Right Bank Babies Does International Right!

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I’m sure you have heard Right Bank Babies goal to provide our retail customers high quality children's clothing made right here in the USA. Sure, you may be aware that we use INSPIRED CREATIVE PRINTS AND COMBINATIONS and we believe in using proven style concepts, adding a fresh take with a modern print and creating a truly vintage-modern brand. The styles can be a classical or edgy depending on how they are combined and accessorized. Of course you are aware we believe in REVERSIBLE whenever possible. Reversible designs for children create exponential outfit combinations while giving the added value of a space saving two outfits in one. Most of all, we hope you are educated on our AWARD WINNING GARMENTS. Our fun-yet functional clothes are favorites of the magazines and bloggers. The clothes are used by photographers worldwide and have been in over 200 magazines. RBB is one of the fasted growing Los Angeles Children’s Brands.

But... are you aware of our international presence? With showrooms in 8 countries, Right Bank Babies has proven that style doesn’t stop with countries borders. We are proud to be in a handful of international magazines as well as featured as a top favorite children’s clothing line in the Philippines, Japan and Korea!

As we continue to grow and change as a company, we hope one thing will always remain; The ever growing and influential effect Right Bank Babies has on other countries, and in turn the influence they have on us when it comes to creating and upholding the world of Children’s apparel!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

When You Stop Caring About Panty Lines

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When You Stop Caring About Panty Lines

 

I’ve always wanted to consider myself a “Lady”. To be that woman in the room who stands out as a class act, and people walk away from a party saying, “Wow, that Lydia…how adorable was she?” But, the fact of the matter is I’m the girl people walk away saying, “Did you see her cut the fruit in half with her sword?”

Yes, I love fashion, getting my nails done and design anything I can get my hands on. However, I keep up with the carpentry, not the Kardashians. Growing up I wore pink tutu’s with cowboy boots. I would be kidding myself to say I was full “Lady”. But it wasn’t until recently, at 28 years old, that I came to comfortable terms with that.

It got me thinking, how many women out there pretend to be what they ought to instead of what they actually want to. The pressures of society on woman is nuts, we all know it… but at what point do we say “Screw it!” and live as the person we are.

This all came to a head when I looked into my underwear drawer yesterday. I know life changing stuff. I had the choice; my lacey thongs and my boy short panties. I stood there for a second… just waiting for the “right” decision to come to me. Now tell me, seriously ladies… who would PREFER to wear a thong? I’m serious here. Who wants to discreetly (or in my case indiscreetly) pick their thong out of their crack all day long. ALL DAY. Sure you may have an underwear line. Ok, you may see some color of your undies through your pants. But hey, your butt cheeks are happy cozying up next to one another as opposed to being torn apart a string of death.

Why do I care so much? I’ll tell you; because when I made the choice to wear my boy shorts… I was proud. I mean, gold star to the woman who wear that extra layer of make up every day. A+ to those of you who have your perfectly ironed JCrew shirts and freshly botoxed face (oh, we can tell by the way). You see I was proud because at the age of 28, I have already decided that that is WAY too much work for me. If my man cares about underwear lines now… than buddy, you are going to have a hard time when my boobs fall after breastfeeding. If he wishes I’d wear heels more often, than it’s going to suck for him when my blue varicose veins appear. More importantly, if he really did care about these things, he ultimately wouldn’t be the right person for me.

Not to get all Lena Dunham on you, but it’s not really about him. It’s not about how society says you “Ladies” should be. It’s not really about anyone but you. YOU. Where are you happiest? Is it finger-diving for that thong for the fiftieth time at five o’clock pm? If so, GREAT!

 

For me, I’ve chosen the road less picked. Bring on the panty lines.

 

Written by: Lydia Dorsey

 

 

Banks don’t want to finance Made in the USA

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 Banks Don’t Want to Finance Made in the USA

OK – that may be a little harsh – it’s not that they don’t want to, but they really can’t. Let me explain.

When I first started Right Bank Babies I manufactured all my clothes locally. I truthfully had no idea how to produce overseas and as a new company it kept me hands on to be able to visit the factory regularly. I spent a lot of time sourcing each and every little bit and piece of the garments. We’d pay for all the supplies up front from multiple different sources and then pay for cutting and sewing at completion. I had a new business loan and all the production was financed through it. Labels, thread, buttons, snaps, fabric, interfacing, hangtags, boxes, plastic bags – all purchased from lots of different companies – you get the idea….

