about the term handmade…

I don’t call what we do handmade.  I call it small-batch.  Everything, except when attaching a button, is sewn by machine.  The industrial sewing machines we use are the same as one would see in a factory anywhere in the world. My concern about the word handmade is that it can, sometimes, have the negative…

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small-batch manufacturing

Sign up to receive an email every time a new blog post or video is published. Let’s compare what we are doing at Brook There and Seawall to the standard way of running a fashion business. We call what we do small-batch manufacturing. We either make-to-order, or we make small quantities that are fabric driven.…

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loose screws

A key to machinery?  LISTEN. (literally.) And:  why I really wish I’d take a small motors class at some point during my education.  They should be mandatory for sewing students, because machine repair people are few and far between in our disposable age. And: it was today that I confirmed that motors & engines are…

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artisanal RTW

Somehow, suiting and lingerie-  they have a nice visual conversation with each other, don’t you think? We’re starting to do small batches of very nice jackets, skirts, and shirts-  artisanal ready-to-wear.  Only three to seven units per style, using a wider variety of fabrics.  Fine wools, custom printed silks, beautiful cotton shirtings, both organic and…

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entreverge!

we were super, super excited and psyched to be winners at this years entreverge awards.  It’s an award that honors young entrepreneurs working and committed to Maine. That’s Jacquelyn above-  since we were in LA, she got to get up on stage and accepted the award :)  And good thing, because part of the award…

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L.A.

D&A was awesome. The show and the booth were the right size, the atmosphere was sparkling clean, and buyers were interesting and interested.  had a great time, made great contacts. As a city, LA surprised me a little.  We stayed at the LAAC, a reciprocal club to our local Cumberland Club, and it couldn’t have…

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linesheets.

That’s the in-process view. I found out exactly a month ago that we had been gifted a booth at D&A-  a  big deal for our little company, and a big step towards doing more wholesale.  It also meant that for the last month my workload has basically tripled, which has been mostly very exciting. Some…

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