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  • Manufacturing a new clothing line. Any experts in textiles here? Would appreciate some advice!

     Deborah updated 2 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Deborah

    December 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I’m in the process of putting together a new clothing brand, specifically one that deals in mens and womens intimate clothing (underwear primarily).

    I am currently working with a company local to me to get the tech packs and prototypes going (so far so good), but I’m hoping to get some insight into how to locate a trust-worthy factory partner overseas (Turkey or Vietnam), specifically one that can source the more unique eco-fibers that I’ve chosen.

    Also, what the best strategy is to negotiate the possible prices. As well some general insight: quality control, testing, what to watch out for, some terms I’m struggling to understand, best practices, etc.

    I already run a fairly successful online product business, so I have a lot of flexibility with MOQ and can afford to take some risks.

    I’m essentially looking for a very competent and experienced person I can bounce questions off of. Happy to pay for the help as well.

    Feel free to PM me if you’re interested, or share insight within this thread. Thanks a lot!

  • QuirkyAioli

    December 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Happy to lend an ear.

    1. Find a relationship based sourcing agent/company for Asia. They will help you find a good factory and find other good factories.
    2. Only work with name brand mills for your eco friendly fabrics.
    3. Negotiating prices: request full BOM (very important). See the cost to make it + fcty markup. Negotiate their markup down from there. Volume discounts don’t really exist in textile manufacturing.
    4. QC: make sure that your production matches your golden sample. If it doesn’t, then you have a problem. You want to find a good factory that has QA, QC walking the line, and QC at the end of the line. 5mm tolerance is industry standard, don’t let anybody tell you that it’s more.
    5. Watch out for good factories turning into bad factories. Find where your competition is manufacturing and follow.

    Best of luck, happy to help where I can!

  • pxrage

    December 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Hey I’m interested in what you find out as well.

    I’m working on a project to help brands find sustainable sourcing partners. Let me know if you’d willing to share your learnings with me

  • ClothingManufacture

    December 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm


    I am in textile Clothing industry from last 20 years
    I have been practically gone through the fabrication , pattern , cut n sew , embellishments

    Pls pm and discuss with me any detail , industrial insight and understanding of process you want or need to learn

    Whatever I have gained I am ready to share whoever have need / urge

  • countsh

    December 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I have a contact in Egypt I could hook you up with if you’re interested. He’s in the garment business.

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