How a Timeline Project Management Tool Works to Benefit Fashion Designers

Think back to your most disorganized project, whether it was personal or professional. Have you encountered problems such as not meeting deadlines? Usually, any project can benefit from incorporating a timeline. But what is a project timeline tool and how can it keep your fashion production on track? Read on to learn about the Timeline that MakersValley has created for fashion brands and how you can use it to optimize your ability to manage projects both the quality of your fashion product and production deadlines.

Benefits of a Timeline Tool for Stylists and Brands

In its most general definition, a timeline is a visual representation of the passage of time. The Timeline that designers have access to with MakersValley, for example, clearly shows this by attaching a timestamp to each status update that informs the designer exactly when each message, image or video upload occurred.

In business, a timeline can be used for project management, communication, and quality assurance. This is because this tool allows team members working on the project, located anywhere in the world, to keep their time, raw materials and milestones organized, set the right expectations and identify clear deadlines before start of a project. In general, integrating a timeline tool into your fashion sampling and production projects allows

for many advantages such as:

Clear communication for all parties involved

Easier project tracking

Better time management

Easier task prioritization

Some particular tasks that stylists have to do often and that can benefit from a time-based approach include:

Study and management of seasonal fashion trends

Order tools and fabrics to create products to be delivered

Work with other designers on collaborative projects

Present ideas to creative directors

Visiting producers and fairs

Oversee the overall production of the project

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MakersValley’s approach to the timeline for fashion

Does the MakerValley Timeline offer specific benefits for stylists that help them keep track of milestones in their products? life cycles. Following and requesting these project updates allows the designer to see their product come to life at every stage of the sampling and manufacturing process. This unique chronological format maintains clear communication between stylists, their MakersValley account manager and their factory partner in Italy during design projects. This maximizes efficiency during the stylist’s procurement, sampling and production stages.

As MakersValley’s goal is to connect high-quality brands to high-end manufacturers in Italy, the work our factories produce for designers is accompanied by an inherent expectation of great quality. The following steps are how we help designers use Timeline to monitor that quality at every stage of their design project:

Step 1 ?? Create a communication standard to be followed for the entire project. All communication between the stylists who produce their garments with MakersValley, their account managers and their Italian factory partners will take place in one of two locations for each design project they work on: the design project Timeline and the messages of the design project . Clear communication is one of the benefits of Timeline.

Step 2 ?? Designers receive informative and quality assured design updates.

When a designer’s factory match starts creating his swatches, the factory’s artisans upload images and videos to MakersValley’s online timeline. The quality of each product update is constantly monitored by MakersValley’s quality control team in Italy. Both the designer and their assigned account manager receive email notifications whenever Timeline publishes an update of the craftsman from Italy.

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Step 3 ?? Problems with champions are reported to the account manager and our teams in Italy. MakersValley’s quality assurance (QA) team in Italy notifies the factory and the designer’s account manager when the quality assurance process is complete. If there is no problem or defect, the sample will be shipped. If there is a problem with the quality of the sample, the factory will re-process the sample or create a new one. In the meantime, the designer’s account manager will use Timeline to update the designer and give them a clear idea of ​​when their new sample and second quality check will be completed. In this way, Timeline makes it easy to identify and communicate problems in real time.

Step 4 ?? The account manager requests updates from the factory based on the designer’s feedback. In response to these requests, the factory sends updated images, videos and status information with specific details. The visual element of Timeline is important here, as it provides maximum clarity about the appearance of the product or sample.

We’ve listed this as Step 4 here, but it actually happens throughout the entire sampling and manufacturing process.

Step 5 ?? The sample passes the first quality assurance check. If at the time of factory review, the sample meets all requirements of MakersValley’s proprietary quality assurance checklist, ?? the producer will upload photos and videos of the completed sample to Timeline and ship from his location to MakersValley’s Italian QA office for review.

Step 6 ?? The sample passes the second quality assurance check. MakersValley’s QA team in Italy examines the sample one last time using our proprietary multi-step QA checklist. They then update the designer in Timeline and then send them the sample for their review.

Step 7 ?? The designer reviews and approves the sample. After the stylist has received and reviewed the sample, if no additional samples are needed, he will fill out an agreement form which will instruct his factory partner to produce a predetermined number of his approved design. Once the stylist pays the production invoice, MakersValley sends the final contract approved by the stylist and the deadlines for production to the factory.

This step closes the Sampling phase on the project Timeline and opens the Production phase.

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Step 8 ?? History updates from the factory keep the stylist up to date during production. Just like in the sampling stage, the factory will send image and video updates via Timeline, with the main difference being that the designer will see more items made this time around.

Step 9 ?? Both the factory and MakersValley’s QA team in Italy complete independent checks on the completed production order. With the final products now complete, the factory fills out the MakersValley quality assurance form and ships a portion of the order to our Italian office for inspection. These follow the same QA process as the samples.

Step 10 ?? The stylist approves the shipment of the final product. After the factory finalizes the production, the MakersValley team sends the designer the production shipping invoice, which includes the customs fees, taxes and freight charges. Once the designer pays the invoice, the order is shipped and Timeline notifies the designer that their products are on the way.

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MakersValley created Timeline to ensure quality control for both the designers and the factories we work with, as well as to improve communication and provide an accurate representation of product samples in the process. Ultimately, the MakersValley Timeline offers designers certainty in an industry where language barriers, time zone differences, and inconsistent project management often make it a challenge.

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