TECH PACKS

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Before you can be sure of your ability to transmute DESIRE into its monetary equivalent, you will require SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE of the service, merchandise, or profession which you intend to offer in return for fortune. Perhaps you may need much more specialized knowledge than you have the ability or the inclination to acquire, and if this should be true, you may bridge your weakness through the aid of your “Master Mind” group.

THINK AND GROW RICH, Napoleon Hill

Technical Packs or Tech Packs for fashion products an garments

In the first part of any start-up, money is tight and if you are at the beginning of your journey, you’ll probably have a small budget.

Everyone knows they have to make the garments they design and the manufacturing cost is always thought about, but the prep for this, the Tech Pack for clothing, usually isn’t something people give advice on, list on websites under costing sheets or even consider.

I have a number of clients who don’t believe that they need to get Tech Packs done, mainly because they have close family or friend connections to factories, or they just believe it’s a waste of money. In some cases they would be right. On the internet I see hundreds of bad quality packs that cost anything up to US$400. Ridiculous! But if done properly, a Tech Pack WILL save you money. But regardless of the training courses I do. The webinars and the blog posts, I will never convince them otherwise… well for a couple of years at least…..

The cost implications of not getting a tech pack done is very significant. Not just in money, but also in time. For those who have tried to produce a garment without one, the story of one client, Kim, will seem very familiar.

MY CLIENT, KIM…..

First Kim had to source a factory. If you are a new brand, this can be problematic because the factory won’t trust their time and skills on small orders and really don’t consider you a priority. So they’ll charge you for sampling costs at every stage to cover the cost of their staff, time and materials. You’ll also be charged a large amount per sample [and per unit for bulk production] because your quantities are so low.

Kim however, had a father who had connections as well as her husband’s family who owned one. So this for her was simple enough….. But the same rules applied. She was being charged a large amount per sample. Business is business after all.

Even though she spent time in the factory itself, explaining her ideas, showing them pictures and had a personal connection, the samples came back wrong every time. In terms of cost, her personal connection didn’t matter. When she asked them to change something or alter a measurement, they charged her the cost for each sample, plus a shipping cost.

Samples happened over and over and eventually she found that the factories were starting to get frustrated and were going to stop working with her….. To be fair, the factories, because of her personal connections did try their best and did accommodate her far longer than they would the average person. At this point, she had been trying to create her first samples for 2 years!

Then Kim attended a seminar I gave on Tech Packs and told me the same story I have just told you. She, like many others, knew about Tech packs and didn’t see the point and thought that the cost of getting one done was a waste of money, but after 2 years of paying for samples, she could now finally see their value.

Kim isn’t alone. Not at all. She, like many others think that a few pictures and explanations would save money and time, but they are thinking short term. You, since you are reading this, are in a great frame of mind. You’re thinking long term savings and you are quite right to do so.
So what does this actually mean in terms of real cost to you? The answer might surprise you….

I’ve had clients that, on their own, have been really lucky and only had to do 3 or 4 rounds of sampling. Others have done 7 or 8 before the factory has stopped communication and they’ve had to start again. Believe it or not, including fabrics, shipping costs and time, these brands have spent over US$ 10,000 making mistakes [and those are the lucky ones] and spent up to 3 years trying to make one sample.

SO WHAT IS THE POINT OF A TECH PACK?…..

Factories are a business and don’t deal in creativity. They deal in money. Cost. Production time and Product. Just because the end result is fashion, does not mean they think creatively like you.

Factories don’t and won’t make decisions on your product for you. They won’t make assumptions on what you really need. They won’t fill in the information gaps you don’t have and they won’t “just get it”.

Factories are liable for mistakes in terms of cost, so they will only produce exactly what is written on the page in front of them. If the information is wrong, then that is down to you and you alone. You have to make sure that “THE page in front of them” is exactly what you want and need.

A Tech Pack for clothing, if done properly and to a quality standard will make sure that the product is right first or second time and comes back to you within a few weeks, which means you’re saving money and time and you can get on with other parts of launching your business, with some budget left to do just that. Plus the sooner you have the production done, the sooner you can sell your products and get back revenue.

SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE

Going to a professional for this service, will cost you money, but I promise it won’t be as much as you’ll spend on wasted sampling costs. It gives you the benefit of  that expert’s experience and knowledge of the factory process, without having to spend YOUR time gathering and learning the information, which can take years.

When Napoleon Hill wrote, Think and Grow Rich, he discussed the power of a mastermind group. Basically a group of specialists in different fields coming together to provide their expert knowledge. At Fashion Services, we have grown our team of 40 amazing specialists in different fields, to work on your brand.

Technical Packs or Tech Packs for fashion products an garments, with grading for all sizes in manufacturing and sampling

STAGES

I have an idea for a fashion brand or fashion business

If you’re starting your fashion brand, chances are that production and manufacturing will be a new area for you. Tech Packs with all of their terminology, graphical language and machinery, will be a learning curve that you won’t have had time to master, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Although Tech Packs might seem pricey, they’ll save you time and money in the long term and get you selling products far quicker than if you tried on your own.

I've started a fashion brand but I need help

Now that you’ve been in business for a while, you might be thinking of expanding or pushing your products in new directions. You might have already made products before and even have a designer, but new ideas and materials mean you may need support to expand your business. All you need, is a little upfront help to get you started and move your business forward. Someone to do a few initial Tech Packs and help you develop your product before you do it yourself.

I want to expand my fashion brand or business

Your business is making some money and your dedicated team are creating a stable, loved brand. Now you want to offer your customers more. You want to expand your current product line and even include additional products that customers would love. Keeping your own customers happy and attracting new customers to make your business grow from strength to strength. All you need is some initial advice or Tech Packs to trial products and test how popular they are with customers before you jump into hiring staff.

 

OPTIONS

Technical or Tech Packs for fashion, done by specialists in fabrics and products

TECH PACKS

Not everyone can design, has the time, or understands the complexity of design, when trying to attract sales, be relevant to a specific market, keep down cost and provide a fantastic product, all in one garment. It’s just not their gift. That’s OK, you’re great at other things.

Let us free up your time with our range of specialists who are happy to help you build your brand, with retail standard product design and years of experience of working with different brands, markets, customer profiles and products.

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EMBELLISHMENT ARTWORK

If you have clothing products that have a little something extra and you need artwork  to extend your Tech Pack, then we can draw this up for you. If you already have some ideas to go alongside a design, then we can cut down your time by providing you with professional artwork for Embroideries, Beading and Prints

Simply give us a description, sketch, photo or something to work with and we’ll provide the artwork

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Technical or Tech Packs for fashion, done by specialists in fabrics and products

GARMENT LABELLING

For every product you produce, labelling falls into two areas. Brand labelling that reflects your Brand Image, and garment care labelling that explains to the customer how to look after their purchases.

We can provide this service as part of our Tech Packs or on its own. Creating artwork for your care labels or brand labelling as well as instructions for production

Simply give us a description, sketch, photo or something to work with and we’ll provide the artwork

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