Best Clothing Manufacturers and Suppliers
Although it’s easy to search for clothing manufacturers on the Internet, be it through sourcing communities or B2B platforms, the real challenge is to find the right factory that can produce quality apparel according to the buyer’s requirements.
In China, the world’s renowned garment powerhouse, the clothing industry consists largely of dress manufacturers, sweater manufacturers, and coat and jacket manufacturers. However, identifying and verifying the legitimacy and reliability of each factory can be very time consuming.
More than 5,000 large-scale retailers and small set-ups are now relying on Tradegood to assist them throughout the sourcing process, as going this route saves them more time and money by not having to visit each factory in the various cities and provinces the length and breadth of a huge China.
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Shenzhen, in Guangdong Province, is known as the nation’s garment-manufacturing hub. Interestingly, it is also rapidly transforming into a fashion capital, and the home of prominent designers and haute couture. Here, the fashion industry is growing and at the same time creating a more competitive market.
Challenges and concerns are inevitable in a thriving industry, especially from the buyer’s perspective, and it can be quite challenging to find a suitable clothing manufacturer.
Let’s take a look at the challenges and concerns of buyers
Garment Color – choosing garment colors online is one of the major concerns of buyers. The colors delivered may not be the same as the actual samples. Buyers should request samples, e.g., from the fabric factory, before buying in bulk, and specify from a specific color chart that both sides are familiar with.
T-Shirt Quality – from cotton to spandex and polyester, buyers are also concerned about the quality of shirts manufactured in different materials. Some t-shirts shrink after washing, affecting the sizing. The challenge is to find the right t-shirt manufacturer that won’t compromise on quality.
Labor Costs and Location – finding a suitable clothing manufacturer that offers the best deals in labor cost is also one of the buyer’s chief concerns. Shenzhen is known as China’s garment-manufacturing hub, but while companies usually flock to this city, in fact a number of t-shirt manufacturers are scattered across various other cities, such as Dongguan, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Jinjiang, Ningbo, and in other tier-2 and tier-3 cities. Labor costs may also differ between cities. Most likely, tier-1 cities (including Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangdong) have higher labor costs compared with tier-2 cities (Nanjing, Xi’an, and Chengdu) and tier-3 cities.
Dress Sizes – sizing is one of the most important factors in choosing a suitable dress factory. Westerners tend on average to be bigger than Asians. Buyers from North American and European countries should therefore ask for samples, take note of the sizes and make sure the factory can deliver the required sizing and quality accordingly. They can search the latest clothing information from the California Fashion Association, a non-profit organization that discusses the challenges and issues prevailing in the textile industry. Buyers can always gain more insights and news by networking with other B2B companies.
Wholesale prices for fashion items and accessories - this is also one of the major concerns of buyers when choosing high-quality fashion items and accessories, including handbags, purses, umbrellas, belts and so on. The products shown in the manufacturer’s online catalog may also differ in terms of design and the quality of materials used. Sample requests and lower price-points for bulk orders from a purse factory or a handbag factory, including quality assurance and control, must be negotiable, as well as for bulk orders for different designs of umbrellas from a trusted umbrella factory.