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English Speaking Clothing Manufacturers in Hanoi
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So, you have decided that you want to find English speaking clothing manufacturers in Vietnam to produce your new collection. Your tech packs, artwork and shipping costs are ready to go. Now it’s time to reach out and find a reliable sewing company in Vietnam.

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What is the best way to vet factories?

The best strategy is to ask someone who already has worked with an English speaking clothing manufacturer in Vietnam. If you don’t know anyone, then ask around on LinkedIn, or go to a sourcing show like Sourcing at Magic in Las Vegas. The problem you run into is, most buyers want to keep their good factories a secret, because reliable English speaking clothing manufacturers in Vietnam are hard to find.
You can hire an agent with the understanding that you just pay them a finder’s fee plus commission on their first order. After that, you can work directly with the factory.

If you are determined to source the factory on your own then start by searching for keywords on Google. Search for “ English speaking clothing manufacturers in Vietnam ” and see what you find. Visit the website, and either send an email or call the factory directly. The first time you contact them, be prepared to ask qualifying questions like:

Does your factory do FOB or CMT or both?
Does your factory work with garments made with knit or woven fabrics?
What is your MOQ?
If I send you a tech pack, then will you quote me a price?
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When you fly to Vietnam and visit factories in person, here are some tips:

1. Find out in advance who the decision maker is in the factory.
2. Prepare a map and study the roads you need to travel on.
3. Hire your own private car by the day. Cost is $100/day
4. Hire a local translator to go with you. Cost is $10 - 20/hour
5. Don’t arrive at the factory at lunchtime.
Quite often you can decide quickly that you don’t want to work with a factory just based on the facilities. What I mean is: a factory can look good on paper or on the Internet but when you arrive, the people and facilities can be disappointing. This is why I highly recommend you visit English speaking clothing manufacturers in Vietnam in person. The sales person may speak English, but the owner and merchandisers you will work with may not speak English. You need to find out by meeting them face-to-face.

Be Aware: Outsourcing is very common in Vietnam. If a factory gets a big order and they don’t have enough capacity to do the order themselves, then they will outsource the production to a smaller factory. This is bad for two reasons. One, the smaller factory is most likely a mom and pop operation with low quality standards. And two, if they make mistakes and you have to fight for everything to be done properly, then it gets ugly fast when you find out that the original factory you trusted gave your order to a factory you never approved.

A final option when you are in Vietnam is to go through associations like VITAS, VINATEX or AGTEX to meet factories. Each association is made up of over 1000 factories that pay annual association fees. The association management then does marketing and networking to help you meet their members. All three associations have offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. They should be able to tell you who the English speaking clothing manufacturers in Saigon are.

My advice is to try these associations, but don’t rely on them. Having success with the associations depends on the person you interact with at the association. Is is best to visit their offices and make friends with a friendly helpful staff. They have publications you can read and ask them about. They offer seminars you can attend to learn more about the garment industry as a whole. It’s a start and worth a try.

Action Plan: First ask your friends to introduce you to a factory that has a history of being reliable. Second, search online and contact the factory directly via email or phone. Third, work through an agent or agency like VITAS or VINATEX. Finally, visit the factory in person to make your own judgment. The ultimate way to know if a factory is reliable or not is to complete a full production process - time will tell.

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