How Do I start a clothing line?

I have a catchy name, a logo, but where do I find a good manufacturer that can make "urban" stylish kind of clothing that would fit "thick" women (sizes-8-18)?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    For manufacturing sources, I suggest you check out the manufacturers listed in the National Association of Manufacturers http://www.nam.org/s_nam/index.asp

    Also check out Davison's Textile Blue Book, which is an annual directory of mills, dyers, finishers, converters and jobbers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America. http://www.textilebluebook.net/

    Or you can take a risk and look for international manufacturers through sites such as Alibaba http://www.alibaba.com/

    I recommend that you read Kathleen Fasanella's blog at http://fashion-incubator.com/ . She is the author of the book "The Entrepreneur's Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing" and her blog is full of answers to questions on how to start a clothing line

    Here are some articles on how to create your own clothing line:

    How to Start a Clothing Line http://www.style-source.com/how-to-start-clothing-...

    Starting a Clothing Line or Apparel Manufacturing Business http://www.powerhomebiz.com/vol66/clothing.htm

    For in-depth information, you may want to read the following books

    The Official Step by Step Guide to Starting a Clothing Line

    Start Your Own Clothing Store (Entrepreneur Magazine's Start Up)

    The Business of Fashion: Designing Manufacturing, and Marketing

    The World of Fashion Merchandising

    So You Want to Work in the Fashion Business? A Practical Look at Apparel Product Development and Global Manufacturing

    The Entrepreneur's Guide to Sewn Product Manufacturing

    Fashion: From Concept to Consumer

    You may also want to check out the resources of the following associations:

    Professional Apparel Association http://www.proapparel.com/

    American Apparel Producer’s Network http://www.usawear.org/

    Worldwide Responsible Apparel Manufacture http://www.wrapapparel.org/

    American Apparel and Footwear Association http://www.americanapparel.org/

    National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers http://www.nafad.com/

    Fashion Group International http://www.fgi.org/

    Apparel News http://www.apparelnews.net/

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Have some experience in fashion (retail counter doesn't count) Knowing how to run a business or having a partner who has taken a course would probably determine whether you could even start a line Making a vlog, blog, twitter or facebook would really help you out One guy I heard about on the radio was asking some of his followers for help with a job and he got hired at the company he wanted at a better position then he earlier applied for. And starting a group on facebook showing pictures of your designs would allow people to be more aware.

  • 1 decade ago

    first raise the money, then get a patent and a licence for your design or label, then find someone to make the clothes if your not making them yourself, then find a distributor for yor brand, a good tip to make good money is to have friends and family wear your clothes, and then sell from home to make 100 percent of the profit, then as you get popular and have more demand for your clothes then find a major distributor like target, wal mart, j c penny, macy's etc.

  • 1 decade ago

    The best way to start a clothing line is to start with a good nylon rope and use a square knot on your patio post and run it to the closest tree. In a pinch, you can run it to your neighbors picket fence if'n they're not lookin. Good Luck and thank you for letting me be silly...I just couldn't resist! :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    SOMEONE FAMOUS. Thats how my friend started hers. She knows Ernie and Ice T. I've met them, but back to the answer... definatley someone famous.

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