• Ep. 9: Factory Production, Step A-Z

    Are you a new or emerging brand? We made this episode for you! Join us and step through each phase in factory apparel production, from first napkin sketch designs, to QC and shipping your final product back into your hands. Check the timestamps below for some of the subjects we cover.


    00:00 - DTS Story

    5:52 - Brokers & Overseas Production

    *11:39 - Design

    *13:45 - Development: Tech Packs & Patterns

    *17:00 - Samples

    *22:58 - Sourcing & Certifications

    *32:10 - Pre-production vs. Production

    37:49 - Factory Efficiency

    *39:09 - Quality Control

    44:48 - 3rd Party QC

    *46:17 - Shipping and US Customs

    **Audio production by Exalio**


    Greenbook Conversations is powered by Direct To Source; Nearshore, Ethical, Sustainable apparel production.



    S1E9 - 53m - Jul 28, 2023
  • Ep. 8: Meet the Crew that Makes It Happen

    Holli took a trip to Guatemala and spoke with some key employees at DTS. Hear their stories, and get a peak behind the scenes.

    Direct To Source highly encourages factory visits, to verify that your business partner is meeting all of your quality and ethical standards. If you want to arrange a visit, just give a shout out to the email below, we'd love to see you there.



    Audio work by Exalio


    E8 - 48m - Jun 7, 2023
  • Ep. 7: A Deep Dive into Ethical Labor

    Episode Description:

    This is our deep dive on ethical labor. We’ve talked to industry experts from many different sectors to provide a wide perspective on factory safety, dormitories, certifications, sub contracting, and more. Welcome to Greenbook Conversations.  

    Greenbook Conversations is sponsored by Direct To Source



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    Shah, T. (2022, November 2). Subcontract manufacturing: Everything you need to know. Katana. https://katanamrp.com/blog/subcontract-manufacturing/ 

    Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. (n.d.). Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Encyclopædia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/event/Triangle-shirtwaist-factory-fire 

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    S1E7 - 1h 7m - Feb 13, 2023
  • Ep. 6: Upcycling with Moses Kisale from the Denver Design Incubator

    Upcycling was a topic that came up a few times during Sourcing at Magic, so we decided to do a deep dive with designer Moses Kisale and his brand Killionaire. Join us for a conversation about building your brand, production, a brief history on upcycling and varsity jackets, plus much more.

    You can access DDI's website at the link provided:


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    S1E6 - 33m - Dec 16, 2022
  • Ep. 5: Last Day of Sourcing At Magic: An Interview with Dr. Cindy Lin

    Arthritis braces, recycled thread and more! Join us for our last few conversations at the Sourcing At Magic tradeshow in Las Vegas.

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    S1E5 - 14m - Nov 6, 2022
  • Ep. 4: Sourcing At Magic Day 3: Boxing and Upcycling

    Boxing, Upcycling, active wear, sourcing and more! Join the conversation! The final episode of our Sourcing At Magic trip is coming up next, and then we'll move on to new topics with new designers.

    Greenbook Conversations is powered by Direct To Source.


    S1E4 - 39m - Oct 30, 2022
  • Ep. 3: Magic Day 2, (Part 2): Activewear and Sustainability

    Golf/surf wear, gymnastics, and lots of conversations on how sustainability may or may not be for your brand. Thanks for listening!


    S1E3 - 35m - Aug 6, 2022
  • Ep. 2: Magic Day 2, (Part 1): Purpose Built Apparel and Hemp Fiber

    Bleach safe Aprons, Hemp fiber processing, and purpose built apparel.

    **Music a combination of Adobe stock and Exalio compositions.


    S1E2 - 23m - Aug 6, 2022
  • Greenbook Conversations Ep. 1: Sourcing at Magic Tradeshow, Day 1

    What is sustainable apparel? With industry expert and Direct To Source partner Holli Gibson, we are asking brands big and small for their take on sustainable, ethical production. Polybags, rPET, ocean plastics, and more. Lets have a conversation!

    *Podcast includes music obtained from Adobe Stock, and original compositions from Exalio.*


    S1E1 - 32m - Aug 6, 2022
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