1. Domestic or international
There are big directions to go, to consider the details. An important phase out step should be whether you want to work with a domestic or international manufacturing partner.
Both domestic and foreign manufacturers have advantages and disadvantages. Overseas manufacturers can be cost competitive, but off-site relationships can be difficult, requiring you to establish clear communication channels and stricter quality control processes.
If you decide to stick with an international swimwear manufacturer, you must consider shipping and customs duties on the label.
What is the minimum order quantity
Most factories have a minimum order quantity (MOQ) requirement, which may be higher than you expected. Maintain clear lines of communication and communicate your expectations.
You may want more parts of a particular size or design and fewer other sizes or designs. Therefore, make sure you understand your audience and the final quantities communicated and agreed to by the manufacturer.
Some manufacturers may agree to a smaller moQ to build a long-term productive relationship.
3. Manufacturers should choose the exact category
When deciding on a manufacturer range, it is wise to make sure that your manufacturer is capable of producing what you have in mind (and heart) and has good manufacturing experience.
A suggestion is to not to question always cooperate with manufacturers engaged in the work of a swimsuit. Don't get confused and lose your bearings, you may find yourself out of luck if you decide to go to a manufacturer that specializes in casual wear, but you're in swimwear, not casual wear.
4. Manufacturing capacity
Due to feasibility issues, sometimes manufacturers may not be able to copy your CAD exactly as you would like. Small changes such as stitch type, finish, binding, etc. may not all be available to the manufacturer of your choice.
In this case, if you come across a custom swimsuit manufacturer that meets all the requirements but may not be able to produce the swimsuit you have in mind, be prepared to make some design adjustments and reach an appropriate compromise.
It also helps you determine if your idea is suitable for mass production, and is more likely to produce more ideas than you've ever had before.
5. Production cycle and time
Factories have production cycles and preferred customers.
Discuss their production capacity and associated schedules with your potential partners to ensure consistent turnaround times.
6. Fabric treatment
As well as choosing a manufacturer that specializes in swimwear, pay attention to their fabric treatment. These include stitch type, stitch type, machine type and thread tension used.
Do some research and get this information from the manufacturer itself. Some manufacturers provide presentations detailing their features, so it's in your best interest to schedule a call and discuss all the semantics to ensure success.
Alternatively, consult a mentor or expert who can help you determine if the manufacturer meets the quality and standards you want.
7. Intellectual property
To protect yourself from intellectual property theft, please sign a confidentiality agreement and provide parent products for your designs in your area.
8. Logistics and transportation
Who will ship your finished product from your manufacturer to you/your market?
If you decide to work with an overseas swimming manufacturer, please sort out your shipping process and get in touch with partners who will work seamlessly and efficiently to reduce your time-to-market.
9. Communication efficiency
It's unrealistic to think that the first round of sampling will be efficient enough to match your expected idea.
There will be quite a bit of back-and-forth, and your manufacturer must provide open channels of communication and strategic processes for your feedback loop.
Let's face it.
You don't want to get the first batch of samples and then wait for the grass to grow to get the second batch. It's not that no one has time for this.
Along with some manufacturers, you will have the opportunity to talk to technical experts, discuss and clarify as well as questions about production. However, keep in mind that time is money and some manufacturers may need additional payments to obtain further technical assistance.
10. Other matters
Examples include the sampling process and costs involved, as well as their ability to procure additional fabric and fringe additions such as buttons, buckles and frills.
Finally, make sure they meet your sizing requirements and other market-oriented requirements.