Brian Lessem A.C.F.I

Apparel Production and Product Life-Cycle Professional

Brian is a product life cycle consultant working across the entire operational supply chain spectrum, helping companies grow through the effective development and deployment of strategies, team members and technologies.  Brian aligns himself with companies on either a specific project, or on an ongoing basis. Whilst the project may vary, it will include some combination of strategic planning, operations, partnership and alliance building, vendor management, team building, coaching and mentoring, customer relations and product/company branding.

Brian recently completed an assignment as the Vice-President of Global Operations (Shanghai) for Indochino – a custom clothing MTM company, which embraces state-of-the art technology to revolutionize the way customers purchase well-fitting Men’s Formal Wear. He was vital in assisting the company achieve in excess of US$1M in incentives, through refining the operating structure of the company, as well as reducing returns and remakes by 4 percent.

  • He was vital in assisting the company achieve in excess of US$1M in incentives, through refining the operating structure of the company
  • Reducing returns and remakes by 4 percent

  • Developed an incoming goods audit system for fabric and accessories, with an estimated saving of US$80,000 per annum in wasted fabric.

From 1995 – 2008 Brian worked with several North American companies in executive roles focusing on the technical, sourcing, production and operational aspects. 

  • Developed and facilitated sustainable quality assurance programs

  • Sourcing strategies Refined all operational facets, which produced positive results

  • Refined the technical design department for a catalogue company reducing to 4 days the review time line.

In 2008 Brian formed Global Sourcing & Production, a company whose main focus is to assist start-ups and mid-sized companies in establishing global ideologies, through managing supplier relationships. Amongst many success stories:

  • Was instrumental in developing a Home Hardware program in support of “Breast Cancer Research” which netted the company in excess of C$200,000 in profits

  • Managed the transition to a multi-sourcing from a single sourcing function for a Design and Production company, reducing FOB prices by 8%

  • Sourced well qualified suppliers for a company supplying corporate wear

Brian graduated in 1972 from the Clothing College for the Clothing Industry in Production Management and in 1973 with the London City and Guilds Production qualification. He was given the opportunity to establish a start-up manufacturing facility which he managed successfully for 13 years in Durban South Africa. During this period Brian participated as a board member of the Clothing Institute (Natal) and was elected Chairman of the Institute for 2 terms. He also served on the Advisory Panel of the Natal Technicon Apparel Department as well as being on the board of several volunteer organizations. In 1979 he was awarded a Licentiate of the Clothing and Footwear Institute of London England and in 1983 was awarded an Associated of the Clothing and Footwear Institute of London England. In 1986 the company was sold and Brian immigrated to Canada.

In Canada, Brian gained North American experience as the Assistant production Manager for Cambridge Clothes in Hamilton Ontario, where he was responsible for the Men’s Trouser, Ladies Jacket, Skirt and Pant division and assisted with the Men’s jacket production. After 3 years he left the company to open a start-up operation for a group of investors, manufacturing ladies leather accessories which showed a profit within the first year of operations. The company was sold 6 years later in 1995.


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