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WHAT IS A TECH PACK ?

I have found in recent years that more and more clothing factories insist on Tech Packs before they will begin production, even for small startup fashion companies.  While it adds an extra layer of bureaucracy to the process, it makes sense both for the factory and the client. It takes the guess work out from the equation, and shows that the client is professional.

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 But most  startup  owners do not know what a tech pack is, how important it is. or how to provide one. Often they do not they have a clear idea how they want their design to be made. They tend to rely on the factory to just sort it all out for them. The factory may well do just that, but not always as the Designer had intended.

A detailed  Tech Pack is absolutely vital for a large business, because they stand to lose a lot of money if their styles are rejected by a retailer, who may decide to cancel an entire order for a small discrepancy.If the retailer hits a tough period financially, they may be looking for any excuse to cancel an order that they can no longer afford.

“Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – Zero.” VOLTAIRE

For the smaller businesses there is not the same need for such a precisely detailed pack, but it is still advantageous for both the factory and the customer to provide any important information related to the manufacture. If the factory believe that you have a professional approach they are more likely to take you seriously and to put care into your styles. they are less likely to send your production out to be made. Many factories will not even consider your order if you do not provide a tech pack.

Small businesses are still vulnerable to rejection by the retailer of their styles, especially because a small shop is often under considerable financial pressure. They may be looking for any excuse to cancel an order it has received – possibly due to financial problems, or other unforeseen problems.  The tech  pack provides vital information to the factory to enable them to construct the design correctly.

Ideally the Tech Pack should be presented along with a correct sample. Information would normally include a front and back sketch with details of  stitching and seams, along with trims and other details such as embroidery or printing. Anything that requires specific instructions should be illustrated and described succinctly. Fabrics, trims, tags and labels should be specified. A separate measurement sheet should be supplied for all important measurements in all sizes.

HOW MUCH IS A TECH PACK ?

Although a tech pack is essential to ensure perfect production, the price of a tech pack can be prohibitive to a small startup.  Some factories will provide you with a tech pack, but charge a lot of money for the privilege of instructing themselves how to make your garment. Others will not provide the service at all, but will insist on one being provided independently. The price of a tech pack can be anywhere from £50  to £400, depending on the complexity of the design and the depth of information required. Providing a professional tech pack requires years of experience. It is not something that you can just do yourself without this experience. So the trick for the startup on a budget is getting a professional tech pack at a reasonable price.

TECH PACK WORKSHOPS

It is obvious from our many enquiries concerning tech packs that most of our clients dont really understand why and when they are required.  For a startup fashion business I will often advise against having a tech pack if I dont think it is necessary. They  can often be a waste of time and money. Where they are necessary I will try to find a cost effective way of providing the tech pack. Because they require substantial professional knowledge they cannot really be done by non professionals.

While we can complete entire tech packs for you, we often find that the best and most cost effective solution is to provide bespoke  tech pack workshops for our clients. In these 1-1 workshops we go through your designs with you and provide the information for you to complete  as much of the tech packs as you need, using our tech pack templates.  We can advise you on the types of seams, or stitching. We can advise on which labels you need and what important information you need to supply for a successful outcome. If you have a number of designs that are similar, you may feel that you dont need to pay for a tech pack for each design.

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We provide a number of  one day and half day workshops for fashion Business Startups. These are invaluable workshops for both complete novices and more experienced fashion people. Please check The London Pattern Cutter for details. Workshops we offer include :-

  • FASHION BUSINESS START-UP ON A BUDGET
  • CREATING A TECH PACK
  • MAKING AND GRADING YOUR PATTERN
  • QUALITY CONTROL
  • MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERN
  • START A FASHION BRAND
  • BECOME A FREELANCER

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