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Old February 11th, 2009 Feb 11, 2009 5:50:28 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Possible new blank supplier in Australia - Please have a look.. (market research)

Hi all,

I am based on the Gold Coast and soon, I will be placing orders with a contact of mine overseas to produce those premium, super soft, thin tshirts that you find in upmarket boutiques.. (retail value of tshirts normally above $80)

I recently bought some of these tshirts from Argentina from a local designer, 65/35 mix, and I am sure they are sub dyed. They have a fantastic vintage look about them, and they feel great to wear.

For those that are having trouble finding these types of blanks in Australia, please let me know what kind of thing you are looking for in a blank, including price range, neck type (V neck? loose neck fitting?), colours, cut of tshirt (slim, long, loose) and so forth. This will give me a greater understanding about what you guys all want in a blank.

Also it wouldn't hurt to include things you expect from a supplier! like reliability, stock availability, minimum order numbers, free samples.. I am new to this business, but solid research is never a waste of time.

I hope I get a good response to this thread!.. If you worry about posting a reply feel free to PM me.

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Brent let us know what you come up with i am sure if you can provide some quality stuff in adults and babies/kids you will have many buyers. D
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Default Re: Possible new blank supplier in Australia - Please have a look.. (market research)

To be honest now is a good time to be doing this, if you can get the pricing right. With our dollar buying 63 cents US, the cost of importing premium quality tees such American Apparel and Continental has become prohibitive for many. However finding equivalent reasonably priced product here is not easy as can be seen in many of the threads on this sub-forum. So as in the above post if the stuff is quality you will have many buyers I'm sure.

If the the product is mid to low end on the quality scale you start competing with product that can currently be sourced easily here... so I would think you would find this a more competivite market. Black and white promo shirts are not hard to get, youthful fashion cut shirts with soft hand and big range of colours are certainly harder if you don't want to spend a fortune.

Current competition in this market in Oz would be AS Colour, Alstyle Apparel and perhaps the new Gildan Ring Spun shirts.

Best of luck with your endevour.
 
 
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Hi Brent, I have a body builder (weight lifter) who wants some shirts done and he wants form fitting and classy, probably 'V' neck.
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Default Re: Possible new blank supplier in Australia - Please have a look.. (market research)

Hi John,

I am still in the stages of finalizing everything - I am waiting for the samples so I can give the go ahead with the production.

John do you have a range of tshirts in a clothing store? To anyone reading this that is involved in the business and is making good sales, what do you need in a (new) supplier? Would it be overnight delivery, would it be free samples, would it be always having stock available?

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Old March 2nd, 2009 Mar 2, 2009 11:55:30 PM -   #6 (permalink)
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Hi Brent

Im currently looking for a supplier of blanks. Girls shirts would be loose neck or v-neck long fit and solid colours that can be printed in either waterbased or plastisol inks. Guys shirts round neck, medium length mostly in black and white to start. I had decided on the American Apparel range but if there is something cheaper and doesn't compromise on quality I would be interested.

From a supplier I would expect free samples (within reason obviously), delivery of order within about 7 working days and still having a good price for 50-100 quantity would be great. Something that is VERY important is that the shirts keep their shape, it has been a huge disappointment to me when samples have twisted after 1-2 gentle washes!

Look forward to hearing what you come up with!
(Im also on the Gold Coast)
 
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Hi Brent,

When we have looked we are after children's/infant shirts. The main things we look for are envelope style necks for infants, choice of colours (we like colours aside from baby blue, pink & white - so black, red, olive, chocolate). The shirts we use are a thick quality, don't stretch easily or come out of shape, have a lovely soft feel. We prefer a slim fit in all shirts, as our style is not a t-shirt style if that makes sense. Price, we currently with the $ pay about $8 per blank, which does not leave a lot of room for profit, but gives us the end product we want.

From a supplier, we prefer smaller minimums that have a bit of a price break, not just for those that can afford hundreds of shirts. We also depend on reliability, we plan our ranges and it is frustrating when ordering and a size and colour is not available, which has happened.

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I run my own baby and kids clothing range and if you can get the following then you will have my buisness.
I currently buy 600-800 tshirts a month and about 80-150 bodysuits.

You need to find.
Baby and kids tshirts 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
Baby and Kids envelope tshirts in same sizes
Baby and kids bibs
Baby and kids Romper/bodysuits with envelope or side button
Baby and kids hoodies and jumpers

Colours you need black, white, chocolate, gray, yellow, red, green, purple, lime green, solid light blue, dark blue, navy and the list gos on.

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Thanks for you responses,

I'm not sure if these will be the right tshirts for any of your needs but when I get them in, I will be sending out samples and a pricelist and we will go from there.

Monsta it will be very easy to source these goods for you, they will be just generic ones with 100% organic cotton. I will see how I go over the next few weeks and let you know.

Also, for the tshirt printer/designers reading this, what do you print on, or what mix do you need? 50/50, 65/35, 100% cotton?

Thanks,
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Hi Brent,

Im intersted in a sample shirt when you get them, one with a v neck and or a low cut, even the matrial being very thin but slightly loosecan have a few little bottons. If the colours are like a peach, light grey, baby blue just easy on the eyes!

Colours and price list will be looked at, with great appreciation.

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Hi Brent, hows it going? I'd be interested in a sample batch if your got stock coming. Only interested in small quantity to see how it goes. At the moment I have small volume till I get more designs.
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Thanks all that have replied. Just letting you know that the samples are a few weeks away. There was a small quality problem with the stitching that I needed to iron out. I will keep this thread updated when I get closer to the samples arriving!
 
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has anyone considered organising to make their own tee's? it sounds like there would be several buyers waiting in the wings. does anyone know the price of a roll of 100% cotton 180 gm material? and how many shirts of a given size could be made from same? or does one need orders in the hundreds to make it a viable proposition?
i've had no experience with childrens garments but men and women seem to prefer 100% cotton. "Standardknit" used to have over 50 colors available.
 
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Hi everyone,

Just letting you know that samples will be arriving at the end of next week at the latest.

Some exciting news is that a local tshirt designer that I have been talking to has felt the material the tees are going to be made from, and depending on the samples will use my tee for his whole line - and his tees are in shops in a few cities.

Further updates will be added when they come in.
 
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Hi Brent,

Sounds great, please keep me posted about the status.. i know how hard it is to find exactly the right blank u are looking for. i'm sydney based and am looking for really good tee's to print my designs onto.

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