It’s a Team Effort: Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Target Team Members Delivered All in Motion

February 7, 2020 - Article reads in
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Meet the team behind All in Motion

Go behind the scenes with team members who brought Target's new brand, All in Motion, to life.

Target’s latest owned brand has arrived in stores and online—and guests have been actively adding All in Motion to their everyday routines and sharing the love. (In fact, All in Motion activewear has an average rating of 4.5 stars—5 stars is top-rated—on Target.com.) But it’s not just the style and affordability impressing guests, it’s the fit and feel of All in Motion, too. Both were high priorities for Target team members from Minneapolis to Hong Kong who worked over a year to deliver must-haves that are made for every move and priced for every day. 

How exactly did our in-house design and sourcing teams work together to bring All in Motion to life, you may ask? Read on for highlights from eight Target team members in their own words—starting with a front row seat to the Tarzhay magic in our behind-the-scenes video above.

We know Target guests were priority number one when our teams started working on All in Motion, but we’re curious: How was that different for this brand? And how did it play out in our research? 

“The guest was at the center and the heart of the brand from the very beginning. I am proud that we talked to over 15,000 people across the United States—in every single state. We also did 45 workout classes alongside our guests. The main thing we learned about was their fitness journey. That everyone's at a different point in their life, and that changes throughout time.” —Janelle Purcell, Director of Production Design, based in Minneapolis

“One interesting thing we did: We actually visited guests' homes and they shared what was in their closets with us. They pulled out their favorite and least favorite pieces, and we asked questions like, Why do they have both of those items in their closet? What did that favorite item do for them? We learned so much along that route, and we wanted to incorporate that into All in Motion.” —Wayne Laberda, Senior Product Designer, based in Minneapolis

Okay, so we’ve heard Target team members say every item engineered went back to the guest. What type of work went in to the developing the fit of All in Motion products, like leggings for example?

“We had an opportunity to better meet guests’ needs—and a clear need in the industry—by designing a legging that is a perfect fit for curvier figures. Guests shared that their leggings would often slide down in the back and it discouraged them from working out—an awful feeling. So we developed a style that is designed to hug curves in all the right places, so they feel great in it and go to the gym feeling confident.” —Anna Eldridge, Senior Technical Designer, based in Minneapolis

“The material we use is technically very similar to other premium activewear brands and quite soft. We’ve been happy to see positive guest feedback on Target.com, with many guests saying they’re impressed by the soft feel, the right amount of stretch.” —Seaward Ho, Senior Raw Materials Manager, based in Hong Kong

Speaking of materials, what can the team share about sustainability here? How did it guide your work and how important was it?

“For our team, the most excitement came from the sustainability initiatives. We are so proud to have had a chance to bring it to life in our work. The majority of All in Motion activewear is made with sustainably sourced materials. There’s a lot more to unlock here and we’ll continue to explore opportunities to evolve and grow our sustainable offerings.” —Seaward

The team effort is huge—across borders and time zones, with tight timelines … there was a lot riding on what you needed to deliver.  Anything else you want to share about how the Target teams worked together?  

“Wherever we are—whether we’re at Minneapolis headquarters or in our sourcing locations around the world, if we all work together to put our guests front and center, we can help to bring them that Target joy.” —Jeff Nguyen, Senior Product Safety and Quality Assurance Manager, based in Vietnam

“All in Motion is a great example of how together we can achieve our goals. The greatest reward has been seeing our guests buying and falling in love with All in Motion.” —Tariful Islam, Senior Merchandiser, based in Bangladesh

Ready, get set, shop! Guests can shop All in Motion for the entire family in stores and on Target.com now. 

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