht necessary!
ON THE GO
Check all the errands off your to-do list this weekend while looking pulled together. Chinos, a stylish baseball cap and shades, and the perfect pair of comfortable kicks are all you need to accessorize your MyWear® long sleeve tee!