At D2M we have over 10 years’ experience developing textile products for clients. We are exceptionally skilled at producing rucksack and bag prototypes having worked on various projects for different target markets and industry sectors. We also have experience in developing textile baby products and sports equipment ranging from pushchairs, baby bouncers and car seats to recovery therapy packs and weight bags.
Our studio has a fully equipped textile workshop with three industrial sewing machines, suitable for most processes and material types. We have also created an extensive samples library of technical fabrics, attachments and fastenings.
Whilst all idea development is inherently risky, at D2M we use our extensive experience to develop a bespoke idea development plan for your project that seeks to minimise your risk whilst analysing the project from a commercial perspective. We do this by considering the target market, potential marketing claims and production costs from a very early stage in the project. This hugely increases your chances of success with your project.
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.
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.
We don’t just develop ideas from scratch – we can also refine existing prototypes and products that require further development. Our process is always bespoke and tailored to your needs. We often work with SME’s who already have products on the market that need a re-style to include new features and enhance user experience or a re-design to increase profit margins. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your textile product development needs.