I'm not going to say strategy meetings are a walk in the park, there is a lot of debate and a lot of going back and forth. Debating material costs, labour costs, time schedules.
I'm quite determined to keep us to schedule, the unfortunate thing is we all have other jobs, other workloads and so we have to force time into our schedules for CoT. So yesterday I typed up our minutes of the meeting as we'd had them, what had started as our known 'key priorities', how had our discussions and debates continued through them and what were the 'immediate actions' coming out for the month. Product launch is agreed for week commencing the 29th January, out of the three designs we currently have samples for we are taking two forward for the launch. We need three samples of each, test the new patterns, use new colours to allow for more range in the product. It's a small launch but where do you start? We can't be like a Simply Be or celebrity endorsed label, the reality is we have to start with a couple of good products, affordable products and move from there.
We didn't agree a top for the January launch date but I think it would be beneficial to have one for the launch. We have blocks and a simple raglan sleeve or square top with batwings is easy to put together AND when made out of light weight knit or jersey it hangs nicely and works well with the skirts. It sometimes feels like a 'ta-da' moment when everything begins to work together.
In our discussion about costs we did agree that instead of buying bulk fabric from our supplier just to make the samples, we would instead shop locally (at a greater per metre cost) but meaning we could just buy what we need to pull the sample pieces together. We still need to find a supplier for bulk zips, elastic etc - so if anyone knows anyone that'd be much appreciated!
It just feels right, it feels like there is momentum and I am determined to keep it. There is a bit of a cold virus going round at the moment so if we can't travel out together to get the fabric at the weekend, I have already said I will go solo to pick up the required fabric. I also want to pick up some test fabric, or see if we have anything suitable in our stock pile already to test the new patterns that have been drafted for the products. So much to do it feels like your brain is constantly whirling around and you're having to pick and place what can happen when. The trick is to not be frustrated about it not happening as fast as you'd like - that is a huge downfall of mine and I am also determined to work on it. Not everything happens as fast as I would like but as long as we are on schedule, that is the trick.
Next on my list is working on the website.