Ten&Lee — first blog

Sublimation printing

Sublimation update The ball is now rolling, after making contact with the sublimation printers and discussing the placement print my manufacturer (who is making the swimwear samples) has sent the fabric; pattern drawings and measurements to the printing team. A sigh of relief sank in when they gave me the green light and told me they are able to do the prints. It will take a few weeks for the whole process to be completed, I cannot wait to see the finished result! Second fittings This went really well the only amendments which need to be made are the removable...


Product development

Fabric and labels Since the last post the 50m white fabric has been delivered to the manufacturer along with the 300 labels ordered from China. The good news is the second fitting for the black and white versions of the swimwear are ready to be tried on Friday 13 November 2015. I chose to be the model for the fittings because of my full figure and feel the brand should represent the founder to make the samples. The bad news is the production for the printed costumes are now on hold due to a problem with the fabric supplier not being able...


Progression update

Suppliers Over the last few weeks I have been liaising with suppliers for the two types of fabric needed to make my swimwear. This has been a success and have chosen both fabrics to print on and to use for the plain reversible side of the costumes. I have arranged for another meeting with my manufacturer this week to get the ball rolling in getting these samples made. I found a supplier in China using the Alibaba website to make my logo's using a non rust metal plates, to be embedded to the Ten&Lee swimwear. The supplier was very efficient and extremely helpful...


Manufacturers and suppliers

Manufacturer visit So far I have visited one swimwear manufacturer in North West London and have been given a quote to make my samples. I have also been in touch with two other manufacturers for quotes and I'm in the process of researching suppliers to purchase a few swimwear fabrics to test. Due to the patterns on the swimwear I have had to contact a digital print manufacturer to print the patterns on the fabric before going back to the swimwear manufacturer to make. I am now waiting to hear back from the digital print manufacturer on fees and measurements...


The London swimwear show 2015

London Swimwear show Yesterday I attended the London Swimwear show which is being hosted at the Radisson Bu Portman hotel, London from Sunday 19th July until Tuesday 21st July. They have a great selection of well-known swimwear brands and is a brilliant opportunity for buyers to order 2016 women's swimwear collections. The lovely Clover Lewis is exhibiting this year, with her beautiful collection of swimwear specifically for women who have had a mastectomy; lumpectomy or quadrantectomy. Clover Lewis is an extraordinary woman who has battled breast cancer and is an inspiration to all women. It was pleasure to have...