How To Choose Clothing Manufacturer
Updated: Jun 29
When choosing a clothing manufacturer, you must be clear on the outcomes and results you want to get for you and your business.
You heard that right!
A clothing manufacturer is not only good for your business, but it is also good for YOU as it takes the pressure off your back by taking complete responsibility for your production process, starting from sourcing fabrics all the way to delivering your stock to your doorstep.
The problem is that most clothing manufacturers give the same promises such as high-quality products, fast delivery, excellent English communication, etc.
So, how to make sure that you're choosing the right clothing manufacturer?
Well, today is your lucky day as you're about to learn seven tips to choose the clothing manufacturer you truly desire.
1.Choose a clothing manufacturer with no less than 7 years of experience.
Most people make a huge mistake by working with a clothing factory without ensuring that this specific factory has been in the market for a long time.
So how to make sure that this clothing manufacturer has many years of experience? Simply by asking them to share their business license with you or show you any proof.
You can also do it by asking what brands they work with and Google, these brands and business sites, to see how long they have been in the market.
2.Low MOQ (Minimum order quantity)
It's so important to work with a clothing manufacturer that can offer Low minimum order quantity.
For example, If you choose Powersweet Clothing Manufacturer, you will enjoy the freedom to place an order for as low as 50 pieces.
With lower quantities, you can have a great opportunity to test your market and see whether your styles are selling well or not.
Then, you will be clear on which styles to continue producing and which to cancel.
Sounds great, right?
3.Make sure the clothing manufacturer is specializing in your desired styles or niche
One of the biggest mistakes most clothing business owners make is working with a clothing manufacturer without checking whether they specialize in their specific niche.
For example: If you want to produce prom dresses and this factory is producing kids clothes, sportswear, swimsuits, etc.
Now, the question is how to make sure that a garment manufacturing company specializes in your desired styles, niche, or category?
You can ask for examples/photos of the previous styles they made, and you can also ask what brands they work with.
This way, you can be clear on whether a clothing factory is the best for your business or not.
4.Production should not take more than 2 weeks
When production takes no more than 2 weeks, it is critically important to keep costs low and to adapt to sales demand without stockpiling products in advance.
It seems that clothing business owners have been programmed to believe that production lead time normally takes 3 to 4 weeks.
Actually, that's what clothing factories want you to believe.
Top Secret: Clothing factories delay the production time and extend it for up to 4 weeks so that they can have the chance to get more orders and make more money.
So, when you choose a clothing manufacturer, make sure that production doesn't take more than 2 weeks (14 days)
At Powersweet, production takes 5 -10 days depends on your desired quantity.
Which is unbelievable, isn't it?
5.Go FaceTime with Clothing factories and ask them to take you behind the scene
Going FaceTime with a clothing manufacturer is one of the best ways to support your decision to work with a clothing factory, especially overseas.
Ask them to take you around the factory and show their professional departments such as sample room, quality control & packaging room, production in action, etc.
Don't get tricked by smiling faces and greetings that have nothing to do with your business.
So, remember that the goal of going FaceTime is to ensure that this factory exists in the first place and is the exact one you want to work with.
6.Get one sample made and sent to you before going any further
When you get one sample made and can touch it and feel the quality yourself, you can then be confident and decide whether to continue working with a garment manufacturer or not.
Most people, especially startups, make a huge mistake by giving many styles to a clothing factory to sample, which may take up to 2 months.
Unfortunately, when this happens, they fail before they even begin, and that's because they waste a great amount of time and money to sample styles they are not even sure they can sell.
One sample will take 3-5 days maximum and then get sent to you. Way better and faster, right?
You can get one sample done on the very same day at Powersweet.
7.Ask the clothing factory for an official Bank account
Before you place your first order, make sure that the transaction you're making is to the factory's official bank account because if they don't have an official bank account, then it's..........Yeah
You got the point.
Don't use PayPal for order payments, but you can better use it to pay the samples' fees.
Last but not least, You better work with a clothing factory that uses WhatsApp group to share your production process with you by sharing fabrics photos & Videos, PPS (pre-production sample) videos, detailed photos, etc.
Which of these tips do you like most? Let us know in the comment section below.