The success of your clothing line largely depends whether you choose the right clothing manufacturer or not. The role of clothing manufacturer is very important. But whether you search online or pick them from any directory, you will find a dhobi list of clothing manufacturer and choosing the right one is not a fun! Here, you will find some useful parameters on which you can find the fitment.
Is finding a clothing manufacturer easy?
Yes. Very easy! Country like China, India, Bangladesh etc are full of clothing manufacturers and every manufacturer claims to be good for you. In such a scenario where you have plenty of option then how will you choose the right clothing manufacturer.
Let us simplify this. All you need to check few basic things and once you have positive answer then your search is over.
TAT (Turn Around Time) / Lead-time
Every clothing manufacturer has different lead-time for sampling or production. The general opinion is - shorter is better! But this is absolutely wrong opinion. Never judge a manufacturer based on lead-time. The one who remains transparent and says actual time is much better than the other who initially commits shorter lead-time and after taking the order delivers in delay.
Hence the best is that, you should be having your own understanding.
Hint : Please note, 2 to 3 weeks of time is good for sampling and 6 to 8 weeks of time is good for production. Now you have a standard timeline. You can start making a decision.
Minimums / MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity)
Minimums are decided on two basics - One is factory minimum and another is design.
No matter whether a private label apparel manufacturer produces 25 pcs of garment or 2500000 pcs of garments - the process remains same. Now it's upto the clothing manufacturer how much minimum they prefer for their garment factory.
Secondly, there are certain styles which can not be manufactured in lower quantity. For example, if your style requires screen printing then your private label clothing manufacturer can not do anything. That minimum has to be followed because in less that 100 meters fabric, screen printing is not recommended. Can be done, but printers do not do because of several reasons.
Hence again, do not judge based on minimums you come to know. Please do check whether its factory specific or style specific.
Hint : A1ClothingFactory.com (an unit of Billoomi Fashion Pvt. Ltd.) accepts as low as 25 pcs per style if your style is in single solid color. If your style require custom screen printing then 100 per per style is the minimum.
Business Ethics / Certification
Company Review / Reference
Going with a private label manufacturer can be a little risky, mainly at the initial stages and you need to be cautious about who you select.