What is Red Tag (Sealed) Sample?

Can you please briefly explain about Red Seal sample? ... asked by Shanthi Dsouza

What is a Red Tag Sample?

A sample with a red tag is an identification of a sample that the buyer had approved and sealed that particular sample for production. A sealed sample means approved garment construction and approved trims attached to the garment. Receiving a Red tag sample from the buyer is the approval for the production go-ahead to the factory.

Buyers attach coloured tags to approved samples and send them back to the suppliers. A buyer uses different colour tags for different sample types, like a Green tag is used for Size set samples and Red Tag is used for PP samples (Pre-Production samples). Once attached these tags can not be removed easily from the sample garment.

Sealed samples
Sealed sample with Red Tag

Use of Red Tags in garment samples:

The tag is attached to a sample (some buyers also include comment sheets) so that suppliers can not replace sealed samples or can not show any other garments as approved samples. Tags are attached to the sample to ensure that no unapproved sample is referred to in production.

Secondly, a Red Tag as shown in the above image helps merchandisers, production team and quality personnel to identify easily the correct sealed sample for production from other samples of the same style. If there is any confusion related to garment construction at the time of production, the production department just refers to the Red tag sealed sample.

At the time of quality inspection, buyer representative refers to the sealed sample and buyers comments on that sample. Shipment inspection is done based on the sealed sample.

Note: The colour coding definition for the tags may vary from buyer to buyer.

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Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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