Do you want the secret to success?
- Set goals
- Work hard
- Try new things
It’s really that simple.
I set a goal 4 months ago, to design and create the best sports bra available in the gym wear market (I actually have that goal written on the back of a speeding fine).
Maybe it sounds arrogant to say ‘the best sports bra available’ but I don’t set goals to make rubbish.
I use the following criteria whenever designing products:
- It has to look good
- It has to make the person wearing it look good
- It has to feel good against the skin
- It has to be durable
- It has to be functional
- It has to stand out
- It has to be priced right
The first stage is to pencil sketch some ideas.
This was the final sketch concept for the back of the sports bra.
The FKN X elastic crossover back straps create an incredible waist narrowing illusion and also creates a nice shoulder shape.
From here, the garment is drawn in Photoshop along with the recommended sizing dimensions and then sent to the manufacturer to build samples.
This process generally takes around 3 weeks to receive our first finished product samples and fabric swatch choices.
For this particular garment, we tested a number of fabrics, all of which were great, however, in the end we went with an 88% Polyester 12% Spandex blend.
We found during testing, that this fabric blend offered the most support, moisture control and is also extremely soft and comfortable against the skin.
The final process, once sampling is approved, is to arrange all of the finer details.
This is when we decided to add removable padding and figure out the positioning of care instructions etc.
You may have noticed that there’s no front design.
I did that because the back designs are so bold and it also makes the garment timeless AND you can wear it with anything.
Now that the factory has all of that information, they’re ready to begin the manufacturing process and I begin to arrange photo-shoots and promotional material (like this) to let everyone know that they’re available.
(Model is wearing size small Holster, along with our A2G leggings)
So that’s a little bit about how the Holster Sports Bra came to be from initial concept, to arriving in our warehouse ready to ship out to the FKN Lady Lifters all around the world.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about what goes on here behind the scenes.
And finally, please share this article everywhere, I genuinely appreciate it!
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Jonny London is the owner and founder of FKN Gym Wear. When he’s not in the FKN office coming up with the next masterpiece product, you can find him lifting heavy things, skating around Burleigh Heads or barbecuing chicken. You can follow him on Instagram @jonnylondon