When creating a swim line you’ll run into to two parts with their individual costs for manufacturing: sampling costs and bulk/wholesale costs.
All prices mentioned are in US$.
Our price lists are further down in article.
Related article: How To Order Samples
Sampling is where you order one-offs of designs you are developing with us (Custom Design) or just ordering to check quality/fit/style if from our Ready Design.
1. Ready Design
Our sample price is 3X bulk price. To give you a quick idea of how that pans out here are some examples on how that could cost you.
1X Swim Bikini Top – bulk $15, sample $45
1X Swim One Piece – bulk $30, sample $90
1X Active Sport Bra – bulk $21, sample $62
1X Active Leggings, bulk $25, sample $75
1X Men’s Swim Shorts – bulk $25, sample $75
So, whatever samples you order – they’ll be 3X of the bulk prices in our catalogue. In our shop we already have prices fixed for samples. All are 10% off. See shop.
2. Custom Design
For custom design the per piece price depends on how complex your design is, and how much fabric and hardware it uses. Simple design = cheap. Complex design = not so cheap.
But on top of per piece price we must also develop the design itself (development cost). For that we also charge you pattern making of $65. That charge includes one time revision (adjustment) for free, and also a keeping sample for free, both for the first sample and revision. This means that you don’t need to return any samples to us, saving on time and shipping costs. We’ll make copies, and do extra for you.
So, for any design you develop, you also have to pay $65 in pattern making to develop it.
Later, before you produce in bulk / wholesale volume, we also need to grade your design (make full size range). For that we charge $55 per design (full range).
So, all in all, developing one custom design until a perfected product beginning to end usually costs $150-250 per design (top, bottom, one piece, sport bra, leggings, shorts, briefs) all inclusive.
3. Print Strikes
If you are developing any prints to use in your collection, we charge $25/print in mockup and test print charge.
Expect US$15-100 for shipping of samples, depending on how many samples and to where.
In total, sampling can cost you anywhere from $200 to $2000. It all depends on how what route you take. Some of our clients skip sampling altogether.
Related article: How To Order Bulk
Ordering bulk means you order large volume of the samples you developed, or designs you have chosen.
What you order bulk, most of the cost will be based on the volume you order and what type of design and fabrics you choose. Prices for Ready Design can be found in our catalogues: swim / active. Benchmark prices for Custom Design are displayed below with our price lists. For bulk orders we also charge differently depending on the volume you order. Small orders will cost more (per piece) while large order gets discounts (per piece).
ACCESSORIES & PACKAGING
On top of per piece price, you will also have to take into account accessories and packaging. Example, do you want to offer gift bags? hang tags? hygiene liners? All up to you. See options and prices here.
Cost (+/-20%), US$/pc North America: $1.1, Europe $1.2, Australia: $0.9
For both samples and bulk shipment we plan shipments so that it its uncommon that our customers have to pay custom duty. If they do, it’s usually small
Custom Design – your designs (developed from scratch)
Ready Design – our designs
SWIM PRICE LISTS
ACTIVE PRICE LISTS
Below follows example orders, that can illustrate costs and budget for some examples orders.
Carvico VITA or Bali Swim Matte/Shiny
How many different designs/styles in your collection. One bikini set (top + btm) is counted as 2 unique designs. One swimsuit is counted as 1 unique design.
How large order volume for a bulk/wholesale order
PATTERN MAKING (ONLY CUSTOM DESIGN)
Sample development fee (US$65/design)
GRADING (ONLY CUSTOM DESIGN)
Making a full size range. (US$55/design)
Testing out your prints. (US$25/print)
In our example we assumed you are testing 3 prints.
BUDGET EXAMPLE: SAMPLE DEVELOPMENT
Download large size here.
BUDGET EXAMPLE: BULK PRODUCTION
Download large size here.
By comparing different setups in each part (sample and bulk) you can easily estimate roughly what it will cost to bring your collection forward.
Anna wants to develop a collection of 8 unique designs using ready designs in Bali Swim Lycra. She has a total budget of US$10,000 for manufacturing total. Looking at the tables she can likely produce order 500pcs in bulk and still be within her budget. This covers all costs from A-Z including shipping.
It is possible to start swimwear line with even smaller budget, at US$5000 or even less you can have some products in hand. At these levels we suggest using ready designs only to save on development costs and focus on getting your some products ready.
Note that these prices are estimation and examples, and not final or exact prices. Designs vary a lot in price depending on your fabric choice, complexity of style, hardware etc. The examples given are for a typical customers, but your choices might be different to that.
OUR PAYMENT TERMS
We require at least 50% deposit before work and remaining 50% balance when work (sampling or bulk) has been finished, before we send it to you.
If it is your first order with us as a new client, we will require 100% deposit for your first order. This only applies once.
As you might notice, ready designs are cheaper than custom designs to sample. This is because they don’t need to developed, we have already done that work. The examples in the sheets are 100% Custom Design or 100% Ready Design, but you can also combine and mix any way you like.
You can also skip sampling altogether and order bulk directly.
The way you budget your swimwear business has to make sense to your needs and plans.