Our product development team just got back from a trip to our offices in Noida, India. We have a design staff there, along with full-time quality assurance teams that manufacture our products. Multiple times each year we visit the facility to meet with vendors and see the newest textures and techniques available in home textiles, and choose which of those to bring to our buyers.
Our employees are highly skilled, and can quickly cut perfectly straight lines by eye, like this trimmer you see working on a section of our Wendon Star collection. His job is to ensure that each piece of rough fabric is cut to the exact specifications of the final piece. He starts with the fabric, sewn to the batting, then using just his eye and his scissors, cuts perfectly straight lines which will later be stitched to created the final product. Each piece is hand cut and then checked for quality and precision before it can make it to the next station.
Here you see one of our Wendon Star quilts next in line in the production cycle. Each item is scrutinized by a quality control specialist, who performs minor repairs, perfecting imperfect stitches and checking the quilt by our specification standards.
Each trip is very tightly planned weeks in advance to allow for maximum productivity and workflow with our India and US-based design teams. As soon as Bella Taylor owner Julie Kline arrives, she steps to the nearest conference table to start reviewing swatches from vendors.
Our quilts have always been hand-stitched, but we use this industrial quilter for our Bella Taylor fabrics. The machine is housed in its own room and is incredibly loud and fast. Our team says it was amazing to watch, mesmerizing even, as the machine threads in a pattern and moves back and forth.
It wasn’t all work for our team, though. Part of the planned schedule includes a Sunday of shopping and sightseeing in New Delhi. The group got to visit the India Gate, a popular national monument that commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during World War I. It was surrounded by a beautiful park, and packed with tourists and picnickers.
We are working hard on brand new collections for you, and can’t wait to show you all the new things we have in the works for our upcoming launches. Stay tuned!