Fashion designer Nassali Sarah shopping for fabric.

New York Fashion Week – Preparations Day 2

New York fashion week 2019 is going to be a blast, at least for me, if nobody else. I have always dreamed of seeing my designs on a runway. I just didn’t realize how much went on behind the scenes leading up to the actual day. I’m sure many of you had no idea either. It’s all good we will take this ride together. With less than thirty days to go, there is so much to do in so little time.

Sourcing materials.

In my last blog, I discussed my personal design selection process. Well, after finalizing my designs the I take on a more tedious task. I have to go through every single drawing and figure out what would be the best material to use. I must pay close attention to each design because they all have their own unique attributes. When I say I have to pay close attention, I mean close attention. I make notes on the type of stitches, threads, and particular cuts that goes into each article. One of the most important things I have to consider is the actual fabric. I love to marry standard American fabric with African prints, and you couldn’t imagine how time-consuming that is. 

Once I have composed my massive list of materials, I go on a scavenger hunt for the best quality. While looking for quality, I also take into consideration my budget. This leads me down a path of seeking deals. Although I try to find deals, I refuse to compromise on quality. 

The longest part of this process is negotiating back and forth with my suppliers. My husband, on the other hand, think I spend the most time researching the quality of the fabric. Maybe he’s right because I get lost in my fabric search. Well, anyway, after finding the best quality and negotiating the best price, I start purchasing all the needed supplies. I order most things online, which helps me manage my time better. 

Nassali Wear preparing for New York Fashion Week 2019.

I source materials from all around the world, here in the U.S., China, Italy, and of course, Africa. My sister, Rashida, is my personal buyer in Uganda. She visits the fabric stores weekly and sends me pics of the latest African prints. That is a massive advantage to me. 

As I mentioned, this is a tedious but vital process. Sourcing for materials for New York fashion week has been very intense for me. I’m sure you have all heard the saying you only get one chance to make a first impression. I’m sure that saying will be amplified on September 7th as a host of models hit the runway representing Nassali Wear. 

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