For 2019, I wanted to make a big change by producing my products from A to Z in Quebec instead of Brazil. I wanted to get involved in the process and to develop my sewing knowledge.
Before, my Brazilian supplier sent me samples of all the fabrics he could have for production. From the chosen colors, I showed him what I wanted: I sent him sketches and several inspirations and he came back with a sample. We worked on the sample several times to make it perfect for me. Whenever we redo the sample, there was a delay of three weeks that included the time that my supplier redesigned the sample and the delivery time. Then, when I gave my approval, the production started and I was in charge of marketing the product. I would say that the vast majority of the money went into the international express delivery by air and the customs clearance fees, rather than the labor, at that time.
Now, I have my own seamstress in my city with whom I develop my entire collection. First of all, I go to the fabric factories in Quebec to choose my fabrics for my collection and then I make my sketches. I bring them to my seamstress and then we start the pattern. Obviously, I don't have her technical eye so I have to make changes on my drawings often in order to reduce the complexity of seams and its associated costs in production. When the pattern is finished, we start making the sample. Then it's my favorite moment: I finally try the sample! After, we make changes directly to the pattern and we make a final sample to make sure everything is perfect. The next step is to order my fabrics in large quantities and send them to the production factory with the patterns. The production time takes about three weeks and I finally take care of marketing everything.
I would say that I really enjoy working with people here because my involvement in the confection process is larger and I have really deepened my knowledge in the field. First and foremost, my money goes entirely to Quebec's economy and to the creation / maintenance of jobs. First, I buy my fabrics in a Quebec factory. Secondly, I help my seamstress to be self-employed full-time. Thirdly, I allow the production plant in Quebec to continue its functions despite all the migration of the textile workforce in Asia. Of course, there are fees associated to this, but most of my money goes into the workforce. So I feel more successful now!