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I am looking to launch my line either for Spring 2011 or Fall 2011. I have over 5 years experience in the industry and currently work for a company designing uniforms. This has been a long time goal of mine to launch my own line of clothing targeted toward petite. I have several collections designed and samples I have made myself. However with a full-time job and very little money I don't really want to run my own company. Not only is it time consuming but instead of trying my hand at something I don't have skill in I would like to focus on keeping the quality of my product by focusing on what I am very good at; designing clothing. Are there any companies or retail concepts out there that allow a person to focus on the creative end while they take care of the rest like sourcing, managing production, sales reps, accounting, etc.? I know it's a reach in the dark but my theory is even if I take business classes (and I have), I will not be an expert at owning my own business and running your own company by yourself will require 90% of my time and I feel the design will suffer and failure would soon follow. I wouldn't want someone who took a few classes in mechanics to work on my car, so why should someone with incredible design ability and knowledge of clothing try to be a CEO? Any leeds, thoughts, and references are welcome. Thanks.

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I have to tell you, it is realistic and frank to look on your talents and leave that that you don't know to others. But it is inherently counterproductive not to take the lead as the president of your own design concept and company. This is your baby; you have to show the leadership of how you want it sold and who should make it and how. There is no going around it. Hand in hand with this is your financial responsibility to this project. Since you will make all the key decisions and formulate the goals and concepts you will bear the money end. Success or Failure is part of starting your own line. IT has to be approached at 110%. This does not mean that you shouldnt have a job to pay the bills or support your design habit. It does mean working 18 hours a day and weekends and not having a life for a while until you drop it or become successful. If it is the latter it simply means the 18 hours and weekend will completely be consumed by your new company.

Please also understand that every element is important, design, production and sales. Design is less important than the others... the ability to sell and delivering what was promised in sales (production) make or break your company. The best design, if no one can sell it or produce it is useless and no one will know about it. Yes sales and production is foreign to you... Reality check.... tough luck!! you gotta learn and understand so at least you know if someone is screwing you. You can assign people and hire people to run sales and production, but it is you that has to lead.

If you only wish to design....REALITY check again..... stay at the uniform company or change jobs to work with a fashion company. If your PASSION is to have your own label....take the lead.....pay for production .,....hire the right sales team.... and make sure all is financed well.... MONEY is key....if you do not understand how I am implying it, please email me.

Please also note that you may not make money for two to three seasons...if you break even for the first two years....congratulations you are ahead of the game. This is not always the case....if you have a niche product.,..you may be able to bypass and gain a corporate partner...yet once again you will be working for someone.

Starting your own label requires thick skin, open mind, stubbornness, common sense, patience and an effusive 4letter word vocabulary

cquand@gmail.com
Thank you for your reply. It's nice to know that someone in a forum cares enough to write a well thought out response. A lot of what you said I unfortunately know about all too well. I have a few friends that have started their lines by going through the Incubator program. So I see their struggles to make it happen. The difference is that they have money and have at least one person partnering with them. Without excess money, a mortgage, and a husband I don't want to upset I have to try to pursue my dream with as little risk as possible. For me failure isn't an option. I know logic would just say that I shouldn't bother doing this at all and just stay happy making clothes for myself in my basement, but I have this incredible pull and desire to do this. I just know I need the right opportunity and the right kind of help. I have seen listings for "consulting" services that supposedly take care of samples, production, and marketing for you to get your brand launched. Even if I had the money for that I'm not too sure about those offers. I do want to be involved in every aspect but I don't want to be in charge of it because it's too much for one person to handle all by themselves, especially with a full time job that functions during everyone else's working hours. When my friends that have partners and no day job are struggling, how am I supposed to make it happen with just me and a day job? That's why I'm hoping for some unorthodox opportunities here, maybe I don't have to do it like everyone else. Right?
I understand what you are saying....unfortunately....finding unorthodox methods means your supplier, buyers, retailers, sales people, and factory have to be ok with your different slant.

