Customer Feedback Survey: Our Turn to Answer Your Requests

For the past few weeks, green 3 has sent out a customer feedback survey. On our survey, we asked everybody a variety of questions tailored to what we want to know about you. We may have slipped in some silly questions, but at least the survey was entertaining. Here are some things we found:

  • Almost everyone who took the survey have shopped with us! There were a select 3 of you who haven’t, and that’s okay! Now you can use your $10 gift card with us.
  • The leading color that was a favorite was blue! Purple and black came in a close second.
  • The favorite holiday was Christmas by a landslide! Speaking of, we are getting ready to make some mittens and skirts… Stay tuned for those!
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, we had you rank how important recycled options were to you and how important it was to you for USA made products. We had an average of 4.28 and 4.48! Thank you for keeping business within the U.S!
  • We noted a lot of you use Facebook, our newsletter, and our website to keep track of updates. As technology grows, green 3 is trying to keep up. You can follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and we have a blog!

We also asked for specific feedback from each of you on what you’d like to see us make from green 3. We had an array of answers, ranging from they loved everything we had and didn’t want us to change, to some of you wanting to see specific products. Today, we’re answering your requests so you have some answers!

“I’d love to see more dresses and 3/4 length t-shirts!”

Good! We do, too! That’s why we are adding more of these products into our spring 2016 line. Stay tuned for more!

green 3 - Monkey Throw and Wild Thing Onesie (BellyBallot Prize)sm

Our junior throw matched with the Wild Thing onesie– perfect for your little ones!

“I want to see more baby clothes!”

It fills our hearts with sadness when we say that we are no longer making baby clothing. Children grow so fast out of their little onesies that it’s hard to keep up with the costs to make it affordable for you. Although we won’t be having their clothes, we will definitely keep up the junior throws!

“Can we see more cardigans/sweaters with buttons?”

Fall may seem like it’s far away, but in Wisconsin weather, we know it’s just around the corner. We are currently working on more cardigans and sweaters you can bundle up in for fall 2015.

“Have you tried making textiles?”

We currently offer some kitchen towels for purchase, but unfortunately, textiles just aren’t our forte.

“2x is my thing… Can it be your thing, too?”

We are adding 2x in the fall on all of our t-shirts! We are so happy to add onto our clothing options.

“How about petite options?”

We are looking into more extra small options for spring 2016, so stay tuned!

Green 3's doily butterfly shirt

Green 3’s doily butterfly shirt- 100% original artwork and completely hand-drawn. Can you believe that!?

“I’d love to see some original artwork!”

That is awesome! You definitely picked the right option, because all of our artwork is 100% original and hand-drawn. Read more about our in-house artist, who draws all of green 3 founder Sandy’s ideas!

“I love your t-shirts. Can I have leggings and jeans to match them with?”

We love our tees, too! Because of all that love, we are in the process of adding leggings into our spring 2016 line! 100% organic material jeans are a little trickier. Jeans require a lot of labor, and that can drive up the cost, making it not affordable for you. Jeans aren’t in our big ideas for now, but we will keep it mind.

“Oh! How about mismatching socks!?”

Oh my gosh, those are so fun! We would absolutely love to make some for you, but we don’t have the required machinery for such fine knits. We do recommend Solmate Socks though- made in the U.S. and recycled cotton!

“I love wool. Can you use that?”

TBT: Our first shirt!

Our peaceful shirt that we have hopes to bring back! Simple, cute, peaceful.

Wool is available to us, but it is also way more expensive than cotton, especially when we value organic materials. With the use of all wool, it would drive up the cost, and we’d hate to see you miss out on garments because of the cost.

“I love all things peaceful. When are peace signs coming back!?”

Did you know our first shirt made for green 3 was called “peaceful”? We are looking into bringing it back! You can read about the story of it here.

“I’d love to see dresses I could wear to work!”

At green 3, we focus on garments that are easily worn with jeans, so we understand where you’re coming from. We are adding some new dresses into our spring 2016 line, but if that isn’t quite what you’re looking for, we recommend Fair Indigo.

“Go USA! How about some Americana stuff?”

Lucky for you, we do have some Americana garments! You can find these awesome USA made and USA proud green 3 products here!

Our crew sweater found in the Americana line. Find it throughout the U.S. and online.

Our crew sweater found in the Americana line. Find it throughout the U.S. and online.

