Here are the highlights:
Winning the design contest by Betabrand. Betabrand sells clothes via a crowdfunding platform with designs submitted by design entrepreneurs’ like me. The goal is to have them produce my dress at no cost to me and I get a % of the sales. Thanks to over 700 votes and over 100 comments, I won the contest!! Thank you, everyone, for your continued support!
Giving Christine Tso of Fremont, CA an activity watch for her support of TMak sportswear. I challenged all my followers to vote / comment on my design on the Betabrand site. Because I won, I awarded a prize to one of my amazing followers! Read more about her on our blog posting here.
Creating the final patterns for the Après Sport Dress. From there we grade the pattern to get sizes XS-XL. Then we create markers to efficiently lay the patterns on the rolls of fabric to reduce waste when cutting the fabric
Deciding what colors to offer in all three styles is harder than you think. Using black, gray and other neutrals would be a lot easier to create a cohesive collection but we are all about color here at TMak!
Pitching Bay Area triathlon clubs on the idea of a Team Dress with their team colors and logo. I think post workout and post race shouldn’t mean staying in your icky kit to show team spirit. A breathable and comfy dress is the trick! Please let me know if you think your team would be interested in offering this dress to members alongside the usual tri kit items. The dress shown here is the Podium style that could be great for clubs with their own colors and branding.
Negotiating with my factory here in San Francisco for good sample and production prices so I can be competitive with other brands made overseas. It’s tough to compete with Athleta, Prana, Lululemon and others. But I know made here in the US is the right way to go. I love walking into the factory and meeting the people who are sewing my product. It feels good to participate in San Francisco’s economy.
The TaDa Sports bra is in testing phase! This bra for women with bodacious tatas has a front zipper, adjustable torso, and huge amount of support. The factory in Minnesota has created the prototype and I have friends, running, jumping and testing the hell out of it. If you are a 34 DD let me know if you want to be a tester!