Manufacturing in USA, free consultation!

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FREE CONSULTATION!!!!

As one of the busiest metropolitan cities  in the world, New York City boasts about their continuous increment in the number of budding young entrepreneurs. We currently live in a time frame where there seem to exist  no boundaries when it comes to building a profession. With the boom of internet, every young graduate school dreams of starting a new business, aiming to become a CEO in a span of 5 years. Long lived those days where the position of a manager would be filled by people with grey hair.   Some of the biggest and most successful fashion ideas have turned into phenomenon like Nasty Gal, and The Blonde Salad  which have been initiated by young talents in their 20’s.

Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso

With self-built empires, come major responsibilities which end up testing one’s time management skills. With a very limited capital and not a major scope to employ an army of professionals to run help you run your business, young entrepreneurs start losing interest in their newly built business and start withdrawing or dropping out. This is the part where we can come in handy!

Free consultation at www.clutchmade.com

Clutch Made provides not one but ten services to help you make your dream into a reality. From manufacturing to social media support, we know how to nurture a sapling into a full grown tree. Not only do we help provide a third perspective to your business but also help you make your connections stronger with your clientele. By providing an outsider’s point of view, you also get a taste of what might be  the likes and dislikes of your client and help you narrow your target market. While we support your brand, you get the opportunity to sit and analyze on future prospects for your brand to turn into something major!

Free consultation at www.clutchmade.com

Our free consultation is a quick 5 mins procedure from your end and we get back immediately in the span of 48 hours with a detailed analysis of how we can help you and your brand. There’s nothing to lose, ITS FREE! Grab this chance, New York doesn’t offer a lot of free opportunities as such ;)

Photography by Clutch Made.

Clutch Made: Women Empowerment

There used to be a time, when women were openly made to realize their worth was less than men. From blatant advertising about degrading women, to the constricted norms in the society, women weren’t considered equal to men.

Women Degradation Ads in the past

Women Degradation Ads in the past

The infamous TV series ‘Mad Men‘, not only formed a platform for some of the best American fashion representation in the 1960’s but also shows the pre-feminist era. Apart from the vast differences in the salaries between the two sexes, the show also focused on a structured and restricted lifestyle of a woman in the field of advertising in comparison to a man.

The infamous Mad Men cast

The infamous Mad Men

Things have definitely changed over the course of time. Now the term ‘Feminist’ has been altered, has evolved and possibly trended more than Kim Kardashian’s butt on Twitter. Feminism is a movement where women demand to be treated, paid and considered equal to men. From Beyonce making anthems about women empowerment to social campaigns using Femvertising to promote the equality of sexes, women have come a long way in the past few years. This shift in the society became significant with the rise of certain women role models in all the fields of business and art.  From Oprah Winfrey changing the face of television, to singers like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce ruling over the music industry, we are now living in a matriarchal society.

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Beyonce 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Performance

Fashion is definitely one of the most effected industries due to the boom of women empowerment. From luxury brands like Céline, Prada, Stella McCartney, Chanel promoting the independent woman of tomorrow, to different fast fashion chains like American Apparel, H&M and Zara making young strong women their core clientele, Feminism has become a concept every woman currently wants to be identified with.

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With every segment of the society succumbing to Feminism, the most recent impact has been in the field of politics. With Hilary Clinton running in the Presidential Election of 2016, she is on her way to make history. Clinton released the video and formally announced her candidacy on April 12, 2015.  She stated that, “Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion.” With masses constantly wondering if it really is it time for a change? Clutch Made women empowerment believes strongly that it is!

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Manufacturing in America is the new ‘IT’ thing.

Over the past couple of years, one of the hottest topics of discussion is becoming hotter every season: is a new renaissance in USA manufacturing  taking place?

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“Made in USA” may not be one of the most common tags you will find on apparel or your leather products, but there soon might be a change. Yes, manufacturing in America is the new “IT” thing.  Of course we know that  the cost of production is way cheaper by manufacturing in the east than the west, but certain other factors have come into the limelight which have made American companies get back to their original roots to manufacture in America.

