Clothing can be produced in various places. A local printing company from around the corner or a specialized clothing company are just two of the many options. When choosing your manufacturer there are a few things you really need to keep into account.
First of all, quality should be your main concern. As a new brand, you can’t afford to sell low quality products. You can only sell a customer a bad product once.
Secondly, once your brand becomes bigger, your supplier should be able to keep up with your increasing demand. You will be forced to change suppliers when they can’t. Which implies that you are going to have to go through the entire set-up process with your new supplier. Which will cost you a lot of time and money.
Respecting delivery dates is a third and equally important point. If you base your launch campaign dates on your delivery dates, then you better hope the clothing will make it in time. There can always be a small delay. But get yourself a supplier that can deliver on the agreed upon date or close to it. Not weeks or months later. Trust me, I’ve been there.
Industry knowledge. Something which a lot of suppliers lack. Making the actual clothes is one thing. But making sure a size medium is an actual size medium is something else. A lot of suppliers struggle with this. So make sure you test their knowledge on sizing for different pieces of clothing before you place any kind of order.
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