MOQ under 500 pieces
It is possible to get an MOQ as low as 20 pieces per design. But in order to warrant such a low MOQ, there are a couple of boxes that need to be checked.
- ✅ Sublimation printing must be the printing technique
- ✅ Fabric must be white polyester
- ✅ The pattern should be the same for each design (the image below shows what a pattern is)
- ✅ For short-term cooperation, the total order should be approx. 1000 pieces (regardless of design and/or colour); for long-term cooperation, we can find an arrangement via email correspondence.
Before we delve deeper into each of these points, keep in mind that we only work with registered companies that have valid VAT and EORI numbers.
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Dye-sublimation printing is a must
Dye sublimation saves time because it allows us to make all design alterations digitally. Colours, positions, everything. And everything is visible on-screen before the garment is made.
Regardless of the design, the fabric for sublimation must be white. That way, further savings are made in both time and dyeing costs. Also, there’s no such thing as white dye-sublimation ink so if your design has white colour in it, white fabric is the only way to achieve it. Learn more about sublimation printing on the sublimation clothing page.
Fabric must be white polyester
This is another condition for dye sublimation to work properly. Polyester is the only fabric that can go through this process successfully. Natural fabrics and polyamide don’t retain the colour properly, while for nylon it takes a lot of trial and error to find the perfect temperature for sublimation. If you want to be a bit more sustainable, you can use recycled polyester fabrics instead of virgin ones.
The colour must be white for both price reasons and the fact that in dye-sublimation, white colour has to come from the fabric.
The pattern should be the same for each design
In other words, the clothing must have the same shape in order for this low MOQ to work for both of us. And the reason behind this is cost-effectiveness. One pattern can be pre-cut and stored in one go. It is essential that most of the manufacturing gets done in one go. That’s the only way we can save time, energy, and materials and for you to get a lower MOQ for your designs.
The total order must be approx. thousand pieces (short-term cooperation)
This is because we must start the entire manufacturing process for every order. And to make it cost-effective, a certain volume of production is necessary. But not only that. With each smaller order, we risk delaying work for our regular clients. In order to justify that risk, a total order of 1000 pieces is sort of our fail-safe.
As we said, for long-term cooperation with low MOQ, it’s best to get in touch by email to sort out the details. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get the ball rolling.
Essential precondition – clear communication
You as a client must be absolutely sure about what your clothing should look like. This 15-piece-per-design deal depends on having the whole manufacturing process fully streamlined, and that doesn’t happen if you want to make a change mid-production. This is especially important in the design application stage.
Clear communication is king here and if we achieve that right off the bat, there should be no hiccups in the production stage ever.
MOQ over 500 pieces?
This is also a reality. For instance, if you were to order face masks from us, the MOQ would change from 500 to 1500. And that’s expected because the amount of fabric that goes into making a face mask differs significantly from that of a t-shirt.
MOQ for kidswear and babywear is 250.
As you could see, the only easy answer to any question regarding changes to our regular MOQ could be “It depends”. We hope we’ve managed to demystify the reasoning behind that most annoying answer to a question. Basically, it all comes down to saving time. Only if we manage to save time, we’ll be able to meet you halfway.