Apparel Entrepreneurship How To Calculate Your Product Price
Pricing

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.

Sourcing

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.

Apparel Entrepreneurship Organic Cotton 101
Sourcing

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 Design Your Clothing Line
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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.

Fabric Swatches
Sourcing

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
Guides

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.

Clothing Brand How To Brief A Designer
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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
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.

Sportswear Inc. Garment Costing Example
Money

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. Manufacturing Checklist
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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.

Sportswear Inc. Garment Price
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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.

Sportswear Inc. Costing Sheet
Pricing

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.

Sportswear Inc. Product Range Pricing & Planning
Define The Collection

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
Money

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
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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?

How to comment a garment
Design

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.

Textile Abbreviations
Sourcing

TEXTILE ABBREVIATIONS

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

Sportswear Inc. ISPO Munich
Market Scan

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.

Sportswear Inc. Find Manufacturer
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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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