Fabric sourcing has been a wild ride and a steep learning curve! Here's a small example: If you don't know the difference between woven and knit fabric, check [this] out. The way fabric is constructed affects how it looks when it's clothing your body, and that has to be taken into account when designing the pattern a garment will be sewn from. We're working hard to make our final selections by the end of February. Along the way, we've learned a lot about the wholesale fabric world.
In many ways, it's very old-school. Fabrics are displayed at textile shows, so who you know gets to be important. Those companies that do have websites often don't list prices - you have to pick up the phone and call the sales rep to ask for a price and to order a sample swatch.
At the same time the fabric world is also very ephemeral - if you see a fabric you like now, you buy it in bulk now. It seems that 99% of the time fabrics and prints are produced in limited runs, so it's not guaranteed you'll be able to reorder something down the road. Armed with this information, we've moved up our sourcing timeline so that we can get the very best fabrics for our designs. Check back for more updates as we make our selections!