I was out of town for all of September. When I came back, I spoke to a friend about my product and he bought one right away! This was exciting because it was the first time that my idea was validated in a tangible way. Now I'm trying to figure out a way to be able to mass produce my product and increase sales.
I spent about 3 weeks making the first product and creating a product that I loved. I finally finished building a functioning jacket on Sept 8. It was tough to have to be a fashion designer and an engineer at the same time, but it was worth it. Most of the time was spent figuring out the mechanical design of the jacket, and constructing the jacket.
I decided that I wanted to start off with a heated jacket. Heated jackets do exist for motorcyclists - but I wasn't a fan of the technical or aesthetic design of any of them. I took a nanoengineering grad course as an engineering undergrad, and I knew there are better material alternatives that generate heat. But I wasn't sure how to approach this at all. Should I find an investor first? Should I spec everything out? Make a website? I eventually made a website and designed a version of the product that I could build on my own.
I came up with the idea for this company during the Covid lockdown. I started making fashionable and functional face masks, and realized that there is a real need for innovation in clothing. I began to brainstorm this idea of adding science to fashion.. but it took me a while to choose which route to take.