What Is Garment Product Development ?
(114-036).Garment product development is the process of bringing a clothing product to life – Assessing, designing, creating and producing the new clothing product.
This usually means building on existing designs, while introducing new or different characteristics to the product.
Sometimes the product is a straight forward fashion garment, that requires little in the way of development, beyond the basic shape, fit and style. As most of our clients are small brands with limited budgets, we need to ensure that we have enough information to get every design right first time around. Maybe with a few pattern tweaks.
Some types of garment require far more development, and several samples before final approval. These tend to be functional or specialised garments. Sometimes they are an entirely innovative concept that may require patenting.
Product development requires a tremendous amount of technical knowledge, combined with an appreciation of aesthetics and design. In today’s world, even technical garments need to be designed with as much consideration for design aesthetics as for function.
Technical Clothing Designs.
Most fashion designs will require little development before the final prototype is approved. If fashion is the main criteria, then one or two samples should be all that is necessary to achieve a good result.
Other, more technical designs where function is more important, can take several more iterations before the final sample is approved. Part of this development process is ensuring that we have the best starting point possible, so as to avoid trial and error and minimising cost. This means reviewing existing garments, images and ideas to put together a unique and workable design.
New Product Research.
With any new product it is important to maximise sales, and minimise costs and returns. The product needs to be sufficiently researched and tested to ensure that it meets the requirements of the intended user. Technical products in particular need to be well thought out and thoroughly tested. The customer tends to be very knowledgeable and can be fastidious.
Our Technical Team.
We have a team of clothing industry professionals with many years experience in clothing and fashion sample development. I have been in the clothing business for over forty years. Between us we cover just about every aspect of clothing, with particular emphasis on functional clothing, such as swimwear, sportswear and activewear of every description.
We do not ask our clients to provide a tech pack for sample development, as we have our own highly experienced tech pack designers, and it is far better for us to obtain all the necessary information needed to create the product directly from the client.
Tech packs need to be produced by very experienced professionals, otherwise they can be a source of complication and confusion.
The Garment Development Process.
The following is an example of how the process of garment development would work with us. It is just a guideline, so may vary form client to client. Some client would require less services, while some would require more – Such as branding and marketing etc. :
- Meeting to discuss the project.
- Startup workshop.
- Brainstorming to develop the designs.
- Finalise the designs.
- Source fabrics and trims.
- Make the patterns.
- Make the first prototype (toile).
- Fit the prototype and discuss changes.
- Alter the pattern according to prototype changes.
- Make the second prototype.
- Fit the second prototype.
- Make final pattern adjustments.
- Make the first sample.
- Fit the first sample.
- Make the final pattern.
- Make the tech pack.
- Grade the pattern.
- Make salesmen samples if required.
- Get the factory to make their production sample.
- Quality control.