The Pre-Production Process

Hi Everyone, Kim here. This week I thought it would be interesting to go behind the scences here at Kim & Co. and give you a look at the pre-production process.

Since I get inspirtions from everywhere, I often come home with sketches on napkins or the back of scrap paper! Then sit down with Stephanie and draw up a new collection on paper (yes, we still use paper here at Kim & Co.). She then tranfers it to the computer and passes it on to one of our pattern makers (Johanne has been with us for 15 years, Camilia 4 ½ years and Yelena 3 ½ years).

Once they have created the pattern it is given to our sample cutter (Irena who has been with me for 15 ½ years). We do an initial sample to make sure the style works and then send it to the buyers for approval. When the production fabric arrives a production fit sample is cut.

Once a sample is cut it is given to one of our Sample sewers (Maria who has been with us for 5 ½ years and Marisa 4 ½ years).

After the sample is sewn it is given back to the Pattern makers to measure. Each sample is measured before it is fitted so that any changes can be made to 1/8 of an inch.

Each Sample has a Kim & Co. tag as well as a Production Sample label that the pattern makers fill out with the style number, size and date. This helps us keep track of each sample made so that we can be sure that the production is made from the latest fit sample.

I hope you like this Pre-Production look into Kim & Co.! Stay tuned for a look at the Production process next month. I would love to hear what you think about this process. You can leave a comment here on the blog, on my Facebook (search Kim Mendelson or go to and click on the Facebook link) or send us an e-mail at

Love, Kim

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4 Responses to The Pre-Production Process

  1. Julia Forster says:

    No wonder it takes so long to bring a new piece out ! I thought you sent your sketches out to be designed by an outsider— very impressed that you do it all in-house. A really good article to read—-keep them coming, Kim, please !

  2. Michael says:

    Wow – very cool. I love knowing the process of how things are made and get done.

  3. Cathy Holmes says:

    Hi Kim, I just wondered at what stage you test the material in the washing machine. I would have thought it would have been before it went to the Sample Sewers.

    • Kim&Co says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Thank you for your question. The answer is that all washing tests are done when we receive a sample of the production fabric for approval. This is well before the actual fabric order arrives and the fit samples are made. I hope this answers your question. Love, Kim

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