So here are the steps I would suggest you go through, if you are looking to start your own fashion company, and need to find production. Specialist products (lingerie, footwear, high tech clothing) are usually only produced properly in a handful of places. If you are going to be making t-shirts and you want them to sell in stores for (which means you have to sell them to stores for -), then you’ll have to be looking overseas (most likely to Asia) for production.
Ahmet Kaya - Kalsin Benim Davam & Divana Kalsin - 01 - Geldim.mp3 31. Asli Han - 04 - Acmiyor Bahcemde Kirmizi Gller.mp3 108. You don’t want them to make you a sample collection, only to find out their production is booked solid for four months. This is a great way for you to check their quality and construction, and this also gives them the opportunity to properly price the item. If the sample is good, and you want to go ahead and work with this factory, you’ll need to negotiate (or at least agree on) prices and terms. Place an order, and make sure to regularly follow up with the factory.If there are any changes needed to the sample, get them to produce another one. Note that you’ll have very little negotiating power at the beginning, which is normal, but make sure that in future you will be able to get the prices and terms you need. This is the most difficult part of having your own collection! They often need hand holding, so check in once a week or so, and make sure they are on schedule.I have tried to do this before (with another company), it was a disaster. For example, with footwear, the big manufacturing countries would be China, Italy, Spain, or a few places in South America.
You usually can’t guess how much it will cost in production, and you must have accurate production prices to properly calculate your wholesale or retail prices. You won’t get high quality shoes made in Canada, so don’t expect to produce there.If you are making delicate bias-cut chiffon dresses, you need to make sure that you can find a factory who will be able to make them as nicely as you can make them in your studio.Secondly, you cannot cost a garment without knowing how much it will cost in production.Many people tend to think China=cheap, but with their long lead times and expensive shipping (unless you are doing it by sea) it can sometimes make sense to produce closer to home. They should be able to get back to you about this quite quickly, usually a manufacturer knows straight away whether it will be something they can make or not. Give them a rough estimate of your collection and production schedule.You may not know quantities just yet, but come up with some estimates, and see if they can squeeze you in. Once you’ve confirmed the calendar, you can send them a pattern, fabric (unless they are sourcing it), and a sample (if you have one) and they can make you a first prototype. Once you have some orders, or if you are selling the product yourself, you are good to go!I often get emails from people wishing to start their own companies and asking that I help them find a manufacturer.