$150 – $260

The Apparel Academy at Fabric & Trim Sourcing Show DG Expo - Chicago

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Palmer House Hilton

Grant Park Parlor -6th Floor

Hotel 17 E Monroe Street

Chicago, IL 60603

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Attend The Apparel Academy and DG Expo Fabric show in one location and at one time!

Please note the DG Expo Fabric show is free.

Come to Chicago in August and learn how to launch your apparel line on August 26th by attending this event. Then attend the DG Expo Fabric Show August 27th & 28th. This is a great opportunity to get so much done in 3 days on launching your line!

You will need to register to attend the DG Expo Fabric show seperately.


Take 4 classes in one day on how to be the best new apparel entrepreneur. Start formulating your plan to get your clothing line made. This is not design class, this is Apparel Entrepreneur Class. See the schedule of the day below.

We are also giving away 2 free spots with an essay contest. Prompt: How would attending this event be beneficial to you or your company? Rules: 300 words or less. Please submit to info@clothierdesignsource.com use SUBJECT: Essay Contest Chicago. Deadline: August 3rd, 2019 at midnight

There are limited number of early bird tickets at a lesser rate. Join now to take advantage! We also are offering a limited amount of tickets to attend the show and have a one on one consult to walk the fabric show and receive help with talking to fabric vendors about your projects. You will see all those ticket types below.

You will learn:

  • The design process and how to make good decisions on construction and fabric

  • The prototype/sampling process and how to find the right factory partner and how to evaluate your prototypes

  • The tech pack/ Spec sheet process and how to read them/create them for your product(s)

  • The manufacturing process and learn behind the scenes details.

Also included:

  • Q&A Time

  • Class Materials including copies of the presentations, templates for tech packs, fabric source lists and more! (more details below)

  • Kickoff Meeting to discuss your project with a Design Manager in the industry. (Get this scheduled prior so you can come in for your Kickoff Meeting and make the most of your trip)

You don't want to miss this event. Let us help you figure out the next steps to move forward in your apparel line! We hope to see you there!

The Apparel Academy Day Schedule:

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM Arrive, Check-in

12:45 PM - 1:00 PM - Intros

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM - CLASS ONE: Step 1 Design Class and Q&A

Introduction to the apparel industry and The Clothier 4 Step Process - learn what you can do to prepare for developing your product(s). Learn everything that needs to happen to complete Step 1. Understand how to review designs, fabrics and trims. Learn the basics in fabric and raw goods to help you make the best choices for your product(s). Understand the world of raw goods vendors and the difference between stock goods, made-to-order and developed-to-order.

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM CLASS TWO: Step 2 Prototype Class and Q&A

Learn how to review prototypes with a critical eye and how to give constructive feedback. Go over how to fit a garment, wash test and other testing options. Learn about piece goods vs dye goods. Learn about printing options including all-over vs. placed.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break & Set up Consult Times

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM CLASS THREE: Preparing for Manufacturing and Q&A

In this class we will prep you for entering manufacturing. Understand your label options and label designs. Understand what sizes and colorways to offer and discuss grade rules.

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM CLASS FOUR: Step 3 Tech Design and Q&A

Learn what is in a tech pack and how to use them. Go over our tech pack templates. Learn how to write a purchase order for apparel.

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM Break & Set up Consult Times

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM CLASS FIVE: Step 4 Manufacturing

Learn what to expect during the manufacturing process. How does apparel manufacturing work? How does quality control work?

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Q&A, Networking and final schedule consult time

Materials included:

  • Apparel industry Vendor Sourcing list (over 200 vendors)

  • Manufacturing Guide Booklet

  • Materials to take away from each class.

  • Tech pack Templates

NOTE: This academy does not include marketing advice or how to get funding advice. It is strictly dedicated to helping you manage the quality and success of your brand from a manufacturing and development perspective.


What's the refund policy?

You can get a full refund if you cancel at least 7 days before the event date.

Are there hotels accommodations near the event?

Yes, The event is located in the Palmer House in Chicago.
Book your room there and attend the DG Expo the next 2 days

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Grant Park Parlor -6th Floor

Hotel 17 E Monroe Street

Chicago, IL 60603

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