Every project is different and there are many elements that can alter the cost of starting a fashion label. For a small start-up collection of about 6 styles we usually say to expect a minimum of about USD 20 000 in bulk production costs. Then a minimum of AUD 12 000 for start-up cost such as design, sampling, branding, website, marketing and anything else your brand may need in order to launch. Many of these cost will not be re-occurring with ongoing collections.
It is common to think that producing small quantities is the easiest way to reduce cost and risk, however, there is going to be a certain amount of fixed cost such as development and marketing that are there regardless of how much you produce, therefore, the smaller the QTY, the more each product will eat up your margin. In addition, when doing small bath production, the cost of your material and finished product is higher.
We want to ensure our clients don’t invest in the sample stage without a carefully planned budget, therefore we assist with pricing and budgeting through our Project Package services.
We certainly do! All we need from you to quote your product is a tech pack. If you don’t have a tech pack that is ok, we can create one for you. Visit our Design Services page to get started.
Your tech pack is the core of your product development because Manufacturers will refer to your tech pack and extract information through the entire sample and bulk production stages.
A tech pack consist of technical CAD drawings along with measurements, sizing information, labelling and packaging artworks and placements, bill of material and all maker instructions which provides the Manufactures with the information required for them to interpret your style. Based on this information, the Manufacturer can quote the garment’s cost, determine the MOQ, create the pattern, order materials, sample and produce the garment. Tech packs are also referred to in quality control, and it is also your proof of purchase along with your product sample that matches your tech pack.
The tech packs will be updated through the sample process as amendments are made until finished sample is approved to bulk production. It’s important to have high quality tech packs that are precise and easy to understand by the Manufacturer in order to reduce wasting time and costs in the development stage. If you need help with your tech packs, please visit our Design Services page.
Yes, that is fine! Please keep in mind it is important to have high quality tech packs and fit reports to avoid issues in sampling and bulk production. If you don’t have experience in offshore production, we recommended working with one of our designers to complete these steps.
If your tech packs do not include accurate and sufficient information it is more likely to then lose time and money in the sample process because incorrect product might be made.
Tech pack template can be purchased here: Shop
Unfortunately, we don’t. Manufacturers run at a loss in the sample stage with all of the back and forth of getting the sample correct. They do this in order to build the relationship with your brand and secure bulk production. If you move into sampling with the Manufacturers we connect you to, you must have bulk intention.
Lead times vary depending on the factory and the fabric availability. Once we have a better idea of your styles, we will be able to provide you with an estimate for sample + bulk lead times. On average it usually takes 4 weeks for sampling, and 45 days for bulk production.
Yes we do! We believe in transparency in the production process. As a brand you should be aware of where your product is being made and have the opportunity to go to the factory. Once you have confirmed to move into sampling (Step 2) we provide you with full factory details.