Small brands and new start-ups initially find difficulties in sourcing quality garments from the unorganized sector. Sometimes they need to compromise with quality due to small minimum order quality. Here are tips to source best quality product from the same suppliers.
I am often asked one question by small business owners and by would be entrepreneurs - ‘How to know that vendors are supplying quality garments?’
To help them out I have shared few tips on how to know that you are getting quality garments. These tips are applicable to any size of garment business that source garments from various manufacturers.
Look at Fabric Quality
Ask your vendor for fabric details as much as possible. You can ask your vendors to provide you Fabric Testing Certificate from any reputed consumer testing labs. Just for your knowledge, check fabric GSM, Fabric Count and Construction, fabric shrinkage to washing, and fibre contents. For colored fabrics, printed designs check color fastness to washing.
Note: Fabric testing parameters (test requirements) would vary based of fabric types (woven and knits) and product category.
Check Garment FIT
Check Stitching Quality (construction)
Conduct Visual Inspection
Check Quality for Value Added Process(es)
Hire Quality Assurance Executive
When you need to source small quantity of garments for a particular design, possibly big suppliers would not entertain you. And you know that sourcing from small suppliers (and unorganized) means compromising with quality of your designs. Don't compromise with product quality. Involve your QA in sourcing process and send him to factories to check quality at every process and finally pick quality products from your small suppliers.
Develop Your Quality Manual
You don't need make your Quality Manual right first time and don't need to make it complete from day one. Start developing it today and add things, and revise every time you learn something new. After sourcing few orders you will learn many things by making mistakes.
Conclusion: Apparel designers, brand owners, e-commerce sites, and garment dealers, source their product from various suppliers and from different part of the country. These tips would be helpful in knowing the criteria for ensuring product quality of sourcing good products. I hope you enjoyed this post.
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