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Thank you Seattle - Fashion UX

Not even snow, wind, rain nor a glitch in the Meet Up app, could keep Seattle's best like-minded apparel specialists from joining us for our 2016 Fashion UX MeetUp.

 

The Wakefield was a fantastic host and the food was out of this world! Great times having open discussion about technology and product creation for the fast moving apparel and retail industry.

 

Topics discussed was everything from Material and yarn development, to getting reliable tech-packs to and from China, to opportunities with PDM & PLM via to 3D and IoT (internet of things).

 

A curated social and networking experience with top local brands in attendance. Enjoy our fashion UX vlog below. We will be sharing for our next destination as well as our next event in Seattle just after the holidays.

 

Thank you again and if you'd like us to talk about a specific topic or host in your city feel free to let us know down below.

 

Fashion Connected: Meetup Lunch and Learn, Social Product Development pt. 1

A week ago today, was the inaugural lunch and learn MeetUp, hosted by Fashion Connected, for a brand new initiative called, Social Product Development. Although it was just an hour and a half, we had industry leaders in top international and national retailers, design, color and trend executives, vertical lifestyle and active wear brand, ecom companies and freelance designers.

The focus of the event was to have lunch and learn, but also to also socialize. The discussion of the day was to expound on social product development as a 3 part series, of which this was the first part.

One of the best moments for me during the event, happened very early during introductions. As we were going around the room getting to know who our neighbors are, it was soon time for a young man to take his turn. He politely said, " Hi, I'm Noah, I'm 14 and I'm here to learn more about the fashion industry". Everyone smiled and warmly welcomed Noah.  Next to Noah was an executive and leader in the industry who quipped "Hi I'm not 14" and the entire room broke into laughter.

The retail, apparel, footwear and accessories industry are facing pretty big challenges today in how they commercialize their brand and products. The main topic in this section, was to begin to identify what those are and begin to learn how social product development can be a clever platform to bringing tools together in solving them.

Another highlight was when we discussed mobile integration for inspiration in textile surface design creation- a concept we like to call "design in motion". The goal here was to demonstrate the ability to be fast, accurate and collaborative with Pointcarre and BeProduct together. In an earlier discussion, this topic was referred to as "transformational". The ability to see a creative thought all the way through its completion virtually without interference or obstacles. Showing that collaborative tools and people can cheerfully visualize a shirt in multiple fabrics and prints in minutes via virtual prototyping through to ecom.

The meeting went very well and we will be posting some of the highlights on both the StycheCo, Pointcarre and BeProduct websites and YouTube.

Personally I tried to ask everyone after the event if they felt they in fact learned something from this event and most did.

I wanted to personally thank everyone from Fashion Connected meetup who joined and a special thanks to BeProduct and Pointcarre who did a great job and who also be at the 2nd installment of social product development.

Finally I wanted to thank Noah, who I had the fortune of bringing to this meetup. Not only did he actively participate but in fact, I learned much from him. Although he likes some designers that personally I did not know, we both have our top designer choice as Alexander McQueen … Ironic is it not … That this young man who joined our meetup, actually knew the motto for fashion connected and stycheco inc., which is inspired from McQueen - "respect the tradition but break the rules"

Hope to see you at the next event September 9th at 12:30pm. See the link provided on the RSVP .

to learn more about Pointcarre go to www.pointcarre.com and BeProduct. Enjoy the recap below and look forward to the next event. Transformational change begins with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design First, Design Fast

Inspired by the Olympic efforts of all the athletes, the planning and execution of the Rio Olympics, I wanted to share a few thoughts and ask the question. Why is speed so important to us? Why are we attracted to it? and how important is speed when it comes to design? Design is a practice that statrs and enables product creation - and we covet the ability to do what we do quickly and with authenticity and accuracy. However, when we look at the importance of  speed to market, product creation and major initiatives such as PLM (product life-cycle management), there are conditions that have slowed down that process.

There is a perception that design departments and creatives are resistant to technology specifically PLM. However it should be emphasized, that design is pro technology. Design has embraced technology that makes them faster, allows them to accomplish more in less time, seamlessly integrates with other technology tools, and is super easy to use.  It is not just the design group, but rather any group or department, will opposes technology that; slows them down, adds more work to their already challenging day, doesn't intelligently work with their preferred software tools and has a poor user experience. The consequences of that adds costs, risk and complexity which reduces your speed. 

Design teams are highly tech savvy and undisputed curators of aesthetic, style, color, graphics, fabrication, fit and aspiring to be more sustainable. However,  corporate intra-departmental culture and structure doesn't make it easy nor transparent, to share facts and answers to important questions related to product creation experience. 

This "voice of the product creator" anonymous survey, is a peer to peer platform to answer and share facts in-order to improve the product creation experience for everyone especially design. The goal is to build bridges not walls. 

click below and join the discussion

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M7YTTKC

Change starts with you!

