In the design and product development processes, sustainability focuses on materials that impact the environment as little as possible in their production, use and disposal. The graph below represents the development process of a garment – from the initial design idea to shipment.
Esprit strives to ensure that our garments are made of the highest quality. In the development process, we take care that our fashion pieces will last a long time in the hands of our customers. A garment’s fit, workmanship and especially proper care instructions are the main indicators that we focus on.
Idea / Mood Board
The initial idea for our new collections always starts as a mood board. Trend researches, forecasts and color schemes come together and create the baseline for a new collection.
After an idea has been developed in sketch form, we then develop a proto sample. We test different kinds of fabrics and colors, as well as different dying processes, with the aim to create a garment as close to our idea as possible.
Fit Approval Sample
The fit approval sample serves as the final stage for approval in terms of the fit, workmanship, possible accessories and wash outcomes of the style. To maintain our quality standards, our vendors produce at least two identical pieces simultaneously in order to avoid deviations. One is kept at the supplier’s place of manufacture, while the other is sent as a reference to our technicians in our headquarters in Germany.
To assure that the look of the garment lasts throughout its entire lifespan, we pay close attention to the correct instructions on the care label. The suppliers send an initial suggestion based on the fabric properties to our technicians, who then evaluate and check the parameters.
Based on the confirmed outcome, our suppliers start pre-production with the original fabric. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, the supplier calculates possible shrinkage in the samples before the actual production starts.
During bulk production, our suppliers ensure the same standards as for the confirmed samples. The suppliers do a home garment wash test for each color according to the care label instructions. Before final delivery, the supplier sends a production sample to our technicians. Another sample is sent to the warehouse and serves as a reference for bulk production.
Every supplier checks their own production according to Esprit’s AQL 2.5 Quality Standard. The results are entered into Esprit’s final inspection report. In case final inspection fails, it must be repeated according to an increased AQL standard.