TFIA Member Spotlight | Sample Room
Sample Room was established in 2009 after Julia Van Der Sommen saw a gap in the Australian Fashion Industry for quality on-shore Pattern Making.
Creating a truly unique service where Pattern Making, Sample making, Grading and Specifications can all be completed under the one roof, Julia was able to use her 20+ years' worth of Industry knowledge and expertise to assist start-up labels through to some of the leading retailers in Australia develop their product.
With the capacity to work with companies who manufacture both locally and internationally, Sample Room has grown from strength-to-strength over the past seven years.
"There has definitely been a move towards onshore development to combat the frustrations of incorrect sampling and poor fit from overseas suppliers," says Julia. "Having more control and ownership of your Patterns and IP has become critical with the influx of overseas brands. We have been able to help brands establish their niche and create a point of difference"
The close relationship between patterns and samples is crucial to the success of any brand and by providing these services together, Sample Room are able to streamline the whole development process for their clients.
Sample Room have also created a number of products to assist businesses on a variety of levels to run in a more efficient and effective way.
This includes the Fashion Label Launchpad, a six month program designed to support Emerging Designers through their first season on all aspects of Design, Product Development and Manufacturing.
"I have found that in the product development and manufacturing process, there is a real lack of information out there, so we want to give our start-up labels the knowledge they need".
Also there has been an increased need for Technical Consultations for established businesses.
Sample Room now works with big brands to overhaul their pattern libraries, by cleaning out the clutter and creating a consistent fit through their range for smoother development and manufacturing.
Through the recent developments in technology and the NBN, Sample Room is able to offer their services with ease to interstate and international customers conducting fittings and meetings on Skype.
With the creation of www.patternroom.com.au three years ago, companies and individuals can now also purchase patterns that have been tried and tested for immediate delivery.
"These patterns can be used to establish a block library, to use as a base to develop a product or to use as is. Either way it will save time and money. We found so many of our clients needed the basic styles that they could not get from their Manufacturer, so we created them. The local knowledge of fit and body shape is essential and results in happy customers".
Sample Room is looking forward to expanding in the coming years, becoming an essential partner to the Australian and International Fashion Industry; to help anyone who feels they need the support and technical advice for their business.
And we look forward to watching them grow and supporting their journey.