My first stop was a big rack of fabrics that were going to be used in production. Fabric sourcing is where it all begins. Then I talked with the designers to learn how they used the fabrics and patterns to make different lines. It was so unexpected!
First, the designer may go out to a store to see pieces of clothing, styles and patterns that are current. and that they really like. These don't have to be kids clothes - they will take anything back that looks interesting or exciting. The pieces go back to Kahn Lucas, and the designer may be inspired by one part of the outfit (or a pattern) and they make a new design out of it. Old popular looks may be re-used. I learned that there was a dress that they made last year that was re-made this year because it was so popular.
A Couture Look From Kahn Lucas
After visiting with the designers, we moved on to see how an outfit is put together. There is a giant printer that is used to print pattern instructions, and where to put each part of the dress or outfit. Its like when you are building with Legos or doing a jigsaw puzzle. After that the design goes to the sewing room for a sample to be made. The sewing room was so cool. There were all different fabrics and designs. The outfits took teamwork and multiple cutters, sewers and finishers to make.
I actually have some pictures of outfits, but I can't share them because they are not sold yet. I got a sneak peak at what is coming - and it is SO COOL!
I learned so much about design that day. It was a blast!