Early Stage Apparel Prototyping

My cofounder and I have designed a unique hat for woman that is optimized for outdoor exercise (running, biking, etc). Each hat will be breathable, lightweight, and have a patented tightening mechanism. The tightening mechanism is drawstring-based and uses interchangeable, feminine charms. We have a detailed design, but how should we get started with prototyping and testing?

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Assuming you're on the east coast and you're also looking to do this domestically, try to refine your design and then run a prototype at a local manufacturer such as Point Apparel ( After that, test the prototypes with friends and family, schedule a QuickInsights call with an apparel expert, and you're on your way!

this is very helpful. thank you! btw, Replogic is awesome!

Carrie Roberts

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