Samples in the City
On Monday, I drove up to Manhattan to see a clothing sample maker who was recommended by a friend. Armed with yards of fabric, my patterns, sewing specs and tons of notions, I braved the traffic–OMG! The traffic gets worse every year. It’s like a huge parking lot. A drive that should have taken about 20 minutes took more than an hour and a half!
And Heaven forbid you get behind a New Jersey driver, it all over. (Sorry NJ friends…but it’s true.) It takes you at least 5 minutes to drive one short city block.
My sample maker couldn’t make my downtown hats until I found some Visor Board for the bills of the hats…you know, the visor stuff. Also, I was waiting on one of the prints for the western shirt. So, I’ll have to make another trip up to the sample maker in the city to give her both the visor material and the print. Completed samples are “supposed to” be finished by September 19th…right. ENK Show is October 5th.
After getting sample prices (which were pricey), I got quotes for production sewing pricing from her based on 300 pieces each…umm, sorry, but there is no way I can pay $25 just for sewing while my competitors are wholesaling their shirts for a mere $24 to $28! Yes, I expect my sewing costs to be a bit higher than my competitors, because there’s detailed cutting…but that’s way out of line. I have a MAJOR problem.
See, without having a clear production sewing price, everything comes to a HALT. Everything. Without competitive sewing production costs, I can’t:
– finish my line sheets
– make my order forms
– do my mailings to buyers
– make follow-up calls and appointment with buyers
– complete my wholesale area of the web site
and so on. Now if I had a month or two longer and a daughter who didn’t need a kidney transplant (doctors’ appointments, hospitalizations, home care, etc.), I could physically trek into the city and visit at least a dozen sewing factories on my list of over 100 places on my list of sewing contractors in NYC. I can’t go to China or New Jersey. I’m certified “Made in NYC™!”
My Success Emergency
So what did I do? I wrote an email to Donny Deutsch and The Big Idea Show and told them of my dilemma (aka Success Emergency). The next morning, I got an email from the producer! I’m thrilled to announce they are coming to film at my home tomorrow!!! I sure hope Donny and friends have some advice on my situation.
You Should Be in Pictures
I was able to make Earnshaw’s Friday ad submission deadline. I secured a 1/2 page island ad for the next three months. I don’t have photos of new line yet, so photos from previous designs had to suffice. Mary of Confessions of a Craft Addict came to my rescue designing and submitting the ad on my behalf! I can’t thank her enough–perhaps I can…like with a big box of fabric…LOL! I can’t wait to see the actual ad in print!
My skyline backdrops were delivered the other day. I also remembered to order my Ocean Blue photo paper backdrop from B & H Photo. Hopefully that will arrive this coming week.
I have a dear friend I met on e-Bay a few years ago. Lynn (aka 47cats) always knows when I’m struggling. She surprised me with GO DIVA chocolate truffles…it doesn’t get better than this. Thank you my sweet buddy!
And speaking of e-Bay friends, Eileen of Whimsy Portraits surprised me with the most awesome photo book of the NYC BBQ!!! OMG…I can’t wait to show everyone–it needs a post all it’s own! Thank you Eileen—it’s so unique and I will always treasure it!
My Sunshine on a Rainy Day
(photo by EMA Photography)
On Tuesday, the Sunshine Girl and I made a clinic visit in Philly with the kidney transplant doctors. Luckily, it went smooth this time. However, by Wednesday, Marielle was doubled over in pain. Her blood pressure remains stable (with 4 different blood pressure medicines), but she is not doing well…all complications of kidney failure. My sister from North Carolina is working with our hospital to get her living donor evaluation done. Please keep your fingers crossed that she is a match for my daughter, because we are running out of time.
On another note, I fell like such a terrible blogger friend I just can’t keep up with replies to all the comments left on my blog. I promise you I read each and every single comment and appreciate them. Hopefully when things slow down a bit, I can get back to being active in the blog community. Thanks for understanding.