Here are a few:

Every season, fast fashion labels try to spice their image up and make themselves more exclusive to a point that everyone is doing the same thing.  The recent “Masstige” concept is a perfect example of this:” Masstige” is a marketing term meaning downward brand extension. Initially H&M started doing collaborations with luxury brands like Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and now Balmain, to a point that every fast fashion label is coming up with new collaborations every new season. The whole point behind “Masstige” was to make luxury brands accessible to every consumer. But by doing this, the main essence of luxury is completely lost, to a point that big chunks of consumers have reached the point of saturation with fast fashion. This consumer NOW wants goods which are quality and detail oriented which is mainly delivered by products manufactured closer to its customer. Brands and manufacturing in America are more connected to their clientele than any brand making their products 1000 miles from themselves. By giving more attention to the product, fashion brands from America are developing a concrete base for their clientele by producing in USA.

Manufacturing in the USA has also put certain dying trends back into the limelight like specialized knitting, lace making, detail orientation while processing leather etc. which is giving a consumer more scope to enjoy and experience their product than just using them.  Production in America is also changing the dynamics of the fashion industry as a whole.  By producing products in the same country, production is able to focus on the details, bringing  aspects of personalization and customization more attainable.  This in turn makes bespoke a more common concept amongst every common American.

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One of the biggest and best examples to prove how strong the concept of Manufacturing in America has become is the fashion label American Apparel. Here’s why they believe in producing in America: “We believe that having manufacturing under the same roof as design, marketing, accounting, retail and distribution gives us the ability to quickly mobilize all departments, to respond directly to changes in the market, and to have complete visibility over our product – start to finish. An added bonus – this business model is inherently sustainable”.

Manufacturing in America is not only an efficient method for American companies, but also for the environment. Vertical integration by definition shrinks a company’s carbon footprint, as the materials are not shipped back and forth internationally, across thousands of miles, in the production process.

Products made in America, in contrast, are made by highly skilled workers, which are considered as friends and family. 

When you buy a product made in America, a smaller portion of the margins goes towards fuel, trans-ocean container ships, middlemen, boxes, pallets and entropy. Instead that money goes on paying living wages to workers, higher-quality materials for products, and investing in the brighter future of a company.

In short, Manufacturing in America means heightened efficiency, a better and more consistent quality of work, stronger employee morale, and ultimately, retention rates of skilled operators.

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We  at Clutch Made,  are and always will be a proud made in USA manufacturer of accessories and services!

Clutch Bags Accessories take over Apparel.

A firm believer of making a shift from the east to west in terms of craftsmanship, Laura Dotolo talks about the past, present and future of Clutch Bags accessories and making accessories with Clutch Made.

Clutch BagsClutch Bags NY commenced for a budding niche market that doesn’t get appealed by the boom of loud and gaudy designer bags. How has the journey of the brand been so far?
The journey so far has been very eye opening. Every day I discover a new   perspective about our brand and product through our overwhelming diverse clientele. Our varied consumers pay a lot of attention to quality, which helps us improve every day as a brand. This journey has been a complete experience so far.

The brand image of Clutch Bags NY  harps on the fact that it is a pure New York inspired outcome. How are you incorporating that in the designs or the aesthetics of the brand?
The brand revolves around the lifestyle of a fashion conscious individual living and breathing the city life of Manhattan. We have bags, which easily mold into every outfit that you plan to wear in the city, from a utilitarian mailbag that can be carried for work to a fancy little wedding bag that you can adorn to enjoy the evergreen nightlife of New York.

Clutch BagsThe designs reflect the importance of detailing and precision, what are your main sources of craftsmanship?
As I said earlier, our products are very quality oriented. That’s what our clients love about us. To keep our standards always high we import some of our hardware from Italy. The processing of leather is one of the key features for our detailed driven products that also make us unique and a step closer to luxury.

“Manufacturing in the USA made easy”. This statement is not very common amongst fashion brands in the states. Do you see yourself as making a shift from the traditional Europe and Asia craftsmanship
Yes, we definitely see ourselves as a brand making a change/shift in bringing craftsmanship back to USA. With time, renowned fashion brands have experienced the degradation of skilled artistry in the East. We as a brand would rather pay more for the labor and other factors behind the creation of our products than lower the quality. Manufacturing in the USA has become one of our strongest USP’s and we want to make it more concrete as the brand progresses.

Clutch Made USA Accessories

Clutch Made USA Accessories

A service provided under Clutch Bags called as “Clutch Made”. What is this initiative.
Clutch Made provides design and manufacturing services to individuals and brands looking to source and produce in the USA. We branch out to various young and upcoming designers through this service and help them make their brand stronger in terms of design, marketing and business. It also gives us a chance to work and experience what the budding talents have to offer to the fashion industry.

