These are some of the common questions frequently heard during free consultations. Please read over this list to make the best use of your time during our call.
1. How does this whole process of making things work?
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2. Will you sign my non-disclosure agreement before we talk?
We take everyone’s privacy very seriously regardless of NDA. If you have a short NDA that we deem reasonable, it may be considered. Otherwise, there is an NDA in the contract. You can read the actual one here - https://www.developapparel.com/blog/my-actual-nda
Please note it is not common practice for manufacturers and factories to sign NDAs due to the open nature of a factory and the number of people that are involved in production creation.
3. How long does it take to get a first sample made?
It depends on the item because every original clothing style is unique. Estimate 2-3 months if we're starting from a concept. This includes time for fabric sourcing. We can give a better estimate once we know the details.
4. Can you manage my sales? And do my marketing?
We are highly product focused and don’t personally handle the sales aspect of the business. We can refer you to some other people for assistance. We do offer basic marketing assistance to consulting clients.
5. What is your hourly rate?
We do not charge hourly. We have set package rates that vary slightly by type of product. We’ll discuss this during your introductory call to work out what is best for your needs. Our prices are on the higher side due to the fact we avoid many costly mistakes, quality issues, and other challenges. This ultimately saves you time and money in the end.
6. I want to make some samples that look just like this other brand you work on. Can you help me?
We are already committed to the current client and cannot help with this. It's different to use a garment or accessory you purchased as a point of reference for a new design or style.
7. Can I make 10 pieces of my style for $5 each?
The fabric alone is usually more than $5. Clothing is not cheap to make unless you are producing large volume with simple construction in an inexpensive fabric (like 5000 basic cotton/poly tee shirts). Even then, please question cheap clothing as the price is often low due to poor environmental processes, low quality materials, or unfair wages. More here at https://www.developapparel.com/post/why-it-costs-more-to-make-less
8. Can you tell me what it will cost to make this in production?
We can give an estimate range once the first proto samples are made. If first samples are made at a factory level, then 1st cost estimate will be provided. Production pricing is determined by volume among other factors.
9. Do manufacturers have price lists?
We have only seen maybe two places ever provide this. Each unique style has its own unique cost.
10. How long does sourcing take?
Sourcing refers to finding all the fabrics and trims not just to make one sample, but to make production quantity in the future too. It is the first step. It is often the longest, most challenging part of the process, especially if the material is new to market or complex. Please see our blog post on this at - https://www.developapparel.com/blog/how-long-will-sourcing-take
11. Why do I need a tech pack?
Like an architectural blueprint for a house, a tech pack is your blueprint for apparel. We do not recommend getting anything made in bulk without one. See my article on Maker’s Row at https://makersrow.com/blog/2018/02/tech-packs-101/
12. Can my collection be finished in production in a year?
Maybe. It depends on the line itself. Estimate around 9-12 months for a small, tight collection. We need to plan around a few things like manufacturers' busy seasons, Chinese New Year if made in China, or summer break if made in Europe. Made in America is typically faster but will be more expensive. Custom fabrics add a lot of time to the calendar so this estimate is based on stock fabric.
13. How much money will I make on my first collection?
The first collection likely won't bring any profit. You have to be in it for the long haul to be profitable. If you break even on the investment of starting a clothing line on the first run, then consider that a win. Most new brands start smaller to test their styles and the market. The less you make of something, the more costly it will be to have produced.
14. Can we meet in person instead of having a phone call?
If you become a client, yes. All initial introductory calls are done over the phone.
15. How do you work with remote clients?
Through regular phone touch base calls, Zoom, Google Hangouts, emails, and mailing packages to each other. Email is preferred as I find this the best way to stay organized.
16. How do you do your billing?
Via QuickBooks invoicing in installments for project based fees. If you're in need of hourly consulting, then we invoice before the call or meeting. Payments are made through the invoicing system online.
17. Will I be working with Jessica or someone else?
You'll be in contact solely with me for now. I only take on as many clients as I can personally manage well at once because of the in-depth nature of the services I provide. We can book a couple of months out if I'm at capacity. I work during regular business hours only on Pacific Time, no evenings or weekends. I use 'we' as I have behind the scenes support and sewing contractors.
18. Do you use a contract?
Yes, if we move forward to work together, we use a service that will push a contract to you to be e-signed. I can send you a sample one via email if you'd like to read it over first.
19. Why do you ask for budget information to provide a quote?
It's a lot of work to draft a detailed scope or quote. We need to be sure it is worth the time investment.
20. Why haven't I heard back about the initial introductory call?
Due to the volume of inquiries received, we are not able to respond to all of them. Please wait a week before resubmitting your contact form.
21. How can I make this process faster?
Design & creation are iterative processes and a huge amount of work to create good quality. When the schedule flexibility is there for me and my team, a rush fee may be added if requested. It is typically not possible to go from concept to first sample in a couple of weeks as we only produce high quality of work and aim to get things done correctly up front.
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