We run a skilled sampling team of sixty sample specialists, including pattern makers, tailors and sewists, with extensive experience producing swim and activewear samples.
In the main, customers select the fabrics and colours from our stocks as Importing colours can take several weeks to arrive. Importing plain colours is more timely and less so when importing your own custom prints.
Once we are clear on your requests, a swimwear specialist will be assigned to you. Throughout the entire process, she will answer any questions, either by email, text, or phone call, until the samples are in your hands and approved.
- It’s normal to request a free call back with your merchant before we start on your samples or before they are dispatched.
- Plain colours often take more time to dye than imported custom prints.
- If your handover of designs and notes is well-organized, samples are normally approved in the first batch.
- Samples can be produced in any fabric and colour on our website and in any custom print.
- In most cases, samples are produced in one size.
- Once your samples are complete, we send you photos before dispatch to ensure no last-minute changes are required.
One Sample Set or Two?
Once ready to place a bulk PO, we require your approved samples sent back via courier unless you requested two sample sets. If you did produce two sets, then the set in our office is used to compare against the first cuts in your production.
Since we only charge wholesale for the second set, making two sets often costs the same as producing one, as you save on courier fees, import taxes, and a week in the production process.
Please take note
Orders for 2023 have again reached record levels. With your samples approved, please send them back to us or inform us of any edits needed.
With so many brands selling out as fast as we produce, it’s more than important that we receive your bulk orders as soon as possible to keep promised delivery dates.
If you’re selecting fabrics from our stock, samples take four to six weeks, depending on the volume of orders we have on hand.
If selecting to use our ready-to-order designs, the average turnaround time is three to four weeks.
Requesting colours or prints be imported.
As it now takes up to three months to import plain colours from Carvico, we mostly place orders with REPREVE US * Reclaim Prime fabrics for both plain & Print, as they typically arrive within 4-5 weeks.
Custom-made Samples are charged at twice our estimated price plus a USD 30 management fee per style, all-inclusive to the finished article, and stock accessories.
For example: A Swimwear bottom costing $12 USD will be charged at the rate of 2 X $12 + $30 = $54.00.
- Sample prices include high-quality, non-branded accessories, many of which can be branded for your bulk order.
- Ready-to-order designs are charged at twice the wholesale price with no management fee.
Skip Sampling and Order Direct to Bulk
The choice is yours. If you decide not to sample, you may place an order directly in bulk, saving both time and money in the sampling process.
As our ready designs have all been graded using 2D Auto CAD digital software to international body sizes, what you see in our catalogue is exactly what you will receive in your chosen fabric, colour and print.
One of our team will then contact you to confirm your order.
Since your logo will be used across your entire collection to heat-press your brand name, size, and washing instructions onto the back of each item, it is worth handling this before you begin your collection.
Samples are branded using a simple in-house printer to confirm their size and placement. For bulk orders, we import heart presses manufactured overseas on high-quality machines that never flake or crack under normal conditions.
Visit the Branding and Accessories section for more information.
Once you have paid for your samples, on request, we mockup your Collection free of charge, allowing you to see the designs you selected in the right colours & or prints.
TYPICAL CUSTOMER HANDOVER
HANDOVER, MOCKED-UP BELOW
To ensure your sample arrives exactly as expected, why not book a live video call where a professional size S fit model comes to our office to try on your entire sample collection with your merchant on hand, taking notes? If any slight adjustments are needed, they will be made before the samples are dispatched.
Cost – USD 85 for 30 minutes.
Size Guide & Digital Patterns
We create patterns using state-of-the-art 2D AutoCAD digital software, providing much more accuracy than traditional paper patterns allowing us to make incremental changes and grade up or down on requests almost instantly.
We suggest checking our size guide to ensure our specs and grades fit the market you’re selling to. If you skip this step and your samples arrive too large or small, you will be charged for remakes.
In almost all cases, if your samples arrive and are obviously different from the handover, we remakes are free.
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