Want even more of the story? It's okay to just buy a pair of YamStreet's Urban Pajama Pants Samples. Not every Yamista wants to know the name of the person who actually sewed the clothes they wear. But for those who do ...
Lan (center) did our sewing with Brad in Brad's Benchmark44 shop located about six blocks from YamStreet's design studio. Brad, who has been in the biz for years, has done independent work for major brands like Smith & Hawken.
During production, Brad (left) tapped into his own network of apparel businesses to do sizing, marking and grading. Anabelle is Brad's white lab. You'd think she is as much a Yamista as anyone else except for her tendency to lick your face.
Carley (right) was the patternmaker for Urban Pajama Pants. Her business, ApparelWiz, shares space with Benchmark44. Carley is a product developer, pattern maker, and local industry guru. On her impressive resume is Head Pattern Maker for Erickson Outdoors and Esprit, and pattern making and grading for Patagonia. Factory locations, materials supplier names, and industry service reputations seem to be part of her DNA.
All three small businesses (YamStreet, Benchmark44 and ApparelWiz) are members of the local trade association, PeopleWearSF. They are regular collaborators, and as much a circle of friends as a network of entrepreneurs.