Behind The Seams
Friday 14th July 2017
We really love it here at the Kinky Factory, everyday's totally different and hopefully you know how utterly passionate we are, whether it be for our own products such as Kinky & Ella or other people's brands which we're fortunate to produce on their behalf.
Yet every now and again we're asked to help design & produce something, (or things), that transcend the normal realms of just great quality, attractive, desirable apparel, things that make a real & tangible difference to a person's quality of life
So rather than tell you about ourselves this week or a newly designed product we've just launched, we'd love to tell you about someone else's fabulous idea and the fact that we're lucky enough to have been chosen to make it
Kirsty Glynn the founder & owner of 'Hospital Pyjamas' has designed a wonderfully unique range of attractive yet very functional children's pyjama styles, for our little ones who've been admitted into hospital, enabling ease of dressing, examination and which also eliminates the need for the garment to be removed when applying intravenous lines, portacaths, drains & catheters.
The garments also provide that crucial level of modesty we'd all want for our children along with complete comfort & hygiene.
Now you can read all about Kirsty, her amazing product and how it all came about, on her website at hospital-pyjamas.co.uk they're also endorsed by Great Ormond Street Hospital and...there's an Adult collection in the product development pipeline too! :-)
It's down to all your support for our Kinky Knickers & Ella & Me styles & collections that enables us to keep going, allowing us to work on incredibly worthwhile projects such as Kirsty's, ensuring that revolutionary products such as these are created & made here in England.
Friday 2nd June 2017
Famous...(last week's) words!...
'very thankfully, normal service resumes next week when the holiday makers return!'
Completely forgetting about the long weekend and the impact losing a Monday has on this place, it's been a game of 'catch up' all week, especially after the incredible response we had to our 30% Off Flash Sale.
I'm glad to report though that 95% of all your orders have left and many of our 'Club Kinky' packages are winging their way to our members, with the final remaining few leaving here on Monday.
Now that Paulette's back, our team have been putting the finishing touches to some new & exciting styles which we'll be announcing shortly and without giving too much away, there may even be something in there for 'Father's Day' ...well, that's if we can move quickly enough next week ...so watch this space!
...Oh and there may be just a little something special for all you Wimbledon fans too ;-)
Friday 26th May 2017
It's been a bit of a crazy week here at the ol' factory.
As mentioned in last week's post, Paulette's been away on holiday this week so covering her area of expertise has been challenging to say the least, glad to report thought that everything she left to be done has been and boy has she got a lot to come back to !! ;-)
I think that everyone either watched the horrific events unfold here in Manchester at the Arena on Monday night, or certainly woke up to them on Tuesday morning.
Needless to say we were all completely stunned and it seemed like everyone here knew of someone who was there at the concert through one way or another.
Our heartfelt thoughts & deepest sympathies go out to the families & friends of all the victims.
The way that all the people of Manchester and beyond, have come together over this is profoundly inspiring and heals one's faith in human nature, long may it continue to remind us what really matters & make us better people.
One of our supervisors, Myra, took time off the next day to give blood as she has quite an unusual blood group which can be given to anyone, regardless of theirs, which got us all thinking and it's something we're planning to do now on a regular basis.
Keith our master cutter, took time off this week to attend his brother's wedding, so if having Paulette away wasn't enough, David had to step into the breach on Wednesday & Thursday to ensure that production was still being fed with work, much to his slight annoyance i may add!... note to self, we must sort these holiday rota's out.
Fortunately, we're very lucky that most of the team here have several lifetime's worth of garment production experience so can cover other areas if & when necessary.
Now, we're not complaining, ...but to say it's been hot inside the Kinky production plant this week is an understatement and us Brits are just not used to it. Mind you the steam presses don't help matters, great in the winter but not quite so good in the summer.
Yes, we do have fans but they have to be strategically placed so that they don't blow the sewing threads around on the machines as this can lead to tangling issues and Lord help us if a bee flies in through one of the open windows! ...you'd honestly think a rabid lion had been let loose amongst the machinists...poor bee i say!
