We have a decade of experience in working with all kinds of stitch and sew, garments and clothing, we pride ourselves on doing small quantity OEM clothing well for a range of clients in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand & Canada.
We are friendly, warm, open and receptive to all enquiries however small. We guarantee you will enjoy working with The idea Lab.
Professional Garment Manufacturers in Asia.
I have my own private label clothing and want to look at garment manufacturing. Where do I start?
Start with us. Enquiry is totally hassle and money free. It won't cost you a penny to drop us an email and see if we can help. If you have some ideas or reference pictures of what you are trying to create that will make the whole process a lot easier.
Does the Idea Lab have
When it comes to garments, no we don't have a catalogue as clothing production in China is so varied. However we produce a range of products including but not limited to:
1. Gym clothing
2. Fitness clothing
3. Sports clothing
4. Men's clothing (shirts, trousers, shorts etc)
5. Women's clothing (blouses, dresses, skirts etc)
6. Fashion clothing
7. T Shirts, Polo shirts.
8. Children's clothing
This list is not exhaustive but a good idea of where we are best positioned to help.
I have my own designs, can you help?
If you have a pattern, sketch or reference image then send it straight over to us at the bottom of this page and we can look at it for you and provide a rough quote.
Be sure to include some information about sizes and the ideal materials you want to use.
If you don't have your patterns ready but need someone to help with that, we can help draft it for you and get it manufacture ready.
What kinds of companies do you work with?
Primarily we are focused toward private label clothing manufacturer for a range of clients who sell internationally on a range of platforms Amazon, Shopify, Ecommerce etc. We do and have co-operated with some larger brands but our bread and butter/core focus is to develop ideas with new passionate entrepreneurs who want to get stuck into China.
Why choose the Idea Lab?
We have been here manufacturing garments since 2009. We love it. It is what we do. We breathe it. We love solving problems. We love being involved. Materials, components, fabrics we source everything ourselves.
What materials do you work with?
Garment production entails a whole range of different fabrics. Of course we work with the common ones such as:
1. Cotton Poly Blends
4. Wool (Boiled Wool also)
9. Egyptian Cotton
11. Hydrophilic and hydrophobic (fabrics that absorb and repel water respectively).
And the list goes on and on. Basically if you have a particular fabric you are looking for, we can work with it. The china clothing manufacturing industry is very vast and well set up.
To read more about fabrics head over to our blog page here.
What should I think about when choosing fabrics?
Fabrics have a wide range of purposes designed to fulfil different needs. If you know exactly what you want, then of course this is perfect. But it's also about balancing price with quality. Some cheaper fabrics do a similar job and are much easier to work with.
If you are in doubt contact us with your enquiry and we are more than happy to assist with your request to suggest a suitable fabric.
Where do you manufacture your garments?
Most clothing manufacturers are in Guangzhou China, which is where we are based. We have a huge network of fantastic suppliers that we have developed great long lasting relationships with over the many years we have been here.
We have our own small workshop that is growing where we can handle our own production in house for a number of select garments. If you are unsure about where your product should be manufactured and want some advice drop us an email to talk and we will be happy to answer your questions.
How much do
There is a small fee for sampling. It is designed to cover the labour and material cost as well as setting up the pattern. All garment work is done by hand, so at some point once something is made, somebody has to be paid to do the work.
Sampling fees vary depending on the garment, but typically around $120 including express shipping to your door after it is made.
Samples are important because they show the quality of workmanship, as well as the type of materials on offer. We advise customers to never skip the sampling stage and for this we are happy to return all sampling fees against the final order value.
How long does it usually take?
Typically you can expect samples to be finished in 7-10 working days. Of course sometimes if the sample is a little more complicated or the first run is not exactly right we might need to make another one for you. So timelines are a guidance only.
Sampling is a process that you cannot and should not rush. A good sample paves the way for good manufacturing.
Lead times on garment production in china vary hugely. The biggest component here is the availability of labour. Labour is a resource that is not fixed in terms of output, such as a machine or a tool. Labour has days off, gets sick, goes home, visits family, travels etc. When working with people as the main variable for production lead times need to be a little flexible.
Lead times with made to order clothing manufacturers also vary on quantity. Small quantity manufacturing can be quite short, 15-20 days is typically long enough to get stock finished.
What is your MOQ?
What should be my next step?
The MOQ or Minimum order quantity is a number given by the factory as an indication of the lowest number they are willing to produce per style.
For some more complicated items where we need to work with our network of manufacturers, there may be minimum order quantities, but if you let us know what you quantity you need to be purchasing we can work with that.
Get in touch by filling out the form at the bottom of the page.
If you are interested in garment manufacture and you've got this far down the page then shoot us an email by filling out the form below and we will get back to you. Even if you don't really know where and how to start, by asking us some questions hopefully we can put you on the right path.