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Manufacturing is a topic that--I think it causes stress. That's a really tough segment of the business to deal with. If you're a starting designer, it's difficult to build those relationships. The ones that you need to have with the suppliers and with the factories so that they can produce your product to your standards.
And I'm here to help. I have a couple of tips.
My number one tip is don't pay for your production up front.
If you put your product in a factory, you want to pay them upon delivery. Once they make you beautiful product and it passes all your tests and it's to your quality standards, that's when you pay for your product.
I once had this client--she came to me after she place her production in a factory, she paid them upfront and then they pretty much stopped communicating with her.
They would not answer her phone calls,they would not give her anything that she needed; she actually had to show up at the factory and pretty much they ruined her production.
And all of this is because she paid upfront.
They no longer cared about the fact that they had to produce her product to standard. So one of my major tips to you designers out there is to not only find a reputable, really good quality factory but to pay them when the work is completed.
Now, I know it's difficult because you're new, you're newly working with them--they don't trust you as much as maybe you don't trust them.
Some of them may ask for a deposit.
You being a newbie, I'd say don't pay a deposit, but if you must--if you're in that factory and they're working on product for a line that you hold in high regard then maybe pay only up to a ten percent deposit.
The factory still has to work for it.
You can't pay them enough so then they don't care anymore about your order.
I say don't pay a deposit--but if you must, if this is imperative, if there is no other way for them to produce you're product and they are a spectacular, high quality, top of the line factory, then I may give them a deposit, but I would only give them--like I said--ten percent, so that they still have to earn the ninety percent and they still have to give you the quality that your company requires.
So my tip to you, designers, is don't pay factories up front.
Deposit only in dire straits, only if, again, the factory is top, primo, A-1, wonderful quality then ten percent would be the max that you should ever give as a deposit to a factory, so that you can get your product made to standards at the end.
With 25 years of expert experience in the industry, fashion authority Michelle Alleyne is dedicated to bringing her immeasurable industry knowledge and personal expertise to aspiring designers everywhere.
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