We at green 3 want to thank all of you for taking our survey! We appreciate customer feedback and we love to know what your ideas are so we can cater to what makes you happy. We will be sending out the $10 coupons next week! If you have any other suggestions, do not hesitate to make comments by contacting us.

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A Day in the Life of Alex

At Green 3, every garment has a story. The designs, the colors, the hand-drawn pictures on the garments have an even bigger story.

Green 3’s in-house artist, Alex, has been on our team since July 2013 after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He says the opportunity was by coincidence as his aunt used to work at Green 3 also as an in-house artist before they contacted Alex. He started part-time and was asked then to work full-time.

Alex working on spring 2016 designs in his office.

Alex working on spring 2016 designs in his office.

Today, we are honoring all the work he puts into the thoughts behind the garments by looking into a typical day for Alex.

Alex starts his day by booting up his design programs, such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. He will log into his email, look for the next movie, science or video game podcast to listen in on, plug in his larger headphones that cover his ears, and get the ball rolling on the next big idea from Green 3.

Green 3’s founders Sandy and Jim Martin will tell Alex what kind of ideas will complete the spring, summer, fall or winter collections. After he gets an idea of what they’re looking for, he will hand-draw the designs using a pad that places the sketches straight onto the computer.

After designs are finalized, Alex will work with the Pantone color wheels to add in bright, beautiful and bold colors for our printed garments. With knit products, like our sweaters, hand warmers and scarves, Alex will work with color swatch books specifically for yarn.

Some days, Alex can finish designs within a few hours. When the designs are more detailed, like a repeating pattern for example, it can take most of the day, or about five to six hours.

As Alex works, he is taking the art work for knits and puts them into grids so the process is faster. Grids are needed with knit garments because the machines will use one grid per stitch to make the graphics accurate.

Cads, or mock shirts, are made up electronically and sent to Jim and Sandy, and Alex will “shelf” the artwork for a while. During this time, Sandy is planning the line and Alex will work on a different project until the art comes back.

When Sandy has the line planned out, Alex will collaborate with her on which colors will work best. He will send the artwork to Green 3’s print shops and knitter and they will send samples back to Green 3.

Although the design of the garments may only take Alex a day or two, he will spend more time working with the details of the graphic. He cooperates with the print shops so that they know the exact measurements to have the perfect fit and look. After he knows measurements, the graphic is printed and pinned onto the shirt for approval from Sandy. The final step is Alex sending the final measurement information to print shops and the knitter.

After the completion of the project, Alex gets started on the next great thing at Green 3! We never stop designing or working to create more fun and individual designs.

 

 

 

 

 

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Every Garment Tells a Story: Organic Valley Bandanas

At Green 3, we take pride in knowing every bit of garment down to the last bit of stitch has a story behind it.

Today, co-founder of Green 3, Jim Martin, is traveling to Hurley, Wis. from Oshkosh to deliver fabric that will be made into bandanas for Wisconsin’s Organic Valley Farms, located in La Farge, Wis. Those bandanas are made not only within the U.S., but in Wisconsin as well, which is a very large goal for us and Organic Valley.

Organic Valley is a company that is organic and farmer-owned since 1988. The company believed in sustainable and natural options for farming, and started growing organic vegetables. Eventually, the demand was large enough that they expanded their product lines to dairy.

The story of the bandana started when Organic Valley contacted us to make bandanas for them, which will then be given out. We take pride in helping and collaborating with other local businesses, so we said yes!

The fabric that needs to be cut came into the shop today, and we are sending it to a company in Hurley called Art Unlimited. Art Unlimited has workers who are highly skilled in apparel manufacturing and have been sewing for more than 25 years. Green 3 loves that the company produces goods within our home state.

The heart is Green 3 in Oshkosh. The upper star is Art Unlimited in Oshkosh, the middle star is Aspiro in Green Bay, and the lower star is Organic Valley in La Farge.

The heart is Green 3 in Oshkosh. The upper star is Art Unlimited in Oshkosh, the middle star is Aspiro in Green Bay, and the lower star is Organic Valley in La Farge.

Today, employees at Art Unlimited will be cutting rolls of fabric. In order to do so, they use a band saw that allows them to slash through the thickness of the cloth. The employees will take the rolls of cloth and unravel them the full length of 55 yards. The fabric will be stacked on top of each other as much as the saw will allow it. Then, a paper outline is placed on top so the employees know where to cut.

