This page is about books I have written to help you know How to start up a fashion line
Buying Eco Fabrics
How to Make your Own Tech Packs
Search Engine Optimization
Below you can see the table of contents, read excerpts and find the links to buy online to read or listen on audio.
My main message is to pay a professional to prepare your tech packs in advance.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 My best advice
Chapter 2 Meeting MOQs
Chapter 3 Choosing fabrics
Chapter 4 Printing options
Chapter 5 Know your trims
Chapter 6 Know your accessories
Chapter 7 Prepare tech packs
Chapter 8 Getting samples made
Chapter 9 Find the right factory
Chapter 10 Packing options
Chapter 11 Bond with factory
Chapter 12 Negotiating strategies
Chapter 13 Production steps
Chapter 14 How to manage quality
Chapter 15 Shipping Documents
Chapter 16 Choose Freight Forwarder
Chapter 17 Calculate Import Duties
Where to buy Eco fabrics?
My main message is that there is no such thing as a 100% Eco fabric.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - 46 Sources of Eco fabrics
Chapter 2 - Eco influencers
Chapter 3 -Eco vs sustainability
Chapter 4 -The mystery of Eco
Chapter 5 -Why most fabrics are not Eco
Chapter 6 -How to check Eco
Chapter 7 -Advances in fabric dyeing
Chapter 8 - 6 Eco fabric wholesalers
Chapter 9 - 2 Hemp factories
Chapter 10 - 3 Recycled polyester factories
Chapter 11 – 1 Recycled cotton supplier
Chapter 12 – 2 Bamboo factories
Chapter 13 – 3 Rayon factories
Chapter 14 – 6 Eco sewing factories
Chapter 15 – 12 Eco fabrics in 2019
Guide to quality control for fashion start ups
My main message is to let the factory do QC and use a digital quality control solution to manage the QC of the factory.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Choose QC or QA
Chapter 2 Get to know the owner well
Chapter 3 Lessons learned from interviewing factory owners
Chapter 4 Evaluate the factory
Chapter 5 What to inspect
Chapter 6 When to inspect
Chapter 7 Use AQL
Chapter 8 Use the 4-point fabric inspection method
Chapter 9 Digitization of quality control
Chapter 10 Fixing defects. Rework services.
Chapter 11 Quality control companies in Vietnam
Chapter 12 Evolution of quality control
Why I wrote these books for you
Do you want to talk instead of read?
#1 Everything I share in real time is written in my books.
#2 Due to time constraints I only cover 20% of the advice in my book when conversing.
#3 Most people don't take notes when I am talking with them.
I wonder how much they remember and put to practice.
In 2017 I started offering free consultations. In the beginning I was giving free consultations a few times a week. Then I was booking 6 free consultations a week using Calendly. By the end of 2018, 6 was not enough. People wanted to talk right away but I was booked two weeks out. So I offered paid consultations. A few people paid my hourly rate and a few bought my books. Beginning 2019 I started a weekly webinar to offer free group consultations for everyone wanting to know about how to start up a fashion line and produce in Vietnam.
Read the table of contents of my books below or sign up for my weekly webinar or schedule a paid consultation. My goal is to introduce you to Vietnam and prepare you to work with garment factories in any country, not just Vietnam. Know how to start up a fashion line quickly.
Four Important Considerations about starting production in Vietnam
1. MOQ's (minimum order quantities) in Vietnam are high. If you are doing small quantity then you will struggle in Vietnam. Most sewing factories require at least 1,000 pieces per style per color. The reason is that most factories are CMT factories that focus on high volume orders.
Build your community first
"Other than aim for a blockbuster hit, what can an artist do to escape the long tail?
One solution is to find 1,000 True Fans. While some artists have discovered this path without calling it that, I think it is worth trying to formalize. The gist of 1,000 True Fans can be stated simply:
A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living."
Before you travel to Vietnam with your tech packs in hand to cost out your designs in anticipation of your first big order with Amazon, I suggest you focus on building your "true fans." You've got to attract them with your charm, your ideas, your stories, so that they wake up each day and think of you - wondering what you will talk about next, what pictures will you post next, what new designs you will create next. If you are able to create such a following then you are ready to introduce something they might buy from you - your clothing designs.
If you do it the other way around then you are just another sales person abusing their email. If you are wondering how to start up a fashion line I recommend you read 1000 True Followers first and then ask me any questions you would like about apparel production in Vietnam. Have a great day!
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1. Which styles do you want to manufacture first?
2. Do you have tech packs?
3. Do you have any special factory requirements?
4. Have you produced before? If yes, then in what country?
5. What quantity per style per color do you order?
6. Does your company have a website?
7. Do you want to work with an agent or directly with the factory?
8. Do you plan to visit Vietnam?
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Overseas Apparel Manufacturing Expert
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Author and Consultant