For the Fashion Founders: How to find a clothing manufacturer for your apparel line

If you’d like to start your own clothing brand or fashion line and are wondering how to get your merchandise made or printed, then keep reading to find some useful resources to help you get started! Chances are you won’t be making the textiles or weaving cotton yourself, so these resources will focus helping you find a manufacturer or supplier.

Before you set about contacting producers, you have some decisions to make, like:

  • Where do you want your products made? Locally, in the U.S., in another country with similar wages and regulations, or internationally in a country with lower wages?

  • What do you need to be produced? Clothing? Shirts? Backpacks? Shoes?

  • What much are you willing to pay? You may need to pay for upfront costs and the costs of the materials. How much would shipping cost?

  • How much do you need to buy? Some manufacturers will require you to order a minimum quantity, so make sure you will not be left with too much inventory.

  • Is the quality trustworthy? Does the manufacturer have credentials or past customers you can talk to?

Navigating the answers to those questions on your own can be difficult. That’s why we recommend finding a mentor who can help you talk through these issues - and anything else that comes up while you’re launching your line. Mentors can be friends, family, or people already in the industry who have walked down this path before.

If you need a hand in finding a mentor, we have you covered! can connect you with an industry professional at no cost to you. For more info, and to start on the road to finding your own mentor, sign up for your free account at today!

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