I think I will help those trying to get their own dreams off the ground and start to blog more about the business side of the Disco Valante.
As of now, the shipment has passed customs and has been sitting in California since last Saturday. I have made a mistake and had the bill of lading sent to me in Washington, DC instead of the freight forwarder in California. This small detail will cost me about $20 extra a day and delay the inventory process at my warehouse facility.
A bill of lading (sometimes referred to as a B/L) is a document issued by a carrier, e.g. a company’s shipping department, acknowledging that specified goods have been received on board as cargo for conveyance to a named place for delivery to the consignee who is usually identified.
Tomorrow morning, I will wake up first thing in the morning and overnight ship the original bill of lading to freight forwarder. Hopefully, the DV shipment will be ready for transport on Wednesday.
I have gotten several emails in the last few days inquiring about the launch. The launch date is not firm and I don’t want to commit to a date and dissappoint you guys (again).
Well boys and boys,
The shipment from my Chinese manufacturer arrived on Saturday in California. The lot of Disco Valante underwear is going through customs right now. (I am clicking my heels as I am jumping up and down)
The graphic design for the NEW look of the DV website was completed this weekend. I decided that the intro page (pic above) that you guys have been viewing for the last year isn’t the direction I want to take the DV web presence. My graphic designer, from the Netherlands, has worked long and hard on making the webshop look and feel better than any other underwear company out there today. I am debating on releasing a sneek peek of the new web design but if you’ve waited a almost a year another two weeks won’t hurt. 🙂
Also, the technical build out of the website will start today.
There are still a few kinks to work out with the warehousing situation but I know we can remedy the situation.
I want to thank all the people that email asking when the site will launch. I know I have pushed back the launch on several occasions but now it WILL happen.
I must apologize. I have so many things going on at one time. I have Jock Muscle, I am leaving the military, I am trying to find a new job, and the launch of DISCO VALANTE this month.
It has been a real journey for me getting this clothing line off the ground. Being stationed in the Middle East, production delays, money problems, production delays, and PRODUCTION DELAYS. The first run of Disco Valante underwear is now somewhere in the Pacific Ocean on a container ship from Shanghai on its way to Long Beach, California.
I had the photo shoot for DV about two Friday’s ago in New York City. I didn’t even get to enjoy the cityt. I took the train from Washington, DC to NYC, walked to the studio, and then returned back to Washington that same night. The shoot went really well. The handsome fellow above is not me but he is the face of Disco Valante. Greg is a up and coming model from New York.
My graphic designer is helping me redesign the look of the DV website now. Hopefully, we will be finished by tomorrow.
It is amazing that this blog has become so successful…I constantly get inquires for sales via email everyday. That makes me feel really good about my chances for success. Keep reading!!!
As I sit here watching Project Runway, I’m starting my return to the blogging world. First i would like to apologize for the lapse in time. It has taken my cable/internet company almost three weeks to install their services.
The trip to Asia was fun yet very stressful. Delays with manufacturing start dates and bad samples had me so worried and prevented me from truly relaxing.
I have begun manufacturing with a great company in China. The two guys handling my account are really professional and awesome.
Yesterday, I received the color card to ensure the correct fabric color of the underwear. I also received the graphic design print samples. There are some changes to be made but it feels really good to be progressing this far. I think everyone will find the color combinations of underwear fabric, graphic print, and waistband really cool.
All this progress doesn’t happen without cold hard cash. Disco Valante has footed the bill of the initial 30% down payment for manufacturing with the money from its investors. I truly thank thoses who have given this company money. Now I’m waiting to hear back from the bank, this week, about getting a line of credit to help with the purchase of larger quantities and working capital.
The model search is on…I’m looking high and low for that cute face with a hard body. If you know anyone in the NY, NJ, Philly or DC area let me know.
And most importantly, Disco Valante will launch this December!
Don’t forget to register your email at http://www.discovalante.com to get the latest updates on the launch and details about special promotions.
Today, I went to the Chinese Embassy to work out the travel logistics of my business trip to meet the manufacturers. Apparently, unless you have an invitation to the Summer Games, you can’t get a visa to enter China. What the #@*%? How can you exclude people from conducting business just because of track and field? Very easily, I found out. I just spent $1800 on airline tickets and hotel reservations!
Luckily, I waited for someone who knew what the hell they were talking about. Even though China is stopping all flow of persons not entering for the Olympics, I was informed I only need to get an additional invitation letter from my Chinese manufacturering company and then I will be granted a visa.
Disco Valante has a manufacturer! This was the hardest obstacle in the development of the company. Language barriers, minimum requirements, lack of craftsmanship, and over pricing of labor were some of the issues that have made my dream a nightmare at times. Being a startup company with limited financial resources isn’t an attractive partner for many manufacturers. Many do not have the want to work with a company with orders that are not gigantic. However, after many months of searching and viewing samples, Disco Valante has decided to do business with the People’s Republic of China.
Now, I’ve got to brush up on my Chinese greetings and customs, establish a Chinese LTD, get a Chinese lawyer, and set up flight and hotel arrangements for July and August. I’m really excited! The next two months will be a whirlwind of traveling, production quality control, marketing planning and overseeing every facet of the business. I’m everyone from the president to the janitor in my operation.
I can now see that my dream is truly real and going to happen. I want to thank everyone that has read my blog, sent me an email or wrote about my efforts. It has meant so much to me. Thank you!
The search for a manufacturer is nearing an end, the race is between two full service manufacturing firms. 1 June, I should have the manufacturer picked! This by far has been the most difficult process of the entire creation of Disco Valante.
However, if anybody knows of any kick ass manufacturing firms. Send me an email.
Let your passion lead you!