A DREAM COME TRUE… EVENTUALLY
In 2005, we were living in the Napa Valley having just moved out of San Francisco. DesNeiges was working on launching a swimwear line and we were struggling to make it work from States. The concept was great and the designs were well received, but there was just too big a gap between actually getting the products we needed and being in a position to sell them. We needed to get upstream and get some control on the manufacturing side if we would ever stand a chance of success. We dreamed of moving overseas and making it happen, but we had no idea where to start.
A trip to Bali in 2006 changed everything. Bali was a perfect launch pad. We loved the place, the people, the food…. and, there was a burgeoning garment manufacturing sector in Indonesia. Bali grabbed us and didn’t let go. We had to make it happen!
As were planning our move, though, something else grabbed us and didn’t let go. A baby boy. Our first. But the idea of moving to Indonesia with a new baby was just something we weren’t quite ready for yet. So we struggled on, trying to make it work with the resources we had. Spending heaps of time and money on a process that just wasn’t working.
We gave up. Running a fashion label from our home in Northern California was impossible. With the daily challenges of life, we almost completely forgot our original plan. But the goal of living in Bali and making a go of our own label had taken root and we couldn’t get it out of our heads. In 2013, we rallied, had one more baby, and packed our bags.
TAKE THE LEAP
When we reached Bali we realized that it was going to be a whole lot harder than we imagined. Now that we were in Asia, we had a different set of challenges. Language, culture, customs… everything was different. Great for a vacation, but the idea of building an actual company was overwhelming. We quickly understood why it was so difficult to accomplish remotely. But, we took the advice of other expats and just took it one day, and one step, at a time.
As we overcame certain challenges for our own label, we began getting requests from friends and other acquaintances to help them with various challenges of their own. Since we were on the ground in Asia, and they were back in the States, it made sense that we could help. Since we were manufacturing our own lingerie by then, we had other lingerie labels requesting help from us. We loved it! It was fun and every project was a unique challenge. It grew and grew until we could no longer afford the time to spend on our own label. We had to make a choice.
WE CHOSE PROTOTYPE
It was the easiest choice ever. We chose to focus on the most rewarding work either of us had ever done. We chose Prototype.
As designers, our first love is the creative process. We love working with the wide variety of people and projects that this business brings us. From hats to shoes and everything in between, we never know from one day to the next what type of design challenge we’ll be presented with. Prototype today is the result of 6 years of problem solving on behalf of our projects and our clients’. Our system has been built from the ground up to solve the very specific set of challenges that every label faces when developing a line and manufacturing overseas.
WHAT’S PAST IS PROLOGUE
Now, we’re fortunate enough to have a wonderful team of hardworking professionals that allows us to tackle ever bigger and better challenges for clients around the world. We strive every day to improve our systems and to provide the types of valuable services to our clients that were never available to us. We want nothing more than to see our clients succeed.
Dreams are like doors. When one closes, another opens. So keep trying the doors. You never know where one might lead. I hope we can open one for you!
All the best,
Co-Founder // Director