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Colette Patterns around the world

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This one’s for all the other data visualization nerds. I know you’re out there.

I wanted to share these cool map visualizations Kenn made recently.

This first one above shows places in the world that we’ve shipped patterns to. The blue-green countries are places that we’ve shipped patterns to for direct customers, like you guys. The pink countries are places where we ALSO have shops that carry our patterns.

Here’s a list of them, all 66 countries on 6 continents. The countries with the asterisk are the places that also have shops with our patterns. I find it so exciting to look at this.

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia *
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium *
  • Benin
  • Brazil
  • Canada *
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France *
  • Germany *
  • Greece
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland *
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands *
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand *
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Singapore *
  • South Africa *
  • South Korea
  • Spain *
  • Sweden *
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan *
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom *
  • United States *
  • Vietnam

Kenn also wanted to make a map to show states we’ve shipped patterns to within the US. But since we’ve shipped to all 50 states, it would be a pretty boring map.

So he created this one instead, which shows the number of patterns sold in each state, with darker colors indicating more customers.

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I was a little sad at first that Oregon is so light, but then I remembered that not many people live here compared to California or New York, so it’s ok… I guess.

If you know of any shops interested in carrying our patterns, send them over to our wholesale application. We’re happy to add more to the growing family.

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On , Diane @ Vintage Zest said: | vintagezest.blogspot.com

How exciting! I am also an infographic nerd. :)

And I can see that I’m in good company in California with fellow Colette pattern buyers!

On , LucyL said:

I like this! It’s very fun to read this =)

On , blacklabel said: | blacklabelblog.wordpress.com

this is cool! im also an info geek for stuff like this :)

On , Kathleenr said: | birdworthy.wordpress.com

Nice!

Regarding the US map, perhaps you can relate it to to a per capita number…. like the number of customers per 1000 women. Then it might put your numbers in a more realistic frame for comparison of popularity across states.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Kenn says he considered it, but was too lazy. I’ll work on him, because I’d love to see that too.

On , Marcy said: | marcymakes.blogspot.com

I’d also love to see it, as an Oregonian I wonder if we’re representing – maybe he could just do it for the west coast?

On , Carla said:

Ohhhh wonderful!!!! You have to see a way to translate your patterns in spanish and you can hit more countries in America….. I can’t hardly wait to see Peru in pink!!!!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I’d love to offer translations! It’s one of those things we really want to do, but has been on the back burner a little while since it’ll take some work. But we’ve always had so many international customers that it really makes sense.

On , Maggie said: | stitch-n-thyme.blogspot.com

I love this! Congrats on 66 countries! That is awesome!

On , Jo @ a life in lists said: | lifeinlists.typepad.com

You need a US one as a percentage of state population, then you’ll get an accurate ‘darkness’!

On , Mazz said:

this is really cool! but do you have a list of the shops that stock your patterns – I had a quick look at the site but I couldn’t see it. I’m particularly interested in Irish stockists if I’m honest – thanks.

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Sorry you had trouble finding it (it’s the “stockists” link in the sidebar of the shop):

http://www.colettepatterns.com/stockists

It’s not totally up to date, but has most of them. One thing is that some shops in the US buy through a distributor, so we don’t get to see their info or put it on our site, unfortunately.

On , Tessa said: | misstessamelissa.com

Maybe I’ll put in a word today at my sewing center. :)

On , Becky said: | sew-and-so.blogspot.com

I’m actually really surprised that my state was one of the darker ones–I’ve bought a couple myself, but I didn’t think there were that many people that sewed clothes in Delaware!

On , Crystal said:

This must make you so proud! Yay for you and your fantastic patterns!!!

On , MadeByMeg said: | megmadethis.blogspot.com

I am a data visualization nerd! I think what’s cool about these maps is it’s also indicative of what places in the US have more sewists (especially if you do percentages), and what (mostly English-speaking) countries have women with the opportunity to sew. So cool!

On , Francesca said:

Nice charts!
No shops, but clients in Malta:)… I’ve bought from you direct and also from sewbox, and my only sewing friend has bought your patterns from Sewbox:)

On , Angela said: | angelab.me

Yes, I’m a data viz nerd! Kenn did a great job. I love finding meaning in data, and these are great :)

On , Teresa said:

ALABAMA – represent!!!!
:)

On , PoldaPop said: | poldapop.blogspot.com

Hey! I’m glad to see some dark areas around Chicago. Maybe we can get a stop on your next tour????

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

I would love to! I’ve never been to Chicago and have always wanted to go. And Kenn was born in Illinois too!

On , Krista said:

I guess I was unaware of my data visualization nerdiness! This makes me so happy! 66 countries loving garment sewing and Colette Patterns in particular! What a triumph for you and for sewing as a whole!

Agree that a US map by population would be very interesting. :)

On , Tilly said: | tillyandthebuttons.com

Wow, that’s amazing! What a lovely thing to do to see how far you’re spreading your lovely patterns. x

On , Lynn said:

Since I have almost every pattern released, I am going to claim Michigan as my doing, lol!

On , Anna B said:

California loves you, Sarai!

On , Agneta said: | mrsbaoblog.blogspot.com

This looks great! And the Taiwanese people thank you for recognizing Taiwan as it’s own country. *s*

On , Heather said:

I’m an American living in Beijing and I was very happy to see China in blue-green! I usually pick up patterns when I am on holiday in the US or Europe as the local postal system isn’t all that reliable. While I have access to a wonderful wholesale fabric market, patterns are difficult to find. I’m going to have to seek out your patterns in Taiwan on my next visit there!

On , Sarah said:

Hi! I see South Africa as one of the countries where yu are stocked, but didn’t see a listing in your stockist list. Where in SA can I buy Colette off the shelf? Yay from very excited data nerd!

On , Sarai said: | colettepatterns.com

Sarah, Kenn looked into it and says he thinks that retailer might have closed up shop? Hopefully a new one will take its place. You should pass our info along to any shops in your area that you think might be interested!

On , Anja said:

You can add another country to your list: I have a few of your patterns and I live in Slovenia (between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia). A friend of mine bought them for me in the States, however, because it was simpler than ordering, so it’s true they weren’t shipped directly :)

On , Sarah said:

Hi there, I’ve been reading your back-posts on your blog (I’m addicted) & I just wanted to say that I absolutely love your work:) and… I’m happy to say we get your beautiful patterns all the way over here in dublin, Ireland!!!
Thank you!!!
:)

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