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In general, though, the inspiration process is crucial for Wijnants because of the two-month lead time involved in creating and manufacturing his custom textiles; the system demands that he choose the colors and fabrics of any given collection first, long before he even begins sketching his actual looks. Images like these help him hone that vision as early on as possible, so he doesn’t have any regrets later in the process. “You have to order a couple of meters or a whole roll of fabric, so it’s not easy to make those decisions,” he notes.