1. First things first... girls wearing awesome Black Milk clothes!
Yeah, we made the top and the pantyhose - how awesome are they?! (Answer: 11/10 awesome factor)
Second thing... BM girls with awesome fake moustaches!
Sorry M! But serioulsy, you actually look awesome with a mo'.
2. Did you catch out podcast on Friday? Of course you did! Catch it again here. :) Not really a podcast....
Bet you haven't seen this video though:
3. Gym wear!
Yeah, it's going pretty well. It's taking us a teensy weensy bit longer to sew them than I first hoped, but Rome wasn't built in a day. In fact, they took at least two weeks and then - BAM! It was all Vespas and Pizza at the Colosseum. And yeah it's pretty much the same at BM Gym. :)
A few girls have expressed concern about the fact that our manufacturing team are working so much overtime to get things out in time. Is this cruel? Will the quality be compromised?
No, precious. :)
Fact about sewing garment manufacturers in Australia: their favourite word = 'overtime'. Seriously, if you meet a sewing machine operator, say that word to them slowly, you'll see their eyes light up like a Christmas tree.
And in terms of quality - our sewing team take a lot of pride in our quality! Yeah, we know that we don't always get it right, but these girls (and one dude) are very passionate about what they do. :) We have quality control meetings regularly and talk about all the things we need to make sure we do so that peeps get the good BM. :)
* BTW - if you do have any quality concerns, just email customer service and we'll make sure you get anything faulty replced or refunded. :)
3. Quality Plans!
On the subject of quality control... we have some cool plans that I thought I'd let you know about.
One thing that a few girls have been unhappy about has been the waistbands we use. Sometimes they have been too tight. It's actually a challenge to get it right because most girls will tell you that tight is better than too loose, so we typically err on the side of tight. We tested our latest waistbands on around 150 girls and got some feedback and so we know what most girls are happy with now. :) Hooray!
And in other GOOD NEWS - we have some new super soft elastic coming next month! Happy tummies, happy girls. :)
3. Thought I might use the blog to chat about some areas lately where there seems to be some confusion. So let's clear up some misconceptions!
Q1. Why do you guys release so often - is it because you are greedy for money?
Wut? No. Seriously... peeps actually think that?
Occassionally, I go to Black Milk meet ups. You know what the number one things girls want to talk to me about? They want me to do a certain kind of leggings, or a type of swimsuit with this cool graphic on it. In other words - MORE STUFF. I - being the nice accomodating person that I am - write down all their requests and by ther end of the night I have literally pages and pages of things girls are really looking forward to. That's not including the hundreds of emails, Facebook messages, tweets, etc. that we get from you girls every week asking for new pieces.
And then I work into the small hours of the night actually making them. :)
We get asked for new designs constantly! And - because we love you guys - we try to say yes as much as possible, which means we make lots of stuff!
Not only that I LIKE DESIGNING CLOTHES. That's kind of what I do.
The end result of this is that we make heaps of clothes! We like doing that. It keeps it interesting. And once I've made them, I really want ot let girls buy them. That's the fun part. :)
Now I understand that lots of girls can't actually afford everything we make... but that's to be expected isn't it? Can you imagine what would happen if you turned up to a Chanel fashion show and said to Karl Lagerfeld "SLOW DOWN ON ALL DAT CHANEL I CAN'T AFFORD ALL DEM TWEED COATS!"
I dare say peeps would look at you funny.
Now here's the thing... I'm more than happy to space stuff out a bit. We could do fortnightly if that worked better. No biggie.
In terms of being greedy for money... ouch!
I make decisions that I think will make girls happy. How successful I am at that... well, you be the judge (jks - we all know I totally suck at it). Making cool clothes and creating a cool, fun, positive community has always been more important to me than the money.
Q2. Why do some of my new clothes fit differently to some of my old clothes?
Because... I actually don't know. But that's a big focus for us in 2013, getting really consistent with our sizing.
The great thing about that is that it will involve lots of fittings and you guys might be able to get involved as well! So if you like trying on clothes and giving your opinion (I suspect that's a few of you) then watch this space. ;)
Q3. Do you manufacture in Australia because you think that means better quality?
No - we manufacture in Australia because I happen to live here. Really, it's just that simple.
Q.4 I heard that you eat babies, is this true?
Don't believe everything you read on the internet, sweetcheeks. I gave up baby eating years ago.
5. Love love love you guys. Please be excellent to one another... and rock out your hot little self like the star that you are.
Sweeeeeeeet dreams, all. ;)