How do I connect with wholesalers and distributors and convince them to work with me?
I want to start my own clothing and apparel store, but I don't know how to get in touch with wholesalers or distributors to start my business. Other than Google, how do I find the right partners to work with?
I have always felt I would be a great store owner, but just need advice on how to get started.
If you're in fashion and want to carry branded stock, then you can direct message mid-tier designers on Instagram (about 30k followers on a designer/label's Instagram indicates they are small enough to work with concept stores).
You can sign a consignment deal where they get paid if their stock moves or they get their stock back. The smaller risk for you.
If you want to brand stock and carry it as your own, then you should try Alibaba for Chinese manufacturers and Indiamart for Indian manufacturers. Wholesale rates are pretty affordable.
I'd recommend you not to take a stock risk before you have 'proof of concept' (evidence that a specific stock will move and consumers will like it).
Don't order 20,000 pieces of shirts only to learn the demand is 1 piece. Do your research on 'fashion consignment' before you proceed.
All the best.