Design and Technical services for Intimate Apparel labels.Underwired bras . Knickers . Swimwear . Loungewear . Click here to request a quote
Hello and welcome to I A
I A Samples offers a unique design and technical development service for small to medium Intimate Apparel businesses including start-ups. Working closely with the client, we turn your designs into working garments along with specification sheets for you to take to your grader and then onto production. Our studio is based in Wembley Park, London and we work with both local and international businesses. Our specialist area is lingerie, including underwired bras, swimwear, mens underwear and lounge wear.
An initial meeting held at the London studio or via Skype to discuss the brands objectives, end customer specifics and how we will work together.
DESIGN AND FABRIC SOURCING
I A Samples converts your design sketches or sample ideas into a Technical Design spec sheet.
We have established relationships with fabrics and component suppliers for the lingerie industry and we are happy to recommend reputable suppliers to you.
Once your design and brand measurements have been established, the first patterns can be created. These are created either manually or digitally with hard copies of the final patterns provided for your specialist grader.
An initial prototype is created, often in cheaper fabrics of the same weight and stretch. This is an important process to check fit and shape.
Fit assessments will be carried out on a live model that closely relates to your customer profile. Fittings will take place at the studio, preferably with the client present. Detailed measurements will be taken of the model at each assessment and fit, comfort, support, wearbilty and aesthetics will be analyzed
DEVELOP & REFINE
Repeat steps 3-5.
A good fit is essential for attracting loyal customers therefore pattern alterations, additional toiles and more fittings are often needed to perfect style and purpose.
Samples in the final fabrics are constructed once the pattern and toiles have been approved.
We offer a small amount of grading for our clients, however for large collections we are happy to suggest some specialist lingerie graders equiped with the correct grading software and cutting machines for a fast grading turn around time.
Once the samples are approved and the full tech pack is complete it is time to move onto production.
There are two options: fully factored and CMT. The former is commonly overseas with large minimums requirements. These factories will source and use their own fabrics.
We offer our clients small run CMT with no minimums.