Story of our lives…

Indeed, one does not simply create a collection without drama or delays… Especially if you’re called number35!

Everybody thinks it’s simple.. you draw pretty pictures, you make patterns, buy some fabric.. et voila, you have a collection! Er NO, unfortunately, it’s not that easy, and when you have two collections to manage at the same time it can sometimes lead to disaster…

Try as hard as we may, things always go wrong.. It can take 2-3 changes before a pattern is perfect and if you don’t follow the pattern trail perfectly.. you do what we did this season: grade the wrong pattern. OMG what a disaster.. We do a sample and it’s wrong.. we then spend 3 days wondering what happened. And that’s just one problem.. we have many more where that came from (seriously, we do!). And being a perfectionist doesn’t make this easy on anyone. I’m pretty sure my staff are actively plotting my murder by now.. or a management coop!!

So, if you don’t hear from me in the next few weeks… just search for me among the piles of fabrics and discarded patterns and I’ll be hidden under them, crying at the sound of the words ‘patterns’, ‘alterations’ and the dreaded sentence: ‘it’s time to design the next collection’.