Good Clothing Company Provides Independent Designers with Low Minimum Production
You know how the headache of small run production and all the stress that comes along with it can sometimes bring you to tears?
It’s so difficult. As a new brand, it feels like finding a manufacturer who is willing to work with your short runs, who doesn’t push you aside when a larger order comes through, and who doesn’t treat you as if you don’t know the first thing about this business, is impossible.
This early stage of the business– production– and the uncertainty and confusion that come with it, can make you question your decision to do this at all– it can make you feel like you were crazy to think you could ever build a business around doing what you love.
I hate that. I hate that your experience so early on could cause you to doubt yourself; that your interaction with a factory could make you consider giving up. Especially because it doesn’t have to be this way.
Last week I had an hour long phone call with Kathryn Hilderbrand, and I seriously believe she going to make significant change in this industry. She is getting ready to launch Good Clothing Company, a low minimum production facility for emerging and independent designers.
During our call we talked about why we each do what we do– and I felt so connected with Kathryn’s beliefs and values. Having a clothing line herself, she is all too familiar with the kind of responses and treatment that emerging brands receive when looking for manufacturing. So, being a master tailor as well as having 30 years in the industry, she has decided to fix this gaping issue, as well as other issues that matter.
They also plan to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. — it just makes economic sense.
After such an inspiring and exciting conversation, I knew I wanted to work with Kathryn and her team.
Why We Love Good Clothing Company
- Kathryn and her team give a damn. To be blunt- launching the Good Clothing Company is not coming from the desire or need to start a business (Kathryn already has 3 successful businesses going strong). It comes from the desire to help.
- The expertise- Kathryn is a Master Tailor; she has a successful tailor shop, storefront, and yoga wear brand. She’s spent 30 years in this industry and knows it well. The Good Clothing Company team is made up of expert seamstresses and designers who know how to make the highest quality clothing and accessories.
- Kathryn comes from the designer’s perspective– she understands your concerns, questions, and fears — and therefore does not judge or dismiss you as you make your way through the process.
What You Need To Know About Good Clothing Company
- They work in apparel and accessories including soft leather bags, scarves, and other pieces.
- They have a 10 piece minimum!
- They may be based in Massachusetts but they work with global designers— at the time of our call, they were expecting tech packs from a designer in Singapore.
- They offer tech pack creation, samples, and production runs.
- Ideally a designer will come to them with a solid plan and they will help you with whatever you need (tech packs, samples, and/or production) However, if you’re feeling lost and need to hire a production company that can give you guidance on what you need, they can be that company.
- They plan to have their doors open in early March.
StartUp FASHION and Good Clothing Company Partnership
We’re really thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with Good Clothing Company. All of our StartUp FASHION Community members will receive a reduced production minimum of 8 pieces per style. Members with also be invited to join in on exclusive educational webinars, advice sessions, Q&A’s and other events on production and manufacturing.
Good Clothing Company feels right. Do you know what I mean? Their mission is about you, designers. It’s about helping you plan and build your dream, it’s about connecting you to a company that will bring jobs to the US, and it’s about believing that you deserve better than you’ve been getting.
As Kathryn said:
It’s about Fabric + Thread + a Dream. Let’ do this!
Hi, I am interested in starting a clothing line for the for the younger markets basically the teenagers so it will be tracksuits, hooded tops and urban fashion etc. I was just wondering, do you ship to the UK and how do I go about it. I would like to start with the minimum order for the best results.
My company is about fitness, gym clothing, and Heavy lifting in the gym. I want my clothes to be unique clothing. Where people can wear inside and outside the gym. I don't want me clothing to be as same as othe companies out there, I want my clothes to unique. So, I would like to get quote for 1600 pieces. I want four size such as small, medium, large, and x-large. I have three logos for company such as company logo, initial, and company name. I have four different colors for shirts with four different colors for logos than shirt colors. Thank you for your time please contact asap.
Great read Nicole! As an aspired designer and brand builder it is refreshing to see more doors opening for this passion. This article inspired me to start following your Instagram and I am inspired daily by your post! Thank you for looking out for the great-to-be designers.. such as myself ?
Hello, I am the owner of YLS #YOURLYFESTLE brand looking to invest in a manufacturing establishment who understands my vision of quality (very important). My garments and leather clutch handbags are for all women who like to create their lyfe style with a touch of sass. I need a quantity of 10 pieces of each design to start, and possibly that quantity will grow as our business relationship grows. I read a post on your website from FEBRUARY 2, 2015 which sparked my interest to contact you. I'm based in the United States, and would like to know the cost or a price list of your structure operation. I am a new business owner looking to expand my design with the help of a manufacturer. I look forward to hearing from you soon to discuss the possibilities of working together. Thank you, YLS
Hi I'm looking for a manufacturer to create my designs. I am the owner of a childrens clothing boutique in Bristol called Misschiefs and am looking to start with just one design of a simple harem style romper. If all goes well I'd like to do each season with you and I am looking to open the next shop in 6 months with the aim of 6. Are you able to give me a quote if i send you the design? I am looking for good quality and good prices. I would be looking to retail the rompers at around £14 Many Thanks Katie Creative director www.misschiefs.co.uk 07843424135
Warm Greetings ! First Golden Ready Made Garments Company here in Dubai which is about to open our shop soon. We are looking for a manufacturer that allowing order in a small quantities, on each designs that can supply our shop . We are selling both wholesale and retail. Our target customers are all nationalities . Aside from local peoples, expats and tourist .In regards of the gender, both male and female. Age ranges from new born to adulthood. ( age 0 to 60's ) As a start, we would like to order for a minimum quantity of 24 pcs on each items and designs. We will be glad that our customers will be proudly feel satisfaction regarding the quality and the durability of the clothing materials that can make them visiting and buying our products repeatedly. We are targeting generally all peoples from average to high ins. We want a long term contract with exclusive designs and quality of clothing , means what ever the design of the fabric used should not be given to others specially here in my location. I want to make a label in the name of my company and also I want to select some designs and specially the cloth should be 100 % cotton, if other designs need for a mix cotton but at least its a good quality that looks expensive but affordable cost and a durable one that clients will be easily attractive and satisfied. Please let me know about the quotation and if possible you can send me a sample of your products designs which is latest one, so that I can check the quality. I hope we can start a fruitful partnership with you soon.
