Our Clothing Manufacturing Process Saves You Time and Money
The clothing manufacturing process at CMA Bali provides you with the ability to take your productions and ideas further because we do everything for you. By hiring us to project manage everything for you, you never have to leave your home or office. You get to focus on creating and marketing your brand while we handle all the hard work on the ground and in the factories.
Whether you want to start your first ever clothing line, or you're already an established designer, or perhaps you own a retail operation and need consistent stock, we can take care of everything for you.
The Clothing Manufacturing Process
Step 1 - Find a Supplier
Finding a reliable supplier for your fabrics and materials is essential to achieving high quality garment production while reducing your production costs. However, local suppliers in most countries outside of Asia generally charge a premium price because often the fabric they sell is made in Asia, then imported.
If you're able to source fabrics from Asia on your own, the minimum order quantities can be quite high, import charges and duties can be prohibitive, and the timeframe for transport to your production destination can slow the entire production to a crawl.
Here at CMA Bali, we are able to help you save time and money by sourcing almost all the necessary fabrics and materials within Indonesia. Because our company already has established relationships with nearly all major suppliers in the country, sourcing your materials is made quick and simple when we do it for you.
Step 2 - Find a Clothing Manufacturer
Finding a manufacturer can be more difficult than you think. There are hundreds of thousands of manufacturers to choose from, and many of them operate in countries where business ethics is as foreign as the language.
You can scour the internet for directory websites like Alibaba, but the task of connecting with, trying to communicate with, building trust in, and finally narrowing your choice to one reliable ethical manufacturer is daunting at best. The likelihood of still being cheated is high.
Trying to work with local manufacturers outside Asia is expensive. Since they tend to be few and far between, the demand to produce through them creates unbelievably long lead times. Of course this is still assuming you find a great one to work with. It's common to try a few manufacturers until you find the one that best fits your needs.
But at CMA Bali, we've taken all the guesswork and frustration out of this process for you.
Because our company has been working closely with the top ethical manufacturers in Indonesia for years, we already know exactly which manufacturer will be the best fit for you, and can immediately handle your exact production needs.
Of course we've already done the legwork to select the right manufacturers for our clients, and we continue to connect and test newcomers all the time.
Within our network of ethical manufacturers, MOQs are ranging at approximately 30 pieces per style per colour, but this is entirely dependent on a number of factors.
Step 3 - Creating Your Patterns
In the CMA Bali clothing manufacturing process, we begin by receiving your detailed tech packs, then patterns are created from there. The reason why we choose to start from detailed tech packs is because, at first, manufacturers only need these in order to provide you with production costs. They can't calculate production costs from patterns or digital pattern files.
For sending in your tech packs, we have two options for you; please choose the one that feels best to you:
- You can visit this page on our website where you can download our tech packs, and also learn how to correctly fill them in.
- We have partnered with TechPacker. They have a fantastic online tool that lets you produce your own professional tech packs, and much more. Please visit www.TechPacker.com.
The more detail you provide, the less likely errors or delays will occur. Once the manufacturer creates your patterns, they will be used as your "blue print" for all your samples and future mass production pieces.
Step 4 - Have Multiple Samples Made
We recommend producing at least two samples of each style of garment. This will allow you to keep one for reference, and for the manufacturer to keep a master for themselves. Manufacturers will charge you additional fees for each one but it is worth it.
At CMA Bali, we can also help you by having the manufacturers produce a sample collection for you which can be used for photo shoots and marketing purposes. This is considered a small production but the benefits allow you to prepare for your sales and test the market. This will also allow you to have each piece graded for sizes.
Step 5 - Review Samples
Once you've produced multiple samples, you will be able to review them to ensure all the stitching is of strong quality, the fabric is correct for your garment, and that you are satisfied with the manufacturers work. If changes need to be made, this is the time to do it. This is your first time for quality control so make it count!
This is a back and forth communication process as much as it is a clothing manufacturing process. It can take some time to perfect the samples to get exactly what you want. If your samples don't come out exactly how you want them to on the first time, we can make the necessary adjustments.
Don't be discouraged during this initial process, we're here to help make this transition to mass production easy. We've created a customised checklist to ensure high standards are kept for each piece while reviewing the samples for you.
Step 6 - Test the Market
At this step you should be ready to test your garments on your target market to see how they respond.
If you're a fashion designer, you were probably going to produce your garments anyway and possibly already have traction in the marketplace with your own customer following. But if you are a non-designer or just getting started, then testing the market to ensure you are able to sell your garments is an important stage in your success.
Once you have tested the market, you can move onto mass production and making your big dreams a bigger reality.
Step 7 - Mass Production
An integral part of clothing production process is the manufacturer's lead times and production timeframes.
A lead time is the time prior to your production getting started. And the production timeframe is the time it takes to produce all of your garments.
During the lead time, its essential to source all your fabrics and materials to ensure you're ready to get things started as soon as its your turn to produce. Working with CMA Bali means you'll never need to worry about this because we do the sourcing for you.
With our help we can shorten lead and production times and help you get all the necessary pieces to your project faster. As well, once your mass production is completed, we can ship all of your merchandise to you to one desired location.
Step 8 - Shipping
Approximately 98% of all our clients live overseas, while we handle their entire productions for them in Indonesia. This means their final products need to be shipped to them once everything is completed.
But shipping costs need to be factored in to the full production budget. And the more products you make, the bigger your shipment will be.
When sending shipments that don't require large volumes for sea freight, we have researched all the major carriers from Indonesia. The most reputable, reliable, and affordable option is to use DHL. Their free DHL Business accounts provides attractive discounts to members, more so than what you will find if you try to use their website to research shipping costs as a non-member.
And if your production volume calls for sea freight, the minimum most logistics agencies will accept is 3 cubic metres.
CMA Bali works with partners that can handle any size of cargo to anywhere in the world. Once your production is complete, we can help you arrange the best option for you.
That's it. You have made it. Congratulations!
Our clothing manufacturing process is simple, we are your turnkey solution. We can take you through all of these steps supporting you the whole way. To find out more about our packages and pricing, please Contact Us today.