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16-01-2005
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Basics About Production and Factory Manufacturing
Hi all,

I was perusing the Vera Wang website the other day and came across this section about internships. One of the divisions listed where one could get an internship is "production." It sounds interesting but I'm not really sure what it entails? I'm majoring in economics but I'm open to really any kind of experience I can get in the design industry. Anyways if anyone here could give me a heads up on what is meant by "production" (ie. actually, physically making the clohtes/products?, overseeing production?, etc.) I'd really appreciate it.

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16-01-2005
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Hmmmmm, I'm not exactly sure what they mean in terms of production, probably working with the tailors and embroiders etc, but you should give the main office a call.

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17-01-2005
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hello and welcome to tFS siamit ,
production could mean anything, from cut&saw to suprevising packaging and deliveries ..
why dont you drop them a mail and get back to us with the results?

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Thanks for the replies. I called today and the lady who answered said that they dealt with both creation and logistical type things. I'm going to send in my resume and see how things turn out. Thanks again for your help!

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14-02-2005
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The production stage in fashion clothes
Hi,

I've got a question about the production stage in fashion clothes, or clothes in genereally basically.
For quite some time, I've thought about realize some of my sketches(Men's clothing, skirts jeans and suitjackes at first), but where the process stops is in the production stage.

I'm quite ambitious, and I would really love if my clothes could be sold in some different fashion stores here in Denmark

But here's the problem, I can't sew at all, and I don't know anybody who can. At least not that good as I demand.

As far as I know, there aren't any good workrooms here in Denmark, so I don't think that the danish designer labels are getting their clothes produced here in the country either.
Do you think they would tell me where their production take place, if I mailed some of them ?

And do any of you know how the process between the designer and the production place is?

And the last question, what would be your advice to me?

Thanks!

BTW: I'm a relatively new member here at tFS so if a similar thread already have been posted, I'm sorry.


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hi there...
i really don't have any info about denmark...but i think you need to start doing some research about local production...why not try google...?...and then if you speak to some people at some factories...if they don't do what you are looking for ...maybe they can direct you to the right source...

good luck...

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15-02-2005
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hey, welcome to tFS
why dont you place an ad in a local trade newspaper and start seeing people??
true most european production is done in cheap labour countries (EU or China)
BUT
for sure there should be some quality local ateliers you could work with.
Dont give up, good luck with your work

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Most Danish labels have moved their production to Eastern Europe, Turkey or Asia, it is however still possible to find skilled workers in Denmark, but they are not exactly cheap.


You can possibly find some useful information at “Dansk Textil & Beklædning” - http://www.textile.dk/ and you should be able to find some local ateliers on the internet. An example is http://www.strauss.dk/ with have ateliers in both Aarhus and Copenhagen.

Perhaps you could try to get in contact with some students who might have some interesting ideas and are willing to get the job done relatively cheap?

Some links to different schools can be found at http://soeg.jubii.dk/indeks/Uddannel.../Designskoler/

Good luck!

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Sample Production
Can someone in the industry or anyone who knows explain to me how sampling works? Do clothing lines have samples made, send them to "open accounts" and then charge them if they don't return them? Or do they charge them either way? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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hi twin85...welcome to tFS...

so the question is not about samples sales...
but about sampling ....and sales...

right?...


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hello and welcome to tFS twin
samples never leave the 'design house' they are the prototypes and where a company gets orders from..
new designers sometime are being pushed to leave items in boutiques without charging them and wait till sales start moving on, but the right way to do this, is to charge the order from the start..

thanks for the 'editing' tip softie

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Hey Lena,

Sorry I was sorta vague on my original question. So, let me sorta make it more clear what the situation is.

We are having custom t-shirts made (in the range of 1000) and the woman who is making them refered to it as a sample run. When she refers to them as a sample run, does she assume that we are going to be sending them out to stores as samples to gather orders and then come back to her with more orders. And is this what most people do?

Also, another question to go along with this, we are sort of new at this, and we found a woman that will do a total package t-shirt for us. But, she wants a lot of money per shirt (upwards of 10 dollars un-printed) then what we used to pay to have them made.

Are there other options to get the price down, would it make more sense to buy the fabric and take it to a cut and sew house? or even get the shirts made in China? Or is this just the price you have to pay to have custom t-shirts made opposed to printing on American Apparel?

Any help would be great thanks!

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I've just realised I am replying quite late but hopefull it will still be of some help.

If all of your 1000 t-shirts are identical this should not be referred to as a 'Sample Run'. Even if within the 1000 they have slightly different styles e.g. long sleeve, short sleeve, round neck, v-neck etc. they should still not be classed as samples. Perhaps the factory making these for you is used to dealing with much bigger companies who would get runs of 10,000 upwards done? Be very wary as samples cost much, much more than the actual run will cost.

Why did you settle on the quantity of 1000? It seems rather high to me, if you're just starting out. If she's going to charge you sampling prices, why not get a lesser quantity done so that you can gauge popularity with stores and customers first? Much better on the cash flow, and save you being left with unpopular designs.

If you're considering buying fabric and going to a cut & sew house, what are you doing at present?

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well, thanks for the reply and refreshing the topic stilista

Twin, 1000 pieces are sample quantity coming from the manufacturer, meaning they wouldnt sell you less than that.. yes they are expecting you to go back and order anything more than 1000 pieces..

Like stylista says, in retail world, sample means one unique item
If you sell to eg. skate shops and you have ten over printed t-shirts which could make a small 'print story' its ok for you to sample (show to the boutiques) the 10 pieces only.

Regarding this lady that gave you a 'package' price at 10$ more than the mass buy of the 1000 Ts , sounds much better to me.. because with this deal you can make a small line of 10 differently cut t-shirts and that would really be a starting point.
China is impossible for start ups and in anycase its way too out of your league as a start up label.. better try something more expensive/unique and then if it all goes well start 'opening up' to large orders.. i mean imagine what will happen if no one wants your 1000 identical Ts? you'll be stuck with them.. not clever..

excuses for the late reply and thanks to stylista for bringing this up again

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Just to update you on what we ended up doing...

We found a factory in the states that did the run for us, we did 5 designs, two colorways each, 144 of each design. So, we were not doing 1 shirt of 1000.

The factory we are using deals with very large orders and they said this is the smallest order they have ever done. Which is good that they took us, but bad because they bumped our production time from 2 weeks to a month.

I just posted a new thread on finding a pattern/sample maker. We are trying to get some sample jeans and sweatshirts made.

Thanks.

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