Unlike the 80’s commercial Dunkin was famous for, Studio Bon Textiles’ Friday morning ride didn’t end in powdered sugar sweetness.
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Manufacturing, long on sweat, short on glamour, brought us here. This particular warehouse suburb was the latest stop on our journey from idea to creation.  Although no one met us with a cream-laced coffee or a wet wipe for our icing-glazed fingers, our arrival at the sampling outfit was, and always is, very sweet indeed.Many aspects of making your own product are as exciting as they are daunting. Anything that involves thousands of pieces, precise lining and cutting, and months of laborious hand screen-making, color trials and yard-at-a-time printing…fall into this category. Then again, the business of hand-printing  fabric is as much art as architecture. Getting one step closer to bringing our long-awaited collection to market is always exciting, even the parts that most people take for granted. Perhaps especially the parts we all take for granted.  I had to pull out my camera to record a glimpse of where and how our hand-printed patterns become 6 x 6″ samples, labeled and ready for designer daydreaming.  It’s easy to forget, when looking at a beautiful drapery in a gorgeous hotel bar- for instance, the steps it took to become. Not to mention the often beautiful spaces it traveled through on it’s journey.
Industrial process can be strangely mesmerizing, the dance between man and machine. The sheer vastness of space, the specialized and powerful equipment and the people working in concert to make something… from pieces that are otherwise unuseful. The energy that pulses through these particular cavernous halls,  begins its purposeful hum long before most of us enjoy our first sip of coffee. The buzz is inspiring.Our new collection is a mere number of weeks from launch. This stop, when all our bolts are made into samples, is very important. Hundreds of yards of fabric are lined up and cut (sandwich style) on pallettes, the pieces are then hand-serged (to prevent unravelling), and labels are applied one piece at a time. Not a job for the faint-of-heart. We’re talking upwards of 16,000 pieces when all is said and done. Soon we’ll make another early morning trip, with store-bought doughnuts in hand, to sample the fruits of our (and many many others) labors!

And that is sweet indeed.

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