FINDING A FACTORY
At some point you need to look for a manufacturer of your designs. You may start with one sewer or even doing it yourself but this is not sustainable when your business starts to grow. Bulk ready-to-wear clothes are hard to mass produce without a manufacturer.

First off, you need to know the contracts, order forms, and payment arrangements involved when working with a factory. It would be good to have a confidentiality agreement to make sure that your designs are not copied by your manufacturer.

Second, you need to be explicit about what you want. Provide as many details as possible such as coloured illustrations and actual swatches. You should provide a tech pack for more comprehensive instructions, and ease of communication. There will be comments on changes and recommendations that need to be diarized so at a glance each person who works on the file has all the answers they need. Tech packs can be hard copies, or shared digitally.  There are some fantastic industry specific project management software programs available such as WFX WebPDM  that allows users to login and make changes, rather than managing emails and excel sheet update chaos – but there are costs in involved so this may be something you can implement further down the line.

A tech pack is a detailed document of your requirements. It’s a good reference for manufacturers to ensure that their output meet everything in the list. It includes details such as the following:

● Sketch of the piece
● Style number
● Season
● Delivery date
● Fabrics and colours
● Basic measurements for each size
● Other raw materials and trims

Look for reliable and reputable factories that can give you the quality and competitive price you need. You can try the Winnipeg Stitch Factory and other similar manufacturing companies for the sample and mass production of your clothes. Working with a local factory not only supports the local economy, gives many jobs to Winnipeggers, including new Winnipeggers, but also allows you to jump in your car and go visit in person to check on your product and answer questions they may have.

Make sure that the factory you choose also practices fair labor as you do not want be associated with sweatshops. Remember that who you work with is a reflection on your company.