There is no fixed quantity rule for minimum order placement.

The Brand or Project Manager normally determines this based on the project plan, budget and lead time.

Be practical. Samples are made when needed and normally this is because there is a production order in place to back up the request.

When requesting services, consider to also provide a summary of your needs. Opening inventory to support advance sales may suggest that placing a small batch production is a good way to try a styles sales performance when exhibiting direct to consumer or offering items online. take samples from the small lot to pioneer larger prospects.

This way if a buyer requests a sample you have some stock on hand or otherwise plan far in advance when Sampling for buyers and only the items that attract significant interest from qualified buyers or distributors become a production run.

Your Minimum Order really depends on method of sale, distribution and overall business model. If selling direct to consumer at events then make enough but not so many that all your cash is tied up and you have no ability to transact other needs.

Short Answer: Order what you need to be sustainable. More important that you plan in advance and can control the raw material supply. Fabric is key. The devil is in the details.

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Start with a budget Plan Outline. Then you will know if the product is workable, how much you will need to spend. If you can (or should) afford to make the product the labour to Cut and Sew can be determined by simple process of elimination.

Any garment you plan to make, may be difficult to price compete when thinking – Made in Canada – especially for a small brand wholesale/distributor.

Here is what is recommended a product developer can do about that… This task, routinely given back to our customer – has become an important reality check that can help secure cooperation with any sewing contractor – the information is also helpful to pattern discussion and financial planning too.

This way you can shop the job,  by sharing the target cost of Labour up front, and learn real fast if the item is appropriate to your brand begins with understanding the components planned in Production.

We assume the garment is to be made – exactly as you imagine it should be done.


Then, ask these questions:

What is the Maximum Retail Value for the item you plan to produce?

Identify with the lowest price brand you will face as a competitor?

Compare the price Value equation as an understanding: What does the estimate Wholesale need to be for your offer to generate sales…Your business model may have flexibility for price averaging for profit (some units you sell at full Retail price) and the inventory you wholesale – may be considered surplus or special event, marketed for discount as a buy in incentive as long as there is some (any amount of profit) your wholesale margin can at times be very slim.

Do the numbers: What Brand position are you taking? (Some brands rarely go on sale) they stake claim to premium and stay there. The product is good so the price charged is respectable, Made in Canada.

Calculate the Budget and Generate a Product Plan Outline:

This is the “Workings” – your Job as Brand Manager/Designer.

Guesstimate: Allow (X) amount of cloth Example: (2.5) meters per (jacket).
Is the garment/Jacket lined….?

Or unlined…. (Take this as your $ cost – part 1)

Now – Plan your Fabric Buy – no cloth, nothing to cut, nothing to sew…

Purchase the best quality – of the lowest price fabric – Yes, this is possible…

Yes, you buy the cloth – that makes you the producer, Important to qualify if you ever plan for Export.

Make a list of components: the item will need per unit. (very important)

As Example: a plain Zipper (coil, brass, metal, nylon tooth other, we can supply – routine. Thread too.

Add Extra Cost Allowance: If, you order an inventory of Custom Zipper with embossed or engraved brand icon – the right choice of quality finishing accessory or surface treatment can drive sales…

You may want to specify we use some woven labels and other notion details such as branded buttons or snaps… this becomes an area worthy of capital investment useful to possibly more than one style#.

Evaluate importance of these findings if an allowance is given for moderate up front cost – your value add – as a special feature – for ideas visit the Direct Current Style – Notion Gallery – page.

Now your budget plan is generating a list of factors:

Sub Total the Above List: (stuff) Components – The Parts:

If that number has room for Sewing Labour – then you are on the right track.

The Simple Math looks like this:

Fabric (1) Main Fabric x (An Amount of Cloth per Garment )m.

Fabric (2) Lining x (An Amount of Cloth per Garment )m.

Snaps, Zippers, Woven Label, Other (Stuff):

Sub Total:
Ad buffer to Cost of goods for Some Packaging and Freight: $ An Amount – per garment packaging (ad poly bag + boxes)

LOOK at Your Profit line between Retail / wholesale and cost of goods (hey everyone wants to make some money)

Show the “Raw Material Guestimate as an Allowance”:

With story board Images (these you have supplied).

