October 28, 2008

The story of db clay

Establishing Acceptance Criterion is Key

Lately (in my mind), I’ve been listing off the lessons I’ve learned over the last decade or so while building a wallet brand. I’ve been thinking upon what I know now vs. what I didn’t know then. Over the years I’ve been exposed to various arenas such as global distribution strategy, inventory management, merchandising, contract formation, and of course, the beast that is full scale manufacturing and all that comes with it… including monitoring Quality Control.

Though there is a lot TBD and lessons learned in life just yet, tonight I felt compelled to talk about certain hurdles I’ve faced in recent years past while I’ve been building db clay. I’ve learned some good lessons and looking back, ideally, I won’t face these same issues again as I know more now about prevention- now with proper systems in place prior to high diving I may be able to avoid belly flops. In particular, one topic I’ve learned by fire: the monitoring and prevention of defective product during the manufacturing process

Due to the highly technical nature of our wallet manufacturing processes, we have had to constantly monitor quality control during assembly. Our process is new, and our method’s waters uncharted. Thus, we’ve had to mitigate our ideas for innovation while considering reality. We’ve spent a hefty amount of time on R&D with our team overseas and together we’ve chosen to establish a certain manufacturing acceptance criterion. This allows us to keep an eye on what’s going out the door. I’ve come to realize this is important.

Below are examples images of certain areas we focus on: stitching, printing, poofing and warping

Wallet

Wallet

Wallet

Wallet

Wallet
Table full of defects, ouch for a young wallet company. We’ve been burned but it’s ok we’ve learned.

Garett Croft Stenson

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