Who we are
Located in the heart of America’s Midwest, The Apparel Agency’s fully equipped team is comprised of industry professionals, creative and technical designers, pattern makers, sample makers, and production facilities to ensure your development and production success. With over 5,000 square feet of pure creativity – we invite you to join our team and become one of our brand partners as we take your business to the next level of success.
“We are what we repeatedly DO.” – Aristotle
What we do
At The Apparel Agency we provide professional development and production management services for start-up brands to established labels. Our in-house development teams include; Consulting, Research & Planning, Sourcing, Creative & Technical Design, Patternmaking, and Sample Making for products in all apparel categories and markets. Our teams include individuals with a wide range of product development and production backgrounds for large and small brands alike. Each team member contributing to combined decades of industry experience and expertise. All of this in one accessible and highly collaborative creative environment. While our facilities boast some of the most up to date technologies and software used in the industry today.
“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love” – Goethe
How we do it.Our 6-step Development Process
For close to a decade and through over a hundred brands, the dedication to our mission: becoming an industry leader in product development and production management solutions worldwide, has allowed us to refine a unique development process that supports new and existing brands alike. We break down the barriers for brands to work seamlessly with the factory – taking you from concept to consumer in 6 easy-to-follow steps. Each step has been carefully crafted into plans that encompass the most effective method for getting your line ready for the factory, with efficiency and support from our team of experts.
Our Chicago based cut-and-sew partners take their craft seriously and so do we. We are proud to offer zero-minimum domestic manufacturing, combined with our outstanding development and management teams. With the most talented makers in Chicago under our umbrella, we provide 1st prototypes to full package production, delivering scalable solutions for new and existing brands in need of high quality and fast turnaround times. Being on the forefront of America’s campaign to “Bring-It-Back”, we love being a part of a movement that reaches beyond our front door and into the lives of skilled makers right here in the ‘good ol’ US of A.
We understand the importance of scalable solutions in this industry as well as the ability to meet competitive pricing demands. So we’ve made it a point to partner with production facilities and mills worldwide in order to meet your manufacturing needs at any scale. Our in-house team provides full-scope development and production support so you don’t have to worry about finding the right suppliers; navigating language barriers, varied standards, and time zone differences; and agonizing over back and forth development mistakes. We become your “eyes and ears” at the factory, ensuring your standards are met and the factory has the support they need to deliver great product.
“It takes a village…” – African Proverb
Brands We Have Worked With