How to Organize Fashion Design Details

The design and sample making processes are underway at NYAM Studio. It’s an exciting time because I enjoy the process of compiling fabric swatches and constructing the garments. Each fabric choice and garment presents its own unique challenges or tweaks that will be required to make a beautiful garment.

Due to the level of detail involved during the design and sample making processes, I decided to use a magnetic/pin board to keep all elements on visual display. The design board includes the design sketches, sewing machine tension, serger tension, needles, thread, swatches, sources, and all other design notes incorporated into the creation of the sample.


This is an example of the “design board” for a sample that is currently on the cutting table.  Although some of the samples created may not be selected for the final collection, the creative processes involved definitely makes them worth documenting. In the event the concepts are revisited, all of the details will be catalogued and archived for future reference.




NYAM Studio relocated to a beautiful textile mill in Downtown area of Griffin, GA.

The layout of the new studio will be designed to include a work space for garment construction and a showroom/retail space for scheduled pop-up shops and fashion show/presentation events.

NYAM Studio is now located inside of the Broad Street Mill   NYAM Studio  – 324 E. Broad Street Suite 234, Griffin, GA 30223

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New and exciting ideas and designs are in the works for the launch of NYAM Modern Vintage so, feel free to join us along the way!


Parsons School of Design – Fashion Industry Essentials

Launching a clothing line inspired and motivated me to learn more about the fashion industry. The desire to learn and test the limits of my creativity and abilities led me to enroll in the Parsons School of Design – Fashion Industry Essentials certificate program.


The program focused on five aspects of the fashion industry.

  1. Unlocking Visual Style
  2. Thinking Like a Designer
  3. Understanding Fashion Production
  4. Working in Fashion Media
  5. Developing Fashion and Marketing PR Skills

Each class involved a series of video lessons and projects that were to be completed to successfully complete the program. The projects included the design of accessories, clothing, photography, styling, production, media and final portfolio project.

The details for the projects can be found in previous blog posts listed below.

Creating Marketing Style Photos with a Model

Editorial Photo Shoot

The HARPER Collection – 1 Yard Design

NYAM Signature Bag – Retail: $98.00

Signature Bag Final Product

Signature Bag Design Mockup

Clothing Sizes & Production Standards

Would you pay $25.75 for a pair glasses? – “Assembled Dopeness”

Retail Marketing. The Retail Magic.

Hello Audience. It’s Nice to Meet You.

2017 Summer Collection- 1980’s GRAFFITI ART Inspiration…

The program pushed me out of my comfort zone and provided me with the confirmation and a new thought process of how to approach the development of my first collection.

How to Create Marketing Style Photos with a Model

The challenge is to create a series of advertising style photos that highlight clothing and accessories worn by a model using specific lighting techniques and a cell phone camera.

This a first for directing, working with a model, styling and shooting a marketing style photo shoot for a product.

Initially, I was nervous about working with a model. However, after the model arrived and the styling began, the concept for the vision for the shoot began to flow and providing direction to the model was effortless.

The styling for the photos was developed to highlight the glasses. Details about the glasses are on the previous post Would you pay $25.75 for a pair glasses? – “Assembled Dopeness”

The shirt/cape was from the one yard design project and details about the design can found by clicking on this link The HARPER Collection – 1 Yard Design

The lighting for the photo shoot was achieved by using natural light, white board, and a mirror.

The camera used for the photoshoot was the iPhone 5se camera.

Do you think the photos marketed the glasses as the primary product?





Editorial Photo Shoot

The task is to create an editorial style photo with the constraints of pushing myself to work outside of my comfort zone and using clothing and accessories in an unconventional way.

The concept for this photo was to create a photo that focused on unconventional pairings of clothing and accessories. The contrast of the vintage lace shirt with a ruffled collar and pearl button. The glasses created a bit of edginess to the look to keep the look fresh and modern.


The shorts are a pair of NYAM vintage style shorts made with vintage denim.

What appears to be a broach is actually two bracelets (wood and resin)pinned on the shirt to create a bit of contrast and tie the look together.

The resin bracelet introduced a third dimension to the lace blouse and adds a bit of contrast against the wood bracelet.

The the color and texture of the wood bracelet compliments the wood beads on the glasses.

What do you think about this editorial style photo?



The HARPER Collection – 1 Yard Design

The Harper Collection is the result of creating a shirt with the design constraint of using one yard of fabric.