Eventually I was approached by international companies to produce at their factories overseas. They would come to my office, tell me they only needed one sample and a deposit and would be good to go. They would source everything from button and elastic to plastic bags and labels to hang tags – everything – it was a one stop shop – with one price that included the import duties and shipping. It SEEMED SO EASY. So I tried it with a few pieces that I had a very hard time finding production in the US like sweaters and the ruffled dresses. They arrived in house and looked great. The next season import duties went up (about 29% of the entire cost), prices went up and quality went down. Shipments were late due to random customs holds which customs would then bill us for. It became more of a hassle and we weren’t seeing the financial benefit. Mostly I learned that my initial instincts were right on – produce local and you can stay on top of the quality and reduce the lead time and avoid surprises.

We began to get large scale orders (4000-6000 piece orders) with lead times of 2-3months. With that turn-around time we needed to produce locally. We also needed PO financing. THIS WAS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. This is where it gets hard to impossible for a small clothing company to expand and remain Made in the USA.  A bank won’t finance local manufacturing because they can’t write a check to one company for the goods – there are too many factors. An overseas manufacturer gives them one price for everything – a confirmed invoice/contract and they know that they will have goods to show for it at the end. When you produce in the US you have multiple checks to write to multiple companies. There is no guarantee of an end product which leaves banks unwilling to finance. 

But we still wanted the business and we still wanted to grow and we still wanted to be MADE IN THE USA. So we had to get creative.

We have begun offering our retail customers the option to pre-order goods on our Indiegogo Campaign or our website. This has allowed us to increase our production so that we have enough product at the end of the day for our retail customers not just our guaranteed wholesale pre-orders. Almost all of our large wholesale customers have been willing to give us deposits as well. They appreciate and realize the value of Made in the USA and understand that the terms of their purchase may need to change to accommodate it.  

 

We love the customer support for the campaign we’ve been receiving and all the kind words – it means the world!

-Designer Ellen Uzarowicz 

 

 

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After the Move; Part Won (1)

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My husband and I have been very patient and found an 1890’s Victorian home in downtown Colorado Springs. We love it! I love the creeks and squeaks. I love that there are TWO layers of wallpaper underneath more layers of paint in some rooms (sort of). The history of this house can literally be peeled away. It has original wood flooring and beautiful molding details all over the doorways of each room.

That being said…there is some work to do. When everything is all moved into your new home and the last moving buddy has left, it feels like you should be done. But no, now the real work begins. Painting, cleaning, hanging, rearranging that random side table (for the seventh time); it all seems so overwhelming.  

I thought it would be fun to track the “projects” I am working on over time. DIY’s and before-and-afters are so rewarding that I thought sharing it may entice others as well. It’s a slow process and rushing “designs” can feel forced onto a room. It sounds corny but if you allow a space to sit for a while, it starts to take shape and tell you what works best for the space.

This first project was my “Awkward Corner”.  It’s right by the back entrance door.  It’s a space we keep throwing all the crap from the end of the day…so it made sense to make this space the Mud Room… or Mud “Corner”.  My first decision was not to drill into the plaster walls. If you have ever had plaster you know what a pain it can be to hang anything on it, especially a hook for heavy coats or purses. I decided to use one of my many old doors as the base for the hooks. I had to fight my husband to get those puppies here, but I’m so glad I did. This one I found in a dumpster in LA. Ya, I climbed in. 

 

Here are the simple steps to create a door “rack” if you will.

You will need:                                                                                                               

·         Drill

·         Drill Bit

·         Screws

·         Level

·         Hooks (any kind, mine is from Ikea $8.75)

·         Door (duh)

                                            

 

Simply level your base and mark where the screws will go. Pre-drill the holes for your screws (make sure the hole is a tad smaller than the actual screw. This will make the hook stronger with more grip). Screw in and voila! You have a door coat rack.

 

I added a mirror, decorative number collage (lucky number 3 for our Family), and an old crate for shoe storage. It’s a very practical, creative corner you won’t find store bought and it only took about 20 minutes tops.

Stay tuned for next week’s project and let us knows your thoughts!