At D2M we have over 10 years’ experience developing technical textile products for clients. We are exceptionally skilled in a range of sewing techniques, technical fabrics and heavyweight materials for developing sewn products for different target markets and industry sectors. We also have considerable experience in developing textile baby products and sports equipment ranging from pushchairs, baby bouncers and car seats to recovery therapy packs and weight bags. As such D2M is widely regarded as the UK’s leading custom sewing services company.
Our studio & workshops include a fully equipped textile workshop for prototyping sewn soft goods products with three industrial sewing machines, suitable for most processes and material types. We have also created an extensive samples library of technical fabrics, attachments, zippers, hook and loop tapes, narrow fabrics and fastenings. This enables rapid development of unique sewn products by our senior technical seamstresses and fabric product developers.
The initial stages of development are focussed on the concept. These stages usually involve sketching initial concept ideas, considering, on a basic level, materials, dimensions and hardware. We always seek to add value through innovation, which can strengthen IP protection and any USP’s your product has. Marketing insights and Basic Physical Model’s are often utilised early in the process to inform and refine the final concept. The final concept is then drawn up ready for prototyping.
Next, we can begin creating prototypes of the design. This is often an iterative process to test and refine the materials, dimensions (including pattern pieces if required) and detailing, including further fabric choices and detailing such as stitching type and thread colour, webbing, fasteners, zips, buttons, and hook and loop attachments. These prototypes are an excellent way to create a 3D version of the product that can be used to get feedback and potentially investment or interest from retailers.
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Once the prototype and manufacturing specification (detailed drawings of the product) have been developed as far as possible in our in-house workshop, the next steps involve sampling with a factory. We have a good network of agents and factories in the Far East who can produce production samples and provide costings for manufacturing (including MOQ’s) and shipping the product. These stages are key to ensuring that the product is cost-effective to manufacture.
It is only at this stage that the materials can be finalised as factories will always use materials and components that they have in stock to make a sample. Manufacturing techniques, such as heat sealing, and moulding are employed so that the sample approximates the final product as closely as possible. It is usually possible to apply branding to the production sample.
With a final factory sample and the funding in place, the last step is to put your product into production with your chosen factory. At this point, bespoke fabrics (specific colours or patterns with a minimum MOQ) and all the chosen detailing will finally feature on the product. We offer a production support package to help guide you through the process of managing and communicating with the factory.