Introducing THE CHEVRON TOP – by KLATT

For the past many weeks, we’ve been following emerging designer Alanna Klatt as she worked with our Designer Development program called Fresh Start.  She started with customer surveys to find out what customers REALLY want, and what they will buy, and then collected votes along the way through the sketching, sample making, fabric selection and finally production.  Now we have the first of her pieces available for sale at our Queen Street location and online!

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This loose and flowing top is great for all seasons and it’s cut lower in the back for a very flattering silhouette.  At our Queen Street store Alanna has swatches of other fabrics the top can be made in.  swatches

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Thanks for following along and supporting Alanna’s journey with your votes and valuable feedback!

 

Style Profile – Alanna Klatt

Name: Alanna Klatt
Occupation: Product Developer & Server
Age:
“I dont know about you,
But I’m feeling 22,
Everything will be alright
If you keep me next to you,
You don’t know about me
But I’ll bet you want to
Everything will be alright
If we just keep dancing like were
22, ooh-ooh,
22, ooh-ooh”
Taylor Swift anyone?

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Top: The Pocahontas Print Top – by Klatt, $100; Yoga Jeans- by Second Denim Co. $120; Shoes: Joni heel – by Miz Mooz, on sale now for $136 (were $170)

What’s a typical day like for you? Wake up. Walk My Dog. Food. Serve/ Sew. Food. Work From Home. Food. Food. Walk My Dog. Sleep. Repeat. Let’s just say a typical day is 80% eating food!

 What in your life is really important to you? Pizza! Did I mention I love food?

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Dress: The Scuba Print Frock- Klatt, $160; Shoes: Joni Heel- Miz Mooz, now on sale for $136, regularly $170.

 

What would you like to be remembered for? I want to be remembered for being a positive light and a friendly face 🙂

 What role does fashion play in your life? It’s my career! I’d say that’s a pretty darn important role! I wake up loving the work I do.. If you can even call it ‘work!’

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Top: The Denim Duo Top- Klatt, $120; Jeans: Yoga Jeans- Second Denim Co. – $120; Shoes: Joni heel- Miz Mooz, now on sale for $136, regularly $170; Bracelet: Leather cuff- Colleen Poitras.

 

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? Canadian! Canadian! Canadian! Local! Local! Local! Fresh Collective has created a whole lifestyle brand and experience when you shop! You don’t just go in to shop, you go to learn about the designers and experience the ‘FC Culture!’

What do you have that you want to promote?  Well, of course I want to promote the three pieces I’m wearing in these pictures.  These have been developed through the #FCfreshstrart program in which I started with a blank sketchbook and a curious mind.  I interviewed customers and did surveys to find out what customers would really want to buy, and I came up with these three garments.  I’m working on producing them for sale now, and I’m so excited to see how the public receives them!

As well, eek! My latest sewing projects have been bow ties. I am a fanatic! I love them, I love creating them, I love sewing them! I just made 25 bow ties for a serving crew for an event and also some wedding parties. 🙂 Getting hitched? Going to an event? Gift idea? I’m your girl!

 

 Where can people find you on social media? 

Twitter: @alannaklatt

Facebook: KLATT

Instagram: @alannaklatt

Follow Alanna’s process of designing these three pieces for Fresh Collective by using #FCfreshstart on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Fresh Start Designer Development Program – Week 7!

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This week, Alanna Klatt has three samples ready for your feedback.  Making clothing that actually sells is a lot harder than one might think.  Customers need to feel great in it, love the colour and fit, have it suit their figure and lifestyle, coordinate with other items in their closet AND like the price.  At Fresh Collective, we’ve been working with emerging designer Alanna Klatt as she produces three styles based on surveys and feedback from the Fresh Collective audience.  If you’ve missed blogs along the way, you can catch up here.  Follow Alanna’s journey on social media using #fcfreshstart.  And help her out by filling out her survey.  Your opinion matters a whole heck of a lot!  Now let’s check in with Alanna and see how things have been going!

– Fresh Collective Founder and CEO, Laura-Jean Bernhardson

 

Hello Fresh Collective! Welcome to week 7 of our journey since starting the Fresh Start Program! It has been a wild ride and we’re not done yet!

You know how no matter how hard you try to stay on track, life throws you a fast one? No matter how many lists and ‘to do’s’ we make, not everything gets completed? No matter how we prioritize or organize our day, unexpected events seem to get in the way? Well.. for the past couple of weeks I have experienced this more than normal! Every day I write a ‘to do’ list of my weekly MUST DO’s to stay on track and to make sure I meet all my deadlines and due dates for projects, part-time work, personal events and so on. But what else happens everyday? LIFE.

