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 whatever piece of clothing. That’s why you should stick with custom clothing manufacturers with a database of different types of t-shirts, hoodies, activewear, streetwear and more are the way to go.
Make samples from tech packs
Custom clothing manufacturers are textile professionals that make different clothes all the time. They seldom 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.
What is a tech pack?
A tech pack is a document that contains technical information about the garment you want custom clothing manufacturers 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 a tech pack. 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 suppliers. 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 clothing manufacturers 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, we can offer various sizing options. 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 your samples
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 are an existing brand that is switching manufacturers. You might want to cut the distance between the factory and your customers to save on CO2.
- You’re a startup that wants your product to be similar to one already existing in the market.
In the first case, when you send a template garment to your new custom clothing manufacturers, they’ve got something tangible for inspiration. 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 your supply chain. 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 several topics regarding the textile industry.
Sustainability must be one of them.
For instance, they should advise on what fabrics are more sustainable than others and why? What is an alternative to traditional dyeing? What natural fabrics have excellent moisture-wicking abilities? If you’re looking to start a sports clothes brand, look into our blog post with tips on starting an ethical sportswear brand.
Great choice of fabrics – another custom clothing manufacturers’ must-have
Ideally, such a supplier would be able to make fabrics independently and, as a result, offer a better choice. It significantly speeds up the fabric-sourcing process and leaves room for sudden reorders. It’s not the end of the world if they don’t but it’s a much safer option, especially during a pandemic.
Also, a clothing manufacturer that makes fabrics will know the textile industry much better and can offer better advice.
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 fabric options.
Apparel manufacturers shouldn’t play hide-and-seek with you
In other words, they must be glad to let you visit their factories. If they seem awkward about it, require an unreasonable prior notice or just flat-out refuse visits, avoid them. They are obviously 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. Now you can even go on a virtual tour through the facilities in Oraovica.
Set your design creativity free with sublimation printing
Sublimation printing is the best printing technique when you want to transfer creative design ideas from screen to fabric. That’s because regardless of the surface covered by design, the breathability of the garment won’t slump. Learn more about this process on our sublimation clothing page.
Now that you know what sets custom clothing manufacturers from the rest, you should know whether or not that manufacturing model is for you. One thing is for sure, such suppliers would definitely help you stand out from the crowd and sell your collections faster.
With all that in mind, nothing left for you but to write that enquiry now and make it the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
How much does it cost to have a manufacturer make your clothes?
How do I approach a manufacturer?
The best approach would be to:
- Make sure to communicate all critical details via email only, so there’s traceability to your communication – you’ll both need that.
- Visit their website and learn about them as much as possible to avoid asking questions that are already answered.
- Give them as many details about your product idea as possible, most of which you should present in a detailed tech pack.
Must-haves in a tech pack:
- Technical drawing with comments about specifics pointing to specific parts of the garment
- A brief garment description (e.g., Organic cotton oversized t-shirt)
- Colourways (preferably PANTONE®)
- Trimmings (metal zippers, eyelets, drawstrings, etc)
- Finishing and stitching instructions
- Additional manufacturing notes (e.g., where to sew care labels)
- Detailed dimensions (for each part in each size)
- Fabric details (note, yield, associated trims, size, colour, quantity)
- If you already have samples, photos of the actual product(s)