Fashion Apparel – 4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Manufacturer

November 4, 2016

You get an idea in the middle of the night and all of a sudden, you are excited about turning your idea into a reality. The first thing you do next morning is get down everything on paper and then start making plans. Finally, you have got it all down: Your brand name, its designs and the budget, but wait, you are forgetting something. The manufacturer!

This is the hardest part because choosing a manufacturer for your business is fraught with risks of picking somebody who is untrustworthy and unreliable. Whether you are going for a local manufacturer or overseas manufacturer, there are certain questions that you need to ask the garment manufacturing company about:

Q1. Is The Communication Process Fast With Regular Feedback?

The foundation of any good service is good and timely feedback.

·         Does the company communicate over email and phone?

·         Does it provide status updates?

·         Does it work to understand the details of the project?

If a company finds difficulty in communicating with you and understanding your demands from the start, imagine the horror of the communication failure once they get the project and your deposit.

Q2. What Are the Steps to Getting a Garment Ready for Production?

When you hire a manufacturing company, the most important question to ask is what steps are involved in making your product production-ready.  The process requires steps including sketching, pattern making, sample making and marking and grading.

Q3. How Long Will the Production Take?

Very few clothing manufacturing companies can offer expedited turnaround, but there are a few that can.  Fashion factories can often have very long lead-times so make sure to factor this into your timeline.

Q4. Tell Us About Your Other Clients?

It is very important to know that whether the company has done some major quality projects in the past or not. Ask them about their previous clients and check out those products online. Look at their Instagram and other social media pages.

Lefty Production Co. is a one-stop-shop design, development and textile manufacturing company based in the heart of Los Angeles. For further information about their services, call 713-385-7250 or email

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