How to Start a Clothing Line...the Complete Guide

by Alexandra Bee; Updated September 26, 2017
Creating your own clothing line will allow you to express your love for fashion on a grander scale.

Starting a clothing line from home or partnering with an existing company is challenging but can also be extremely creatively rewarding. Creating a clothing line does not only consist of thinking of designs and slogans for clothes but also requires extensive knowledge about the inventory you plan to use along with the overall financial information and planning for the clothing line.

Step 1

Brainstorm ideas for your own clothing line. Include information on the type of clothing you would like to produce, your target age group and demographic as well as the pricing you plan to sell your clothes for.

Step 2

Gather your clothing designs, sketches or create your own using proper measurements and notes for fabric, sizes of accessories (such as buttons or zippers) as well as specific colors for the garments you would like produced.

Step 3

Create a logo, slogan and overall mission and objective for your clothing company. If your clothing line is to promote peace or happiness in the community, its mission statement should also correspond.

Step 4

Determine your clothing line's start up budget as well as the total costs you plan to spend on material versus the profit you expect to gain. Although this will be an estimate in the beginning, it will help when purchasing clothing, materials and services to help promote and market your line.

Step 5

Register your clothing line as a business (to easily manage your business earnings as opposed to your personal earnings), whether you are a sole-proprietor or wishing to operate as a corporation, s-corp or LLC. Each type of business varies with the responsibilities financially and legally--consulting a lawyer or business consultant will help to guide you with choosing the proper formation of business for your line.

Step 6

Browse and locate the wholesaler or clothing designer you would like to have produce and create your clothing line. Various online websites such as Wholesale Fashion Square (wholesalefashionsquare.com), Prime Time Clothing (primetimeclothing.com), Apparel Showroom (apparelshowroom.com) or Off Price Fashion (offpricefashion.com) give users the ability to purchase blank or basic clothing in bulk--as well as fully printed and ready for sale clothing. Visit local clothing and fashion outlets as well as print and design shops to inquire about custom clothing and ordering prices. Compare prices by checking different resources before purchasing the clothing you would like to sell.

Step 7

Purchase the clothing and accessories you would like for your clothing line and create an inventory list to help manage your stock, sales and profits. Keeping track of your financial progress will determine your overall success and future business plan.

Step 8

Sell your clothing line's items using local craft fairs or consigning locally with a resale or craft shop (each store's policy varies--it is best to call ahead of time). Alternatively, use social media to help promote your clothing by updating messages, creating an online store and sharing media and information on your clothing line and its pricing.

Tips

  • Browse different clothing lines that you enjoy for inspiration and ideas for your own future products--as this will also help to keep up to date with current fashion trends.

About the Author

Alexandra Bee has been actively involved in publishing social-media content and information since 2004, reaching millions of readers within graphic design and Internet tutorial communities. Bee writes on topics from all walks of life ranging from beauty and fashion tips to computer programming.

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