does anyone one of any successful clothing brands that don't manufacturer their own shirts and tees but instead buy wholesale?..I guess what i mean is that i know large brands like polo have there own sweatshop style establishments
Yes, many large successful clothing brands use other brands like Proclub, Hanes, AmericanApparel and sell them with their own designs. Not all large brands relabel their t-shirts either. Some do, but it's not a requirement.
Some do and some don't. That's really the basic answer.
I've been through urban sportswear shops and t-shirt shops and seen brands that print on standard Hanes/Anvil/American Apparel and I've seen some that are custom labeled so you won't know which brand they are using right off, and some that have their own custom made garments from factories in the US and overseas.
Sorry, I don't have any specific brands to point out, but yes, I've seen it.
The apparel industry is very consolidated just like other industries (food service comes to mind! You know-- all those "private label" items you see in the grocery store (Wal-Mart brand, "Archer Farms" (target), etc. Obviously Target does not have a ketchup manufacturing plant, a Cereal manufacturing plant, etc…)
Most apparel companies get their "blanks" from a very select few manufacturers. Overseas manufacturers in China, etc. may manufacture for hundreds of companies on a "contract" basis, no matter what the tags say. These brands simply contract with large manufacturers to make the clothing to their specs. Try searching sites like www.alibaba.com and others to find trade partners in China, but beware there are many foreign companies that say they're manufacturing your stuff but they are really using another company! In the end it's a few manufacturers feeding the entire supply chain, just like most other industries!
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I am working for Zegatron , we do Private Label Manufacturing , we came accross , some of the small clothing companies which were using brands because they could not go into production of huge quantities and put their private label, but then when they realized that you can do that with a minimun of 24 t-shirts with us they were exited and immideatly switched to private label manufacturing.
one example of a company we changed from hanes, Gildan ammerican apparel . to private label manufacturing.. is Boshok Clothing Co
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