After the fabric is cut, it is brought back to Oshkosh for water-based ink printing.

After it’s done printing, the bandanas are sent to Aspiro in Green Bay, Wis. Aspiro is a truly inspirational company, who provides jobs, skill training, independence and pride to cognitive-disabled adults. Green 3 and Aspiro work together with different manufacturing projects. Later this week, employees at Aspiro will add the final touches to the organic cloth bandanas. They will sew around the edges to ensure the bandanas never fray.

After that, the finished bandanas will be delivered to Organic Valley!

What Green 3 absolutely adores about this project is how we are keeping the production within the state. Green 3, Scharpf’s, Art Unlimited, and Aspiro, all Wisconsin companies, are working together to keep apparel and home goods production here in the U.S.

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Behind the Scenes: Fall/Winter Preview

When green3 shoots for our catalogs, it’s not always just serious and professional.

Jane on the set of the green 3 Fall/Winter catalog shoot.

Jane on the set of the green 3 Fall/Winter catalog shoot.

Over the course of 5 days, green 3 had more than 2000 photos taken with tons of new garments for when the leaves start to change and snow begins to fall. We know we have a few months before that, seeing as it’s finally warming up a bit across Wisconsin, but here’s a glimpse behind the curtain into what we’re doing this year.

Jane trying on our paw-friendly clothing.

Jane trying on our paw-friendly clothing.

In order to get certain shots, the photographer must get the model to pose in a various amount of ways, or even get her to laugh a little, to get the photo that truly represents what green 3 is about: femininity, individuality, and fun!

Our big idea #1 is Holiday. What started as Jane trying to balance turned into…

Jane acting like herself to represent green3.

Jane representing the coziness of the Holidays.

Jane is wearing the printed scarf and matching skirt, with the holiday long-sleeve shirt.

Jane is wearing the printed scarf and matching skirt, with the holiday long-sleeve shirt.

For example, in the below shot, Jane was told to act like a vampire so that she could represent a woman who is mysterious and goth. She couldn’t help but laugh and have fun making silly faces toward the camera.

Fall/Winter Preview

Jane doubled over after asking to act like a vampire.

However, the end shot was phenomenal, and captures our big idea #3: Halloween.

Jane is sporting our Halloween idea, a layered skull shirt, accompanied with the skull scarf, hand warmers, and boot cuffs.

Jane is sporting our Halloween idea, a layered skull shirt, accompanied with the skull scarf, hand warmers, and boot cuffs.

Our #4 big idea is Fall– Jane needed to get some giggles out before she could deliver the true, Fall smile.

Behind the Scenes: Fall/Winter

Jane couldn’t hide her giggle during the Fall photo shoot.

Jane rocking the layered fox shirt with the printed skirt.

Jane rocking the layered fox shirt with the printed skirt.

We fully believe in everyone’s true self, which is why we are proud of the way our photo shoots are conducted.

We even included Ms. Belladonna in our photo shoots. Being an Italian beauty, she adores modeling. She does work for treats, pasta, or whatever happens to be cooking in your kitchen. More of Bella can be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Bella

Ms. Bella with Jim Martin, co-founder of green3 apparel.

We are launching new scarves, hand warmers, shirts, skirts and sweaters, all which are the same organic cotton and recycled or re-purposed materials. Stay tuned to read about where the inspiration comes from, the story behind each piece of cloth, and when these gems will be released!

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Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday, and we’re going back in time to green 3’s signature garment that holds our company’s values true. Our first short-sleeved, water-based ink shirt was “Peaceful.”

TBT: Our first shirt!

This was the first shirt made and sold from our company. The organic t-shirt utilizes water-based ink, a process that allows the ink to penetrate the fibers. Water-based inks are thinner and harder to control, which is why a lot of garments don’t have them. Typical screen printing uses petroleum-based ink, which gives shirts the rubbery feel. It’s also something you can feel on the shirt if you run your hand on it and sometimes when stretched, can crack or break off. With water-based ink, shirts are smooth, soft, breathable, and won’t crack, peel, or fade.

All of green 3’s shirts start in Minnesota and migrate back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where the water-based inks are printed on. The original shirt is not on our shelves anymore, but there are plenty of other wonderful, water-based shirts to choose from.

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