How can we find a manufacturer in the U.S. for our swimwear line, and should we work with an experienced designer?
We are starting a swimwear line. We have our business idea and mission and are on our way to finalizing our collection. We need experienced advice on finding a USA manufacturer, and we want to know if we should work with a experienced designer.
Where are you located and do you have any experience doing business in the U.S.?
I have worked with this company in the past. They have been around for over 30 years, and the owner is a super nice guy. Very neat designs for various apparel needs. Phone is 314-315-4757 and the owners name is Don Beile. They offer many different kinds of apparel, inclucing swimwear and athletic clothing. It would be worth it to at least get a free estimate, as they are very affordable.
Hope this helps!
1. Complete your Business Plan
2. Work with an experienced Swimwear Designer with experience in your category of swimwear
3. To locate US manufacturers sugguest you contact Apparel Contractors associations in major cities Los Angeles, and New York.
4. Please be sure you have an experienced Swimwear Pattern Maker to ensure "fit"
A good place to start may be with this resource, and then from there you can build your network of manufacturers - discovery.ariba.com
do you have drawings or samples?
do you have design patents or trademarks?
what makes you different than all the others?
what are your credentials or story?
Swimwear is manufactured throughout The United States.
I would start at
1. American Apparel and Footwear Association www.wewear.org
2 .I would join the numerous apparel trade groups on LinkedIn and post your needs. Starting with Lingerie Professionals and the Fashion, Apparel, Garment, Soft-goods, Retail & Wholesale Business Network.
For those two groups on LinkedIn postings like yours appear regularly and are answered quickly.
3. Go to Google and search for swimwear manufacturers.
4. Contact the editors at the swimwear trade magazines.
Shana. Please first clarify where are you- in the USA or other country. You have to clarify your cash flow, business plan, if it is a new venture or existing, depending upon the contents, you can ask USA manufacturers to produce your line of swimsuit etc. It has to be a manufacturer, who would make for different customers. They have the plants and design etc to make under your own brand. It is like a generic name kind of approach. Many USA companies get them made in China for low cost but still good quality. Cash flow and business plan with selling price would have to be considered. Pradeep Berry
Look up the Economic Development Department from your state or state of choice and inquire about manufacturers in the state with the capability you are seeking.
I would use an experienced designer.
I'd be very careful dealing with an American company as you might be handing over your patterns Designs to a Chinese manufacturing company and a many friends I have who are Chinese they all say the same thing " When a Chinese manufacture gets a design pattern, it comes out with a 'Knock-Off' within days"
You may not be a big designer right now but should you make a name it's gone because of knock-Offs, along with lost revenue.
Make sure you protect yourself at all costs and within all reason.