Review: the Target Retail?
Observe: the Target Wholesale?
The process of elimination yields: New Sub Total:
Your Budget for the Labour Factor is: X (Unknown) becomes obvious if the price plan needs to be adjusted. (or pass / don’t do it)

Getting Back to the Basic Parts… you will now know if what you want to make is workable – if proper fabric type can be found.

If your price model will support a reasonable wage rate for “Made in Canada” – the above will determine viability.

And, you need a Pattern? – Brand refined fit – A First of Run Sample – OK – when booking the business, Set aside: $500 for that part.

Is there enough cash on hand for 60 units? (20 x Med, 20 x Large, 20 x – XL)

Do you have access to Market via what Plan? Are you ready to go? Can you arrange preorder and increase volume or like crowd funding perks – supply fixture… to gain commitments and volume build the opportunity.

Spend when you are ready. Allow 3 months lead time from the ready point of supply – organize raw materials in advance for the first order.

To best generate a Labour Allowance – you need to know what the item is being made from and why.

In a word: Resources.

Designers like Value… So, when a new designer arrives at our door with their plan for a new collection we often hear the desire to create a unique and interesting product “at a reasonable price”.

Reasonably priced organic Cotton Cardigan: $89.00 Bloomfield Clothing

Reasonably priced organic Cotton Cardigan: $89.00 Bloomfield Clothing

But what does that mean? By what standard do we gauge “reasonable price” ? It is a good question to consider as it opens the dialogue to Quality, Access to Market Share, Positioning, Distribution and Volume of Scale. These and other factors are going to determine the price charged. And these considerations are far away from the singular component of Manufacturing.

Mercedes Benz has a reasonable price for the quality they provide? Goods Made in Canada are typically thought to be of reasonable quality but does that translate into a reasonable price?

This is where we put the question back to the designer to solve their own business question.

What does it take to achieve a reasonable price?

For an Apparel design line you would have to have all aspects of your Source Supply, Manufacturing and Distribution confirmed in advance from the fabric raw material to a final, well branded customer fulfillment venue or retail outlet? Add to that your Administrative Structure and even financial situation and other strengths would also come into play.

It is a very involved undertaking to reach this type of end to end standard of readiness to produce a line focused on price.

Our facility does offer some of the components required to Design, Develop, and Make a dynamic product offering and depending on the other facets required to mass produce, market, and deliver a worldwide quality standard worthy the price charged.

For:  A) Design and Pattern Development

Leading to:  B) Prototype Development.

The Manufacturing, if in Canada, would require you investing in several seasons of commitment to secure your production.

At this stage our office would require a base retainer, with payment up front, to enter any sort of meeting discussion. This retainer is for the time and attention our office will have to pay towards focusing on your ambition.

If you would like to solicit us for support with your business development plan we would need to confirm the significant details of your “roll out” strategy and the associated costs required to reach your goal would be revealed.

Based on what most designers come forward with when establishing a Domestic Garment Manufacturing program there is a substantial capital requirement. In most cases we do not see our team becoming involved for less than $5,000 – $25,000 in preliminary-production services, as we have to direct significant amount of our resources to the task of converting illustrations to pattern and in that process, determine the garment construction questions involved in the task of developing a prototype and companion finished showroom sample.

And as mentioned, the effort to realize a “reasonably priced line” suggests some significant logistical challenges that are simply not attainable without major effort being applied.

the Brand has to be prepared to build some opening inventory and most likely will purchase in advance materials keystone to the product development plan and “reasonable price” objective.

Resources: Facility and Equipment, Time and Talent.

With AccuMark Software and Gerber Technology, patterns are digital, so calling up a style and making an edit saves time and money.

Using advanced computer software assists with accuracy when cutting multiple layers of cloth by automated positioning of the pattern pieces prior to ordering or laying cloth on the table.

With “markers” (as the blueprint) specific to a cutting order, errors are reduced and the yield is enhanced adding further benefit to every job customized to the fabric and style being made to maximize yield.

To reach this point in the process, original pattern creations are converted to vector lines using an electronic drafting table. Our investment in this technology helps make quality fashion garment apparel better, faster and in smaller quantities if desired.

Have a question?
Sending an email can be great way to get things started.
Info@directcurrentfmg.com

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