Greetings Folks! And welcome to the 30-day DIY Techwear Challenge.
My school and industry mentors have challenged me with the task of trying to create a new product - from scratch - everyday - for 30 days...
I'm a second year Student of Fashion Design - studying in the city of Vancouver. Since September I've been interning at a local research and design firm to gain exposure to technical fashion design, construction techniques, and the real-world process behind bringing wild ideas to life...
The studio where I intern is very tight-lipped about their outputs and involvements, however I am allowed to say that they have been quietly responsible for many of the innovations and products seen across the market - some of which I see posted quite regularly in fits around the community. My roll is still at the utmost bottom of the ladder (see:gopher), however my mentors are incredibly supportive in including me in and teaching me the in-and-outs of the nuances fashion design.
To be honest I'm a bit overwhelmed by the idea of trying to create 30x products from scratch, I've never done anything quite like this before... I'm going to give it my best shot to not only come up with a new product everyday, but also document every aspect of the patterning, construction, materials selection, etc. all the way through to a finished product.
I'm taking this online in hopes that of getting feedback/suggestions/criticisms as to what I should construct each day, at this point I've only a very vague plot of where to begin and what to make. Its my hope that I can share with the community a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the products we all love, while being able to experiment with new ideas we'd like to see but don't yet exist.
My obsession with techwear has become clinical at this point, made worse by the simple fact that I'm a broke student very much unable to afford the level of craftsmanship in my attire which has come to haunt me. To try and fix this I've been saving every penny I can since this 30-day challenge was presented to me last November. I'm happy to say -with the support of my friends and family- I've been able to put together a small pot of funds that I can put towards financing 30-days of techwear design.
At the end of this project, I'd like to be able to assemble the 30-day log and the products created into a portfolio which I can use to find a job. I'm still very new to this but it's clear to me that technical apparel and accessories design is where I want to focus my ambitions and career. With any luck this project will be an appealing application for a design position with one of the larger industry players.
The 30-day countdown begins!
Hey, I've created this topis to have a conversation Guys what is your biggest issue with techwear and why ? (personal stories, unpleasant experaince, things that you dislike about techwear in general)
Let's start with me.
My biggest issue with techwear is it's realy hard to find nice jacket that will be affordable and still will look sick (not like standard north face).
http://www.beliefmoscow.com [not EU]
http://ist.290sqm.com [not EU]
STONE ISLAND SHADOW PROJECT
http://www.correspondances-shop.ch [not EU]
NIKE ACG (LAB)
SUPPLIERS ADDRESS BOOK:
http://extremtextil.de: DRESDEN/DE [etaproof, fidlock, ykk, polartec, cordura, cobra buckles]
http://fun-fabric.de: SOLINGEN/DE [fidlock, cordura]
http://technische-textilien-shop.de: BERLIN/DE / ran by BAGJACK [cordura, TEC-SYS 25mm slotted loops]
http://seattlefabrics.com: SEATTLE/OBVIOUSLY [ultrex, ykk]
http://pennineoutdoor.co.uk: BENTHAM/UK [ventile, thisulate]
http://sailrite.com: COLUMBIA/US [ykk, dacron]
http://rockywoods.com: LOVELAND/US [cordura, thisulate, schoeller]
https://www.baender24.de: DE [webbing, colourful plastic hw]
http://www.zpacks.com WEST MELBOURNE/US [cuben, climasheild]
[feel free to contribute, resources will be added as posted]