Bursting at the seams in its downtown headquarters, a local designer and clothes manufacturer is expanding to Manchester.
Haberdash is moving in April to a 6,000-square-foot warehouse at 2100 Decatur St. The company has a three-year lease on the space.
Haberdash is a custom apparel manufacturer that cuts, sews and designs clothing for brands around Richmond and across the country. The shop also does screen-printing, embroidery and leather work. Britt Sebastian launched Haberdash in 2010 in a 2,500-square-foot space at 412 E. Main St.
“We have outgrown the building by a long shot,” Sebastian said of his six-person staff. “It was more about finding the right building.”
Its new building in Manchester was formerly home to a roofing company, and Sebastian said the move will improve Haberdash’s ability to handle its growing volume of orders as well as streamline its production process. It will also allow for more office space and a showroom.
Sebastian said in 2014 Haberdash did nearly $500,000 in gross revenue, and he said he hopes to do $750,000 in 2015. Sebastian said a Haberdash screen printing job can cost about $5 a unit, and that cut-and-sew jobs can cost as much as $100 per unit.
“We’re not a price-competitive company,” Sebastian said. “The people that select us are going with a high-quality product.”
Sebastian said Haberdash is a certified vendor for VCU and does work for Carytown retailer Need Supply Co., as well as Utmost and Round Two, both of which have storefronts on the 100 block of West Broad Street downtown.
The company has also designed labels for Legend Brewing Co. and worked with local creative agencies like Work Labs and Release the Hounds.
“We started out doing mostly fashion stuff, and we’ve started doing more with the design and advertising agencies,” Sebastian said.
Sebastian said the move will cost about $20,000 and is being funded by the company. Planned work on the building includes redoing the flooring, plumbing and electrical.
Haberdash won’t be the only company doing design work and screen printing in Manchester. Triple Stamp Press is based out of a 2,000-square-foot space at 200 Everett St.