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Fabric and trim sourcing

Sourcing of fabrics and trims is extremely important for any startup fashion business, whether  on a large budget or a shoestring budget. Finding the right fabric at an affordable price can make or break any business. The secret is knowing where to compromise in order to get the best value for money. An extensive knowledge of  suppliers willing to deal with small orders is necessary in order to achieve this. But it is also important to be able to know where to find special bargains. Often the fabrics available at the right price are not exactly what you are looking for, but the price is so important that compromise may be essential. Finding an acceptable fabric at half price will massively affect the profit margins.

“Perfect is the enemy of good” Voltaire

We at The London Pattern Cutter have decades of experience in sourcing fabrics and trims in the UK. We can supply lists of fabric and trim suppliers, or we offer a special fabric and trim sourcing service, based on your specific requirements.

Sourcing fabrics  for fashion start-ups can be quite challenging and time consuming, so it can be best just to leave it to the experts.   It is an extremely important area in which massive savings can be made. In the fashion business there is a great deal of competition. Every penny off the cost  is vital. And every penny off the cost is extra profit for you.

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EMAIL – thelondonpatterncutter@gmail.com

It is important though, that the start-up fashion entrepreneur does not necessarily look for perfection from the outset. If your perfect fabric costs £20 per metre, but you can purchase a good alternative for £5 per metre, you are probably well advised to get the cheaper fabric. Will your customer be prepared to pay the difference ? If your garment takes two metres of fabric, by the time it hits the shop that difference will be £90. Maybe  perfection will be worth it, but probably not.

PHONE – 07905-965-305

EMAIL – thelondonpatterncutter@gmail.com

It is often easier for the new fashion label to design around the material that is easily available than to try to match the fabric with the design. There are many good deals to be found on certain fabrics that can give you a great advantage over the competition simply because the fabric is so cheap. If you can find these fabrics and utilise them creatively you can be on to a winner.

PHONE – 07905-965-305

EMAIL – thelondonpatterncutter@gmail.com

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