Moving Production while Managing a Manufacturing Portfolio

The question: “How can we move our production out of China to domestic or near shore options?” is becoming a daily conversation. Considering that China supports nearly 80 percent of the worlds apparel manufacturing, there is not a simple answer to this question, nor an immediate “flip the switch” solution. With planning and awareness on strengths by country however, there … Read More

What Came First: Fashion or Interior Design? The Chicken or The Egg?

Header Image: The Times, photographed by Lorne Campell/Guzelian. Make-up: Lauren Curtis Generational Media Influence Coming of age in the era of social media accompanied by the rise of influencers, I learned about the worlds of fashion and interior design through a screen. I did not have Cosmopolitan, Elle, or Vanity Fair magazines on my coffee table, instead I would scroll … Read More

Consulting in the Apparel World

Apparel consulting is just one facet of Stars Design Group.

Throughout the years, I have engaged with a variety of consultants with mixed results. It’s always a challenge to have high expectations in a short interaction with anyone, let alone an individual who is contracted to bring about change or correction to a current issue. Much like a great therapist, time spent understanding the complete landscape, the unique challenges, and … Read More

Technology and Its Influence on the Fashion Industry

Living in a world that is being revolutionized by technology, the fashion industry is playing its part with the innovation and evolution of 3D design. This technology has transformed the way designers think about the garments they are creating, and what the apparel industry will look like in a post-covid world. (Image above from Valentin Karabanov [website, Instagram, LinkedIn]).  The … Read More

The Hype of Sustainability

Black and white image of people looking at a art exhibit description that says "Items: Is Fashion Sustainable?"

Looking up the word sustainability on Google, it will be defined as “the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.” That can mean a lot of things, but what does it mean when applied to the fashion industry? Is it secondhand shopping, purchasing from brands that are ethical, using vegan leather or recycled materials? What does being … Read More