1. New Brand Must Offer the Highest Possible Quality
You must have an impeccable product to bear the 5-star rating on Trustpilot. That means you must get into the nitty-gritty of the clothing industry.
An impeccable product can be only made by really reliable clothing manufacturers. And there are a couple of factors to look into when picking the right supplier for your startup.
First of all, if your potential supplier’s main benefit is the incredibly low price, chances are that’s the only benefit.
There are more reasons for this claim.
Low Price = Low Respect and High Error Probability
First of all, such a clothing manufacturer is probably going to overburden the workforce. That way the factory owner ensures that high order numbers balance out the low price of each order. That often leads to burnout and consequently, mistakes.
And mistakes don’t amount to good ratings, especially for a brand at the start of its journey.
Regardless of how much we automatise the production, the 4th industrial revolution won’t affect the clothing industry significantly for the foreseeable future. So the human factor remains a big factor in our industry.
Therefore, the people are a very valuable “resource” when dealing with garment production and should be treated with utmost respect and care.
Fast Fashion Will Fade Away, Don’t Fade Away With It
In the scenario where quantity must make up for the low price, there’s less room for respectful and caring treatment of the garment manufacturer’s employees. Consequently, the revolving door culture easily starts growing roots. And that’s bad on so many levels.
With a product made in such circumstances, you’ll get your brand’s name connected with the infamous malpractices of our industry. That’s something that huge fast fashion brands invest a lot into diverting people’s attention from. You don’t have that luxury and most probably the budget to follow suit.
More importantly, the world’s approach to fashion is slowly but steadily steering away from mindless consumption and, therefore, will eventually mark the end of fast fashion for good.
Hop on the bandwaggon while it’s moving slowly.
2. Flexibility in Production
A brand on the rise should deliver on its promise the most in the stage of making a name for itself. And the quality product is the key promise every sensible clothing brand should deliver on. Especially in the 21st century, a growing brand should be a part of the change.
Since an apparel brand in the making could shift its product focus as its audience is growing, a clothing manufacturer working for that brand must be flexible.
Big systems are efficient but aren’t flexible. It takes a while to switch from one garment type to another. Here’s where you want to rely on a smaller clothing factory.
Smaller Factories = Bigger Flexibility
Smaller teams don’t take too long to switch between production phases. Mostly because they usually offer a lower MOQ to their clients and as such, often handle numerous smaller orders at a time. Consequently, such a workforce is comfortable working on different garment types continuously.
This is extremely important if you have a detailed tech pack you can send to your potential garment production partner.
Spirit of Togetherness in Small Teams
If you’ve ever worked in a company that started small and grew bigger throughout the years, think back of the growing phase. Wouldn’t you agree that the team spirit was very strong in that period of the company’s history?
The smaller the collective, the bigger the bond between the people within it. And that’s as true for clothing manufacturers as for any other company.
FUSH has invited a camera crew to make a short video tour showing a fraction of our services.
There are never more than 60 sewing technicians taking care of all our orders. And we still manage to make up 100k pieces of clothes/month.
Let’s say your brand did all this and started growing. Suddenly, relying on that one small quantity garment manufacturer might become a problem. Your demands have suddenly grown.
This doesn’t mean that you should give up on the idea of working with smaller teams. It means you should start looking for them in the vicinity of your target markets.
That goes perfectly well with the concept of nearshoring. That’s when you source the product from a supplier physically near you. Or your market. There’s a FUSH article on the topic of nearshoring that you might want to take a gander at.
To learn more about our clothing production abilities, the following pages will help you a great deal:
- OEM Clothing Manufacturer
- Private Label Textile Manufacturer
- CMT Garment Manufacturers
- FUSH Textile Machinery
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