Sponsor a Design
How “Sponsor a Design” Works
Our women’s groups depend on us for design, production financing and marketing. We currently sell to higher end stores in Chiang Mai, overseas online wholesalers and direct to consumers here on our website.
If you are experienced in some or all aspects of the fashion business and would like to sponsor a small Warm Heart collection, we would love to collaborate with you. You could also be just starting your career and looking for real world experience in producing overseas and selling within an existing infrastructure.
Your design idea could either be an offshoot of an existing collection or an entirely new product category.
Three short steps can bring your design to life
1) Design Evaluation
Contact us with your current portfolio and design idea and our program coordinator will be in touch to discuss the feasibility of your product idea(s) and whether or not we can successfully make your items.
2) Financial Feasibility
Each product or product line must be analyzed for costing and selling potential before it goes into production. Designers are responsible for financing (labor and material costs) and managing the product cycle from design, materials sourcing, costing, prototype development, production to product launch. An investment of US$500 is requested to cover labor, materials, production and sampling costs for a first run.
3) Design Approval and Launch
Warm Heart will help you find workers and guide you every step of the way. If your product line sells well, Warm Heart will finance the second production run and all profits will be reinvested in Microenterprise.
You are also welcome to order additional production which you could then sell yourself to defray expenses.
If you aren't a designer/product developer but have a product idea that you would like to see designed and go into production, we can also work with you. Contact Warm Heart with your product idea and we will let you know if it's feasible. If it is, we would design the product and develop the prototype with your input. You would pay for product development and the initial product run with your $500 donation.
We currently have five product lines.
1) Handwoven scarves made from commercially dyed rayon and cotton yarn
2) Handwoven scarves made from organically dyed 100% silk yarn
3) Handmade bracelets in attractive colorways and a variety of materials.
4) Laptop covers and tote bags made from recycled materials
5) Macrame necklaces and bracelets