overseas apparel production
Hi, my name is Chris. I have been working in the Vietnam Garment Industry since 2008. My expertise is advising fashion start-ups. I also serve established brands looking for factories making shoes, socks, bags, hats etc. Vietnam is small and my network of factories is wide. Let's talk about growing your business by manufacturing in Vietnam.



This page is about books I have written to help you know How to start up a fashion line

How to start up a fashion line in Vietnam
 
I have written the following six books for fashion start-ups:

Garment Production
Buying Eco Fabrics
Quality Control
How to Make your Own Tech Packs
Search Engine Optimization
Accounting

Below you can see the table of contents, read excerpts and find the links to buy online to read or listen on audio.
This book prepares you to work with sewing factories in Vietnam. This is the first step to how to start up a clothing line with production in Vietnam.

My main message is to pay a professional to prepare your tech packs in advance.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 My best advice
Chapter 2 Meeting MOQs
Chapter 3 Choosing fabrics
Chapter 4 Printing options
Chapter 5 Know your trims
Chapter 6 Know your accessories
Chapter 7 Prepare tech packs
Chapter 8 Getting samples made
Chapter 9 Find the right factory
Chapter 10 Packing options
Chapter 11 Bond with factory
Chapter 12 Negotiating strategies
Chapter 13 Production steps
Chapter 14 How to manage quality
Chapter 15 Shipping Documents
Chapter 16 Choose Freight Forwarder
Chapter 17 Calculate Import Duties
What you need to know before contacting factories
 

Where to buy Eco fabrics?

This book explains what Eco fabrics are and are not. I introduce you to 46 suppliers of Eco fabrics. How to start up a fashion line begins with sourcing fabrics.

My main message is that there is no such thing as a 100% Eco fabric.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - 46 Sources of Eco fabrics
Chapter 2 - Eco influencers
Chapter 3 -Eco vs sustainability
Chapter 4 -The mystery of Eco
Chapter 5 -Why most fabrics are not Eco
Chapter 6 -How to check Eco
Chapter 7 -Advances in fabric dyeing
Chapter 8 - 6 Eco fabric wholesalers
Chapter 9 - 2 Hemp factories
Chapter 10 - 3 Recycled polyester factories
Chapter 11 – 1 Recycled cotton supplier
Chapter 12 – 2 Bamboo factories
Chapter 13 – 3 Rayon factories
Chapter 14 – 6 Eco sewing factories
Chapter 15 – 12 Eco fabrics in 2019
Where to buy Eco fabrics
 

Guide to quality control for fashion start ups

This book teaches you how to evaluate factories, inspect fabric and inspect garments. You need quality control to start up a fashion line.

My main message is to let the factory do QC and use a digital quality control solution to manage the QC of the factory.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Choose QC or QA
Chapter 2 Get to know the owner well
Chapter 3 Lessons learned from interviewing factory owners
Chapter 4 Evaluate the factory
Chapter 5 What to inspect
Chapter 6 When to inspect
Chapter 7 Use AQL
Chapter 8 Use the 4-point fabric inspection method
Chapter 9 Digitization of quality control
Chapter 10 Fixing defects. Rework services.
Chapter 11 Quality control companies in Vietnam
Chapter 12 Evolution of quality control
Apparel Quality Control

Book reviews

We have read parts of your ‘Guide to Producing Garments in Vietnam’ and have found it to be extremely detailed and informative… providing information that one would otherwise only gain over time and by ‘trial and error’.
Toby Andreassen
Very in depth! So much information. If you are looking for help on how to produce garments this is your book!
River Davis
I did not expect to find so many hard facts backed up with real contacts for products and services in the industry. Usually people do not give away easily this hard earned information which is garnered over many years of work.
Brian Darby
Produce your line in Vietnam

Why I wrote these books for you

In 2014 I officially started working as an apparel production advisor in Vietnam. I was getting contacted daily by fashion start ups wanting to produce in Vietnam. I found myself repeating my advice over and over. Writing down my Vietnam Insider advice in ebooks was a no brainer. In 2016 I spent 6 months organizing my knowledge and consulting with my network of factory owners to capture every detail from analyzing MOQs to sourcing zippers. My ebooks are the best way I can help you in terms of time, money and depth of information. There is a lot to remember so I wrote the books which you can use as a reference and to ensure you retain as much as possible. I aim to help you know how to start up a fashion line with production in Vietnam.

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Do you want to talk instead of read?

Many people prefer to talk with me instead of reading my books. I enjoy listening to people's story and I'm eager to answer fashion start up related questions but I feel that talking is not the best way I can help you. Over the years, I have seen a pattern.

