A tech pack, which is short for technical packet, is a set of documents created by a pattern maker to explain the product design to a manufacturer so they can turn the information into a product. This set of ‘instructions’ is crucial and most factories will not take your orders unless you provide them with a clear and detailed tech pack. The main purpose of the techpack is to minimise the number of samples made and bring a product to market in the fastest and most efficient way. The packs also serve as a master document to track product development including comments and any changes made.
Seeing as we were already working with the Melbourne Fashion Labs (MFL) on creating our designs, we thought it was the best to continue working with them to create the tech packs. Plus, I really love working with Amanda, she’s been so amazing, so it was really a no brainer!
To start, we had to figure out the exact fabrics we are intending to use in our collection. As I previously mentioned in the Fabric and Colour Moodboard article, we had decided on a reprieve polyester and bamboo fabric from Vivify Textiles as well using some stretch lace.
I had to order some samples of the chosen fabrics and send them over to MFL along with some example products we would like to mirror off when it comes to the stitching and the way we want our products to look and feel.
After doing some market research, I set on going with a set of Calvin Klein underwear, a lace bralette set from Loungewear, a lace bodysuit from Bras & Things and the reverse pattern bra from Naja to send through as the example products we will be mirroring off from.
The reason why I chose a Calvin Klein underwear is because I love the simplicity in their designs and the quality and feel of their pieces. The pure comfort & joy when you are in their garments is something I want to incorporate into our collections.
I selected the lace bracony set from Loungewear to send to MFL because of the details in their designs. Their garments make you feel extremely special and that’s the kind of feeling I want our customers to feel. On top of this, I love the elegance of their products and after trying the set on, I can vouch that the fit is absolutely spot on. The products also look exactly like how they look in the photos and I think that is something extremely important when it comes to purchasing online, especially with something that’s so intimate, such as lingerie. Typically when we buy online, we buy with our eyes, and if the products don’t turn out exactly as they look online, it can be quite disappointing.
The Bras & Things bodysuit I sent to MFL was one that I pre-owned and loved. It’s a piece that I feel gorgeous in and I want our customers to have the exact same feeling when they are in our pieces. I love the details on the edges and the lace used is absolutely stunning and feels amazing on the skin. So, it was a no brainer when it came to selecting it.
As for our Signature Bra, it is inspired by the Naja reverse design bra, so I had to purchase this. One thing in particular I liked about the Naja bra is that their swing tag not only looked classy but also had a beautiful message on there about the amount of water the bra had saved due to Naja's mission in sustainability. I think for anyone who is environmentally conscious, this really pulls a heartstring and speaks exactly to their target market. I think this was done extremely well and is something I’ve also incorporated into our own swing tags.
On top of preparing all the sample fabrics and getting the example products ready, we had to decide on the product sizes we will be producing and even the type of fabrics to use on the care labels and the type of information to include on it.
When I first embarked on the design process, I thought it would be a linear process, where things happened in a defined set of steps. However, it turns out to be the complete opposite. Most of the time, I had to go back and forth between the different stages and sometimes I would have no idea what I am doing, but just know that I had to keep going.
This process to date has been incredible. I've learnt so much about myself and the fashion industry and I am sure that there will be much more to learn as we continue to grow.
Now that we’ve got our tech packs ready, in the next article, I will begin to tell you how we approached manufacturers and some key learnings I took from it.