So I've decided to have my line, Tabitha juSt, made in the Garment Center in America.
Originally, I wanted to have it made in my home country of Trinidad.
That was my dream.
I spent months reaching out to people and trying to find a way to make it happen. In the end, it couldn't. The fashion industry in Trinidad isn't set up for manufacturing to large markets. Designers who are progressing there have sample rooms and factories that aren't fully staffed because the investment isn't being made into the production side of fashion. I want to leave room for growth. I don't want to base my line on the Made In Trinidad label, only to grow to a point where they can't make certain quantities and I have to change the entire philosophy of my line.
Another reason is that I know the quality of clothing that I want. I want the freedom to pop by the factory as many times a week as I want. If there's an issue, I want to be able to get there in an hour. That's not going to happen if I make my clothing in Trinidad. I would rack up so many travel espenses before we even start to make a profit.
My second home is New York City. I really came into my own, here. I fell in love with myself, this city and culture, here. This was the next natural choice. If the infrastructure in Trinidad changes, I would mos def do some of my manufacturing there.
But, for now, this is where I'm at and this is where my clothes are going to made.
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