most likely will not happen....

additionally, if you are married.... like making a house purchase.... your garment business has to be a team effort as well, whatever iteration that will take.

no surprises... and constructive criticism. if you are serious about it, talk to your husband and make it a team decision. you WILL need his help.

my 2 cents... speaking from personal experience...
Hello,
I am able to do your require item from Bangladesh. Pls see below my company details & if interest pls write to me bangladeshapparelhouse@gmail.com

CUSTOMER SERVICES

Buyer’s designs & ideas or sample are mostly welcome and we have our designing division & sampling sections. Bangladesh Apparel House is very specialized in knit & sweater items and capable to handle any kind of knit, sweater & woven items for ready-made Garment. Bangladesh Apparel Houses is one of the established and experienced clothing buying house in BD. The management is highly skilled & experiences more than 7 years, in global sourcing especially from Bangladesh, a team of expatriate textile professionals oversees various divisions which include an in- sampling section, laboratory, product development, production, post production inspections, coordination & communication, shipping and timely deliveries.

TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGNS

Bangladesh Apparel House Now has one design studios with integrated sampling units, based in Dhaka. Bangladesh Apparel House design teams are led by extremely talented graduates from leading Bangladesh institute of fashion & technology (BIFT), the world famous fashion institute based in Bangladesh, under Bangladesh garment manufacturer & exporters association (BGMEA). The in-house sampling unit in Dhaka consists of a machine line & an expensive fabric & accessories store, managed by a highly skilled pattern master, and hand work with specialist tailors, embroiderers and artisans.

SALES AND MERCHANDISING

Simply, we believe we are very competitive in what we are doing, and as an experienced garments manufacturer, we know the significant of the “Best” . For workable prices, we make any number of counter samples requested by our buyer free of cost. Our sales & merchandising teams are well trained under graduates from leading Bangladesh institute of fashion & technology (BIFT), the world famous fashion institute based in Bangladesh, under Bangladeshi garment manufacturers & exports association (BGMEA), and always bear in mind to provide promptly services and fulfill our Buyers needs.

GSP form a facilities: Under two stages derogation Bangladesh government is issuing GPS form A to the EEC Buyers. So we can provide GPS facilities for our valued Buyers.

COMPETITIVE & PRICING

MDSL is able to low prices due to many factors such as:

* Strong network of vendors
* Larger buying power
* Local action & world scope
* Local market knowledge
* Vast experience in each country
* Shared knowledge & permanent learning & working as a team
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Continuous market intelligence gathered by our specialized sourcing division which concentrates on continuously identifying & evaluating new vendors and prices
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The ability to assist. Factories to improve consumption & efficiency
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The ability to source raw materials at very favorable prices, production & technical expertise which enables breaking down costs to a minimum
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That’s why we have several production sites to enable us to always keep the best prices to our buyers by eliminating or minimizing the quota affect to costs.

QUALITY AND COMPLIANCE
Bangladesh Apparel House entire quality management team comprises of expatriate textile professionals with many years of experience in quality control and assurance behind them. Every customer order is subjected to a thorough, organized quality process with strict controls at every stage of production. Bangladesh Apparel House unique system of testing fabrics & garments at all stages in its in- house fully equipped laboratory ensures that any potential quality issues are identified well before shipment dates & any such faults rectified well in time. Tests such as dimensional stability, colour matching (spectrophotometer), colour fastness, light fastness, pilling, fastness to perspiration, fabric & garment performance, composition & fabric structure analysis are undertaken for every batch of fabric before cutting. Vigorous garment, accessory & embellishment testing is also conducted including any customer special tests. All testing methods conform to ISO, BSEN, & AATCC. MDSL ensures extensive quality control monitoring & control systems right from the raw materials, sample development, pre-production,

Pattern designing, cutting, thermo fixing, motifs, dressmaking, ironing and finishing, bulk production to product packing, meeting and surpassing the required quality standards of customers.
Bangladesh Apparel House quality control assurance team consists of specially selected qualified pro-active and result oriented people, who believe in finding solutions. Each factory is also carefully evaluated before placing orders to ensure proper compliance to ethical standards.

