Disruptions in the supply chain are completely out of your control and this past year your patience has been tested more than ever. We know how frustrating delays can be during your production. You run the risk of not even having product to sell in seasonally important moments on the calendar. Here's how your brand can be better prepared to navigate the supply chain in these uncertain times.
Fabrics are often the most expensive part of a garment, and sustainable fabrics can be very expensive. Deadstock fabric is a great way to be sustainable by reducing fabric waste while cutting down costs on your cost of goods sold. Most factories have leftover fabric from previous production runs, you just have to ask. Sourcing deadstock fabric is a great way to get your feet wet when you're heading towards becoming a fully sustainable brand. Here's how you can design for deadstock fabric successfully:
All clothing has a "Made in" line on the tag, but how does that help you know that it was made in an ethical factory? Well, it doesn't. This "Made In" label, only indicates the final destination where the pattern pieces were sewn together. There are many garments labeled "Made In New York" when 90% of the construction occurred overseas. So obviously, the tagging system used today needs some work if it's desired outcome is transparency and standards. Here's how it needs to change.
Starting with US manufacturing is common for emerging brands, but as you scale you may find being price competitive a real hurdle. Making the jump to overseas manufacturing can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Knowing which boxes need to be checked before starting the process of overseas apparel manufacturing will save you tons of time and money. Here's what you'll need in order to be ready to make the leap to overeseas production.
Before moving forward, your production checklist should have all of it's marks to ensure that you're going to meet your production time goals. Knowing what roadblocks and time delays could cause for delays need to be known ahead of time so you're prepared. Here's what you need to know:
Heading into your early stages of product development with no direction on where your brand is heading can lead to a rough production process. If you have an idea of what you want your brand to look like, production should be a breeze and there are a few things that you can map out beforehand. Here's what would be nice to have, and what you need to have before reaching out to factories for your production:
Going through the production process can seem a little overwhelming and with so much to be accounted for, things often get lost along the way, fall through the cracks and create missed opportunities. Here are 5 mistakes brands often make during production, and how they can be avoided.
One of the most important aspects of sustainable and ethical fashion is the supply chain. Ethical Factories have certifications that ensure that they are using ethical practices, but we often find these factories go above and beyond to support people. THR3EFOLD has worked hard to gather the best community of factories who are doing great things to uplift their community through the production work you provide, here are a few stories to inspire your week.
MOQs (minimum order quantity) don't just determine if you can work with a factory, but when used correctly they can also increase your sustainability. The minimum order quantity starts at the fabric level and typically determines how much production you purchase from there. So if you get really good with pattern cutting and design you can use all of that fabric to eliminate waste. Here's some ideas for designing for the minimum order quantity to increase sustainability.
Online reselling platforms have become huge. However, brands suffer because they are not receiving any financial compensation. Some brands have decided to take it into their own hands by reselling their own items. With the thought of sustainability in mind reselling is a great way for brands to add to their revenue, here's how.