I cut one yard of muslin and began draping and pinning the fabric on the form . I had no idea of what would become of the draping but I decided to go with whatever idea came to mind first.


The tucks created an asymmetrical neckline that gave the shirt a refined look, in my opinion. That’s when the name Harper for the shirt emerged.

Next, I marked the fabric and cut it to create a muslin that can be used to draft a pattern.


With a limited amount of time remaining, I decided to refine the muslin. If time permitted drafting a pattern and making the design in fashion fabric, I would have chosen a teal wool fabric. IMG_3598.JPG

After the refinement of the muslin, I decided that sleeves would not be complimentary to the neckline and possibly make the shirt a bit over designed. Thus, I decided to go with a open sleeve/ cape design to allow the neckline to remain the focus of the shirt.



The final design resulted in a unique piece that can worn for any occasion or season.

What do you think about The Harper Collection design?

NYAM Signature Bag – Retail: $98.00

NYAM Modern Vintage is a brand with a mission to develop clothing and accessories that merge modern ascetic and vintage design elements to create cohesive styles with a unique point of view.

The vision for NYAM Modern Vintage is to re-introduce the era of clothing and accessories for every occasion. The Signature Bag design is reflective for the occasion of the individual.

The NYAM Signature Bag reflects a balance of lush textures and vivid colors to make a powerful statement with sophisticated style.



The Signature Bag is hand crafted with corduroy, raw silk, cotton woven and a vintage accent zipper with a geometric pull for a unique astetic.


Each Signature bag is hand crafted and reflects its individuality. The slow fashion methods of craftsmanship and attention to detail is what makes this bag a unique addition to any collection.


The NYAM Signature Bag is a statement piece that can accentuate any ensemble and provide the individual with a modern vintage style.

Retail price: $98.00


Retail Marketing. The Retail Magic.

Retailing marketing is the art of the deal in retail sales. Sales per square foot is paramount for retailers. The moment a customer finds their way to a retail store, the effectiveness of the retail marketing will be revealed if a customer decides to make a purchase.

The art of creating compelling retail displays that tell the brand story is one that is not to be overlooked when entering the retail realm. The customer’s first impression and experience while shopping a particular brand must be memorable and invoke a connection to the customer’s personal experience.

After conducting field research at a local retailer, I noticed a retail display that caught my attention in a clothing department. However, the retail display was not of clothing but accessories.



The display design evoked a feeling of being in a personal closet. I thought to myself, I would love to have one of these displays to organize my own accessories. Each accessory had a designated location that neatly displayed each piece in an organized manner.

IMG_0481This is consistent with the retail design strategy of creating categories within catetorgies to increase sales per square foot and reduce the time a customer would have to spend walking from department to department looking for accessories to complete the look of their clothing choices. The customers experiences and sensory stimuli are critical factors in purchasing decisions.

Retail marketing in vitally important for pop-up shops and stationary brick and mortar stores to increase the sales per square footage and build a lasting relationship with target customers.



Hello Audience. It’s Nice to Meet You.

Welcome. Thank you kindly for spending time on the NYAM Modern Vintage Blog. It’s nice to finally meet you.

The month of October has been a busy month with a total of forty-five views among twenty-three visitors from the United States, Ireland, Spain, India and South Africa, respectively.

Although most of you discover the blog through Facebook NYAM Modern Vintage -Facebook and Instagram NYAM Modern Vintage – Instagram . I would like to acknowledge that some of you discovered the blog through Parsons School of Design Parsons The New School Open Campus . Thank you all for dropping in and I look forward to your next visit.

The most popular content is about clothing design 2017 Summer Collection- 1980’s GRAFFITI ART Inspiration and accessories Signature Bag Final Product , Would you pay $25.75 for a pair glasses? – “Assembled Dopeness” .

Do not worry, there is much more where that came from and I am here to give the people what they want.

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Signature Bag Final Product

The final production challenge for the signature bag included designing the signature bag with a new constraint of using a striped fabric for the base of the bag.


The decision to incorporate the stripes with the raw silk was one that had to be edited with the scale of the other design features in the bag.


I cut the stripes and moved them around on the bag until the editing and placement was in proportion to the other design elements.


In addition to the layout of the stripes, the scale and design elements of the zipper had to be considered to make the bag cohesive.


The retail price for the bag is $98.10, respectively including production and labor costs. Signature Bag Production Costs


Would you pay $98.10 for this signature bag?