TIME & ACTION PLANS

Bangladesh Apparel House professional expatriate production and merchandising teams with their vast practical experiences in manufacturing & merchandising combine forces to bring customers a professional, well managed, proactive time & action calendar for every order & style. This enables them to analyze and foresee potential problems and plan the necessary solutions in doing so, all issues are controlled and resolved before they become unmanageable. The customer remains well informed about the status of each & every order without having to ask. Bangladesh Apparel House has also developed its unique based software.Bangladesh Apparel House gives customer quickly access to the status of their orders, daily QC, time & action and shipping info.

DOCUMENTATION & SHIPPING

Bangladesh Apparel House believe that professionalism is required at every stage from customer enquiry to the goods reaching the warehouse, wherever that may be correct & prompt documentation, as all as locating the quickest & most reliable vessel connections, is as important as production. MDSL boasts a very dynamic shipping, logistics and trade finance team who ensure smooth operations that the customer receives information and documentation on time.

ARRANGING VENDORS:

We have a large network of modern and high quality woven and knit manufacturing companies and exports with infrastructure for spinning, dyeing knitting and processing facilities. Our aim is to allocate the appropriate manufacturers to suit the products and the buyers best interest.

SAMPALE DEVELOPMENT:

Bangladesh Apparel House arranges development of different types of samples like Prototype, pre-production, photo, Size-set, arrangements of approval for samples and patterns, grading to all required size range and size sets and production markets. Sample development includes variety of cargos, trousers, denims, t-shirts, shirts, shorts, jackets, formal wear, track suits, boxers, blouses, camisoles, skirts, t-tops, night wear , intimate wear, knit tops, sweaters, children wear.

SOURCING YARNS, FABRICS AND ACCESSORIES:

We help your company get ahead by sourcing items on your behalf in the local market in Bangladesh as well as India, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. We control quality of all fabrics and yarn inputs and coordinates timing of their procurement and imports and its timely delivery at manufacturers.

All fabrics are tested for colour fastness, fabric strength, flammability and other parameters set by our customers to ensure product satisfaction. Most commonly used fabrics are cotton, twill, denim, polyester, nylon, lycra, viscose, yarn dyed plaids, stripes, dobbies, jaquards, herring bones, yarndyes, moss crepes, spandex, poly micro fibres, poly micro mesh, interlocks, knit piques, fleece, rib, jersey knit etc.

Lab Testing:

Quality is emphasized in all the procedures and we follow many quality standards to ensure that, the garments we sell are within the requirements of our buyer.

The Garments we craft are tested for:

* Colour Fastness tested by Bureau Verities Consumer Products Services (BD) Ltd or ITS Lab test
* Bangladesh Ltd or SGS Bangladesh Ltd
* Fabric match to sunlight & spectra light
* Dimensional stability to domestic washing
* Tear - Strength test in Elmendorf tester
* Spirality or Skewness
* Print durability and dyes strength

Thanks & Best Reagrds
SM.Badiuzzaman (CEO/Owner )
Bangladesh Apparel House.
F & I Tower - 9th floor, 220/A, 1/1, West Kafrul, Shewrapara, Mirpur,
Dhaka - 1216.
Bangladesh.
Phone # 88 - 02 - 8035995
Fax # 88 - 02 - 8035995.
Mobile : 88-02-01198144455.
Skype:skypezaman1
E - Mail: info@bangladeshapparel.com
bangladeshapparelhouse@gmail.com
zaman_shaiful@yahoo.com
Web : www.bangladeshapparelhouse.com
www.parallelsourcing.com
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