Jonathan, We manufacture in Turkey, all types of apparel for other labels. We specialize in leather and crocodile, handbags, shoes, leather jackets, denim and leather jeans, lingerie, you name it. We pride ourselves in producing high quality at great prices. Would be delighted to discuss your needs. Alison Schwartz Middle East Royal Trade, Inc. 973.908.4209 cell/ whatsapp
S.Jayaganesh PANTHER CREATION 14 KVR Nagar,mangalam road Tirupur-641607. TamilNadu. India. Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org We take this opportunity to introduce ourselves that we are a team of professionals functioning as an Apparel-sourcing & Quality inspecting company in India. I will starts this company few months back . The company ensure that all clothes will be manufactured to your design and specifications. We doing all types of knitted garments for men's, women's and children's. We can do small quantity orders also. I will give you cent percent quality.Our price must be reasonable and affordable. Please feel free to contact us .
Mary Jane Parrish
To Whom it May Concern, I am interested in a manufacturing company, requiring small minimums, who specializes in women's workout wear. Please view my product at www.theskite.com Ideally, you would supply the fabric. I have my own patterns, although they may require some revision. If you are interested in manufacturing my product, please send a sample of lycra/supplex/meryl/spandex4-way stretch fabric which offers compression, as well as moisture wicking properties. Also, please give me a quote for making a sample(I can send a prototype), price per unit, and minimum order requirement. Thank you, Mary Jane Parrish www.theskite.com
Hello, My sister and I are starting a pajama line for women. I am in the process of making the initial pattern for the first style and getting a sample made. We will be starting small but hope to produce big quantities soon. I would like to know how to get pricing on the production/sewing end. Our initial sample is a traditional men's style pajama top and bottom in fabric with a contrasting cuff on pant and sleeves.
Hello My name is Mike. I own a factory producing knitwears in China. We are now expanding our business and we would like to work with independent designers. We worked in this industry for more and 30 years and we partnered with many well-known brands around the world. If you are interested in producing you designs in China, please leave a comment.
Hello Mike. I am planning on starting an active wear/sportswear apparel very soon. I already have the brand name and logo for my business. I am presently working on my designs. However i do not know about materials and how to get them sourced. I want to know what would be your cost for sourcing quality materials and making the apparels for me. I would like a few samples before making bulk orders. Thank you
hi, my name is christina, and i have samples and patterns that i have already made. My question is how do i contact you by phone so we can get this ball on the role to make some pieces for me. I have some image i can send you and am very excited to have found you and hope we could work together really soon.
Hello to whom it may concern, I'm Bre and I think your company sounds great, I wanted to to know what's some of your quotes for items such as sweater dresses, jeans and button down shirts. Also, do you fabric source? Please let me know if you need more detailed descriptions. Thank you. Truly, Bre Dozier
Hey my name is Monte and me and my 2 brothers moving down ATL to starts female clothing line with a few make piece.We are young we are 20 we starting from the bottom and is so lost in this world we don't know how much is cost to get our stuff mind we have very few designs and I'm afraid cuss I don't wa t to put my money into someth and it fails or my brothers don't know what they are doing so please contact me back snap cuss we moving down there next year and I really need help and advice Monte❤️
We are a new womenswear company looking for a manufacturer, to produce an initial sample of a 12 piece collection, followed by a bulk order. We want a high quality finish and fabric is important; we can provide samples of the fabrics we want to use but we would need to know if you would source the fabric as we would not know how much to buy. We would need a quote for how much the samples would cost, also what your minimum order quantity is and if the minimum order quantity was per piece or for an entire collection. We want each item to be made in 2 sizes (S/M) and (M/L), which makes our collection a 24 piece collection as we want just one colour way per piece. Our collection is very minimal, Scandinavian style, clean lines with a lot of style shape repartition. We are looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible, Best regards
This article is EVERYTHING! Thanks soo much for taking US, smaller, independent, upcoming designers and entrepreneurs into consideration. I first came across this website when I was researching on how to start a handbag line and the associated cost that came along with it, I have to say that that day has changed my mind set, which will eventually change my life. Your website is so informative and encouraging. I have been sitting on this idea of starting my own handbag line. I’ve researched many different manufacturing companies, and have tons of questions, but I’ve honestly been so afraid of picking up the phone to ask and research these ridiculous questions. Thanks again, to you and Good Clothing Company for taking into consideration the fears, and lack of assistance that can sometimes be provided to new brands! Please keep us informed!!