In this article, you’ll learn about some of the methods of garment manufacturing that are available to designers.
The manufacturing process you will need for your clothing line business will have to take into account two questions:
(1) Where will you have this done and
(2) By whom. Will you employ individuals and or will you have the garments processed in a factory?
The following video gives you an example of what it’s like in a manufacturing mill. In this case, they are manufacturing gloves. (I suggest that you don’t have your volume high. They’re noisy places.)
To become familiar with how the manufacturing process in the fashion industry works, you could find out where the nearest manufacturing mill is and make an appointment to visit. This will help you when determining where and how to have your designs manufactured. It will also help you to get an insight on costings, sampling etc.
I recently visited a cotton mill in Lancashire and was delighted to see that there is a resurgence in their use. Whilst visiting, we were taken around the mill and saw the process of creating fabrics for shirting. No doubt they would be manufactured into top quality shirts to be exported or sold in top London stores. So if you’re going to go down the route of designing and manufacturing men’s shirts, then I’ve found the mill for you. 🙂 http://www.madeinpreston.co.uk/Cotton/QueenStreetMillTextileMuseumBurnley.html
Visiting the mill was a great experience but also brought home the noise levels that people had to work in.
For my own garment manufacturing, it was important to me to have ‘Made in England’ on my label. At that time, I lived in England, so my loyalties were to the country which gave me the opportunity of creating a fashion business, selling to the stores there and then exporting worldwide, via their Trade offices.
Since then, I noted that knitwear with the label of ‘Made in Scotland’ was very much in demand, despite one of the worst recessions.
So what does that tell us?
It tells us that people know where quality garments are being produced. Companies build their reputations on quality and are proud of the locations that they are manufactured in.
Imagine if you created your designs locally, with all that it would entail (even if only part of the manufacture was local, you would still be able to say made in “XYZ” as long as a certain percentage of the garment was completed there)! What a gift it would be to your community?
Kay Cosserat – Designer Label.
The reason I added Kay’s label above is to show you how clear her name is and also the ‘made in is added. Plus when I first started in the fashion business, I worked putting together Kay’s designs. Amazing they were too. 🙂
Having made the decision of where to have my designs made up and by whom, (I employed women who lived in the UK to make each individual garment) it did have it’s advantages and also, disadvantages.
However many designers opt to have their designs made up in Bangladesh and other Indian or Asian countries.
Sadly that is not always the best way forward …
From Business Insider – “It’s no secret that fashion brands often cut corners when it comes to the safety of the garment workers they employ. Working conditions in garment factories are often unsafe, and wages are extremely low. When in 2013 Rana Plaza, a garment factory in Bangladesh, collapsed and killed over 1,000 workers, consumers became more aware of some of the negative influence that popular brands like H&M and Zara exert on the areas where their clothes are manufactured.”
On the other hand, it was so refreshing to read about E A Lepine of Arrowroot, who took the manufacturing process to people in Central America. She partnered with a non profit organization, thus enabling women to earn and support their families and community, as well as take pride in producing top quality garments. You can read the full article by clicking here …
Partnering with a non profit organization is a great idea and one worth researching for your own manufacturing needs. TheMissionWear.Org is one such company.
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