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8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2012 5:30 PM by bugsylil75 RSS

Trying to seek information and advice on starting a clothing line.

bugsylil75 Novice
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Hello im mister1275,

And im writing to this to whomever can offer the best advice and information on me trying to start a clothing line business. I dont wanna give out the name till i have it patented but i am a cartoonist (local) and in my spare time i draw out clothes and want to know what all it will take to get it out there in the media world. For all thats reading this, thank you. ( i want to target kids(possibly), teens and adults.)

  • Re: Trying to seek information and advice on starting a clothing line.
    vnavguys Expert
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    I have a site that carries a very niche minded design apparel for men.  The one thing i can tell you about apparel is that it is a rough and ever changing market.  When you put out new designs they only last so long.  Then you have to freshen it up.  Are you planning on marketing it via a website?  Have you considered a facebook store?

     

    Ken

    • Re: Trying to seek information and advice on starting a clothing line.
      bugsylil75 Novice
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      Thanks ken for replying back,

      No i havent thought of facebook store. And right now im just working the designs i have sketched up as well i have my clothing line name. So my next step is to get my clothes digital colored instead of sitting here coloring them in with color pencils cus it doesnt bring it out how i want it to. I found one company that will make clothes off ur sketches in north carolina so im just trying to figure out how to go about this as well as the money it will cost to do it. Right now just working on men designs...what ive been thinkin of doing is get my designs together and present them to like aeropostale, american eagle, old navy and see if we can come together on a deal or contract, something....right now i dont know everything is up in the air.

  • Re: Trying to seek information and advice on starting a clothing line.
    LUCKIEST Master
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    Do you have a business plan??

    • Re: Trying to seek information and advice on starting a clothing line.
      bugsylil75 Novice
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      Yes I have a business plan still in works as we speak so I can have one ready to present to someone.

      • Re: Trying to seek information and advice on starting a clothing line.
        jaybally Novice
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        I strongly urge you to take the example set forth by every dominant clothing manufacturer in the market.  What many folks fail to realize is that many of the great brands were started by a company (person) offering ONE PRODUCT.  Offer one hat, one scarf, one style jeans in one size, one t-shirt, etc.  That will allow you to gather data as to what direction you should take your brand, and how to build it.  It makes no sense to go out and produce 5,000 articles of clothing and pray that they are sold.  Take one product to a trade show and sell it out.

         

        This approach is a lot easier to execute nowadays given the dynamics of social media.  At that trade show, have a mobile POS terminal (perhaps iPad based) where you can have those folks who buy your product connect with you on the social networks.  There is a book out there about the lean start-up methodology that was published recently which principles apply to all sectors.  I would encourage you to read it.

         

        If you have to hand embroider 500 t-shirts and throw them in your drunk for a drive across country, that is exactly where you should start.  Most importantly, GATHER DATA, DATA, DATA, DATA.  The idea is that the next product offering(s) will be easy to sell.

         

        Or, if you're really really really intent on offering more than one product at first - and using a web site to support sales, I would encourage you to have the most beautiful and intuitve site you can get done.  From there, hand make each indvidual order and let customers know they are waiting longer for a hand / custom produced product.

  • Re: Trying to seek information and advice on starting a clothing line.
    Rosanne Simmons Novice
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    Hi mister,

     

    I think you should go to the sites of cloths and visit them. It will help you a lot. You can also visit my site it will give you a idea for cloths line busniess like mens and women cloths. you shuld seek that what is new in market then I think you will be able to start a new busniess and will successfully run it.

     

    online underwear

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