Manufacturing Update from China
Ni Hao! Our co-founder and Chief Product Officer Laura West recently returned home from China, where she was busy finalizing details for production of our first batch of bras. These are exciting times, and we are thrilled to be able to share some important updates from Laura’s trip.
First up on Laura’s checklist was overseeing the cup molding process. Since our cups contain the patent pending Trusst support system, this step needed some extra TLC. Before hitting go on production of the cups, the factory provided a full size run for approval. The photos above show our cups in several sizes, looking pretty and ready for assembly. The gray fabric featured on the cups is antimicrobial and has wicking properties. This means your breasts will feel not only supported but also cool.
Cut & Sew
After Laura signed off on the cups, the factory began assembly on samples for each of our three styles. Throughout the process, each piece of the bra is measured to ensure it meets the exact specifications provided by our team. This strict adherence to these measurements ensures a consistent fit across sizes and styles. The cut and sew factory we’ve been working with is an exceptional facility and well organized between their sampling room, cutting room and production floor.
The sampling begins in the pattern room, where the team of skilled pattern makers address the tech pack and sample we provided to create an initial paper pattern. Once they’ve finessed the pattern, it is then handed to the production team that separates the construction into step by step processes to maximize efficiency. And for our Jessica bra, it’s all in the details. In the photos above you can see the factory workers positioning pattern pieces on the lace. Proper positioning can mean less waste, and of course, a prettier bra.
Laura had a great time in China and especially enjoyed seeing the craftsmen bring Trusst’s prototypes to life on a large scale. (Check out the Trusst blog for a Q&A with Laura on her experiences abroad.) Our next step will be getting a full size run of samples from the factory to test-fit on real women. We want to make sure our sizing is spot-on.
It has been a long journey, but we are getting very close to the finish line! We can’t thank all of you enough for your continued support and patience as we work toward building you a better, more supportive bra.
Sincerely, The Trusst Team