#1 Everything I share in real time is written in my books.
#2 Due to time constraints I only cover 20% of the advice in my book when conversing.
#3 Most people don't take notes when I am talking with them.

I wonder how much they remember and put to practice.

In 2017 I started offering free consultations. In the beginning I was giving free consultations a few times a week. Then I was booking 6 free consultations a week using Calendly. By the end of 2018, 6 was not enough. People wanted to talk right away but I was booked two weeks out. So I offered paid consultations. A few people paid my hourly rate and a few bought my books. Beginning 2019 I started a weekly webinar to offer free group consultations for everyone wanting to know about how to start up a fashion line and produce in Vietnam.

Read the table of contents of my books below or sign up for my weekly webinar or schedule a paid consultation. My goal is to introduce you to Vietnam and prepare you to work with garment factories in any country, not just Vietnam. Know how to start up a fashion line quickly.

Four Important Considerations about starting production in Vietnam

I recommend you start up a fashion line with production in Vietnam once you can produce at least 1,000 pieces per style per color. Here are four considerations before choosing Vietnam as the place to manufacture your garments.

1. MOQ's (minimum order quantities) in Vietnam are high. If you are doing small quantity then you will struggle in Vietnam. Most sewing factories require at least 1,000 pieces per style per color. The reason is that most factories are CMT factories that focus on high volume orders.
2. Prepare your tech packs before you contact a factory. Tech packs are also know as spec sheets or design sheets. A good factory can quote a price based on a tech pack without having a physical sample. If a factory quotes a price without having a tech pack, then you can be sure the price will vary significantly once the first samples are produced. Beware of a factory that says they can quote price without a tech pack. Start up a fashion line with tech packs is the way to go.
3. How to find a reliable factory? Bottom line is that you need to travel to Vietnam, walk the factory floor, and meet the owners. It is very risky to place an order with a factory you have never visited nor met the owner. The best way to explain why is by analogy; would you marry a person without having met them? Hiring an agent is an option. Typically they will ask for 8 to 12% commission. Will you start up your fashion with or without an agent?
4. Calculate your import duty! The price a factory in Vietnam quotes you does not include the tax you must pay your government to get your goods through customs. To calculate your tax you must first know which HS Code category your garment falls under. You can figure it out yourself or hire a customs broker to figure it out. For example, if your garment has polyester fabric the import duty can be as high as 32%. Import duties is often overlooked when entrepreneurs start up a fashion line producing overseas.

Build your community first

Have you read an article called 1000 True Followers by Kevin Kelly the founder of Wired Magazine? I believe that, still today, if you have 1,000 True Followers then you are ready to start up a fashion line. Kevin's article starts like this:

"Other than aim for a blockbuster hit, what can an artist do to escape the long tail?

One solution is to find 1,000 True Fans. While some artists have discovered this path without calling it that, I think it is worth trying to formalize. The gist of 1,000 True Fans can be stated simply:

A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living."

Before you travel to Vietnam with your tech packs in hand to cost out your designs in anticipation of your first big order with Amazon, I suggest you focus on building your "true fans." You've got to attract them with your charm, your ideas, your stories, so that they wake up each day and think of you - wondering what you will talk about next, what pictures will you post next, what new designs you will create next. If you are able to create such a following then you are ready to introduce something they might buy from you - your clothing designs.

If you do it the other way around then you are just another sales person abusing their email. If you are wondering how to start up a fashion line I recommend you read 1000 True Followers first and then ask me any questions you would like about apparel production in Vietnam. Have a great day!

List out your preferred order quantities!

When factories get new inquiries they are looking at the big picture. They need to see your preferred purchase order list. It will communicate the big picture. They want to know the order quantities broken down by style, fabric, color and artwork. This ideal purchase order list is important to them because their overall profit will be determined by quantities. Below is an image of what it looks like and you can download it in excel form by clicking on this button. Start up your fashion line by having your order quantities clearly thought out.
List the order quantities you want to produce

Contact me today!

Chris Walker Vietnam Insider
Please give me details about your background and manufacturing objectives.

1. Which styles do you want to manufacture first?
2. Do you have tech packs?
3. Do you have any special factory requirements?
4. Have you produced before? If yes, then in what country?
5. What quantity per style per color do you order?
6. Does your company have a website?
7. Do you want to work with an agent or directly with the factory?
8. Do you plan to visit Vietnam?

Fastest ways to get a hold of me:

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Overseas Apparel Manufacturing Expert
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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