Besides Kinky Knickers production this week, we've also been producing the most gorgeous hand printed silk chiffon wraps, shirts & long dresses for one of our luxury brand customers. They are truly exquisite and take many hours to produce due to their intricate nature. And we've also been producing bridesmaids dresses for another fabulous brand, these are quite amazing garments too, since you can wear them in a multitude of different ways, they're probably one of the most versatile garments we've ever had the pleasure of making and I must check with these customers to see if we're allowed to mention their names in future as i'd love you to see some of the other work we do.
So that pretty much sums up the week here at your knicker factory, (ok... not just knicker factory), and thankfully, very thankfully, normal service resumes next week when the holiday makers return! ;-)
Friday 19th May 2017
A little later than we initially suggested, ( really sorry ...it's been sooo busy lately ), here's what's been happening at the Kinky Factory over the last week...
Those of you who follow us on social media will probably know that last Friday we were in London for a meeting with one of Britains oldest & longest established department stores, to discuss the opportunity of stocking Kinky Knickers this coming Autumn, through until Christmas, as a 'pop up' feature in store. The meeting went really well and we're all a tad excited about it but there's much work to be done in order for this to happen so keeping our fingers & toes and everything else for that matter well and truly crossed.
Monday was manic, as it usually is, dealing with the weekend's orders and holding production & development meetings with the rest of the team. These meetings determine the priorities for the week ahead and sometimes beyond, in terms of what orders needs to be made, what samples / styles need to be developed and what the factory needs in order for the magic to happen...ahem! ;-)
We also took delivery of some truly gorgeous Liberty print cotton lawn fabric for one customer's order, unfortunately it's not for our own Kinky production...shucks!
For those of you who know us well, we also manufacture lingerie & sleepwear for a number of other well known brands and this particular Liberty fabric was for them so on this occasion it's 'hands off' Kinky Knickers!
Our Creative Director, Paulette, had a little spring in her step earlier this week as she's off on holiday now for 7 days of sun, sand & copious amounts of sangria, however once she realised all that had to be done before she left, that spring soon turned into a bit of a sprint.
This week, we've also arranged for a a really great guy named Rufus, (no, he's not from Middleton), to come in to the factory soon and make a short film for our website so you can see the factory's inner workings first hand. While we're all thrilled about this, some of our more socially aware colleagues are demanding 'make overs' prior to filming! ...diva machinists, who'd of thought!
Back to the filming bit though, to make this interesting our thoughts at the moment are to film the production of a pair of Kinky Knickers right the way through from cutting room to packaging them up for an order and all that happens in between? If anyone has any better suggestions we'd love to hear from you, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And now back to Rufus... Rufus has spent his career in professional media production but has, more recently decided to design & manufacture his own range of luxury men's underwear. This is how we first met and we're honoured to be tasked with handling all the cutty, sewy bits for him, so more news on this soon...really great product though.
Yesterday we welcomed one of our lace suppliers to the factory to go through some possible new design options for the Kinky Knickers lace. Developing a new lace or laces is not a quick & simple task by any stretch, if you'll excuse the pun! ;-) ...there are many, many factors involved and did you know it can take up to two weeks just to thread up one of the older types of lace machine, before it can start knitting??!!
So with all the design work, testing, sampling, testing again etc. etc. we're hoping to woo you this coming Autumn with some new & lovely laces, ...as well and many other things too... obviously!!
We've also been fortunate enough to welcome another two Kinky Knicker independent stockists into our fold, Dragonfly Boutique in Hebden Bridge & Beauty Salon in Sheffield, so if anyone's in those areas we'd love you to support them.
Apparently Dragonfly Boutique with it's Kinky Knickers window posters was seen on Channel 4 News earlier this week as the press followed Jeremy Corbyn on his campaign trail. Not the publicity we were hoping for, Pippa Middleton's wedding would have been better but hey, guess you take what you can get sometimes. ;-)
So... that's a little of the more interesting news from the factory for this week and please remember to get in touch with any ideas for a short film. X