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Recommendations for Apparel Consulting and Prototyping Companies?

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Hi,

I'm looking for recommendations on companies that do apparel (specifically accessories like laptop sleeves and laptop bags) design consulting, sourcing, and prototyping.

I saw a very old post mentioning ProtoSew, but it seems like there were mixed reviews... Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Hey Jeffrey - ProtoSew is the only one I've heard of too, but check out the most recent EN Blog on "Soft Goods":

http://blog.edisonnation.com/2017/11/prototyping-s...

You might try reaching out to the author, EN/Enventys' wonderful Jeremy Losaw, for recommendations.

Jeffrey Lane
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Many moons ago I was involved in the "Cut and Sew" end of the automotive industry as an OEM supplier (Interior trim, car seats, Headrests etc.) to the major car companies. We were also involved with other industries as well, including marine tops, medical equipment and coversand misc. prototypes. Check local listings under the heading of Industrial sewing or use the Thomas Register for searches. A local source is will save invaluable time and often have the expertise to help with prototype projects.

Robert Pontius
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Robert, you beat me to the punch! Jeffrey, definitely check out Part I of Jeremy's "Soft Goods" protoTYPING post on the blog.

Best of luck!

Robert Pontius
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I did, thanks for the tip. And I left a comment for him. Is there a way to message him more directly?

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Jeffrey:

I don't have direct contact info for Jeremy Losaw but here's the staff info page for Enventys Partners with a general email address and phone number at bottom:

https://enventyspartners.com/about/our-team

Jeffrey Lane
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Also, I found Jeremy as a "user" here so you might be able to reach him through the integrated EN messaging system (though you may have to be "friends" first to message):

https://www.edisonnation.com/users/jlosaw

Or, I've found that most of the EN folks I've communicated with via email have an address with the convention: firstname.lastname@edisonnation.com so you could try jeremy.losaw@edisonnation.com and/or jeremy.losaw@enventyspartners.com

Jeffrey Lane
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I dont know if you can find what you are looking for, but you might try Makers Row. They specalize in putting American Makers together with Apparal industry people. I have looked at them myself for my jewlery like products and may still use them.  Anyway hope that helps. I also found they have very good educational materials about outsourcing Best

Jeffrey Lane
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Hey Jeffrey - if you make any progress on this could you please let us know here?

I don't have any need for apparel-type prototyping at the moment but who knows what the future holds and I'm sure others are interested as well.

Mark Bartlett
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