A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Eman Idil was born out of a vision to make the world a better and more conscious place through everyday purchases. I believe that we can charge the world by making strategic decisions about who we invest in. As a woman, it's important for me to uplift other women. As a child of immigrants, I know first hand the obstacles my mom and dad over came when they moved to Canada. I watched my parents work day and night to provide for me and my brothers. Often times, they were over qualified for the positions they filled. But they worked those jobs because they needed to. We needed them to.
I wanted my company to believe in people like my parents. So at 23, my little vision became to life. We started off small - just me, my car and a few seamstresses. We didn't even have an office, and instead I'd load up my car every morning and drop off fabrics and patterns to each woman I worked with. My first team consisted of women who came to Canada as refugees. Those women taught me so much about business, integrity and staying true to my vision. And then we grew.
I eventually began working with artists overseas. From Morocco, to Somalia, Bangladesh and Malaysia - the people I worked with all had stories. And I wanted to tell them. There was the woman who left her children behind in Burma, and now worked at a Malaysian factory to support them. The woman in Bangladesh who embroidered my shoes who survived domestic abuse. And the mothers in Morocco who tanned and molded each pair of my shoes.
I knew I was on to something. I did the unconventional thing, and slowed down. I wanted to create perfect products. There was no point in growing a business if quality wasn't where I needed to be. And so I spent the next year making prototype after prototype and finding people who fit with my brand.
And then I applied, and was accepted, to show at NYFW. So here we are. Just two months shy of the biggest show of my life. I'm excited and terrified, but ready to share my project with the world. In collaboration with artists across the world, I've created a collection of garments, shoes and handbags that will change how we see fashion. Each piece comes with the story of the man or woman who made the piece, as a way of encouraging global community and getting people to ask "who makes my clothes?"
Supporting my vision means supporting the employment of dozens of men and women around the world, who are all trying to make a difference. Wouldn't it be wonderful if our favorite dress, or pair of shoes also created safe and fair employment for men and women? The truth is, it can. And I'm here to make that happen.
Ps, here's a look at some of the pieces that we've made for NYFW and the rewards for our backers.
Risks and challenges
As a designer and a business owner, I've invested in creating products that will last a lifetime. Each piece has been carefully constructed to carry you through seasons and life transitions. I've grown my brand slowly because quality and ethical fashion takes time. The prototypes have been made, and all products have been made with care.
All products ordered will be delivered in a timely manner, and any manufacturing hiccups will be communicated with buyers well in advance. Each purchase will go directly towards paying for my New York Fashion Week Show.
Handmade in Malaysia, by a woman named Asima. Unable to find employment to support her family, Asima left her children in the care of her parents in Burma and travelled to Malaysia to begin work at a clothing factory. Eman Idil prioritizes working with women like Asima. Because no one should have to leave their children behind.
These shoes have been two years in the making. A dozen samples, 3 AM phone calls and redesign meetings later, they are finally ready to come home with you.
When I design, I typically look for a person or company I want to work with. I look for the story, and then centre my designs around them and their skill set. When I met Fahmida, I knew I needed to work with her. She works with women who've survived domestic abuse in Bangladesh and offers them safe employment in her factory. It's that factory that made these beautiful velvet slides, with hand embroidered detailing.
These are available in mustard, black, lilac and grey.
The Wadani Romper has become a staple look in Eman Idil collections, and has been constructed in fabrics that will carry you through the seasons.The look includes a corresponding corset belt. Available in red, black and mauve.
These oxfords were made in collaboration with Last Shoes in Saskatoon, and have been crafted out of genuine Canadian leather. The shoes are available in black or ivory, and the gold tassel is removable.
We're calling it this seasons It boot. In collaboration with Last Shoes in Saskatoon, we've made a unique pair of boots in ivory. And if that's not your color, that's okay, because for a pledge of $450 you can request these boots be made in the color of your choosing. Made out of authentic Canadian leather, we promise you'll never want to take them off.
This reward was created specifically for companies and businesses who are interested in sponsoring the New York Fashion Week show. Each sponsor will be included on ticket invites, and in all promotional material.
Sponsorship packages can be tailored towards each businesses's needs. If you're interested in sponsoring the show, please get in touch at email@example.com.