What was the scope of their involvement?
I started by choosing one of their package options. I chose the three-style package but they have many different package levels that you can choose from. Once I chose my package, they set up a production calendar. They put all of the key dates of the project on the calendar so that I knew when I needed to have my fabrics or trim to them. It laid out the entire process so that I know what to expect and when to expect it.
Next, I brought them my sketches and designs. They first did flat sketches, and then created tech packages and patterns for my first prototype. It only took about two weeks from the initial design meeting to my receiving the first samples. I made my revisions and changes, and then they produced the next round of samples. I was happy with the second prototypes and didn't need any others made, but the package came with another round of revisions if I needed it.
What is the team composition?
I primarily worked with Sheila (owner, U & I brand consulting), who led product management and development. I also worked with a pattern maker, three sewers, and a few interns.
How did you come to work with U & I brand consulting?
I’d previously used another company that wasn’t a good fit. I have a background in technical design, so I shopped around for a new vendor. A friend referred me to U & I brand consulting.
How much have you invested with them?
I spent between $3,000–$5,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked together from January–April 2018.