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Sourcing / factories for apparel and smart fabric prototypes / rough design

Hi guys,

My team has spent a lot of time designing new innovative clothing (that may be using smart fabric). While we've tried our hands on the sowing machine, we really need someone to help us flesh out our design. Does anyone know any good sourcing / factories to get this prototype made whether in the U.S or abroad?

We aren't so concerned finding a wholesale partner yet; instead we just want some prototypes. Turn around time is important, so thinking U.S. Any ideas? If there's no great way to do this, I suppose we can try to talk to some tailors, haha.

Thanks!

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Cheryl Tom
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Cheryl Tom Entrepreneur • Advisor
CEO, Founder at Vain Pursuits
Maker's Row is what you're looking for: http://makersrow.com/
Derek Dukes
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Derek Dukes Entrepreneur • Advisor
Business Development, Startups at Amazon Web Services
Maker's Row is a good start point, if you're ready for a small batch.

If you want prototypes I'd hit someone at Parson's or check out Coroflot:
http://www.coroflot.com/people#specialty=15&page_no=1

From there find a D2M soft goods expert who can take your prototype, optimize it for manufacturing (simplify the sewing steps, pattern complexity etc.) and deliver ready to cut patterns. Then you just need to find a sew shop, you can hit SF / NYC or LA for domestic work at small batches then overseas when you're hitting larger quantities.

Ziv Isaiah
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Ziv Isaiah Entrepreneur • Advisor
Founding Partner & CTO at Zeek.me
Hi Jason, I've got some direct connections to factories in Ankara (Turkey). Lets me know if that's interesting for you. Ziv Isaiah Warm regards, Ziv Isaiah M: +972-54-800-0706 E: [removed to protect privacy]
John Pettus
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John Pettus Entrepreneur
Founder at Fiskkit
Jason- A buddy of mine founded PACT, and another started Marine Layer. So if the other folks haven't been directly more helpful, ping me and I can introduce you to them. [removed to protect privacy]
Ian Danforth
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Ian Danforth Entrepreneur
Founder of Embodied AI
You might also be able to hit uphttp://www.plugandwear.com/ (Italy) - Might be more of a partnership rather than just prototyping opportunity though. Riccardo (founder) is very responsive on twitter.

Also I'm very interested in e-textile prototyping so I'd love to make contact. Fell free to hit me up to chat [removed to protect privacy] / [removed to protect privacy]
Nil Thakrar
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Nil Thakrar Entrepreneur
MVVZ Clothing Company
We have a manufacturing set up in China and can manufacture for you. However, to make it viable we need a minimum of 2000 units per style. You can get an idea of the type of product we manufacture from our website: www.mvvz.ca.

Best Regards,
Nil.
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