How to make it as a designer



True, I was under a time crunch, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have done more research and trusted my gut. And while I didn’t necessarily know the right questions to ask as a newbie to the production scene, I did know how I felt each time I left Munchkins’ office. And it was rarely “excited about the process,” but more panicked and overwhelmed with the costs and requirements of something I had never done before.

As an emerging designer, deciding to work with a production company is a big step and your learning curve is about to get really steep. Choose a company that you feel comfortable with—if you are feeling rushed through the process, intimidated or leave a meeting without your questions answered, walk away. You will be spending a great deal of time with your production company, often needing to clarify details, redo samples and make adjustments. Building a relationship of mutual trust and respect is vital to your peace of mind.


Large scale retailers, like H&M for example, can produce and sell thousands of one style in one color/fabric way, and so the people who sew these thousands of garments can most likely produce them at lightening speed (probably with their eyes closed), producing more in less time and driving the cost down. Other factors drive costs down as well, like fabric purchased in bulk, but as an emerging designer, you may not have the luxury of large orders to start out. Therefore, you can’t likely afford to buy more fabric than what you need. Finding a production company that will produce small numbers of garments at a price you can afford per garment can be a challenge.

Munchkins tried to get me to increase the numbers of my one order from Saks to drive the costs of production down, but I wasn’t willing to take the risk. What would I do with extra inventory? What if someone didn’t buy the extra sizes I would randomly decide to make? I certainly didn’t want to contribute to our already-out-of-control landfill problems due to garment overproduction.


I produced the bulk of my order for Saks in China with Munchkins as the middle woman between me (the designer) and the factory overseas. I often asked a question on Monday, only to receive a response on Wednesday. When samples arrived via expensive international shipping, it felt like Christmas. Once samples were fitted and adjustments noted, it was like expensively shipping my kiddos off to summer camp knowing I wouldn’t see them again for a couple weeks. When all was said and done, I knew I should have kept the process closer to home.

For large companies, producing overseas is most likely a “no brainer.” However, when you are just starting out, timely and open communication with your factory is key. Mistakes are going to happen. Samples won’t fit and will need to be remade. The wrong color thread may be used. When you begin to add up the cost of delayed communication due to time difference and the costs associated with sending samples and production runs overseas…well, you get the idea.

So, why tell you this long production story?

Because I have an incredible resource to share—one that may have saved me a few headaches and a lot of dollars. And one that is likely to save our landfills from unnecessary garment waste.

Emerging designers, meet OnPoint Manufacturing.

Designers, OnPoint Manufacturing makes one garment at a time and the cost per unit made is the same whether you are producing one garment or 1,000 garments at a time, which means you are never stuck with inventory, you produce only what your customers have ordered and there is no risk that overproduction on your part will lead to additional waste in landfills.

And the vibe at OnPoint is one of dedication to making a positive difference in how clothing is manufactured. They are making production easier for designers in terms of:

•  Time – No waiting for overseas back and forth communication.
•  Risk – You don’t need to guess how many size 6s to make. You can let actual orders guide production.
•  No inventory – No extra inventory means you are not stuck with a bunch of clothes with no home.
•  Producing any run length – You can produce one dress, or 1,000 dresses at OnPoint.
•  Ordering any size – Your actual order determines the size.
•  Creating any variation – Your customers can enjoy customization of garments.
•  Quick shipping – Shipped directly in 72 hours or less, your customers will not need to wait long periods for their orders.
•  Local production – Made in the USA means no long wait times for samples.

If you are an emerging designer toying with the idea of production, do your research and check out OnPoint Manufacturing. And if your goal is to win a fashion competition TV series, let’s talk. Not only can I help you win, but I can give you a few tips on how to prepare for the fun that will follow your victory!


It´s all about the cat

Cats protect your home from bad spirits and bring joy!


The cat- the magical animal!


The aura of this animal is so strong that it protects the entire family and house. I want to tell you that cats don’t snuffle around your legs only because they are hungry or they need your attention, but because they have a magical ancestral power, through which they want to protect you.


The cat protects the home from negative energy and evil spirits. The cat can help you if you are moving into a new house or you are going somewhere where bad things happened.

When cats make their particular sound this helps treating bone related illness because they evoke an energy of approximately 25 HZ.

Evil spirits! When a cat feels a spirit in the house, she starts to follow it in order to find its intentions. In order to assure that this spirit does not destroy it’s energetical  environment the cat will do everything possible to eliminate the spirit. If this doesn’t work, the cat will try to catch the entity in it’s energetical area and take it out from the house. This is why in some traditions evil spirits fly on cats.

Be very careful when the cat is watching ät a fixed point. This might be because of an evil spirit. In order to help your cat to eliminate this spirit you can read a prayer or bur white salvia- this helps more in pushing away evil spirits.

The energy aura of the cat is so strong that in cat eliminate any negative energy. This is why persons who communicate with spirits do not have the cats in the room.

When you talk to another person whom you assume he or she might not have good intentions it is good to hold your hand on the cat. Hold the left hand among the neck and the right one by the tail. In this way you will be connected to the cat, which will protect you from the negative energy.

Cats bring positive energy in the house, protecting the family and attract well-being. They enjoy sitting in areas with strong energy, like the geo pathological areas.

Russian have a very interesting ritual. When they move into a new house, they let first the cat to go in. The cat will eliminate the negative energies and charge the house with positive energy.

The cat and healing!


The magical powers of the cat can be seen through healing. Cats sits on the area where the owner has pain. They also deliberate us from stress.

At the psycho emotional level Persian cats have magical powers.

The colour of the cat defines the need

Black: black magic, they eliminate negative energies from the house

Redhead cats: solar power and yang energy, it brings money and well-being in the house

The grey cat: Brings love, happiness and luck

White: has healing power, eliminates stress and recharge the body with energy


The cat- doctor or medicine?

Doctors have observed for long time ago that in families where animals are present, especially cats, the atmosfere is more pleasant, diseases are rare and when they appear they heal quickly. It seems like the little friend is capabel of offering the owners something which money cant buy, love and health.. These little animals can come handy to neurologs and pshicologists. They reduce stress, anxiety, calm down and trigger feelings of trust, optimist.



Doctors have also found out that the area with the largest amount of points which activate the memory lays in the center of the palm.

In order to stimulate this in middle East countries special balls are manufactured. There is also a since nowadays which is named felinotheraphy, which implies healing and preventing illness through contact with cats.

The methods of felinotherapy were known since ancient times.


A ”he” or a ”she”

A female will have bioenergetical energy which is much stronger than the one of male cat.