It is standard practice to make free clothing samples for a customer. A factory must do this to show they are capable. Moreover the factory wants to confirm that their interpretation of the tech pack is correct. Making salesman clothing samples is also an option.
Read why below and feel free to contact me with your specific question.
Will the factory make a sample for free?
The Sampling process typically starts with a fit sample in size medium. Once the fit sample is approved, they grade-up to the highest size and grade-down to the smallest size you need. If you request, then they will make one large-size sample and one small-size sample for you to double check the fit and make sure the grading was done well. Otherwise the factory will simply follow the size chart measurements and go straight into production. Keep in mind that, the more you ask the factory to do, the more money they need to invest in your order and this may affect the price and their attitude. Everybody likes a business partner that is easy to work with. Once your fit samples are approved you need to approve things like print and embroidery.
Salesman clothing samples If you request salesman samples, then the factory will charge around 3.5 x FOB price. The price for salesman samples is high because the quantity is small and the samples must be perfect. Perfect means using all the exact fabrics and trims.
If you need proper salesman clothing samples then you will need to pay for them and the price is higher than the bulk production price.
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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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