Product Development

Apparel Entrepreneurship How To Calculate Your Product Price

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR PRODUCT PRICE

Your product price is directly related to your market position, your target customer, and your profits. The price should fit in your product range strategy and allow the margin you desire. To create a proper collection plan and to be able to make strategic decisions for your business, you need to calculate your product price early on in your product

FIND OVER 280 SUSTAINABLE SUPPLIERS

A common challenge for clothing brands is to find material suppliers that can provide fabrics and accessories, exact matching their needs. As most modern brands also have an environmental strategy, it can be a time-consuming process to find the right materials. To make it easier for you we have added over 280 new suppliers worldwide to the searchable database in

Apparel Entrepreneurship Costing Sheet

HERE IS THE TOOL YOU NEED FOR GREAT RESULTS

As an apparel entrepreneur you need to be on top of your financials and already from the start keep track of your costs. If you are not in control of your numbers, you’ll soon find yourself out of business. Since your apparel is the core of your business, and product development such a big part of your operations you need

Apparel Entrepreneurship Organic Cotton 101

ORGANIC COTTON 101

Cotton plays a big part in every human's life. We wear it, we dry ourselves with it, we sleep on it, we even walk on it, and our kids may play with it. In this article, we explain what organic cotton is, why you should use it, and how to find it.

Apparel Entrepreneurship How To Set Your Style Numbers

HOW TO SET YOUR STYLE NUMBERS

When you are designing your collection, you need to assign style numbers to each design. The style numbers will help you to better communicate with your retailers, agents, distributors, suppliers, pattern makers, and everyone else you are working with. Here is a style number system for you to use.

Apparel Entrepreneurship How to Design Your Clothing Line

HOW TO DESIGN YOUR CLOTHING LINE

When running an apparel brand, clothing design is the core of your business. Designing your clothing line can be challenging. There are many aspects to think of to make it stand out in a crowded fashion market. You want to create clothes that represent your point of view as a designer, at the same time as the collection sells. To

Fabric Swatches

FREE FABRIC SWATCHES & NO MINIMUM ORDERS

SwatchOn is an online fabric supplier from Korea with a selection of over 100.000 fabrics. To fully feel the selected swatches, they send you them for free. They have no minimum order quantity.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Fabric Schiool

FABRIC SCHOOL

Fabrics are a very big part or your business and your brand’s story. Fabrics are what your products are made of and therefore a huge opportunity for you to differentiate your brand from the competition. By working with suppliers and mills directly you can make your own special fabrics that don’t exist anywhere else.  To learn about fabrics and to

Garment Price Calculator

GARMENT PRICE CALCULATOR

The Garment Price Calculator helps you to estimate your Wholesale Price, Retail Price, and your wanted Margin. It also helps you to estimate How Much It Will Cost to produce your wanted quantity, and What Your Profit Will Be depending on if you sell wholesale or direct to consumer.

Clothing Brand How To Brief A Designer

HOW TO BRIEF A DESIGNER

If you are not the one designing your collection, you need to find someone that's going to translate your thoughts and ideas into actual products. This means, whomever this person is, he/she needs a clear and detailed explanation to take that idea and put it into a tangible concept, collection, and products.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Design

THE DESIGN

When designing, revisit your inspiration, the brand image, and your customer profile. The styles should fit in with the vision and identity of your brand. You will have to give the customer the connection between the brand image and the product. They need to correspond.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Bill Of Materials

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BILL OF MATERIALS

Don’t start any manufacturing before making a complete Bills Of Materials. You need it together with a solid tech pack for each and every garment.

READ THIS BEFORE STARTING YOUR APPAREL BRAND

You have a great idea and a vision of what you want to do with your brand. You are ready to kick off your project and get started with your apparel business. You probably have a picture in your mind how it will go, and it is for sure good to have a clear vision and goal. Before you make

Sportswear Inc. Garment Costing Example

GARMENT COSTING EXAMPLE

If you are all new to the apparel industry, you may wonder how much it costs to make a garment? We are now going to look at the product development costs. Here is a typical example of the costs involved in making a hoodie.

Sportswear Inc. Garment Price

THE GARMENT PRICE

You know which garments your collection is based on, you know the price for fabrics, trims, and production including prototypes. With this new information that you didn’t possess when you started out, you can remake a more accurate budget. When making the business plan you thought of the price level you wanted to place your clothing brand at. So let’s

Product Branding Concept

PRODUCT BRANDING CONCEPT – LABELS & HANGTAGS

A very important part of the product development is the product branding. How and where do you want your customers to see the brand identity? This is what you need for your garment!

Sportswear Brands ISPO Munich

ISPO – SPORTSWEAR BRANDS

28th to 31st of January 2018, the world’s largest sports trade show for the sports industry takes place in Munich. We can recommend you to visit this yearly event in Germany for 6 different reasons.

Sportswear Inc. Costing Sheet

COSTING SHEET TEMPLATE

As an apparel entrepreneur you need to be on top of your financials and already from the start keep track of your costs. For you to get the overall economic picture of your business you need to know the cost of producing each garment. To help you keep track of all costs associated with producing each style you use a

Sportswear Inc. The New Collection

THE NEW COLLECTION

New season, new inspiration, and new possibilities. Once you’ve launched your first collection, it is time to start thinking of the upcoming one. With the feedback you have received and with the stats you have collected from the previous collection, you’ve got a good restarting point.

