You as a clothing brand, agency, sourcing/buying agent should rely on custom clothing manufacturers to do the following:
Make Garments from Scratch
You are probably looking for a custom clothing manufacturer precisely because you don’t want to buy ready-made garments from a wholesaler. You probably need more customization than just slapping your logo on top whatever piece of clothing. That’s why custom clothing manufacturers that have their own database of different types of t-shirts, hoodies, activewear,
streetwear and more are the way to go.
Get Sample Garments Made from Tech Packs
Custom clothing manufacturers are textile professionals that make different clothes all the time. They almost never rely on an established template or pattern.
However, they would often require a tech pack or other detailed instructions before they could make and send you a sample they can be proud of.
What Is a Tech Pack?
A tech pack is a document that contains technical information about the garment you want a custom clothing manufacturer to make for you. Here’s what you can include in it:
- Technical drawings showing front, back, and important details
- Fabrics and components (buttons, zippers, etc)
- Labelling expectations
- Packaging expectations
- Delivery date expectations
The image below is the most basic depiction of what a tech pack looks like. Because all of our clients’ more detailed tech packs are under NDA, here are two tech pack examples from Techpacks.co (pdf files):
Ideally, you should send one to your potential production partners. But not having one shouldn’t stop you from reaching out to them. Sending an image of an existing garment you believe represents what you want yours to look like also helps.
If you’re uncertain about sizing, the manufacturer should be able to offer you one or more sizing solutions. Especially if you have a more specific target audience.
As we have been in the business since 2005, there are a couple of sizing options we can offer. Also, the vast majority of our products so far were custom apparel.
So send us an email and let’s see how can we cooperate.
Custom Clothing Manufacturers Should Recreate Sample Garments You Send Them
This is a standard practice in the industry. Here are a couple of scenarios when you’d want the garment factories to work off of samples:
- You’re an established brand and you’re switching manufacturers. Maybe because you want to have apparel factories that work for your brand closer to your markets. You know, to reduce carbon footprint and all.
- You’re a startup and you want your product to be similar to an already existing one from another brand.
In the first case, when you send a template garment to your new custom clothing manufacturer, they’ve got something tangible to draw inspiration from. That will make for an earlier mass production date, as you’re more likely to approve their first sample.
In the second case, you take a lot of guesswork out of the equation because there’s an actual product with sizes, shapes, fabrics, and details waiting to be recreated. This will enable much smoother communication between you and the manufacturer. What better start to a professional relationship?
Custom Clothing Manufacturers as Advisors
Professionals that run an operation that can make customized products should be able to offer advice on a number of topics regarding the textile industry.
Sustainability must be one of them.
For instance, what fabrics are more sustainable than others and why? What is an alternative to traditional dyeing? What natural fabrics have excellent moisture-wicking abilities? These are some of the questions your potential production partners should answer easily.
Great Choice of Fabrics – Another Custom Clothing Manufacturers’ Must-Have
Ideally, this type of clothing line suppliers would be able to make fabrics on their own and as a result, offer a better choice. It’s just much easier when they only rely on themselves to get you the materials you need.
It’s not the end of the world if they don’t but it’s a much safer option, especially during a pandemic.
Also, if they can make fabrics on their own, their involvement in the industry is deeper. Which makes them more trustworthy. So there’s one more reason to work with FUSH.
Yes, we manufacture fabrics! Organic cotton, bamboo, recycled polyester and more. Our knitting machines can make the following textures: single jersey, interlock, rib, milano rib, 2-thread fleece, ottoman, bird’s eye, french terry and many of their variations.
Fill out a super-short contact form to learn more about our fabrics options.
Apparel Manufacturers Shouldn’t Play Hide-And-Seek with You
Meaning they must be glad to let you visit their factories. If they’re weird about it, if they require unreasonable prior notice or just flat-out refuse to let you visit them, don’t work with them. They’re running a dodgy business and can only tarnish your reputation.
We at FUSH˚ have always allowed visits to our factories. In fact, we went a step further and made the whole deal more comfortable. How – you ask? Well, we’ve built 4 apartments on factory grounds in Oraovica so that you can be fully immersed in the garment manufacturing experience. You’d even be able to have lunch with our employees in the factory canteen.
Customization Facilitation with Sublimation Printing
Sublimation printing is the best printing technique when it comes to transferring creative design ideas from screen to fabric. Especially for sportswear, activewear, gym wear, and the like. That’s because regardless of the surface covered by the deesign, the breathability of the garment won’t be compromised. Learn more about this process on our sublimation clothing page.
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