• 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 development cycle We have created a video to show how you can easily calculate the garment price.

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  • 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 the Member Zone.

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  • 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 to know the EXACT cost of producing each garment. Use this tool to keep track.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Fashion Trade Shows 2019 FASHION TRADE SHOWS AND SOURCING FAIRS 2019 (-2020)

    A list of international trade shows divided into 2 segments: Material sourcing – fabrics and trims & Exhibiting fairs – where you can exhibit and sell your brand

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  • 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 improve your chances of succeeding with your line, go through these 12 steps before designing the clothing for your apparel brand collection.

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  • Tech Pack WHAT IS A TECH PACK & WHY DO YOU NEED IT?

    A builder would never build a house without a blueprint, this is exactly the same thing for a garment. The manufacturers need to know what you have in mind, what the garment looks like front and back incl details, what materials you have in mind, what trims you want on your garment and what type of fit it should have.

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  • How to get your design inspiration going HOW TO GET YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATION GOING

    Where do you find your inspiration? Here is an answer plus hopefully some inspiration to the ones who want to get inspired.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 find ways to cleverly and strategically use them in your collections is like a guarantee for your brand.

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  • Apparel Entrepreneurship Find Manufacturers. OVER 500 GARMENT MANUCTURERS

    Find over 500 garment manufacturers in the Member Zone.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Sportswear Inc. How To Design Without Knowing How To Draw HOW TO DESIGN WITHOUT KNOWING HOW TO DRAW

    We have received some questions about this topic and we feel the need to address it. The question is: Do I need to know how to draw to start a clothing brand? The short direct answer is No, you can start and run a successful brand without knowing how to draw. Here are our thoughts on this and a couple of steps you can take to get your design going.

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  • Apparel Entrepreneurship Quality Control QUALITY CONTROL

    Quality control means ensuring, at a minimum cost, that the quality requirements of a product is being achieved at every stage of manufacturing, from raw materials to boxed stock.

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  • 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.

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  • Apparel Entrepreneurship Product Range Plan USE A PRODUCT RANGE PLAN FOR YOUR APPAREL BRAND

    A product range plan is a detailed written overview of your entire collection. It helps you keep track of product parameters such as style numbers and names, number of styles, colors, variations, and features. It also includes financial information and sales forecasting.

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  • 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.

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  • Apparel Entrepreneurship Terms Of Agreement WHY YOU SHOULD USE TERMS OF AGREEMENT

    When you have found suppliers and manufacturers to work with, we recommend that you write an agreement with them. Not just emails, but a signed contract. What you need is TOA, or Terms Of Agreement. This is a contract between you and the supplier or manufacturer that clearly states what both of you should deliver and what the expectations are.

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  • 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 your business plan, think through what your expectations are. Here are 5 areas where you may need to reset them.

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  • Sportswear Inc. Mood Board HOW TO CREATE A MOOD BOARD

    A mood board is a visual summary of inspirational images, objects, material swatches, trims or product examples that explain the concept and feeling of your brand, collection or customer. Basically a brain dump of whatever you are inspired by.

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  • 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.

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  • Sportswear Inc. Manufacturing Checklist MANUFACTURING CHECKLIST

    Source material, create patterns, order fabric, create prototypes… There are a few things to manage when making your garments. Use this manufacturing checklist to stay on track with your product development without losing yourself in the process.

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  • 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 see if that is realistic.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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 costing sheet.

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  • 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.

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  • Sportswear Inc. Croquis Templates CROQUIS TEMPLATE – WHAT IT IS AND WHY YOU NEED ONE

    A croquis template can be used both in the early design idea stage for quick hand sketches, and when constructing a tech pack.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 well in advance.

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  • 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 and what you have to sort out yourself.

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  • 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 orders received on your styles with the minimum quantity orders for materials and factory capacity.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 do.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 way?

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  • 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 your garment.

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  • 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 what you intended it to do.

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  • Textile Abbreviations TEXTILE ABBREVIATIONS

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

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  • 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 fair? You’ve never been to one before. Let us guide you through the do’s and don’ts.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 & fitness, and sourcing.

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  • 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 on top of your price calculations and business model before kicking off.

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