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SMALL PRODUCTION RUNS

I always advise my fashion start-up clients to begin slowly, with  small production runs. While small runs will cost more per garment than larger runs, it is the safest option for new brand owners. It is also the best way to learn before being more adventurous with larger production runs. However most factories have a minimum order quantity ( MOQ ). This may be around 100 garments, or it may be so many per size / colour.

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With the resurgence of U.K. clothing manufacturing there are far more factories that now offer small runs with no minimums to new customers. But good factories offering small runs at a reasonable price  are few and far between. Some larger factories will offer small runs, but will charge an exorbitant rate, especially if they have worked for premium brands. They can use the premium brand names to raise their prices to small start-ups, while the premium brands themselves will have the clout to beat the factory right down in price.  And then the factory will often farm then out your production to another factory. These factories may also charge a very high sampling price to deter the more flaky customer.

As the factory making price constitutes a large part of the total costs for making your garment, it is  important to get a reasonable making price. It is the factory making price along with the fabric price that is the area where most savings can be made for the small business.

Although I do think that it is worth paying the high factory price in order to ensure good quality, a better way would be to find a small factory that can produce the quantity of garments you want at the price that you want. This of course, is easier said than done. While there are such factories in the U.K. they will tend to be very small with little flexibility.

Most U.K. clothing factories provide a CMT service. That means they will cut, make and trim your garments. But they dont supply fabrics or trimmings such as zips or buttons.

We do work with some small factories and we are always looking for new such units, but they will often be booked for months ahead. We can even help sourcing your fabrics and zips.

PHONE – 07905-965-305 ( BILL )

EMAIL –  thelondonpatterncutter@gmail.com

 

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