Sampling (sample development) is the where we develop design ideas to a product: the shape, fit, construction, stitching method – all the details come together into a finished sample for your inspection.
For this purpose we have a dedicated sampling room to create your fit and salesman samples that’s run separately from production.
We have no MOQs on samples. Sample orders vary, anything from 2 to 25 samples but the average order is 6-10 samples. It’s up to you and your needs really. Most of our clients will order all samples in the same size as their fitting model. But you can also vary sizes if you are interested to see our grading, or have several models of interest (or seek to do a wide-size range).
READY DESIGN (OUR DESIGNS)
You can order ‘salesman samples’ (samples ready to shoot/display/promote) directly. This means using the fabrics & colors or prints you want.
Shop: 3 days
Manual: 1-3 weeks*
Made in days, discounted and free shipping above $200.
If you want to customise our ready designs further than possible in the shop or if you want to combine with custom designs.
CUSTOM DESIGNS (YOUR DESIGNS)
Lead time: 3-4 weeks* per sample round - expect 2-3 months total
For Custom Design we’ll first create a ‘fit sample’ in white or black color (to secure fit). Most samples are approved by first round. But if it is not we’ll offer a revision round free of charge. Alongside your fit sample we’ll make a second sample copy which we call a ‘keeping sample’. The keeping sample is already included in our sample fees. This means you do not need to return any samples to us for revision or for bulk production approval which saves you greatly on time, effort and shipping costs (no need to run to the post or DHL office).
Note to designers
We accept DXF (Gerber/AutoCAD) and DGS file formats for CAD. Your own format for tech packs are also very welcome.
* = Using non-Bali Stock fabrics adds 3-4 weeks to sample lead time and might add extra costs. Current conditions apply to all lead times including fabric availability, current load, holidays and other variables. Exact lead times will be confirmed by sales to you directly at order times.
READY DESIGN OR CUSTOM DESIGN OR MIX?
We do recommend startup brands doing their first season to either do 100% or majority Ready Design, so they are able to focus more on the establishment, marketing and development of their brand rather than design development. This is especially true if this is your first business or if you have little or no experience in fashion design or fashion generally.
If you are on a slim startup budget - go with our shop - no development costs and frequent discounts + free shipping adds up, and with MOQ 100 for bulk orders to follow, it can't be beat in terms with budget in mind.
PRINTS (PRINT STRIKES)
When you order samples you should order a mock-up & print-strike service of all prints you are interested in using in your collection - we send you a digital mockup for proportion (size) approval, and then we make a trial-print a 30x30cm swatch to send you – so that you can eye the quality/colors of the print. Read more about prints here.
Undeveloped prints will significantly delay the start of your bulk order - so make sure it's done with your samples.
LABELS, PACKAGING & ACCESSORIES
During sample development you should also is to finalise all your labelling needs such as heatpress or cut-away labels, hang tags, hygiene liners, gift bags and so on. This can be done alongside your products, to save time later.
Undeveloped labels will significantly delay the start of your bulk order - so make sure it's done with your samples.
Send to [email protected] when completed.
HOW TO FILL A SAMPLE ORDER FORM
Column 1: Style Code
This is simply a short code for yours style, example, if my brand was called Super Swim, and this if my first style, I may call it SS01.
Column 2: Style Name or Note
Give your particular style some name. It’s not a must, but can be helpful to describe the style to yourself and your manufacturer. Note could be some comment on design or detail for the sample order.
Column 3: Bum Coverage
Only for Ready Designs – mark down the bum coverage you like: full, medium or cheeky
Column 4: Outside Fabric
Do you want the sample in Bali Swim Lycra? Carvico VITA? Corduroy? See our fabrics here.
Column 5: Color/Print
If this is your first Custom Design sample and you want to develop fit then we suggest making it in white or black. If it’s Ready Design however we can develop it in colors and prints. If so, you must mark down this here.
Column 6: Inside Fabric
What fabric on inside? Most often it’s the same fabric as outside. If the outside fabric is a textured fabric however the inside should be flat: Example outside Bali Swim Corduroy and inside Bali Swim Lycra. Or outside is JL Bristol, inside Carvico VITA. If outside is printed Repreve then inside is usually Bali Swim Lycra or Carvico VITA depending what fabric you use for the rest of the collection.
Column 7: Inside Color/Print
Inside color is most frequently the same as outside. But it can also be matching up in tone, example outside white Bali Swim Crinkle and inside Bali Swim Cream or Carvico VITA Avorio. Not very common with prints on inside also as this makes the product expensive.
Column 8: Size
What size do you want your samples in? If you have a fitting model, or you yourself will fit the style, then you should use this size. We recommend to sample all styles in the same size, so you are aware of our sizing.
HOW TO FILL IN SAMPLE SPEC
Directions are at the top of the spec. Copy 1 spec per design you wish you develop. Minimum requirement is image references front/side/back + notes on design adjustments is minimum requirement for your own custom designs.
Please send your sample order to [email protected]