Top 5 Reasons To Get Samples Before Major Production
In today’s article I want to talk about something that gets easily over looked in the clothing design process. That topic happens to be sampling. One of the last things you want to happen after making a big order is having items look destroyed, bad, or not how you in envisioned it. Follow my top 5 reasons to get samples before major production and you wont lose sleep over a production disaster.
For those who don’t know, placing an order for a new collection can get expensive very quickly. One of the many ways you can help fund a huge order is taking pre-orders. Even if you only get a few people its better than coming out your pocket to fund your entire collection.
2. Whole Sale Orders
Having sample gives you a head start at putting together your line sheet for retailers that want to carry your collection. If you get some stores to place an order it might pay for the collection by itself.
3. Testing The Market
Another great thing sampling does is allow you to test your items with your customers. My advice would be to get samples of the items you’re on the fence about. If you show stores/customers and they like it then you know the product is a sure seller.
4. Finding The Right Manufacture
I’m not going not going to lie, finding the right manufacture can be a scary process. My biggest fear is to place a major order and get a handful full of F!@#ked up products. However, asking for samples before making a big order can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you like the samples they create then that’s a company you should stick with. However if you get some samples back and it looks like a train wreck then consider it a business expense and keep it moving.
5. Perfecting the product.
Sampling can be a great way to perfect your product before mass production. I remember when I was head designer of a clothing store and we were piecing together a future collection. My boss would not move forward until he saw all the items sampled. The ones he liked he kept and the other ones he scrapped. Ever since that day I decided to do the same thing for my brand Bluu Dreams.