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SAMPLING & ESTIMATING CLOTHING LINES
  Sampling Process for Clothing

Domestic Samples
Branded Program: You may select any item(s) in our two brand books for sampling. We will ship them direct from the nearest warehouse. You are charged for the item plus $10 shipping and handling (under 2 lbs.) or actual shipping costs for larger quantities. For printed samples you will be charge screen fees ($25 each) plus $100 setup plus the cost of the garment. For embroidery samples you will be charged a tape fee of $75-$250 (depending on stitches) plus $15 per garment plus the garment cost.

Domestic Custom Garments: Style Source can develop garments or sewn products specifically to your needs. We require the following information to begin the process:
 
  • Fabric type
  • Fabric weight
  • Color(s)
  • Shrinkage
  • Sample or line drawing
  • Size ratio and range
  • Seam types
  • After-wash dimensions
  • Label type(s)
  • Labels per garment
  • Size grade
  Style Source will acquire fabric either identical to or similar to (depending on availability) what you are requesting. We will send you two samples for construction and fit. Our fee is $375 for this service. 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. If the products are ordered within a 1-year period, $375 will be credited to the order.

Domestic Sales Samples
Style Source only provides sampling services for those customers ready to order production quantities upon approval of the samples. Style Source will produce sales samples in exact color and fabric. Usually, this means a commitment to manufacturing production quantities of fabric (if it is a non-stock fabric or color). This commitment is equal to 80% of the value of the purchased fabric, which will be applied as part of your production order deposit when placed. Sales samples are billed at 2-1/2 times the quoted price.

Import Samples
Style Source will select the appropriate country and facility for your needs. We do require a completed spec pack to facilitate proper samples. A counter sample would also be helpful, as would a fabric swatch. You must be positioned to handle our quoted minimums, Style Source only provides sampling services for those customers ready to order production quantities upon approval of the samples.

Style Source will produce first samples in like fabric for fit and construction. We require a $400 deposit per item to begin this process. You will not be billed for your samples, only the freight required to transport them. In the event you do not place an order we will retain the unused portion of your deposit as a sample fee. If you do place an order, the unused portion will be applied toward production. For more information on import sampling, click here.

Import Sales Samples
Style Source will produce import sales samples at 2-1/2 times the quoted price plus freight. You may need to commit to production quantities of fabric and findings, depending on your level of customization. Lead times are typically 45-60 days, depending on raw material availability.

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


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