Finding a Clothing Manufacturer for Your Business
Okay, now that we’ve broken down some of the benefits and drawbacks of domestic and overseas clothing manufacturers, it’s time to give you all the info you need to find the right one for your business.
Industry meetups can be invaluable for you while on your search for the right clothing manufacturer for your business.
Attending local events and larger scale trade shows will help you to meet plenty of people with connections to clothing manufacturers.
Directories can provide you with a wealth of clothing manufacturers for your business.
If you’re looking for an overseas clothing manufacturer, Kompass21 is a fantastic option. Once you’ve found a clothing manufacturer, you can reach out to them directly and explain exactly what you’re looking for.
This will come as no surprise, but search engines like Google are a great resource to find a clothing manufacturer.
One thing to note is that manufacturers don’t update their websites regularly, so you’ll probably need to scroll through quite a few pages before you find any relevant results.
Don’t worry though. There are plenty of legitimate clothing manufacturers out there!
There are loads of groups on Facebook that are filled with supportive entrepreneurs who are looking to give back to the community.
Make sure that you read through the rules of the group and ask any questions that you have about starting your own clothing brand.
Bonus: If you’re interested in dropshipping, there’s a great Facebook group called Dropship Business Masterminds20. Join it.
There will always be value in networking and asking people in the industry for advice on how to find the right clothing manufacturer.
For example, for clothing manufacturers in China, it’s important to make sure that factories have the right substance control and that they comply with the textile regulations of your country.
For clothing manufacturers in China, the UK, or the USA, sizes11 can be a nightmare if you’re selling in many different markets. So having a manufacturer that allows you to create a custom label for your clothes is paramount.
Talking to others who have worked with US and Chinese manufacturers in this way can help you answer all the right questions at the right time.
Choosing the Right Clothing Manufacturer
After you’ve gone through the resources above, you’ll probably have quite a few potential clothing manufacturers for your business. The next step is to refine your list.
Take into account the following:
- Price and quality. Choose the manufacturer who can provide you with the highest quality products for a price point that aligns with your current business funds.
- Shipping times. Find a manufacturer that can provide you with the fastest shipping times (depending on whether you’ve chosen a domestic or an overseas supplier).
- Experience. Work with the manufacturer that has solid experience and good reviews from other store owners. You want to be sure that they’ll be able to deliver on your requests.
Do your research. Ask around. Do everything you can to find the best clothing manufacturer for your business.
In an ideal world, we always recommend going to visit the clothing manufacturer so you can review their processes. We know this isn’t always possible, but if you can, ask the clothing manufacturer if you can make a visit before you order any products.
This will help you to validate your decision to work with them while building your business relationship – which is essential in a long-term partnership.
Alternative Models: Wholesale and Dropshipping
Wholesale9 clothing manufacturers can be the way to go if you’re looking to start a small or large clothing business.
Wholesale is a great business model if you have the space to store merchandise11. This is because you can purchase large quantities of stock at a reduced cost and then sell it to your customers at a marked-up price.
If you can’t store large quantities of stock, you should consider dropshipping10 as there’s no need to ever touch your own merchandise.
After sourcing clothing from a manufacturer, you don’t need to order anything – just simply offer your merchandise to your customers11. Once an item is purchased, contact the manufacturer or supplier and place the order with them. Then they’ll deliver the product straight to your customer.
With dropshipping, you don’t need to worry about sourcing, managing, or shipping your inventory.
In addition to not needing to touch your inventory, you can change the products that you’re selling with just a few clicks – there are no financial repercussions since you haven’t already manufactured the products.
All you really need to worry about is growing your business.
With options like drop shipping available, think about starting small to find out if there’s an audience that you can tap into before you start working with clothing manufacturers.