Style Number Guide
When you are designing your collection, you need to assign style numbers to each design. The style numbers help you identify the specific garment. When you are a small company it is easy for you to keep track of every style and its specifics. But as your brand grows, you add more styles, create carry-over styles, new collections, and new coworkers, you will need a system for everyone to identify all different garments.
The style numbers are not only for you and your brand coworkers. The style numbers will help you to better communicate with your retailers, agents, distributors, suppliers, pattern makers, and everyone else you are working with.
It is better to use style numbers instead of style names when you are communicating with partners, since not everyone speak the same language and use the same letters. Therefor your style names may not make sense to them.
The most important reason to introduce style numbers is for your own logistics and inventory management. You need a system in place in order to easily manage your garments in your stock shelfs.
Create a system
Start by creating a number system that is consistent and that will function for you when you grow and expand your collection. It is your brand, and you can create any number system you want for your garments. There are no certain industry rules you have to follow. It is important that you create a thought-through system early on, so that you don’t have to go back and change everything when the product development is in full progress.
Here we will go over a style number system that we have created. You are more than welcome to use it and adjust it to your brand’s needs.
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