The art of making things when your a perfectionist
I write this post as a way to gain insight into the world you want to jump into. Fashion, Textiles, and many more forms of manufacturing are very organized, and not so organized. Some issues are macro, while others you can control. If you like to control things, it will help you, but also hinder you. Perfectionism is helpful, but can also cost you more money. I say this because the world of fashion, textiles, jewelry, even cooking is all about trial and error. There are ways to organize your design method, or even your product flow. However planning it is one thing and execution is another. Especially in start-up phase, or experiment phase. I am going to list the things you can’t control.
- Government Regulations/ Duty: This is imposed by governments as tax for sending goods into a country. You may want to launch a product, but duty might be 30% in one country, 10 % in another, or free. It is good to look this code up when you want to create something, have it made in another country, and etc. Also regulatory standards. These don’t change often, but it is important to understand what you could face down the road. If you want to sell products in the EU, then get to know the duties, and standards for EU. Or if you want to make your item in India, get to know the duties for when the items arrive.
- Transportation: You can lay out timelines for transportation and many-times they stick. However weather has commonly thrown a wrench in the plan. The other is port of entry is packed. Customs may hold items, or drivers call out sick, or are late from another delivery. Always have some padding time.
- Testing: If you have an athletic or kids product, you may need to test it for various things. It is very important to know the laws surrounding what you want to produce. However testing is costly, and you must wait a certain amount of time to have the test completed. Again, something you can control to a certain extent, however waiting is always a part of the process.
- Patterns: Many times patterns, prints, color, all have to be executed well. This means mistakes happen along they way, to allow for the perfection to happen. It does require patience. One thing to consider as well, is the person who must execute and what their road blocks are. Sometimes it is science, law, math, etc. Perfectionism has a place, but if it is still high quality work, you may want to save time and money, and go with high quality vs. absolute perfection. I like to say, “you won’t catch a rainbow, unless there is water.” Meaning is conditions must be right. If you can make the conditions right, you will have a rainbow every time.
- Attitude: People are going to come with their own personality when it comes to work. They maybe set in their ways, or flexible. It is important to understand work loads, time frames, payment and etc. When your asking someone to do the work you don’t have time for, or you don’t know how to do, you may find this to be a helpful reminder. I believe most people would like to deliver good work. It is important to understand what they are doing for you. Besides, it makes you a more educated person for your business. Sometimes they are doing more than you know in order to ensure you have something good, rather than something cheap and fast.
Overall, the business of fashion is a highly planned and executed business. It is a artform as well. All good art takes practice, trial and error, and a person to buy it. If you do this well, the bigger hurdles won’t be as troublesome because the reward can come financially.