Fashion designers get their materials wholesaling
So you can have a collection produced sustainably
The topic of sustainability is an important topic, especially in the clothing industry. Hardly any other industry pollutes our environment more. It is therefore gratifying that awareness of sustainably and fairly produced clothing grows. This can be seen from the demand in retail and the increasing number of fair fashion labels. Large fashion chains have now also recognized this market and are trying to have a specially advertised fair fashion collection produced sustainably. However, with many big brands, the production is not very transparent. Much is left to the right marketing strategy alone and conventional production continues for the majority of the range. This is also criticized by Greenpeace.
This is why many young start-ups in particular feel they have a responsibility to change the current production conditions. But where can you have your collection produced sustainably, even in smaller quantities?
Have a collection produced sustainably with the help of a production agency
An important partner in the development or manufacture of your own collection can be a production agency that accompanies start-ups through this process. I came across the production agency Good Garment Collective, with whom you produce your collection fairly and sustainably can leave. They support their customers, such as designers, fashion brands or non-specialist companies with passion in the development of sustainable textile products and the implementation of innovative projects.
What services can Good Garment Collective offer you?
The agency combines very different skills in the areas of clothing technology, fashion management and fashion design in its team.
“Our team includes the three founders Marita Jablonski, Stefanie Harborth and Jenny Stobbe, who started Good Garment Collective in April 2017. Two other employees, Felicia and Christin, have been with us for a year, and we are always supported by an intern. Depending on the ability and passion, there are different responsibilities in the areas of collection conception, model and pattern development, in materials sourcing or production management. As a team, we can therefore offer a wide range of services. Sometimes we are in demand as consultants in the start-up phase of a label or oversee production and quality control for medium-sized companies, ”the agency explains to me.
For the company to work successfully, it is important that no one is harmed. That is why the team does its best to design products sensibly, to conserve resources and to have a collection produced sustainably.
Workshops for founders and creatives from the fashion industry
Furthermore, the team of experts has dedicated itself to the topic of further training. The agency offers regular workshops for this purpose. Fashion designers, fashion start-ups as well as non-specialist entrepreneurs from the field of marketing and sales who have a business idea for their own textile product take part in the various workshops.
"Often start-ups or designers cannot afford to develop all positions (cutting, material, production) together with us at the beginning of their founding, so we would like to give them further training, e.g. in material procurement or production management," says the team.
The aim is that you can then take on the points as independently as possible. You will receive handouts and tables as 'timetables' to guide you through the process. The workshops are a profitable investment and are eligible for an education bonus. There you get to know like-minded people and you can exchange ideas with the experts. All workshops are on the Websiteto find. I also inform you regularly in mineFacebook groupA.As a fashion designer take off about new dates.
How do you find sustainable fabrics for your collection?
When purchasing materials (materials sourcing), it is important to be familiar with the different qualities and to have knowledge of fibers, ingredients and finishes. Especially for the sustainable area, you should be familiar with common certificates and their requirements and also think about the recycling and recovery of your products.
When planning the amount of fabric for your collection, it also plays a role that your products remain competitively priced while being of high quality.
One way to find out about a variety of sustainable materials and innovations is to visit trade fairs, e.g. ReSOURCE at the Munich Fabric Start. However, such a visit is associated with an enormous expenditure of time. The fabric manufacturers are often busy with large customers and hardly notice a small start-up. It often happens that you do not receive the sample bottles you have ordered. In this case it is worth asking about remaining stocks or teaming up with other fashion designers if you want to have a small collection produced.
If you need personal assistance in this matter, you can Good Garment Collective presents a large repertoire of fabrics and the right fabric manufacturers. The agency selects suitable materials for your sustainable collection from GOTS and IVN Best certified natural materials to Tencel fabrics and recycled synthetic fabrics. But not only certificates play a role. You want to support suppliers who are strong in the area of sustainability and are ready to break new and uncomfortable paths. These can also be very small, traditional manufacturers who offer a sustainable selection of fabrics even without a certificate. The selection of materials is based on the requirements of the product, is considered holistically and coordinated with the brand's sustainability concept.
This knowledge can also be imparted to you at a workshop. You will be introduced to different materials and fibers and receive answers to questions: Where can I find ecologically and fairly produced fabrics for my collection? You will also find out everything about common certificates and their requirements.
In which countries can you have your collection produced sustainably?
Many sustainable productions take place predominantly in Europe. The right country of production depends on the product itself and the desired quantity. With some manufacturers you can have a style produced from as little as ten pieces per color, but you have to expect surcharges for small quantities in addition to the production price.
A production with at least 50 pieces per style can be realized more easily. The reason for this is that "production lines" are blocked for your product. The required sewing machines are perfectly set for your collection items (thread color determined, thread tension determined, etc.) and the seamstresses usually sew the individual work steps until production is complete. In countries like Portugal, by the way, the minimum number of pieces starts at around 300 pieces per style.
A well-thought-out preparation is necessary for every production. The manufacturer needs the right dimensions or cuts and production documents to prevent problems. Obstacles that need to be resolved can often arise during production.
Good Garment Collective, with their wealth of experience, is a valuable contact here. The team works primarily with production facilities in Poland, Germany and Portugal, but also realizes projects with other European countries such as Croatia and Greece. Depending on the production volume and project, you will find a suitable production partner with the shortest possible transport routes.
"In general, fair wages, transparent production processes and good communication during the project are decisive criteria for cooperation," explains the production agency.
Fashion labels supported by Good Garment Collective
Since the agency was founded in April 2017, the founders have successfully accompanied fashion designers and entrepreneurs on various projects. That's how it belongsJulia Leifert label to one of the longest customers. Julia Leifert is an up-and-coming Berlin label that offers sustainable womenswear in the high-end fashion sector. The fashion designer of the same name combines comfortable casualness with puristic, clean elegance and shows that an ecologically and fairly produced collection can be shown. The focus is on sustainable materials and local production with fair manufacturing conditions.
Good Garment Collective accompanies the label from the start and supports the designer from model development to production.
This is a very innovative project for which the production agency takes on the model development and production management sustainable label ooshifrom Berlin - Germany's first label for period underwear. Ooshi's are comfortable, convenient and leak-proof thanks to the innovative, integrated membrane system. ooshi’s are available in different models and designs for girls and women.
If you want to promote your label or your business idea as well, it is worth taking part in a workshop run by the Good Garment Collective in Berlin. In my Newsletter I will keep you up to date as soon as new workshops start again.
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