I'm in the thick of it as usual. Most days I get stuck in a routine: one that I started almost 18 years ago. As the fashion designer / creative director at Crisiswear, I want to spend my days creating the beautiful futuristic clothing that lives inside my mind. While in reality I sit alongside my stitchers, day in and day out, making many of our styles from start to finish; dreaming of designing new gear. But despite my narrow window of free time, I'm working hard to bring more of my designs into the world.
Recently, I found myself explaining the difficulty of designing women’s pants and why we haven’t introduced any new styles in a while. From the outside and on paper, those designs are easy, due to the beautiful curves and subtle flows of the female form. But when moved from concept to execution, those same wonderful curves turn into pattern making curve-balls. Drafting the correct hip curve and making sure the waistband sits at high hip without gapping, are just a few of the challenges that I need to overcome, and that's before adding pockets and building in the unique edge that makes everything we create, well, Crisiswear.
This leads me to our next challenge: how do we move forward with our size ratios? From the outside, it may seem that Crisiswear is building exclusivity into its designs by making clothes for skinny people with "perfect" bodies. But the reality is that as a small studio with limited time and budget, we have been unable to do the R&D necessary to pattern up as many sizes as we would like. Sadly enough, it's not judgement or snobbery, but rather limited resources on our end that have kept us out of the plus size market.
That being said, we are working to change this. We have recently shifted mill vendors, allowing us to improve the sustainability and consistency of our fabrics. And this, in turn, will allow us access to more and better kinds of stretch and performance fabrics that will provide more forgiveness, along with ease of movement and durability. We're particularly excited about a new black Chino twill that is going to look and feel great for a wider variety of our clients.
In short, we're grateful for your support and understanding and we are looking forward to providing more and better women's options and sizes in the short and near term. In fact, we expect to soon release the XX answer to our Division Line of men's pants: the FATALE MK1. Stay tuned!
And Last But Not Least
If you're a woman that is looking for more options from Crisiswear, let us know in the comments what you are looking for in tops and bottoms. And feel free to chime in with things that you love or hate about women's clothes in general. The more we learn about you, the better we can make our clothes.