TECHNICAL ‘TECH’ PACKS

Everyone knows they have to make the garments they design and the manufacturing cost is always thought about, but the prep for this, the Tech Pack for clothing, usually isn’t something people give advice on, list on websites under costing sheets or even consider.

I have a number of clients who don’t believe that they need to get Tech Packs done, mainly because they have close family or friend connections to factories, or they just believe it’s a waste of money. In some cases they would be right.

On the internet I see hundreds of bad quality packs that cost anything up to US$400. Ridiculous! But if done properly, a Tech Pack WILL save you money. But regardless of the training courses I do. The webinars and the blog posts, I will never convince them otherwise… well for a couple of years at least…..

Many people think that a few pictures and explanations would save money and time, but they are thinking short term. You, since you are reading this, are in a great frame of mind. You’re thinking long term savings and you are quite right to do so.

So what does this actually mean in terms of real cost to you? The answer might surprise you…. I’ve had clients that, on their own, have been really lucky and only had to do 3 or 4 rounds of sampling. Others have done 7 or 8 before the factory has stopped communication and they’ve had to start again. Believe it or not, including fabrics, shipping costs and time, these brands have spent over US$ 10,000 making mistakes [and those are the lucky ones] and spent up to 3 years trying to make one sample.

SO WHAT IS THE POINT OF A TECH PACK?…..

Factories are a business and don’t deal in creativity. They deal in money. Cost. Production time and Product. Just because the end result is fashion, does not mean they think creatively like you.

Factories don’t and won’t make decisions on your product for you. They won’t make assumptions on what you really need. They won’t fill in the information gaps you don’t have and they won’t “just get it”.

Factories are liable for mistakes in terms of cost, so they will only produce exactly what is written on the page in front of them. If the information is wrong, then that is down to you and you alone. You have to make sure that “THE page in front of them” is exactly what you want and need.

Before you can be sure of your ability to transmute DESIRE into its monetary equivalent, you will require SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE of the service, merchandise, or profession which you intend to offer in return for fortune. Perhaps you may need much more specialized knowledge than you have the ability or the inclination to acquire, and if this should be true, you may bridge your weakness through the aid of your “Master Mind” group

THINK AND GROW RICH, Napoleon Hill

SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE

A Tech Pack for clothing, if done properly and to a quality standard, will make sure that the product is right first or second time and comes back to you within a few weeks. This means you’re saving money and time and you can get on with other parts of launching your business, with some budget left to do just that. Plus the sooner you have the production done, the sooner you can sell your products and get back revenue.

Going to a professional for this service, will cost you money, but I promise it won’t be as much as you’ll spend on wasted sampling costs. It gives you the benefit of  that expert’s experience and knowledge of the factory process, without having to spend YOUR time gathering and learning the information, which can take years.

When Napoleon Hill wrote, Think and Grow Rich, he discussed the power of a mastermind group. Basically a group of specialists in different fields coming together to provide their expert knowledge. At Fashion Services, we have grown our team of 40 amazing specialists in different fields, to work on your brand.

Every specialist has worked for the fashion industry in their specialist area.

Each Technical Pack comes with the highest quality of knowledge and experience.

Each specialist creates ACCURATE flat drawings, in the proper Technical Language, [which is so often wrong in other services I have seen]

Every specialist grades products in various market sizes [If you require grading services]

All details below, plus any others, are optional depending on the type of garment and will be calculated per your needs. Specific prices will be discussed based on your garments and discussed before any work begins.

BASIC TECH PACK

A Basic Technical [or Tech] Pack is for sampling your clothing products, that includes everything below and described on this page, except a grading page.

They are used to test products by making them into samples before you decide to move forward into manufacturing.

FULL TECH PACK

An Advanced or Full Tech Pack includes all details in the Basic Tech Pack with a couple of additions, including a grading page for all sizes.

It is recommended for those who want to pursue manufacturing in different sizes and need a grading sheet or those with a more technical or complicated designs.

Each Tech Pack includes:

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Full garment Flat Drawing CADs with Back, Front and Detailed construction CADs if needed.

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All CADs are drawn in retail standard flats [flat drawings].

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Size Specification [ measurements ] for sample size only.

Please let us know what body type you would like so we can tailor your measurements to US, European or Asian body measurements.

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Each document can take anything up to 4 hours’ worth of work depending on the product type, including colour matching.

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They are provided in high quality, pdf format.

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HK$ 800 Per Pack

*If your design is particularly complicated or requires a lot of Technical Drawings, it may be charged as an advanced Technical Pack or with ‘additional artwork hours’.

As well as the Basic Pack details, the Advanced Pack also includes:

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Full Grading Sheet [ A sheet that tells a factory what measurements you need for every garment size ] calculated to your needs.

Please let us know what body type you would like so we can tailor your measurements to US, European or Asian Standard Measurements

Sizes can also be custom, but we will need a full set of measurements for 1 size, in order to calculate the others.

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Additional construction graphics, close up details or other technical graphics for construction.

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Each document can take anything up to 12 hours’ worth of work depending on the product type, detail, construction.

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They are provided in high quality, pdf format.

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HK$ 1200 PER PACK

*If your design is particularly complicated or requires a lot of Technical Drawings, it may be charged as an advanced Technical Pack or with ‘additional artwork hours’.

T’s & C’s

  • In order to the artwork for you, we will need some sketches, photos or indication of what you want us to do. These are also required if you wish for us to give you a quote.
  • We will give you a quote before we start any work so that you can approve the cost and budget if needed.
  • All payments for design work, must be paid before work is carried out.
  • Payment covers copyright permissions to be transferred from our designers to you and without payment, you do not own the rights for the artwork to be used in any way.
  • Consultations are an initial first stage. We may need to contact you for clarification during this time on any points we research for your Plan
  • All meetings, emails and documents you send us are confidential to each person and nothing is discussed with any third party, for any reason, unless you give us instructions to do so.
  • Consultations can be a single meeting or as needed via Skype. Please book your appointment via the Appointments Calendar.
  • Sessions must be kept strictly to 1 hour since our calendar get’s very full.  You can book consecutive sessions and there are no restrictions on the number, or frequency of sessions.
  • All payments for online Consultation sessions must be completed when booking the time slot otherwise the session is cancelled. They can be changed, as long as you notify us via email at least 48 hours in advance. Please bear in mind the time difference between yourself and Hong Kong. You can find our contact form HERE.
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