Beyond the fabric itself, I deliberate over the color. I can’t describe how many hours I have sat there staring at three shades of the same color - eggshell vs. ivory vs. wheaton. The “Stone” color from my first collection was decided on after waiting two weeks for initial “lab-dips” to return (different dye variations of the same colour but varying slightly in shade/saturation) and then six weeks of custom dyeing. It has taken about ten weeks for the colors of my next collection to be custom dyed in Italy. I would prefer to delay the release of my next collection than to release something in a color that I am less than 100% certain about.
Even my zippers are color-matched as closely as possible after browsing dozens of nearly identical options.
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