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Vanessa shows off Sample #1 of Alanna’s – the top! This piece is available at Queen Street in a medium for customers to try on and offer feedback on. Your feedback helps Alanna perfect her samples before she goes into production.

 

Since starting this Fresh Start Program I have been managing my own business full time, transitioning through two new part-time jobs, and endured the death of a very close family member of mine, all while trying to get enough sleep to function each day! It’s a hard to task on its to own to just ‘keep it together’ sometimes. But the answer is simply to just ‘keep moving forward.’

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Sample #2 – the tunic! What do you think of the colour? The ruching? Is this a great neutral that will go with everything or do you prefer colour? Let Alanna know so she can perfect the samples and make pieces that you’ll want to buy!

 

These unexpected events will always come and go and those are the most important points in our lives/ careers to keep moving forward. Sometimes these events are even the most pivotal points where we see major positive changes or personal growth. It takes strength and courage to endure the tough parts of our day, which in my opinion, is the reason I keep going! Who doesn’t love seeing personal and career growth? We don’t learn and prosper from taking the easy path, that’s for sure!

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Vanessa shows off Sample #3 – the dress! What do you think of this dress? Will it be a top seller? Offer your feedback on the survey at the end of this blog post!

 

After a little stumbling block (waiting for fabric shipments to create the in-store samples of the three pieces which will be for sale soon at Fresh Collective) we finally have the samples in the Queen Street location for you to try on and give us feedback one more time! Please advise, these samples are all in standard size medium. We are looking for you to try on these pieces and fill out a really quick three question survey before we dig right into full production mode! If you don’t have time to stop by the Queen shop, you can check out the photos here and offer your feedback on-line at this survey link.

Stay fresh!

Alanna

 

#FCfreshstart – Week 5! Fabric Choices.

Hi Fresh Collective! We are now at week 5 in the Fresh Start program and gearing up for production! The fabrics have now been ordered and we will soon be starting to cut and sew samples for YOU, the customer, to try on and give more feedback. That is an opportunity for you to tell me any last issues you would want corrections on so I can apply them to the final garments which will be going in store!

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The three designs you chose for me to produce are the tunic, dress and top as shown above.  Last week you gave me your votes on the fabrics for each and here they are!

Below the fabric swatch picture I’ve written a little information on the fabrics which will tell you about its convenience, practicality, durability, and care content. I am very excited to share the winning choices with you!

DARK JEAN

For the top, I’ll be using this structured knit as a contrast with another fabric as well.

This knit stretch jean-like fabric is extremely practical for wash and wear. Simply throw this in the wash in cold water and tumble dry on low. Iron if needed on a medium heat to get rid of any creases. This fabric is a rayon, nylon, polyester, and spandex blend. Rayon gives this fabric a lustrous appearance. Nylon enhances the durability and wear and polyester allows this fabric to be wash and wearable. Spandex gives it the fantastic elasticity and stretch! By default, I have ordered the dark jean wash colour, as opposed to the black, because it was the only colour in stock at this time.

FOREST GREEN

The rayon/spandex blend Dakota knit was a big hit!! This forest green colour was the most popular and will be offered for the tunic and the top. Rayon is a manufactured cellulose fabric which means it has a lot of natural properties including a naturally soft hand and lustrous appearance. This fabric is machine washable in cold water and you can throw this in the dryer on a low heat. This fabric is lightweight and perfect for the spring and summer! The print is simple and not too bold.

GREY-OATMEAL

Here is the modal knit! This oatmeal colour was the most popular neutral colour desired for the tunic and the top. This modal/spandex blend fabric is SO soft to the touch which means you will want to wear this all day long!  Modal is cool to the touch and also tends to pill less. The best characteristic of this fabric is that it is ECO friendly! What a plus! Wash this in the machine in cold water and dry flat.

WINEThis is also the modal knit in the popular wine colour. This fabric will also be used for the tunic and the top. It has all the same properties as listed above with the oatmeal colour!

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This is the double knit fabric that will be used to create the winning dress. This fabric is more structured than the others and is a rayon, nylon, and spandex blend. Again, the rayon gives this fabric a lustrous appearance and soft hand. The nylon gives this fabric the durability and long lasting properties. This coral colour was chosen to mix with the Scuba Reef print below! This will be such a refreshing spring/summer colour this upcoming season! This fabric is easy to take care of as you can wash cold in the machine, and tumble dry on low heat!