Sportswear Inc. Performance Days

APPAREL ENTREPRENEURSHIP PARTNERS WITH PERFORMANCE DAYS

We are proud to announce a new partnership with the functional fabric fair PERFORMANCE DAYS. The fair is the world’s first address for innovations, trends, and sourcing of fabrics and accessories in functional sportswear, athleisure, corporatewear, and workwear.

Sportswear Inc. Bulk Production

BULK PRODUCTION

At the end of your product development cycle it is finally time to sew and make all the garments in larger quantities. Hopefully you had a great sell in and have written orders and actual production quantities for each and every single style in your collection. Now there are quite a few things to coordinate and you need to start

Sportswear Inc. Time To Ship

TIME TO SHIP!

The bulk production is ready, your stuff looks amazing, the world is anxiously waiting for your collection and it’s time to ship. First you need to transport the garment from the manufacturer to e.g. your office or warehouse and then to your customers. Take a look at your agreement with the supplier to see what is included in the deal

Sportswear Inc. Orders

RECEIVE SALES ORDERS & PLACE PRODUCTION ORDERS

It is very common that you have to show your collection a couple of times before buyers place an order. You could have different packages for them, that you have picked out in advance, to best represent your collection. Pick your strongest pieces, to have a good range and diversity of your brand. Now it’s kind of tricky to juggle the

Sportswear Inc. Prototyping

PROTOTYPING

Finally it is time to make the first samples and you will see your ideas materialize into an actual product. This is not the time when you sit back, wait and hope for the best.

Sportswear Inc. Patterning

PATTERNING THE COLLECTION

To be honest, it’s really hard to find awesome pattern makers. I have only met a handful in my whole career. This is such a crucial part of your garment/collection, so if you need to spend a lot of money somewhere, it’s here they should go.

Sportswear Inc. Sourcing

SOURCING – THE MATERIALS & FACTORIES

Almost at the same time as conceptualizing the collection, comes the need to think about materials. They need to tell the same story as the concept and the design. They go hand in hand.

DEFINE YOUR COLLECTION

It is vital that you stay focused and narrow down on your core vision of the brand. What do you want your brand and your products to stand for? What is your point of view, your identity, and how does that differentiate from the other designers? When you have that clear, make sure you implement it in every design you

Sportswear Inc. Product Range Pricing & Planning

PRODUCT RANGE PLANNING & PRICING

Building a collection requires a fine balancing act between designing products that incorporate your values as a company and brand, and actually producing garments that sell.

Sportswear Pricing Strategies

APPAREL PRICING STRATEGIES

One of the most common questions we receive is: How should I price my products? Here we’ll go over three different strategies for pricing your sportswear.

Finding A Factory

FINDING A FACTORY

One of the most common questions we get here at Sportswear Inc is: How do I find a factory? Finding the right manufacturer meeting all your criteria about quality, ethics, and communication is a crucial part of having a successful sportswear business. Can they make the products you have designed, on time, at the right price, and in the right

How to comment a garment

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY COMMENT A GARMENT

In our previous post we explained step by step, how to go about fitting a garment, what to think about in the process and the tools needed. In the fit session you look at the fit, movement and volume of the garment, and now you need to zoom in on all the details, making and workmanship. We’re talking about commenting

Sportswear Inc. Fitting

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY FIT A GARMENT

You successfully passed the design process, found a good factory, sent them all the information needed to start the product development, and now you are waiting for the first protos. There has been enormous amount of thought process and work to get all the information to the factory. Now the product needs to both look good, feel good and do

Textile Abbreviations

TEXTILE ABBREVIATIONS

We list the most common textile abbreviations in order to help you with the material sourcing.

How to behave at a fabric fair

HOW TO BEHAVE AT A FABRIC FAIR

You have an idea for your sportswear designs and now it’s time to materialize them. You have decided to go to one or several fabric fairs. You want the materials, the inspiration, the networking, the relationships, the education, you want to see some cool cities while traveling. Great! There’s one little detail left: How do you go about at a

Sportswear Inc. Material Sourcing

MATERIAL SOURCING – FABRICS & TRIMS

In order to get one step closer to your envisioned sportswear brand and intended garments, you need to find the right materials and trims. This can be achieved by going to fabric fairs, searching the internet for suppliers or letting the manufacturer source for you.

Sportswear Design Lessons

10 VALUABLE LESSONS FROM MY 15-YEAR CAREER AS AN APPAREL DESIGNER

1. Always do your best. While still in college I did 3 internships. I tried to pick some diverse companies to spread my learning and to see what it really was like in the industry. As most internships I did some really basic boring things. But I tried to do my best, every day.

Sportswear Inc. ISPO Munich

SPORTSWEAR BRANDS AT ISPO 2018

In the beginning of February it is once again time for the worlds’s largest sports trade show for the sports business. February 5:th, the doors to the fair in Munich Germany will open up to over 2700 exhibitors and their products. You can spend four full days checking out the latest of outdoor, ski, action, sportswear, performance sports, textiles, health

Sportswear Inc. Find Manufacturer

12 QUESTIONS TO ASK THE CLOTHING MANUFACTURER

Before start selling your collection you need to find a manufacturer. The first reason is that you need to know that your quality standards are met and that the sales samples will look like the products you will sell. Secondly you need the cost estimations from your intended manufacturer. Costs vary from factory to factory, and you need to be