PeopleWearSF connects San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California sewn product industry professionals.

We promote innovation in manufacturing and operations and foster industry cohesion. The all-volunteer association maintains an industry directory and instills best practices for its current and future members.

Fabric & Trim Show – Nov 23-24 @ San Francisco Hilton

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

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Where: San Francisco Hilton Financial District
750 Kearny Street, 2nd Floor & Grand Ballroom

When: Sunday, November 23 / 11:30AM to 6:30PM
& Monday, November 24 / 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Plus a 3 day Seminar Program (Starts on Saturday November 22)

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Sharp & Between – Retail Tailor Shop and Tailor Training Program

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Good cloth + skilled tailors = great clothing. Named for the hand-sewing needles that are used by custom and bespoke tailors, Sharp and Between is a tailor training program that is being launched in Oakland. The goal is to produce a new generation of skilled and certified tailors. We expect to open a brick and mortar tailor shop in 2015, where paid apprentices will learn from master tailors and become certified in the trade.

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NEWS FLASH: FiSF is nominated for an Ebbie!

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Fashion Incubator San Francisco – We are a 2014 Excellence in Business Awards finalist!

The Ebbies are presented by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and recognize leaders in job creation and business innovation.
The Excellence in Business Awards gala, presented by Bank of America, will take place the evening of Wednesday, October 1st at the Westin, Saint Francis Hotel. Ticket information available here.

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Designer Launch Intensive – Launch Your Collection in 12 Weeks

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Designer Launch Intensive – Launch Your Collection in 12 Weeks
Designer Launch Program

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to get your designs out in the world AND start making a profit doing what you love?

Our friend, fellow member of PeopleWearSF and owner of V.Mora, Anna Livermore is re-launching her 12 part Designer Launch Intensive, an incredible program that puts designers on the fast track to success.

This girl has successfully launched 100’s of successful designers over the past 7 years and compiled EVERYTHING she knows about launching a line from start to finish into this amazing course. Past participants have LOVED the Designer Launch Intensive and we know you will too!

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Straight Talk on Garment Manufacturing Registration

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Blog, Featured Articles | Comments Off

Straight Talk on Garment Manufacturing Registration

As the San Francisco/Bay Area apparel manufacturing gains strength, registration of manufacturers and factories will be a key point to fulfill California law. Registering your manufacturing business that is utilizing sewing factories is very important to protect newly emerging companies and the sewing factories that are producing the products. Take a moment to understand the law, as here presented to you.

1.  Federal labor laws prohibit any sewing at home on products that are to sold at wholesale or retail.

2.  California Department of Industrial Relations:

NOTE: from our AUG 4,2012 MEETING—Clarification of our speaker Lucia’s information:   All designers and manufacturers in the business of garment manufacturing for resale must register with the state.  The purpose of registration is to protect the workers so they are treated and paid fairly.  Manufacturing in a private home is not legal, if the intention is to manufacture clothing for resale. There are code restrictions that vary city by city, and it is important for you to understand municipal code restrictions about working from your home, particularly manufacturing clothing.

See this link and printed information below for your review and understanding –  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/HowToObtainGarmentRegistration.htm

 

3. How to obtain a garment registration certificate

Who must obtain a garment registration certificate? Every person engaged in the business of garment manufacturing must register with the Labor Commissioner. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 13630.
What does the term “person” mean? “Person” means any individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or association, and includes, but is not limited to, employers, manufacturers, jobbers, wholesalers, contractors, subcontractors, and any other person or entity engaged in the business of garment manufacturing. Labor Code Section 2671(a).
What is garment manufacturing? “Garment manufacturing” means sewing, cutting, making, processing, repairing, finishing, assembling, or otherwise preparing any garment or any article of wearing apparel or accessories designed or intended to be worn by any individual, including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, gloves, handbags, hosiery, ties, scarfs, and belts, for sale or resale by any person or any persons contracting to have those operations performed and other operations and practices in the apparel industry as may be identified in regulations of the Department of Industrial Relations consistent with the purposes of this part. Labor Code Section 2671(b).
What is a contractor? “Contractor” means any person who, with the assistance of employees or others, is primarily engaged in sewing, cutting, making, processing, repairing, finishing, assembling, or otherwise preparing any garment or any article of wearing apparel or accessories designed or intended to be worn by any individual, including, but not limited to, clothing, hats, gloves, handbags, hosiery, ties, scarfs, and belts, for another person. “Contractor” includes a subcontractor that is primarily engaged in those operations. Labor Code Section 2671(d).
What are the garment registration requirements for NEW applicants? For a listing of garment registration requirements for NEW applicants, click on one of the following: (English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog.)
If I am a NEW applicant, how do I obtain an application package? You can either:

  1. Download the package from the internet (Adobe Acrobat Reader required):
    1. Garment Registration Requirements for New Applicants (English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog)
    2. Application for Registration-Garment Manufacturing Industry (English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog)
    3. Proof of Tax Filing and Payment (IRS Form 8821) (Pdf)
  2. Call the Garment Hotline on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (415) 703-4848 and request that a package be sent to you.
  3. Request a package by mail by sending your written request to:
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Licensing and Registration Unit
P.O. Box 420603
San Francisco, CA 94142
  1. Pick up a package in person at:
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
455 Golden Gate Ave., 9th Floor West
San Francisco, CA 94102
Once I have obtained and completed the application, how do I file for a garment registration certificate? When the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has received your completed application along with your $25.00 examination fee, you will be sent an authorization for examination letter. This letter will tell you where and when you can take the exam, and provide you with instructions of what you need to bring to the exam. Be sure to complete the application form and include your $25.00 fee and all required documents in order to avoid delays in processing.
What are the garment registration requirements for RENEWAL applicants? For a listing of garment registration requirements for RENEWAL applicants, click on one of the following: (English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog.)
If I am a RENEWAL applicant, how do I obtain an application package? At least ninety (90) days before your current registration expires you will be sent in the mail an application package. See Labor Code section 2675(h). Be sure to complete the application form and include your fee and all required documents in order to avoid delays in processing.

 

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