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.
There is nothing mystical about a tech pack. As long as it contains the right information in a clear manner, that is all that is required.
Is A Tech Pack Important ?
It depends on how critical it is to you that your design is made in a particular way, to precise specifications. and whether your factory insists on one. Often a factory will insist on a tech pack because they want to cover their back.
However, if you do provide a tech pack, it is very important that they are made by highly experienced professionals.
Who Makes Tech Packs ?
Tech packs need to be made by highly experienced fashion professionals. The best tech pack designers needs to have in depth knowledge of fashion design, pattern cutting, sample making, product development, and garment construction.
Ideally your sample maker will provide your tech pack. If you have chosen a good sampling unit, then they should have the relevant skills and experience. Choose carefully, as a poor tech pack can be disastrous.
Can I Make A Tech Pack Myself ?
If you need to ask, then definitely not, as tech pack design requires extensive experience in a number of areas of the fashion industry.
As with any industry, there are all sorts of words, phrases, and jargon that are taken for granted within the industry, but not understood outside. A careless use of the wrong word can result in a completely different garment.
We provide tech pack design workshops for anyone interested in learning how to make their own tech packs.
Do I Need A Tech Pack For Sampling ?
Not necessarily. We at The London Pattern Cutter prefer that you discuss this with us beforehand, because a poor tech pack can cause all sorts of problems and misunderstandings.
We prefer to use our own in-house tech pack designers where possible. so that we receive all the important information first hand.
Is A Tech Pack Needed For Production ?
You should discuss this with your chosen factory. A tech pack is not always needed for production. Many factories will insist on using one, 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.
Do I Need A Tech Pack To Produce Abroad ?
A professional tech pack is essential if you are using an offshore factory for production. While it can be significantly cheaper manufacturing abroad, it can be risky if you do not supply the factory with accurate information.
It can be very risky manufacturing with offshore factories, so it is important to reduce the risks as much as possible.
Can You Supply Tech Packs ?
Yes, we can supply tech packs. Our tech pack designers are extremely experienced within the fashion business.
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 £100 – £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. 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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