6.1 - STYLEZONE PLATFORM
To ensure clear communication around these requests, it's necessary to have all requests collected on one big platform. For the future we're looking into the possibilities of building a platform ourselves, which will seamlessly connect to the Design Hub and PVH's PLM database. But for now we're using what's currently out there, and that is Stylezone!
Stylezone is also built by Browzwear, which allows for an easy integration with VStitcher. Compared to VStitcher, it's a very basic platform, with limited functionalities - so no need to worry about learning another complicated software ;-)
Stylezone Calvin Klein: https://calvinkleineurope.stylezone.com/
Stylezone Tommy Hilfiger: https://tommyhilfigereurope.stylezone.com/
Or click on the logo of your brand below:
You need to receive an invite to the platform from one of the platforms administrators. Need access? Contact Orla Cotter (OrlaCotter@pvh.com) and mention which platform you need acces to (TH or CK). You'll receive a link via email to create your own account.
So, now that you have access to the platform, let's start with uploading our 3D files and completing our request. Afterwards, we'll walk you through some more steps, tips & tricks of Stylezone. There are two different ways how you can upload your files. We'll start with our recommendation, then we'll show you the alternate upload process.
6.2 - RECOMMENDED WORKFLOW 🔝
This first option of uploading 3D files into Stylezone, is via the VStitcher software. Maybe you already noticed the little "Share via Stylezone" button, right next to our select tool. That's exactly the one we're going to use, let's go!
Video time again...! 🎥
MUSIC: LAKEY INSPIRED
Besides the efficiency of pushing the request straight from the 3D software into the Stylezone platform, it also automatically creates a preview image of the style. This is created via the "Normal Render" option that we selected.
FILE NAMING ✏️
For consistency and coherence in the requests we'll be sending out, it's important to stick to the standard file naming. Identical for our requests and the submissions from vendors:
PVH REQUESTS 📤
Style Number _ Season _ Factory (3 letters max) _ Request Number
For example: UW0UW02348_SP20_XXX_Req1
VENDOR SUBMISSIONS 📩
Style Number _ Season _ Factory (3 letters max) _ Submission Number
For example: UW0UW02348_SP20_XXX_Sub1
Lastly, as mentioned in the video: zoom in on the garment in the 3D view on the right side of the window. This is to remove unnecessary white space around the garment when it shows up on the Stylezone platform. When you zoom, you might accidentally "rotate away" from the center front view. So, zoom in before you select the front view (section 5 in the hover-over image below) & then just don't touch the 3D view anymore ;-)
Hover over the image to see the numbers & outlines
Zoom in! (minimise white space)
Select correct board
File name (follow requirements!)
Description (no requirements)
Front view only (after zooming!)
Image (no turntable for requests)
Normal Render (for preview img)
Share to upload!
SETTINGS SUMMARY! 📝
Within a few minutes, your style should be available online. It will show up in the board you selected, and when you click on the style you can edit its information and attachments. This is where the request form comes back: upload all extra files and documentation for the request here (every box you ticked in the template), as well as the saved request form ánd the .BW file!
6.3 - ALTERNATE WORKFLOW 🧞
The second option for uploading files to the Stylezone platform, does not require VStitcher. Both workflows are almost completely identical, with one significant difference:
See the difference? This alternate workflow doesn't include a preview of the garment. Which is obviously no catastrophe, but it becomes a burden as soon as your boards are filled with dozens of requests...
...That's when I'd strongly prefer having preview images, don't you? 🤷
But, this subchapter is not intended as an advocate for our recommended workflow, it's dedicated to this alternate way of uploading! This wouldn't be a good training if we didn't cover the complete skillset, so of course we'll explain both 👉 we're not thát biased!