With the whole fashion world taking leaps in different and extreme directions, do you think consumers are going back to being primitive and shifting back to classic pieces?
I definitely see a massive shift in the concentration of accessories in comparison to apparel. Earlier accessories used to be an add on to what the main outfit was, whereas now people dress according to their accessories. They are playing the role of a canvas of style for an individual, on which you can paint or draw something new every day.

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Do you follow the current trends of Womenswear Accessories or do you follow your own principles?
I always follow my own principles. New York is like an undying source of trends and styles. By observing the styles adorned by different age groups, you can make out what is going to be coming in next season and what is not. For example, the age group from 15 to 19 years is always new and experimental. They are the age group that always brings this shift and change in every season.

 What qualities do you see in your Ideal client?
My ideal client is educated, urban, independent, well versed with fashion in terms of design and style and a woman who is always on the go. The most common quality amongst all my clients is that they always know what they want, very firm and decisive.

Commercial vs Contemporary? Your take.
Neither. Timeless, classic.

Clutch Made ServicesWhere do you see the brand in the next 5 years? Do you plan on expanding to other potential markets?
 As mentioned earlier, I want to expand and explore with Clutch Made in the span of 5 years. Clutch Made is a platform for us to work and collaborate with the new talent. As a brand we also see ourselves drawing inspirations and tapping the Asian and European market.

Manufacturer and Me in NYC

 

Manufacturers at work!

Manufacturers at work!

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As a working designer I decided that New York City is where I needed to be, so I sub-let my apartment, sold all of my furniture, packed my bags, and moved my life from Chicago to Brooklyn into the apartment of my two best gays.   Paul and Steven are my best buds and they let me spend the next 2 weeks scouring the internet for anything that slightly resembled a career opportunity I was interested in until I saw a post that seemed to fit my idea of “a cool place to work.” Understatement of the year as it turns out.  I applied, got a reply, an interview, and subsequently was offered a job. I accepted the position and began my career with Clutch Made, thus it became the manufacturer and me in NYC.

One of the great things about my new job is that I get to participate in every aspect of the accessory manufacturing process from concept and design to sourcing and production.  While my day starts behind a desk, I’m not there for long as my to-do list is long and everything must get done. A quick ride on the 1 train at Rector street takes me from my office on the Battery to the garment district.  Whether its leather or feathers you’re looking for, you can find it in the garment district and from there, it’s off to our factory. From street level you would never guess what is going on behind the walls of these NYC buildings. Going to our factory is like taking a tour through Willy Wonka’s Candy Factory. We all know and love the finished product but this and here is how it’s made. As I listen to our Creative Director, Laura Dotolo, speak the language of production, it becomes clear to me that there is a science to communication and working efficiently with our factories.

So far I’ve designed and sourced lambskin leather, Swarovski crystals for an evening bag, designed a leather dog collar, a leather cuff bracelet, a cashmere/leather shawl, a mens necktie, and a baby changing bag! I’ve been on a photo shoot where I put my styling skills to work.  I have traveled to three of New York’s five boroughs all in one day to check on our clients’ productions at our factories.

I’ve met people I would have never had the chance to be exposed to; like Russell, a stylish Englishman who designs and manufactures men’s neckties and accessories in LIC and who’s brother happens to be the owner of the popular street wear brand Supreme!  I’ve learned tips and tricks of the industry that only Laura Dotolo could show me.  I’ve realized the importance of over communicating, time management, and meeting deadlines. I’ve also been getting a killer workout with all the running around we do.  I’ve been given an amazing opportunity with Clutch Made. I look forward to what’s to come with my new opportunity and I’ll be sure to keep you all posted along the way!

Stay tuned and write soon!

Ali Cherney

clutchmade.com

Ali is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago with a degree in Fashion Design. Ali likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.  She is into yoga and likes the taste of champagne.

Clutch Made USA Video Production

Clutch Made Video 

Check out this new video we just finished shooting and editing for our client Aurelia Garza!  Clutch Made manufactures handbags in the USA along with many other accessories.   Visit us for a free consultation @ Clutch Made USA.  We are experts at getting your product out on the market.

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The clutch made team on set.

Clutch Made Video Productions just finished a video and photo shoot for one of our new clients, Auriela Garza,  and the video came out fantastic! I can’t wait to  publish it soon; stay tuned!

I have spent my entire career on set so creating full media production capability for Clutch Made was a snap!  Video production for our clients is a natural extension of my design and styling career on set for some of the biggest brand names in the business. This video was shot in our Manhattan studio.

