Creating a clothing line

So you want to create your own clothing line? Well, first things first: youre in for an interesting ride. Creating a clothing line is simple in theory, but there are a whole host of things you need to consider before you dive into the business. Things can begin to become complicated if you dont quite have your head wrapped around the processes, and its not as easy as deciding you want a clothing line and magically making this vision appear. There are certain factors that come into play which rule the business of clothing line creation, and these factors may differ from person to person. It really all depends on the unique circumstances that surround each individual case.

So where do I begin?

Set a theme

Firstly, youll need to discover the type of clothing line you wish to create. Your clothing line can be anything from a street/urban line, to a high-fashion line, to a boutique line, but youll need to discover your true fashion calling prior to the lines development.

Have the appropriate expertise

Once you have the type of line sorted out, youll then be tasked with the duty of conjuring up the designs for each item of clothing. But how is this done? If you aren’t artistically inclined yourself, or are unwilling or simply unable to develop the prototype designs for the pieces, there are a few things you can do to accomplish this fete. Seeking out the assistance of a fashion designer is a great way to get your ideas brought to life, and many clothing lines have been created via the use of such a medium.

Plan your workforce

Youll need to decide whether or not to bring on team members earlier rather than later. Its impossible to run a clothing line without more employees than merely the creator, and although the beginning stages dont really require this kind of emphasis on scaling, youll need to take on employees eventually. Youll also need to decide whether or not these employees will play active roles in the artistic development of line, or if they are only to be employed for labor purposes. Will you have a team with like minded individuals working together to complete a collective vision? Or will your line be a captain manning a vessel, with only the hiring of others taking place to produce the tangible product?

Now that we’ve run through the basics, let’s move on to a more important point – budget.

Keeping control of the budget

Perhaps the biggest issue on the mind of every clothing line creator is the topic of cost and budgeting. Costs need to be kept low, but if you aren’t aware of the processes of the business, youll probably find this part to be extremely troublesome.

Freelance designers can work on a small contract basis, and at a relatively low cost if the job is of minimal effort and time strain, making this specific avenue highly suitable for a startup clothing line. They can create mock-up designs of the envisioned items, or develop full-fledged prototypes of the pieces. Youll need to consider a few things on your end, though, to ensure that costs independent of service-for-hire costs is kept to a minimum.

Keeping the colors to a minimum having a scaled down color pallet ensures the costs associated with this factor are also kept low. Small amounts of colors, in both the variation of colors, and in the sheer usage of non-black-and-white, all ensure the printing of designs is cheap and affordable, something essential for a start-up clothing line with a limited budget. The types of fabrics are also factors that can impact the total costs, and youll need to decide the types of materials youll use for the manufacturing process.

The basics to clothing line creation are applicable throughout every specific endeavor one is likely to pursue. Although there does exist a set of processes that should be adhered to with regards to creating a clothing line, its important to consider your unique situation, your personal goals, and your individual needs before you set off on your journey. The steps best suited to be taken by you, may differ from the next persons, which is all dependent on the specific factors and circumstances that surround your case. Taking these things into consideration, whilst understanding the ins and outs of the business, is the first and most crucial step you need to take when your clothing line is taken into development.

The Best Simple T Shirt Designs Ever Made

Custom t-shirts, cool tees, statement tees, shirts with something to say, or shirts that do nothing but make you laugh – its safe to say that the fascination with t-shirt design runs deep in the human psyche. As a t-shirt creator, you have the chance to create something inspiring; something that will be recognized and known almost everywhere. Sometimes, a shirt just takes off, and the phenomenon of iconic shirt design blesses a t-shirt with its golden touch. The beauty of it all is that this occurs when nobody ever even dreamt of such an occurrence, and when the foresight for this happening was probably nonexistent, but even more so, when the shirt is as simple as simple can be.

Iconic t-shirt designs are symbols that we all share, and they can either tell a story, or bring forth a memory, but their impact on the human experience is beyond noteworthy its, well, as the name implies, iconic. Below are a few examples of the simplest of designs being translated into culture storms that sweep through humanity like a tidal wave of notoriety and recognition.

I Love New York Tee – 

It all started when a legendary graphic designer by the name of Milton Glaser decided to sketch a few simple shapes on a napkin whilst the arrival of a hot cup of joe was being anticipated in a New York coffee shop. This simple act of doodling would go onto produce one of the most iconic t-shirts in all of human history the I Love NY shirt. It became a synonymous piece of imagery with not only the skyline of Manhattan, but of the US as a whole: from a foreign perspective, of course.

This trademarked tee would hence forth spur a worldwide movement of professing ones love on a shirt for not only other cities, but pretty much everything with a material (or non-material) existence. It would also become a staple to the tourist of New York; acting as a souvenir of all souvenirs for millions of people from all over the globe.

The simple, classic look of the white tee with the black and red print shows how simplicity rules in the game of iconic design. Simplicity, yet with a statement that is loud and clear it can hit the hearts and minds of the masses so profoundly, that its almost incredible.

The Rolling Stones Tongue Logo Shirt – Bella + Canvas 3001C

After growing tired of having a roll of uninspiring and uncreative logos and designs spun their way via their label for their upcoming album, the Rolling Stones decided to
outsource their album designs in hopes a stellar logo would finally be procured. The duty fell into the hands of John Pasche, who was an art student at the time, and after finding some spare time from his studies, would find himself responsible for creating perhaps the most iconic music related symbol of all time.

At first it was used for the album Stinky Fingers in 1971, but the design would go onto be somewhat synonymous with the name Rolling Stonesafter thousands of adoring fans purchased t-shirts with the design printed on the front at concerts.

Ghostbusters No-Ghost SignT-shirt – 

Designed specifically for the ghostbusters film of 1984 by designer Michael C.
Gross, this iconic slice of imagery is now almost as American as apple pie. The inspiration for the design was from the No signs used throughout Europe, with theiconic ghost of the Ghostbusters series used in conjunction. Originally intended to be a logo for the first film, the design has since gone on to be an official logo of the film
s franchise, albeit with some refurbishments and redesigns taking place over the decades.

Everything from buttons to bumper stickers, to even temporary tattoos have all been stamped with this classic design, but the t-shirt will always have a special place in modern culture. This design also inspired other designs using the no symbol in their framework, with the first, and perhaps most notable, example taking place right after the films debut: for the presidential election of 84.

Reganbusters anyone? Or are you a Fritzbuster? Or, are you a millennial and have simply no idea whatsoever what any of these terms mean?

Vote For Pedro T – Bella + Canvas 3055C

After a low budget film was going through its final stages of production, and as the clock wound closer to the imminent release date, nobody involved would ever think