Frequently Asked Question
Q: How does it work? What would be Le Galeriste's role?
A: We act as your wearable art supplier. We take care of the design and the production part of things, and you’re in charge of selling the garments yourself at a very competitive price while retaining a 50-60% margin.
Q: Should I be worried about intellectual property/my rights?
A: You keep 100% of the intellectual property (IP). Our mission is to help artists generate revenues from their IP. Museums and artists all over the world have trusted us with tens of thousands of artworks in large part due to our 100% local vertical supply chain. “No third party involved” means your art can’t end up on a Chinese computer designing cheap mugs to be sold without your consent (by the way, if you do work with companies that produce art-derived goods overseas, you should triple-check that they actually own the factory. Otherwise, it would be close to impossible for them to guarantee your art is protected from illegal copy). Please note that we don’t handle CARFAC licenses.
Q: Will you sell my products to other people?
A: No. They are made exclusively for you.
Q: Some friends think that my value as an artist will decrease if I start offering fashion products derived from my art… What do you think?
A: We’ve produced La Joconde for Le Louvre de Paris. We’ve produced for the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. We were granted the rights to a famous picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. So no, we don’t think premium fashion products with your art will reduce your value as an artist. Quite the opposite actually! Very few people get to see the beautiful artworks hanging on bedroom walls. It’s hard to talk about something you can’t see. What if your art could walk the streets worn by your best & most loyal admirers? We believe that’s a great way to build your name as a recognized artist. And it’s marketing that pays you, not the other way around!
Q: Do you take a cut on my sales?
A: No. We sell you the products at the best price we can, we suggest a retail price, and then you sell it at the price you want. Our suggested gross profit margin for the artist is 55%. We don’t recommend selling for less than a 40% margin nor for more than a 65% margin.
Q: Can I add my signature to the products?
A: Yes, all we need is a picture of your signature on white paper.
Q: Can you help me choose the artworks I should submit for fashion designs?
A: Unfortunately, we can’t help with that. We insist that this come from the artist. Choose the ones that speak most deeply to you, the artworks closest to your heart. They’re the ones that usually sell the best! Also, choose artworks for which you have a good picture.
Q: How do I know if my artwork picture is good enough to be well transferred onto fabric?
A: You can just send us the heaviest file you have and we’ll let you know if there’s a problem. If you want to get technical about it, we require a resolution of at least 100 DPI in real size. If you wanted technical details, then you probably have Photoshop installed on your computer. Open your image in Photoshop. Under “Image”, select “Image Size”. Change the resolution to 100 pixels per inch. Make sure “Resample Image” is UNCHECKED. If either the Width or Height exceeds 38 inches, you’re all good! If it’s between 20 and 38 inches, our designers will be limited in their design options as they won’t be able to zoom in on details they like. But not to worry, we should still be OK. If it’s less than 20 inches, then no, the image isn’t good enough. Sorry.
Q: I’m not sure I want to sell the products myself… Is there any other option?
A: If you’re not sure you have a market for this, you can ask your friends, family and fans what they think by using our Social Tester. If you have no intention of selling anything yourself but would love for the opportunity to see your art on fashion goods in exchange for royalties, click here for our Representation Program. All you have to do is send your artworks and we’ll send you royalties for every product that leaves our office with your name on it. However, you should know that you make 10 to 12 times less revenue on a dress WE sell than on a dress YOU sell.
Q: What’s the next step?
A: You can send us your artwork info here and we’ll get back to you with more information (and some designs!).
Q: Can you produce a sample for me?
A: You’ll see product images (called “mockups”) before you can order. You can also order a sample if you’d like but there’s a surcharge for that ($10). Of all the artists who’ve ordered from us in the past, not a single one has ever asked for a sample after having seen and touched the goods. Which means our images are pretty darn accurate! But yes, you can order a sample.
Q: Where are the products manufactured?
A: Everything we do is produce in Montreal.