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Glove Maker Tips: 5 Ways to Make Samples Faster, Better, Cheaper!

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 24, 2014 5:52:00 AM

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People ask us two basic questions all the time ..

What will glove samples cost? And, how long will it take?

Last time, we outlined process of creating a glove, from initial concept to first sample:

How Glove Companies Bring Ideas to Life: From Design to Sample

Today, we explain what samples cost, and offer 5 suggestions to manage the sample process better, to save expense and time.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Sample Costs and Timing

How Glove Companies Bring Ideas to Life: From Design to Sample

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 23, 2014 12:21:00 PM

woman_gloves_designer_hands_w_red_is_photoHere's a subject we're always asked about:  How does a new glove get made?

Creating a one-of-a-kind glove prototype, and producing a first sample, isn't like getting a sample in your local ice cream scoop shop. No offense to Ben and Jerry's, but there's a lot more involved.

Let's look at the process, from concept to first sample.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Sample Costs and Timing

3 Merchandising Lessons for Private Label Buyers, From Trader Joe's

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 11, 2014 6:54:00 PM

trader_joesThis week, a story from the food retailing world got our attention.

While reading about why Trader Joe's thrives compared to competitors, a statistic jumped of the page for us.

Eighty percent (80% !!!) of Trader Joe's products are private label!!!

Their store brand acts like a magnet, pulling people into their stores. It must be a pretty special brand.

Are there lessons for your apparel, accessories, or glove business?  Hmmm ...

Keep reading. Actually, there's an important lesson for all of us, regardless of apparel category.

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Topics: Private Label Product Merchandising, Private Label: Glove Design Process

5 Elements of Great Glove Design: Lessons from 5-Star Reviews

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 8, 2014 3:23:00 AM

fashion-1-854932-editedThe introduction of the new Apple iphone 6 got us thinking about great design.

Great design ...

  • creates demand days or weeks in advance

  • commands a premium price

  • creates waiting lists once the item sells out, even when substitutes are available.

Here's a quote that sums it up for us:

"Consumer loyalty always follows great design".

Well, gloves aren't phones or computers, and they aren't software ...

But customers aren't shy about telling you what they like ... and don't like.

So, we turned to 5-star glove reviews, to hear what design elements lead to the happiest customers.

The qualities we uncovered will result in the fierce customer loyalty we all strive to achieve.

Here's how consumers define great glove design:

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process

Glove Design: The Surprising Story of A New Snow Sport Glove

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 23, 2014 6:15:00 AM

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What makes a great new glove design?

Recently we worked on a new ski glove project, and the development process took a surprising turn.

We thought we'd share the story ...

All great designs ... and brands ... start with knowing your customer.

And in this case, the merchant REALLY knew his.

Glove expertise, technical factors or leather knowledge are important ...

But for this design, "intangibles" made all the difference. 

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Glove Innovation

Ultimate Glove Makers Product Planning Kit: Free Resource

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 27, 2014 12:38:00 PM

People Together-8Designing a product line takes teamwork -- and the more clarity on goals and requirements, the better the results.

That's why we created this multi-part kit for glove buyers, and their product sourcing and design teams.

The Glove Maker's Product Planning Kit is a useful collection of free resources, to help you better manage the glove making process.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process

Sports Gloves Innovation: The Making of the GaGa Glove

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 8, 2014 8:05:00 PM

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The founders of Talon Athletics were working at a local day camp when the idea of protecting players' hands for the game of GaGa stung them like a bee.

Young players were getting hand injuries -- the thin baseball batting and other fingerless gloves being worn
in the GaGa pit were not protective enough.

A new, sport-specific glove was needed.

Sports Gloves: From Idea to Innovation

Throughout history, people have had new product deas ... but how many actually act on them?

When founders Scott Blumberg and Willilam Perez approached us in the fall of 2012 to develop a better glove for the dodgeball-like sport, they had an idea of what was needed, but not how to make it.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Glove Innovation, Private Label Sports Gloves, Private Label: Case Studies

Glove Manufacturer Toolkit: Designing Winter Gloves for All Budgets

Posted by Peter Kiernan

May 24, 2014 1:28:00 PM

winter_tracks_in_snow_is_photoThe only thing worse than cold hands, is cold and wet hands.

In a recent post, we covered warmth and insulation solutions. But client specs usually call for designing gloves that keep hands both warm AND dry.

Today, we’ll talk about windproof and waterproof barriers, and other materials we can use to protect hands from the elements.

As you’ll see, the solution we recommend varies by budget.
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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process

Glove Company Challenge: Making Warmer Gloves

Posted by Peter Kiernan

May 9, 2014 1:31:00 PM

glove company challenge:  making warmer winter gloves

Until about 40 years ago, hands were protected with shell materials like heavy weight deerskin or bison and lined with fur or hand knit wool.

Now we have a wide variety of technologies that make the outdoors a better experience in all weather conditions.

Great materials exist. The glove designer's real challenge is to develop gloves with the right performance features for weather conditions WITHIN your budget.

Here's a 2-Part series on the materials and technologies we use to design gloves for cold weather..

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process

How A Private Label Manufacturer is Like A Point Guard

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Mar 24, 2014 11:37:00 PM

award_winning private label glove manufacturerWhen you manufacture private label gloves, it's like being a point guard, in a way ...

You create scoring opportunities for your teammates.

When they score, you take satisfaction in knowing you've done well.

You don't take credit for what you do.
That's just part of the job, and part of being on a team. 

So today's post is to share a bit of good news for a client of ours -- who shall remain nameless. 

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, About Olympia, Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Glove Innovation

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