Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

What type of fabric? – That is the question Many fabric mills carry stock with no minimum orders.  Select from reputable fabric mills and get to know them. Strike up a good rapport with the sales team.  To identify these mills, go to textile fairs. The biggest textile fair in the world takes place in… Continue reading Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

From paper to reality There are specialist designers who will create tech packs for you.  Some will also create a 3D mock-up of what your design will look like – this can be very useful for the sampling process, but not necessary.  These can be quite detailed and can cost between £50-£150 per tech pack.… Continue reading Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

I’ve started – what do I need to be aware of? We’ve already noted that funding is vital. As a new business every penny counts so beware of the small print and promises. I’ve listed a few things to be aware of here. Factory managers promising unrealistic deadlines.  A small collection will take at least… Continue reading Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

Pattern Cutting for Startups. Many highly skilled pattern cutters are trained to work from a pencil sketch. Some can even work from a photograph and a written description, so if you’re only going to produce a few pieces, a detailed tech pack isn’t always necessary.  A shorter version of the Tech Pack is a ‘spec’… Continue reading Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.

I’ve Had an Idea! Starting a fashion business is not just about the idea. There’s lots to think about and it all starts with funding. Starting a fashion label can be expensive, so be realistic about the initial costs of setting up. UK minimum quantity production comes at a price.  Most garment factories in the… Continue reading Clothing Manufacture in the UK for Small Business and Startups.