Design and Technical services for Intimate Apparel labels.

Underwired bras . Knickers . Corsetry . Swimwear . Loungewear . Click here to request a quote

Hello and welcome to I A

Samples!

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 the full technical package to proceed with production. Our studio is based in west London and we work with both local and overseas businesses. Our specialist area is lingerie, including underwired bras up to size ‘K’, swimwear, mens underwear, lounge wear and corsetry.

STEP 1

STRATEGY MEETING

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.

STEP 2

DESIGN AND FABRIC SOURCING 

I A Samples can deliver a full design package from a seed of an idea, including trend research, design concepts and technical design specs. We can also establish clients design sketches or sample ideas into a Technical design package.  

We have established strong relationsips with fabrics and componnt suppliers for the lingerie industry and can source on behalf of the client.

STEP 3

PATTERN CUTTING

 Once design and brand measurements have been established the first patterns can be created. These are created either manually or digitally and hard copies  of the final patterns are created for the factories. 

We use the latest Pattern Generating software: iPM CAD which has been engineered specifically for the intimate apparel industry to create precise, professional patterns.

STEP 4 

TOILES 

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

STEP 5

FIT ASSESSMENT

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  

STEP 6

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. 

STEP 7

FINAL SAMPLES

Samples in the final fabrics are constructed once the pattern and toiles have been approved.

Duplicates of samples can be required for  

 

STEP 8

GRADES

Either our standard grade rules or clients supplied grade specifications can be used to create digital or manual patterns across the size range. 

We specialise in both core and plus sized bras.

We use iPM CAD software to create precise accurate grades.   

STEP 9

PRODUCTION

Once the samples are signed off 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. 

Alternately you can use a CMT unit like ourselves. The client supplies the fabrics and minimums are often much smaller.