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Your Guide to Manufacturing Wholesale Fashion


Before you select your wholesale stock, it is important to ensure that the products that you are purchasing are of the best possible quality and from ethical working conditions. This guide will give you an insight into the manufacturing process, and highlight things to look out for when you are buying your stock.

How to ensure you are buying the best possible stock from the best sources

As a wholesaler, choosing the clothing manufacturers that you want to work with can be a bit of a leap of faith, especially if they are located overseas. Not only do you need to ensure that the goods are of premium quality, it is also important that you are able to establish a good working relationship with the manufacturers.  At Continental Textiles, we have found that the best way to get a realistic idea of craftsmanship, quality control, process and working conditions is to visit the factories in person. With this in mind, when selecting the manufacturers that we work with, we were keen to ensure that the locations of their factories were easily accessible, to enable us to make regular visits.

What does the manufacturing process involve?

As you would expect, there are many elements that make up the garment manufacturing process, familiarising yourself with this timeline will help give you an understanding of what exactly goes on during this time and how delivery schedules are determined.  Of course there are variants to the procedure, depending on the particular manufacturer, but this is a general breakdown of what is commonly involved:

What does the buying process involve?

During the manufacturing process, there are several opportunities where the buyer can get involved to check quality and sizing of stock meets expectations.  This is an example of the process:

From design concept to shopping bag

As a wholesaler, we have had many years experiencing the manufacturing process and over time have established some great working relationships. Knowing what to look for in a manufacturer (and ultimately spotting any warning signs!) means that we can source the perfect products for retailer’s needs, on a realistic timescale and at a competitive price. By working closely with our factories we can ensure that we have a clear view of the process from initial product concept selection right up to the point when we distribute the finished products to our retail buyers.

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