How to source reliable suppliers/manufacturers?
This is an area that is worth getting the correct help with.
Firstly - You could go through a fabric sourcing agent or a consultancy firm like Morris Fashion Consultancy.
Secondly - Trade shows are great for designers to go and get an idea of the type of fabric that they want Such as the compositions & the quantities.
Thirdly - Don’t forget to get as much research done as possible! For start-ups and young designers the best way to do it is to go through someone who has the relationships built with these companies and may know certain suppliers that are open to smaller order runs.
We oversee a lot of global manufacturing at Morris Fashion Consultancy across a diverse range of womenswear, menswear, kidswear & lifestyle products so we are always on the lookout for the best fabric suppliers & manufacturers in the world, so that when our clients come to us for help on sourcing & production we know exactly where to go, which in turn makes it more time & cost effective for them - WIN, WIN!