A fine suit begins with fine fabrics — and at Jhane Barnes the attention to detail carries right down to the warp and weft, with a line of fine, custom woven Italian textile designs. Production of those fabrics is a meticulous, carefully supervised process. "We needed a way to track our fabrics alongside our garment orders, in order to ensure that we have enough fabric to fill those orders," explains vice president for merchandising Sal Giardina. "Since we merchandise our own fabrics, we're responsible for buying them, and that can be a daunting task — most of our mills are in Italy, and we need to make sure the fabric is delivered by a certain date."
Until recently, textile inventory and manufacturing were tracked in a series of Excel spreadsheets — a cumbersome, labor–intensive system that could delay completion of orders and make accurate inventory of fabric stocks difficult. Clearly, a better system was needed — and that need brought FileMaker Pro developer Jeff Cohen of Blue Engine Solutions on board. "Jeff sat down with production manager Patti Feinman and me," Sal relates," and came up with a database to cover our needs."