Our vacation trip to NYC last week was the best vacation we’ve ever had, probably because the happy relief of formally withdrawing from my MA program freed me to look forward, and because the unstructured time together gave us ample opportunity to brainstorm new ideas.
We are bursting with ideas for a new business venture together. What we have in mind is a tiny, tiny boutique business, strictly online, featuring Martin’s menswear designs as patterns for the home sewing market.
The lovely and charming jewelry designer Wendy Brandes and the lovely and charming fashion designer Stacy Lomman encouraged us to go for it, and shared very interesting and helpful thoughts from their own experiences as serious entrepreneurs. These women mean business!
There is a dizzying array of learning curves on the horizon, but we understand our strengths and weaknesses, and neither of us feels a sense of urgency. It will take the time it takes.
The refunded tuition money burning holes in our pockets nicely aligned with Wendy’s caution against under capitalizing (essentially) and Stacy’s endorsement of Wolf Forms.
We decided to invest in a Wolf Form for Martin. His weight is stable and the form will give him ease and flexibility in designing.
We also invested in CAD pattern digitizing software we’ll use to digitize Martin’s hybrid drape/flat-pattern designs. I have a CAD/graphics background and Martin, when he was doing research at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, developed a silicon strip detector using the full version of AutoCAD. Since our pattern digitizing software is based on AutoCAD, we hope to learn it fairly quickly, but getting the pattern specific logic will also likely take time.
I can’t show you pretty pictures of the CAD software so let’s return to the Wolf Forms.
The trip to Wolf Forms for Martin’s custom fitting was an out-of-this-world experience. The owners are focused on one thing and one thing only: making quality forms. They are not tech savvy and don’t seem bothered by this.
Lorraine, either one of the owners or a manager (I couldn’t quite tell), was very friendly, and interested in our project. She offered to take me on a tour of the factory while Martin got measured, a time-consuming process.
Here are the factory tour photos.