Prototype Vs. Sample: Is There A Difference?

March 16, 2018

Coming up with the first product idea is an exciting moment in a fashion designer’s life. In most cases, fashion designers begin with sketches for their products. As a matter fact, it’s not uncommon for some designers to start off with a prototype. This gives them a better idea of what the final product will look like. Once the prototype is made, it’s easier to create a sample for kick starting the production process.

 This brings us to an important question that often confuses fashion designers: Do prototypes and samples mean the same thing? If there’s a difference between a garment prototype and sample, what is it?

This post will help you understand the subtle difference between a sample and a prototype:

· A prototype serves a guide to try a new product design. On the other hand, a sample has several functions. For example, the sample is used to test a product before mass production takes place. You can use your sample to assess the fitting, size or general feel of a product prior to full scale garment manufacturing. This will help you revise the sample to ensure production goes smoothly.

· A prototype is generally considered the first sample of a product. You can make changes to it until you’re able to figure out your design. On the contrary, a sample sets the foundation for production. It contributes to a great product design, fabric, fit, and construction, as well as sound production process. It’s a smart idea to create multiple samples as the first one may not meet your expectations. As soon as a sample is approved by a designer, the garment factory can start bulk production.

· Prototype is something created by a designer, while a factory makes a sample.

Although there are a few minor differences between samples and prototypes, they have the same goal i.e. to produce visually appealing, good quality garments for your target customers.

 Whether you’re looking to refine a prototype or create a sample, Lefty Production Co. can help new and established clothing lines perfect their prototypes and samples.

Apart from sample making, we offer sketching and design, fabric and trim sourcing, labels and branding, pattern making, duplicates, fittings, pattern revisions, marking and grading, cutting, production and packing.

Our capabilities include, but are not limited to, children's wear, maternity, women’s wear, men’s wear, swimwear, athleisure, home goods, bridal, accessories and more.

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