A bit of fabric softener is added to the dye bath, to break in the fibers.
A “lab dip” is our first step in developing a new color. The dyes shown here are already diluted to the proper intensity for color testing a single small piece of fabric in a beaker. After dyeing, the fabric undergoes a rinsing process and then into the dryer.
At any given time, roughly 2000 rolls of fabric are on hand in the warehouse — many whites and a few prints. Once a fabric is selected for a specific style, it is cut and sewn into various sizes. Garment-dyeing in the seasonal palette will be the final step, as orders are received from boutiques.
The inspiration board takes shape over several weeks, as ideas from images, fabrics, trims and trend resources evolve into a plan for the next season’s line.