 

 

2016 PLM & Digital Product Creation Survey for Retail, Apparel, Accessory & Footwear (RAAF).

StycheCo is continuing its open and transparent peer to peer approach to thought leadership and engagement for digital product creation in the retail, apparel, accessory and footwear (RAAF) market.

The 2016 RAAF digital product creation survey is not like any another. Industry leaders and top executives at retail and lifestyle brands want to know and hear from those who drive product creation. The traditional corporate structure doesn't make it easy nor transparent, to share facts and answers to important questions related to product creation via PLM systems.   This open survey is intended for those who are the direct users of PLM - merchandisers, designers, fabric and trim specialists, graphics and textile, product development, technical designers and overseas merchandisers.

Although this is an open and anonymous survey, please encourage your product creation teams to participate in this user experience focused survey.

We have heard about the challenges and opportunities of PLM, now it's time for your voice to be heard.

Designers, Product Development specialists, Graphic Designers, Technical Designer, Sourcing and Overseas buying offices can all participate so we can all share and learn from the results.

 

Clck on the link below to join and share in the survey.

  

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5RLWLZY

 

The Survey will close on August 25th at 10:15am. We will share the results with all of you On September 1st.

Thank you in advance for sharing and taking this short survey, aimed at open, peer to peer sharing of a specific but vital segment of our future and each retailers or brands success.

 

 

 

 

Teckpack DISRUPTED & Product Creation Re-invented

StycheCo is delighted to be innovating with a select group of brands on adopting a new social product development platform, called BeProduct. So far the results have been outstanding.  

 

1. Smart Adobe® Illustrator®, Excel® and Dropbox®  Integration

2. Native IOS and Android Mobile Apps

3. Live Mark-Up of Inspiration and Fit Photos

2. Zero upgrade cost

3. True Cloud architecture

4. Eliminates 75% data entry and clicks for TECHPACK creation.

5. Full ability to implement and configure  without a developer or report writer.

 

If your organization designs, creates graphics for licensing or for packaging, provides technical or detail sketches, wants its external partners, suppliers or vendors to participate in 3D apparel product creation, BOM (Bill of Material), Spec or costing stages and track multiple samples, across hardlines and softlines, then this post is directed to you.

 

Though there are examples of retailers and brands creating TECKPACKS with various tools, they are doing so in a complex and time consuming way. There are plenty of blogs and posts, which point to the challenges and opportunities. Some existing and documented challenges are: lack of adoption, poor performance, lack of integration with creative tools, months or years to implement, need to onboard or hire additional resources to address excessive data entry and finally exuberant upgrade costs.

 

The focus of this post is a call to action for  the industries merchandisers, designers, graphics and product developers in brands and retailers that there is a fresh approach and platform that can effectively address not only the challenges of existing TECHPACK tools but does so in a way that uses an innovative on-boarding approach. This approach is designed to bring teams together and just like social tools they use today, empowers them use the same user experience at their desks - to be creators of innovative content rather than wasting more time in non value added meetings and data re-entry.

 

We are looking for lifestyle brands and retailers who have either out-grown existing product development tools or struggling with adoption and organizational challenges implementing a TECHPACK/ PLM tool. 

 

See our product creation video above for a look and feel of the platform. Don't forget to subscribe to StycheCo and BeProduct YouTube Channels for informative content on how to successfully approach on-boarding to social product development.

 

We would be delighted to talk with you and socialize this new approach & platform to see if it's right for you. Follow this link to tell us about you and your company. 

 

http://www.stycheco.com/take-action/

Dream More, Learn More & Become More

Complexity, ambiguity, risk and long cycle times is something that retail, fashion and fast moving consumer goods industry has experienced plenty of in the last 10 years. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way anymore. The digital consumer, global trade regulations and manufacturing are converging at a rate far beyond our existing planet, people, metrics, processes, and existing enterprise technology can support. 

Few can dispute the massive wave of large retail bankruptcies in the last few months, is a call to action. The majority of industries recognize the question is not - IF they need to update processes and technology footprint with new ways of working and tools but how.  StychCo's core belief is that people with passion, knowledge and experience can change the world for the better. Over the past 30 years we have had the opportunity to work with the most talented luxury brands, retailers, designers, executives, sourcing folks, IT and developers and software providers. And so what we are going to do this year is to help get the industry back to doing what its great at. Alot has changed the consumer is completely different today and the international regulations and calls for transparency are louder today than ever before. And so we are going to bring some much needed alignment and strategy deployment to enable those core values to happen faster with higher quality.   

The StycheCo value proposition or "FIT" is to inspire and bring out the passion of your teams through our winning experience and know-how with retailers, brands and technology providers teams and executives, to answer the ubiquitous question of "how" to approach these vital transformations. 

See our whiteboard video below and follow the link to let us know what are your challenges and we will be happy to listen and put a plan of action together that is right for you.