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Szeki Chan is designer for and owner of 7115 by Szeki, a low-volume vertically-integrated clothing company. 7115 has a manufacturing facility in Guangzhou with a full-time staff of technicians and craftspeople producing their clothing and housewares year-round, as well as two retail locations here in NYC.

Szeki is responsible for forecasting, designing, manufacturing supervision, retail merchandising, customer support, and everything in between. In this interview we talk about her business model, the challenges and advantages of vertical integration, the challenges of working with specific materials, and how the design process is influenced by information bubbling up from retail and back from production.


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