Fashion Start Up Consultant
Guide to Producing Garments in Vietnam

Over the years I have stumbled upon many valuable resources for fashion start-ups investigating apparel production overseas for the first time. In the picture you see Belinda who is a tech pack freelancer I recommend. She is holding a brochure of a reliable QC company I recommend.
Guide to Producing Garments
Video Introduction
Podcast Introduction
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Building an audience is as important as getting product made. Have you acquired your first 1,000 true fans? Should you be contacting factories without tech packs? Allow me to explain why tech packs save you money in the long run. Finally, working with local experts is a great way to start as opposed to going overseas right away. I am a guide to producing garments in Vietnam.

1,000 True Fans! - Priority #1

Classic must read for all startups in the digital age. Do you have a captive audience that cares about what you care about and would buy anything from you because they share a common interest? Before you start learning about production, do you think you should build your customer base first?

What goes into a tech pack and why.

Garment tech pack check list and why they save you time and money! Without a tech pack, it's difficult to get an accurate price quote from a factory.

How much does it cost to get a tech pack made? Do you know the value of a tech pack? Do you know a reliable tech pack freelancer?

Let me be your guide to producing garments in Vietnam.
List of what goes into a tech pack

Prototyping and production service providers

Companies that can help you develop your prototypes.

Indie Source – Los Angeles, Ca, USA

Apparel Design House – Miami, Fl, USA

Source Studio – London, England

Logos Fashion Service – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

OCC Apparel – Sydney, Australia

Factories in US worth checking out

Apparel Production Incorporated New York - specializing in premium fashion both knit and woven

JS Apparel - Los Angeles - Specializing in jersey knitwear, activewear

Portland Garment Factory - Portland

Viral Style - Florida - printed tees, hoodies, tanks

Good Clothing Company - Massachusetts
Vietnam is amazing


Hi Mr. Chris Walker,

My name is Diamond and we connected at MAGIC in Las Vegas last week. I am in the very beginning stages of designing a women's, young contemporary line. You shared very insightful information about producing domestically, how to be prepared for the questions that will be asked, and you even introduced me to the people over at Indie Source.Thanks so much for all of the information and sharing your experience and knowledge with me. It was definitely insightful.

Instagram: offtherecordfashions.fa


16 Things to prepare before contacting a factory.

If you are new to working with Vietnamese clothing manufacturers then I recommend my book as the perfect place to start.

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

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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

Other Great Books for Fashion Start Ups

Fashion for Profit by Frances Harder

Frances teaches you practical knowledge
I read Fashion for Profit and highly recommend it for fashion start ups.

Fashion for Profit reads like a text book and has a LOT of practical forms, figures and tips based on Frances's first hand experience of starting a fashion brand and then failing because she was not prepared for the business side of fashion.

Frances is the founder of Fashion Business Incorporated in Los Angeles California where she and her team host webinars, conferences, training sessions and fashion shows dedicated to guiding fashion start-ups. She is a guide to producing garments in Vietnam.

Unlabel by Marc Ecko

A must read for fashion start ups
Marc is rich and famous but more importantly he is a real artists that busted his ass to make it. His book reads like a novel. I couldn't put it down. The emotion expressed in the ups and downs of building his brand have made everlasting impressions in my mind. He tells the story of how his marketing team saved money by making controversial videos that went viral and shunning expensive boothes at trade shows and taking orders out of their hotel room. Risky but genius. This books is a must read for fashion start ups. It is a guide to producing garments in Vietnam.

Brand Simple by Allen Adamson

I recommend Brand Simple by Allen Adamson
This book changed my life. The book convinced me that a fashion start up needs a branding plan first and foremost. I think every young fashion designer should read this book because it basically explains why and how we are unique. You see, I believe that each one of us is a brand and during our adolescence and early adult hood we go through a branding process. We just don't realize it. When we choose our friends we are choosing our target customers. When we choose the clothes we buy and hone our manner of speaking and moving, we are differentiating ourselves from other kids - competing brands. The clubs we join, the sports we play, the music we listen to and the food we eat are, our, unique selling points. Every time a guy asks a girl out on a date he is selling his brand. This book focuses us on selling our fashion brand. Brand Simple simplifies branding concepts and introduces complimentary concepts like 'customer journey.'
“It takes a long time to build a brand and a long time to kill one, so it pays to know what you're doing. If someone asked me for one book to read on brands--what they are and how to build them, I'd direct him or her to BrandSimple. Allen Adamson has captured basic and enduring brand concepts, explained them lucidly, and demonstrated their validity with lots of relevant case histories. The book lives up to its title.” ―Kenneth Roman, Former Chairman/CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
Do you have tech packs ready to show factories?
Vietnamese factories need your tech packs to quote price and make samples.
Make your own garment tech packs
I wrote this book for you to be able to make your tech packs and understand how hard it is. If you have well done tech packs than half the battle is done.

My Best Advice
Value of a Tech Pack
27 Decision Points
Cover Sheet
Bill of Materials
Technical Sketches
Call Outs
Hang Tags
Sample Request
Example Tech Packs
Tech Pack Software
Formatting Tips

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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?

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Fashion Start-up Consultant
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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