Thanks for all of the helpful advice.
In response to your question, Bazoon, I am just talking about having one item of clothing made. I need to have a prototype made before I can pitch my idea to a company in hopes of getting them to license it. Although, I have recently been told that good illustrations may be sufficient so now I`m trying to figure out if I need a prototype or not.
I appreciate the sage advice. It is challenging to not get carried away with worry that while I`m floundering about with something I know so little about implementing that someone who knows the game a little better or figures it out quicker will snatch it all away! I recognize(with your help) the folly in this thinking and will try to slow my brain down and let it come a little more smoothly- so thank you! mbradford1/23/2009 10:50 AM
Thanks Craig- that`s really helpful. I`m posting an ad on Craigslist and unsure whether to look for a designer or a seamstress or a tailor...maybe I`ll just throw all 3 titles in there and see who comes my way. It`s very helpful to know what questions to ask when meeting with them to find the right fit.
I have illustrations of my women`s garment invention and need to have a prototype made. Should I be looking for a local seamstress/designer to do this or for a manufacturer?
Will a manufacturer do just a prototype- I thought they only worked in large numbers?
Thanks so much for any feedback.
I have a Provisional Patent for a garment invention and am feeling a bit stuck with my next step. I`m feeling the clock ticking on my patent as well as seeing competitive(yet different) products coming out which validate the need for my product but let me know I need to hurry and get this out.
So far I have a written explanation of the invention as well as illustrations of my garment in mulitple uses. I am trying to figure out if I need a prototype and if so, my garment comes in several styles so am wondering if making one of each would be necessary.
Part of me would love to try to start a home business but finances are extremely tight and loans are not an option right now so I think I must go the route of licensing. If anyone wants to talk me out of that I`m all ears! I don`t have a great concept of how much it would cost to run a home business for a product that would sell for about $20 each but am pretty sure it`s way more than I could come up with at this time.
So, assuming licensing is my best route and lets say I think Hanro or Calvin Klein would be companies that my product would fit well with. After I have all of my marketing research and data, do I just call them and hope to set up an appointment? I`m guessing I have to make a pitch over the phone but who might I expect to be talking with- would I ask to be transferred to a specific department? I`m guessing the receptionist doesn`t want to hear it but can`t imagine it`s too easy to get a call back.
Sorry for the long-winded question. I have many, many more but this will hopefully get me some forward momentum! Thanks for any advice related to this endeavor.mbradford1/22/2009 3:05 PM