December 21, 2014

New & Local: Bay Thread’s Production for Emerging Designers

Local designers, a new company for your radar comes from RevelationByMe co-creator Eloisa Serrano, who’s started Bay Thread, a company focused on helping designers produce garments in small batches. We got the insider scoop from Serrano on pattern making, quality control and passion for design. Read on for our interview and more about a local company focused on local production.

em>What motivated you to start Bay Threads?As an independent designer myself I faced challenges sourcing affordable pattern makers and found that manufacturing minimums were too high for emerging designers, and I saw a great need for services like pattern making, grading, sample making and manufacturing at lower minimums

How do you hope to help new designers? Bay Thread helps new designers and established designers with affordable pattern making, grading, sample making and manufacturing at competitive rates. We provide assistance from start to finish, as some clients need help starting with the design process all the way through the final production processes. With our low minimums, we give new designers a greater chance of taking their products to market and launching their collections

What do you find inspiring about independent fashion designers? The drive and passion that small designers have is something that everyone should have and apply to everyday life. It is inspiring how much drive they have, and it is amazing how much passion and effort is put into their products. I am also inspired by the creativity that is out there. All my clients are different and unique in their own ways, and it is great to be able to work with such creative individuals.

What services does to Bay Threads offer? We offer services in pattern making, grading, sample making and manufacturing. We can also assist you with design and sourcing for fabrics or trims.

What products can you help create? The majority of our clients are in the fashion apparel industry, but we also can help clients with home decor products, accessory products, children’s dolls and pet products. If you have a creative idea, it is easy to fill out one of our online forms for a free quote.

What are the biggest challenges facing independent designers? I think that large manufacturing minimums are the biggest challenge faced by independent designers today. In today’s economy it is difficult to produce, stock and sell 200 pieces of the same style. Bay Thread offers a solution of manufacturing in the U.S. at 15 pieces per style. These lower minimums give independent designers a chance to produce smaller orders for their customers. Instead of only launching a few styles, they can manufacture a more extensive product line.

What are the advantages of having apparel designs produced by a local manufacturer? Quality control and turn around times are important details when manufacturing your product. The manufacturing process is a complicated one and if problems arise, it is easier to solve them when the manufacture is nearby. When you work with a local manufacturer, turn around times are faster, ensuring deliver dates are met and you save money on shipping.

Any tips for new designers? Have a clear vision of what you want and be passionate about your products and ideas. Also when contracting any type of work, ask questions and ensure your vision is clear and understood by the service provider.

Bay Thread founder Eloisa Serrano

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Snap Judgment: Daughters of Simone Lola Custom Lace Wedding Gown

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: Here comes the bride, all decked in lace thanks the custom-order Lola gown, $1,100, by San Francisco’s Daughters of Simone. Part of the label’s latest Vintage Inspired collection, the floor length crochet lace dress delivers retro style with a modern cut and can be customized to your liking.

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New & Local in Ghirardelli Square: Jackson & Polk

Bringing yet more locally-designed style to Ghirardelli Square is new shop Jackson & Polk, the latest venture from Kristina De Pizzol, the longtime local designer of the Delilah Crown label and owner of whimsical emporium Gigi + Rose. Billed as the place to go for types who are “well-read with a sense of humor, stylish with an eye for comfort and modern with an appreciation for the past,” the shop features San Francisco landmarks on its walls and a mix of Bay Area-designed goods and well-known labels on its  racks.

It’s a notable arrival in an area heavily trafficked by tourists and a place for city dwellers and those from farther afield to hunt for apparel, accessories and gifts during their next trek to the Square. Stop in for Goorin Bros. hats, Chronicle books, Holga Cameras, kids’ items and apparel by TOMS, Nineteen47 and others.

Vital stats:

  • Who: Jackson & Polk
  • What: Store selling brands like Chronicle Books, Goorin Bros. hats, TOMS shoes, Nineteen47 brand tees, and Holga Cameras.
  • Where: Ghiradelli Square
  • When: Now! They opened August 10th.
  • How: Visit in person, online or call 415-765-9060

Photography courtesy of Ghirardelli Square

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Music Festival Fashion: Outside Lands

Music lovers from near and far gathered last weekend in Golden Gate Park for the highly anticipated 5th Annual Outside Lands Music Festival. Sure, people may call it “San Fran’s Coachella,” but let’s be ultra clear about one thing: we’ll win the fog contest every time. But onto the fashion. While some donned the usual festival look of cut-off shorts and crop tops, most of the crowd went the cozier – and more comfortable – approach. From sweaters and feathers to maxis and flannel, Outside Lands was all about layers, casual rock chic and cool elegance. We have the photos to prove it.

Check out the festival fashion we snapped below:

 

Photography by Ilana Winter.

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Runway Recap: Fashion on the Square

San Francisco designer Joseph Domingo (left) was honored for his work during Fashion on the Square.

San Francisco’s fashion community gathered to celebrate the 8th Annual Fashion on the Square this past Sunday at the Intercontinental Hotel. Radio personality Sterling James (dressed in Cari Borja) emceed the celebration of local designers and clothing companies based in the Bay Area, including Regan Heath, Jonathan Cheung, Jaevon MarshallKeneuoe, Dark Garden, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Apple Bottoms, Charmosa, Troop, Randy Rowden, and Joseph Domingo. From children’s wear to hand-painted swimwear, the event showcased a little bit of everything.

Local designs dominated the event and ranged from Dark Garden corsetry to Keneuoe’s modern silhouettes and Regan Heath’s romantic bohemian ensembles resembling Huckleberry Finn mixed with dandyism. The highlight was the latest collection from Joseph Domingo, honored during the event as 2012 Designer of the Year. Domingo transformed the runway into a glamorous red carpet that the models strutted down in beautifully embellished gowns and finely tailored suits.

Throughout, audience was entertained from start to finish as the show upped the ante by injecting a variety of performing arts into the evening.  One of the child models charmed the crowd with her enthusiastic reciting of Mary Williamson’s famous poem “Our Deepest Fear.” Just after intermission, Precision Dance surprised onlookers by entering the runway as if they were models before busting out an intense modern dance performance. Towards the end, a true hybrid of the arts dubbed “composed fashion,” took place as a string quartet set the mood for Dark Garden models in the local label’s intricate corsetry not simply to walk, but to perform their way down the runway.

Check out our photos from the evening:

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Photography by Jennymay Villarete for SF Indie Fashion