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I'm getting some samples made in China. They will be Distressed and Vintage wash garments. Mens (Muscle Fit) and (Ladies Cap sleeve Skinny). These will be printed and the target market will be High Fashion Wholesalers and Retailers. What would in your mind be the ideal specification?
Chest width
Sleeve Lenght
Body Length
The fabric will be 1005 Combed cotton 160gsm
Any feedback most appreciated
Thanks
Paul
 

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Sorry to be a pain guys but if you had to choose 6 colors for male garments
and 6 colors for female garments. What would your choice be?
 

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Hi Lucy,
thanks for the feedback I was thinking of more muted shades like cocoa,
airforce blue, etc?
 

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Thats cool that youre making the shirts yourself. How many shirts are you buying to make this economical? How much does each shirt cost to have made this way?

if youre going for high fashion, you should go with what is popular now:

mens
Black, white, gray, chocolate, olive, light blue, red

for womens:
black, white, gray, lightblue, pink, red
 

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Hi Jon,
To make it economical I will have to order at least 1000 per color per style. They will cost in the region of $3.00 (depending on the weight) mens and slightly less for ladies (plain) and the 4 color prints not a great deal more. That's including freight and VAT. I'm lucky as I have containers of different product coming from China at regular intervals so I can combine orders.They will be made to my exact specification with a slighly distressed neck hem and cuffs dyed to exact shades and washed to give a vintage look. Thanks for the color recommendations I tend to be led by sites like 80spurple.
It's a big commitment but I have a really excellent designer and excellent financial support. I will import these into the UK and have a marketing firm in China that will help me penetrate the Chinese market. They are getting made there so I don't see any reason why I shouldn't sell them there. When I get the samples I will post a few pics with my comments. I will ensure the labels hang tags and packaging with be first rate. I'm obsesive when it come to attention to detail. Then it's down to marketing, I'm lucky to have some excellent contacts in the business. I'm not going to be greedy and will sell them in quantity. I would like to add that some of the guys here have been extremly helpfull and a couple of them have been giving me excellent design advice. If anyone else wishes to comment on the designs please mail me and I will forward Graphics for their feedback.
be lucky
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jdr8271 said:
if youre going for high fashion, you should go with what is popular now:
nope- if you're going for high fashion, those people have already seen what's coming for next season and will want that. high fashion is a different ball game than just "fashion"- it is even more fast paced and demanding when it comes to "what's next".

give them what they haven't seen and what they can't get from other vendors. pretty much everyone carries chocolate, lite pink and lite blue... invest in a pantone color chart and find a variation of those "popular now" colors, or go with a few that are completely off the chart.
 

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give them what they haven't seen and what they can't get from other vendors. pretty much everyone carries chocolate, lite pink and lite blue... invest in a pantone color chart and find a variation of those "popular now" colors, or go with a few that are completely off the chart.
If you are just starting out, trying to pioneer and define the next trends can be a costly expirement. By giving (store) buyers what they know will sell to their customers and by giving (your direct sold retail) customers something unique, but still along the lines of what they already enjoy, you can still stand out.

Speaking from a marketing sense, once you are established, it would probably be easier to start setting trends. A new company trying to say pink polkadots on a green striped shirt is the new fashion might not get the same welcoming response as Polo or Ralph Lauren trying the same thing.
 

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Rodney said:
If you are just starting out, trying to pioneer and define the next trends can be a costly expirement.
On the other hand, if you are just starting out then producing a few container loads of last season's fashions could be an extremely costly experiment.

It's not a matter of setting trends, it's a matter of finding out what the trend is going to be (via a forecaster) and going with that.
 

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China has such high competition when it comes to the manufacturing of apparel. How did you decide which company to go with for your production? What is the lead time for these shirts?
 

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Hi Lestat,
Thanks for that, having some samples made in China will be ready next week.
I was wondering about the style of T-shirt. Would you got for a tighter fit bearing in mind it's the Fashion customer I'm targeting rather than a standard
garment?
 
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