It is a common mistake to be excited about the design idea and to start sample products before having a price quotation from a garment manufacturer, only to realise upon completion of samples that the price for bulk production is completely unfeasible. In fact, it is common that a clothing factory is not able to calculate the cost of garments without physically making the garments first.
…Therefore, we have over the years created a system that makes it realistic and efficient to request a price quotation from garment manufacturers without physically making samples, which saves cost, time and wastage in sampling!
Once you have a garments price quotation, you have the opportunity to make vital design decisions before you invest time and money in the sampling process. in the sampling process. If the production cost for your design idea can’t meet your budget, you can go back to the drawing board.
There are many ways to alter the cost and perceived value of a garment. Once you have a reliable quotation, you can tweak your design, fabrics, trims, number of colourways, styles, sizes, total order quantity or you can shop around with various garment manufactures for quotations.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO REQUEST A PRICE QUOTATION FROM GARMENT MANUFACTURERS
- Reference sample for each style.
- Tech pack for each style.
- Intended PO (purchase order) sheet.
* Explanations and requirements for each are listed below.
1. REFERENCE SAMPLE
A reference sample is a garment that is similar in size and shape to the garment you are wanting to create. It is not used to replicate the garment you have, but to guide your fashion designer on spec measurements, shape and fabric feel.
If you don’t have a reference sample, that is ok, but it just means that you might run into more sample rounds than if you had one. Without reference samples, the fashion designer will need to guess more on measurements and the tech packs might not reflect the correct specs and shapes as accurately, resulting in a more time-consuming process and wastage of materials. Finding a reference sample is part of the research and development phase of the design process.
2. TECH PACKS
A quality tech pack consists of precise digital CAD drawings, spec measurements, sizing, fabrication, colours, print specifications, labelling, branding placements and maker instructions that must to be explained in a clear yet simple way for any manufacturer speaking any language to easily understand. A reference sample is helpful for the fashion designer to estimate spec measurements.
You also need to specify what size to make your samples in, which should be the size you will use for your fitting – model and photoshoot. Note: Grading of sizes is only created after you have approved your final approved Proto or SMS sample. Read more about: sample types, cost and lead times.
A tech pack means you are keeping record of your designs – it’s your proof of purchase. Tech Packs are updated throughout the sampling process, any change in design is to be reflected in the updated tech pack for the next round of sampling. If you run into problems during the sampling or bulk production process, you can always revert back to your Tech Pack to assess where the issue has come from.
If the instructions are not clear, the physical sampling process can be quite tedious, expensive and not very eco-friendly. This often results in a frustrated and strained relationship with your manufacturer and it’s just not a sustainable way to move forward with your brand.
The more precise and detailed the information provided, the more accurate the quotation will be. Your tech pack also acts as your proof of purchase containing all the details about the product you ordered for both sample and bulk production processes. At Visionise we have fine-tuned our Tech Pack format over the years, and it has proven to make life easier for both our clients, designers and manufacturers.
By investing in tech packs you are avoiding costly and time-consuming setbacks in sampling. The tech packs price depends on the complexity of the garment and time spent.
Tech pack services are generally ranging from $280 to $490 per style. We will provide a quote based on your design handover. If you do not have a design handover or know how to make it including all the required information needed in order for the fashion designer to accurately interpret your design idea and provide a quote followed by the final tech pack sheet, then we can prove the template for you. You can request both a tech pack quote and free fashion design templates that will prompt you to specify all the information we need.
HOW MUCH DO TECH PACKS COST?
The tech pack price depends on the complexity of the garment and time spent. Tech pack services are generally ranging from $280 to $490 per style. We will provide a quote based on your design handover.
If you do not have a design handover or know how to make it including all the required information needed in order for the fashion designer to accurately interpret your design idea. and provide a quote followed by the final tech pack sheet, then we can prove the template for you.
3. INTENDED PO (Purchase Order)
A Purchase Order (PO) is a commercial document and first official offer issued by a buyer to a seller, indicating types, quantities, and agreed prices for products. As prices are not yet known when requesting a quotation, an Intended PO is needed to indicate to the manufacturer the QTY (quantities)by style specifying for each: fabrics, colour-ways and sizes.
The quantities ordered (by style and colour) generally make a fairly large difference in price, this is mostly because:
- MOQ’S (minimum order quantities) from fabric suppliers. If your order don’t meet the MOQ, there will usually be up-charges to split the material.
- The process of production is more efficient when making multiples of the same style using the same material as opposed to changing style and fabrics because the process of changing machine set up and fabrics can be time-consuming.
- The development and sampling process is costly and time-consuming for the manufacturer, they rely on bulk orders to compensate it, so the larger the order, the more profitable for them, hence the prices and can be reduced.
These are questions you want to ask when sourcing garment manufacturers and requesting a quotation:
✔️ Is there a MOQ per style order?
✔️ Is there a MOQ per colour?
✔️ Is there a MOQ per size?
HOW TO GET STARTED
We are here to assist with as much as you need us to, and to make it a bit easier than if you were to try and figure it all out on your own.
If you need a helping hand before creating your Design Handover or you would like to discuss options around fabric & trim’s, MOQ’s, designing to a budget, market viability and production feasibility, then jump on a video or in-house meeting with one of our Senior Designers via the button below and let’s go over how everything works and bring your design dreams to life!