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Clutch Made and our creative team started with product development for Auriela, went to sampling and then to full production here in Manhattan. We’re very proud of how the finished product turned out; Aurelia is a real talent.  She now has a quality Made in USA product to sell.

We’re Hiring a Product Developer!

Product Development Position opening

Clutch Made is a Manhattan handbag manufacturer as well as a designer and manufacturer of all types of accessory products for brands big and small.  We are looking for a Product Developer with an entrepreneurial spirit and a can do attitude to work with our rapidly growing client base. Successful candidate will turn our client ideas into tech packs and samples, source and curate materials, consult with our factories, track costing data, oversee production and be the face of our brand with assigned client accounts.

Skills Required: Good verbal and written communication skills, excellent organizational skills, knowledge of studio software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Excel, Word & Social Media), ability to meet deadlines in a high-energy environment. Creative yet meticulous attention to detail. Problem-solving skills.

Responsibilities:

  • PRODUCT DEVELOPEMENT:
    • Provide Clutch Made clients with the best sourcing options for their needs and budgets.
    • Research the market in which the product will be sold to find product trends and try to gain a competitive edge on other designs.
    • Source and curate all initial materials for projects and propose options to management.
    • Consult with factories to create prototypes and translate sketches into working spec sheets and tech packs to create samples.
    • Gather costing data to estimate production costs and update costing sheets on Excel.
    • Work with factories and suppliers to ensure the final samples are the best version of the client’s vision.
    • Ship samples to clients. Track shipments and create packing slips.
    • Take photos of projects and processes for social media handles.
  • PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT:
    • Efficient and timely production of goods at the factory and the shipping/delivery of those goods to the client.
    • Implement the production schedule, reviewing and adjusting it when necessary while at the same updating management team about changes.
    • Manage all the human and material resources necessary for manufacturing and ensure delivery to factories.
    • Monitor our factories, suppliers and vendors to maintain quality control and consistency of procedures to Clutch Made standards.
    • Update production calendar and project management software.
    • Develop efficient collaboration and co-ordination between relevant sources for production completion, including mills, printers, factories and management.

    Contact us Here to request an application.

 

MANUFACTURING IN USA

 

 

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manufacturing in usa

 

                                                 MANUFACTURING IN USA

 

As a kid I remember sitting at the dinner table as my dad spieled off about why he will only ever in his life buy an American car.  And why did you think that was?  Possibly because all he believed in while he was growing up and well now into his adulthood, was that if you bought American, you were ultimately supporting your own economy; it was simply known that there is only manufacturing in USA and that is all.   You were believing in your neighbor, your client, your patient, your friend and supporting the only livelihood you had: your country. And if you did this, it would all come back to you, back to you in dollars for your own livelihood, in your own business, in your own community, in your own successes.  Manufacturing in the USA is now more about resuscitating life into a country that is hungry again for innovation than about anything else.

I realized as I sat listening to my dad, that this made some sense.  That if I believed in America and wanted myself as well as my neighbor to be a success as well as my community to flourish, I would need to support that community and do my business within it.  I would need to spend my dollars where they mattered most, in the USA.

I never realized how much of an impact those dinner table conversations played upon the morals of who I have become today  as a manufacturer until I began the journey of manufacturing handbags.  I new when I started making Clutch Bags  in 2001 that there was no choice in the matter but to manufacture in the USA.  And to this day, as I manufacture handbags, dog collars,  home accessories, all here in the USA, I think back to the importance of being raised with values that keep me true to my community, my economy and to my country.

As Clutch Made grows and is discovered by more entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups as a manufacturing entry point into the American Made market, then, more than ever, do I realize that we at Clutch NY are truly on the path resuscitating American innovation and manufacturing in the USA.

Please contact us if you are interested in bringing your idea to life.  We will work with you on product development and will manufacture your product here in the USA.

 

Keep it Clutch!

 

Laura Dotolo

Clutch Bags New York

 

 

Clutch Made in USA


Clutch Made in USA

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Clutch Made in USA is awesome stuff made in the USA by Clutch NY.  Clutch NY now manufactures a wide range of goods here in the USA for small businesses to large brands. We have begun to manufacture everything from handbags, wallets, belts, leather goods, to apparel and dresses, t-shirts, baby clothes, pet accessories, hair accessories and home goods. How did this happen?

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