Tech Pack FAQ
What Is A Tech Pack ?
(090). A tech pack is the blueprint that the factory use to produce your design. It should contain all the information necessary to make your design exactly as you intend.
Why Is A Tech Pack Important ?
A tech pack is important for both you and the factory, because it tells the factory exactly how you want your design to be made. Some factories will insist on a tech pack. Some are happy to work without one. But we do need to emphasise that a tech pack needs to be made by a very experienced professional, otherwise it is worse than useless.
Who Makes Tech Packs ?
Tech packs need to be made by highly experienced fashion professionals. Experience is far more important than job title. An experienced tech pack designer may be a fashion designer, pattern cutter, sample machinist, product developer, or garment technologist. The best tech pack designers have in depth knowledge of all these skills.
Can I Make A Tec Pack Myself ?
If you need to ask, then definately not – Unless you have several designs that are virtually the same, so that you can just copy the original tech pack, with the small variations. Even then, you need to have some basic knowledge. Tech pack design requires extensive experience in a number of areas of the fashion industry.
Do I Need A Tech Pack For You To Make My Sample ?
No, we do not need a tech pack to make your sample. In fact, we would prefer that you dont supply us with a tech pack, because they can cause all sorts of problems if they are not made by suitably experienced experts.
Do I Need A Tech Pack For Offshore Production ?
You definitely need a tech pack if you are using an offshore factory for production. It can be very risky manufacturing with offshore factories, so it is important to reduce the risks as much as possible.
Is A Tech Pack Always Needed For Production ?
A tech pack is not always needed for production. Many factories will insist on using a tech pack, but others will be happy to work without. If you think that the factory have sufficiently experienced staff, and you trust them, then as long as you give them sufficient information, you should be OK. The important thing here is that the factory use experienced pattern cutters who know how to interpret your design. And know what questions to ask in order to interpret your design accurately.
Can You Supply Tech Packs ?
Yes, we can supply tech packs. Our tech pack designers are extremely experienced within the fashion business. We far prefer to provide our own tech packs as it cuts down on errors.
What Is Included In A Tech Pack ?
The contents of a tech pack can vary considerably. Most small fashion businesses and startups are not manufacturing in sufficient quantities to warrant an in depth tech pack. Please check our tech pack design page for full information on what is included in a tech pack.
How Much Does A Tech Pack Cost ?
A tech pack can cost anything from £100 to £1500, depending on how in depth the tech pack is. A small or startup label on a limited budget should be looking to pay £150 – £300. We believe that our standard tech pack costing £160 is the best option for most startups.
The price you pay for a tech pack should reflect the total sales value for each design. Not all fashion garments really need a tech pack at all if you are making small quantities.
Technical garments may well require more in depth tech packs, as they can be quite complicated. But, as the designs generally have a longer life, it is more cost effective.
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