I'm so excited for my Fall/Winter 2019 collection that I anticipate launching in October. As always, I'll make it available for pre-order with a discount.
If you follow along on Instagram, you probably heard that I had some issues with fabric for this collection. I selected and sampled these styles (plus a cowl neck top, a shirt version of the dress) in a cotton herringbone fleece fabric. I then contacted the supplier to place a bulk order and was informed that they had experienced some quality issues with certain color ways. I can't tell you how much I appreciated their honesty; they cold have simply sold me the fabric I was requesting. I had washed the fabric, sampled it, and experienced no problems (which isn't surprising since they also experienced no problems in that color). It's likely neither I nor my customers would experience any issues, but I didn't want to take the risk.
I'm excited to feature a piece from the new collection a week over the course of the next month or so. I'm going to do my best to include photos of other women wearing the pieces so you can see it on someone else besides me.
But, I also wanted to share why you see so much of me on the website and Instagram. As a small (tiny or minuscule is a better word, really) brand, I do everything. I design each style, attend trade shows and meet with suppliers to source fabric, meet with my pattern maker to develop styles and coordinate production, fulfill all orders, manage social media and the website, schedule and plan all photo shoots. I also model for all photo shoots because I serve as the brand's fit model and as such have a sample that can be photographed in advance of a product launch.
I wish I could say that I will be releasing the Fall/Winter 2018 collection this week or next. But, it won't be ready until the end of this month or early November. And I'm OK with that. We're a slow fashion brand, after all. We're working to improve the production schedule, and I'm excited that we're on track to release this year's "Winter" collection a month ahead of last year's with even more styles.
I'm so excited to introduce the maker behind the Meghan Evans brand and share the studio space where our clothing is manufactured with you. As you may already know, I design all ME styles, source the fabric, and work with a woman-owned small run production company located in Washington, DC to manufacture the line.
I can't believe it, but the ME brand turns one on August 1st! The year completely flew by and to be honest, the anniversary snuck up on me. But, I have something exciting in the works as a belated celebration, so stay tuned for more details!
I'm currently at the tail end of perfecting samples and have started production on the Summer collection. Because I offer such limited quantities of each style, the actual time it takes to manufacture the collection is relatively short (we will be releasing new pieces in early June).
Ever wondered what all the labels on your clothes meant? Why there are so many? Why they're located where they are? Although these questions crossed my mind before I got into the business of designing and manufacturing clothing, I never bothered to find the answers. But, as I was preparing to produce my initial collection, my manufacturer needed all labels on hand. So, I was forced to figure it out. Fortunately, the FTC has a really helpful, user friendly guide on clothing label requirements that I reference frequently. Below is a review of the types of tags you can find on your ME clothing and what they mean.*
Sourcing fabric has been and continues to be the single biggest challenge I face in designing and producing this clothing line. In the age of Google, you'd think it'd be easy to get started in the fashion industry. Simple Google searches should result in nearby factories, pattern makers, and fabric suppliers, right?! I thought so. But, I've learned the hard way that the production side of the fashion industry has not solidified its online presence. At least not in an easy to find, reliable manner.
I recently stumbled across the question "Would you rather go to the Olympics or Fashion Week?" on social media and I didn't hesitate to answer "Olympics". Almost immediately I felt guilty. Shouldn't I want to go to fashion week? I'm a designer (which is SO strange to say and I can't bring myself to say that I'm a fashion designer). I sell women's clothing. Yet, I'm not dying to go to fashion week.
Something I don't talk about much is how the ME collection is produced in an ethical, sustainable manner. It's a very important aspect of the brand and I wanted to share more about what it means.
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