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SAMPLING & ESTIMATING CLOTHING LINES
  Style Source only provides sampling services for those customers ready to order production quantities upon approval of the samples. Style Source can develop your style for you. The more information you can initially provide the better. We can work from comp samples, drawings, or specifications. We will need as much of the following information as possible:
  • Sample size
  • Fabric criteria (content, construction, weight, etc.)
  • Desired colors
  • Size range
  • Label type, placement, and supplier
  • Packaging requirements
  • Estimated initial order quantity

If you are sending us samples for reference and wish to have them returned please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope, or a UPS or FedEx account number. We typically hold customer samples as long as there is active dialogue. We reserve the right to dispose of these samples if a return is not requested within 8 weeks.

From this information we will provide you with a pre-cost estimate. These estimates take 5-10 business days to prepare, as we evaluate fabric utilization, engineering details, and findings costs. There is no charge for this quotation service.

Once your pre-cost estimate is accepted we will, at your direction, make fit/construction samples (first samples). We will produce four first samples, two for internal testing and reference and two for your evaluation. These samples will be constructed from "like" fabric similar to what you intend to use for production. The charge for this service is $375. First samples normally take 14-21 business days to produce. Our development pricing is predicated on your intent to order production upon sample approvals. In the event production is not ordered an additional $375 fee will be assessed per development. Style Source Inc retains ownership of all patterns developed internally unless pattern development is contracted on an hourly basis. For customers wanting a Style Source developed pattern produced using the subsidized “production ready” fee basis they may be purchased for an additional $200. If written specifications are also required the fee is $250.

Once you have reviewed your samples one will be sent back to us with either an approval or revisions request. Very minor revisions may be made without the need for re-sampling. Revisions due to our error will be made and re-sampled at no additional charge. Revisions due to a change in direction will be billed at $70 an hour plus materials.

For more information on Style Source, click here or call 910-399-2288.

 


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