CORALprintLastly, we have the Scuba Reef printed fabric. This is a polyester and spandex mix fabric. Polyester is a great fibre for creating a convenient fabric in terms of care. This fabric can either be hand or machine washed and hung to dry. This is a great bold print to make a statement. It will be used for the dress as the accent fabric being applied to the collar, and pockets to add interest to the piece!

Thanks again everyone for following along and your continued support in this development program!

Please let us know how you like the final fabrics that were chosen and colours! Follow along on any missed content by researching #FCfreshstart on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram! Catch us next Thursday for Week 6!! We will be moving onto sample making!

Stay fresh,

Alanna

#FCfreshstart – week 4!

Welcome back Fresh Collective! We are now at Week 4 of the Fresh Start Designer Development Program!

Thank you for following along with us! This week is extra special because we are now in the beginning stages of the ‘Production’ phase! Exciting!

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Pattern drafting is the step where a designer takes their 2D designs and begins to transform them into the 3D beautiful creations that you see and purchase in stores! This is the most critical step to refine, refine, refine and be as accurate as possible in your work. If there is a mistake in the proper fit, lengths, or proportion it will transcend through the rest of the phases of production.

 To get a better idea of what happens in the Pattern Drafting phase, I will break it down for you in three steps:

  1. The Block

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Designers use what we call ‘blocks.’ They are a flat form foundation of the body; a second skin. There is no seam allowance, no ease, and no room for movement in these pieces. We trace these blocks out on marking paper to begin the pattern. Below are examples of a front and back bodice block with darts and a sleeve block.

2. The Draft

The next step is starting to ‘draft the pattern.’ During the draft of the pattern this is the time that the inspiration takes over and the styling features are added that will make the pieces unique (style lines, type of neckline, hem length etc.) We also add ease into the garment to make sure there is room for movement for the customer.

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  1. The Pattern

This is the finalizing step where you can go through an ‘approval process.’ Once you are confident in your draft and you have completed your fittings and corrected the areas that needed improvement you can continue on to add all your proper seam allowances and replicate these final patterns on oaktag. Oaktag is a hard card paper that ensures these patterns will last a lot of wear and tear tracing them out in the ‘Marker Making’ stages.

Once these steps are complete you are almost ready to start cutting fabrics and sewing the pieces!

Continue following along every Thursday for more blog posts and pictures of this journey! Next week we will be perfecting patterns and begin the stages of cutting fabrics for sample making! Our goal is to have samples made in a medium size for customers to try on in store while production is going on! Keep your eye out for a dates to visit and let us know what you think!

 If you have missed blogs, video posts, or pictures you can recap on all of the content by clicking #FCfreshstart, or on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram. 🙂

 Stay fresh!

Alanna

Introducing Fresh Start – An Exciting New Program For Emerging Designers!

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At Fresh Collective, we’re out to make it easier for an emerging designer to succeed at their business!  In our new Fresh Start program, an emerging designer works with us over four months to design three pieces based on customer feedback and research.  The designer agrees to start with a blank sketchbook and a curious mind.

Through getting to know our customers’ fashion needs, the designer comes up with six sketches for customers to view, vote on and make suggestions about on social media. With the feedback, she narrows down to three pieces to produce for sale in our stores in the spring.

Alanna Klatt is the talented young designer who is working with us in the first round of this program for 2015. She’ll be preparing a weekly blog post about her experience every step of the way as she designs, refines, produces and markets a micro-collection for Fresh Collective.  She’ll also have regular updates on social media.

The public gets to follow along and support the career of an independent designer. You’ll be offering her suggestions and helping her get all the details just right to produce some best-selling pieces for our wonderful customers!

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Meet Alanna!

Meet Alanna Klatt in person Friday January 23, 11 am – 2 pm at our Queen Street store as she meets and greets the Fresh Collective customers and starts her research process.

Help Alanna with a quick survey!

If you can’t make it to the store, you can take this quick online survey and help Allana get started on her market research.

Follow Alanna’s progress!

Alanna will be sharing behind the scenes progress on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as producing a weekly blog every Thursday.  Follow #FCfreshstart to stay in the loop!

Follow Fresh Collective at:

Twitter : twitter.com/FreshCollective

Facebook: facebook.com/freshcollective

Instagram: instagram.com/freshcollective/

Follow Alanna at:

Twitter: twitter.com/alannaklatt

Facebook: facebook.com/KLATTbyalannaklatt

Instagram: instagram.com/alannaklatt/

Join the conversation!  

Help shape the Toronto fashion industry and have your voice heard!

#FCfreshstart