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Manufacturing Clothing in USA or Overseas - the answer in in the quantities!

When starting or growing a clothing line there are 2 fundamental differences between the design process
of manufacturing small quantities and manufacturing large quantities.
Small (domestic) quantity manufacturing would be categorized by selling 1-300 by style.
Large (Import) quantity manufacturing would be categorized by selling approx 300 - 600 by color by style.
There are many pros to both.
The choice is up to you and your business strategy. Please read below to understand more.
Small Quantity (Domestic) vs. Large Quantity (Import) Manufacturing:

Usually produced domestically
Quick development & shipping time
Test markets with small quantities before committing to a lot of inventory
Minimal to no cost for producing prototypes
Larger cost of goods & labor for production of line
Limited fabric & color choices
Communication with factory is easier due to time zones and language
Easier communication means less upfront work and organization

Usually produced Import
Slow development & shipping time
Must commit to large inventory and have history or faith in sales
Larger up front cost & fees for producing prototypes
15% -50% cost of goods & labor compared to Small Quantities
Unlimited fabric & color choices
Communication with factory is more difficult due to time zones and language
Difficult communication means more upfront work and organization
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