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The time it takes to launch a product from the initial conversation through to shipped production varies on where it is produced and how complex the garments are. Below is a typical timeline and a brief explanation of the processes involved and the time taken to complete each stage.
Please note that this timeline is to create a bespoke product for your brand, and should not be mistaken for off the shelf white-label goods that are produced using basic stock fabrics with your logo applied. Read here why we don’t do this.
Please note COVID-19 has had a huge effect on current lead times on samples, fabrics and production and therefore some factories, fabric mills and trim suppliers have extended their normal lead times as a result.
We need to talk. We need to talk a lot. We need to know what you want to achieve by launching your brand, why you are doing this, what’s your USP, your inspiration, the end goal, ambitions, target customer, business set up, financials and of course, some details about the products.
1st Prototype Production
Fitting & Critique
2nd Prototype Production
Fitting & Critique
Bulk production lead times vary dramatically, with several factors determining the overall lead time. The first factor is how long it will take for the nominated fabric mill to produce the fabrics. Because we produce performance sportswear, many fabric mills don’t hold stock as there are so many different levels of performance they can produce by adding finishes and treatments. Fabric production could take up to 12-16 weeks to produce it to your specific performance and colour requirements. These fabrics then need to be shipped to the factory who will quality check them before they are cut.
Production lead times then vary depending on how complex the garments are, how big the factory is, and the volume produced. It can be as fast as a couple of weeks or as long as 8-10 weeks.
Prior to the bulk production getting underway, we receive from the factory a final “Pre-Production” sample to check and approve before they commence bulk production and size sets, which are measured to make sure the pattern grade is correct so an XS or XXL will actually fit.
Once production has finished, you will have a choice of how you want to ship the goods, by sea, plane, courier or truck depending on the location of the factory and the required shipping address.
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