Bangladesh Clothing Manufacturers and the Requirements They Need
Not everyone is a seasoned individual in the fashion and apparel industry. We get a lot of price quote requests and orders from buyers who are promotional, first time, or new to the industry, and they ask for help when preparing the documents and material needed for their requirements to progress into price quotes. Having an idea of these documents will definitely make the process for working with Bangladesh clothing manufacturers much easier. If you fall under any one of the aforementioned category of buyers; here are some of the things that you need to be aware of as you prepare your requirements, to turn your ambitious idea into a fabulous piece of apparel that will clothe countless people in your community and all over the world!
On another note, if you’re interested in learning about the shipping aspects of sourcing from Bangladesh clothing manufacturers, here is our exporters checklist for shipping clothes from Bangladesh.
The Weight of the Apparel
Whether you want to make sweaters for your upcoming fall collection, or you just opened up an online t-shirt printing business, understanding the concept, and knowing the weight of your apparel is essential if you plan to be involved in the apparel industry. In this case, the weight of the apparel actually means the weight of the fabric used to make your apparel.
The three factors that contribute to the weight is the sewing, finishing, and the type of fibre used. The two terms to be aware are grams per square meter (shortened to GSM) and ounce per square yard (colloquially shortened in the industry to Oz). GSM is used commonly for knit products (t-shirts, and shirts) and Oz for woven products (sweaters). Although they are often interchanged.
The best way to calculate the weight is to use a fabric cutter and a weighing balance. The process over here is to cut swatches from the apparel, weigh them, and take averages. From our experience most first time buyers do not have the tools handy. However, we have a lot of hacks to figure out the weight, which we shall expand upon later on in this post.
The Material Composition
The Material of the fabric ends up dictating the quality of the apparel, and combined with the weight, how someone feels when wearing your apparel.
The types of material available is a list that is long and diverse. The fabric could be 100% cotton, 100% polyester, a mix of both, or even a tri-blend of polyester, cotton, and rayon. Wool and cashmere are popular when making winter clothing and linen is common in places where the weather is warm. The list is truly endless!
What matters though, is you truly understand what material you wish to use for making your apparel. We shall also expand upon hacks to figuring this out later on in this post.
If you want learn more about the concept of weight and material composition in t-shirts, take a look at our guide to blank t-shirts.
Design and Colors
This is one thing that is usually missing when buyers send us their requirements. We have even received designs that were drawn on sketches on existing styles from other companies! Needless to say, we then created professional designs using our in-house design team.
If you have an idea of what to produce, the next step is to figure out the exact colors and their color codes. If you are using a tool like Illustrator, they have features for helping you figure it out. Otherwise, there are many other tools, softwares, and even Google Chrome extensions for helping you ascertain the color of your designs.
If you do indeed have the color pantone and the design files, then you already are one step ahead of the process for sourcing from clothing manufacturers in Bangladesh!
NewThread Case Studies
As we have mentioned before, a lot of our clients don’t have aspects of their apparel requirements ready. Here is an example of how we helped one of our clients solve this problem.
A client of ours, a first time entrepreneur, just launched her own brand. Her initial designs were short and long sleeved t-shirts, and though she had the design files and the color pantone, her previous producers did not provide information about the weight or material. Her stock was actually low and so sending a sample was out of the question. We then asked her to look through each and every tags she had of the t-shirts and we were able to figure out the blanks the previous printers used. After that it was pretty simple as we obtained the specs of the blanks from the producing company itself. Any popular company that produces blanks will have their entire catalogue up on their website. From there we figured out the exact measurements, weight, and material composition. As of 27th February 2018, her apparel is in the production stage and she will be saving around 50% per piece of apparel when compared to her previous producer.