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We have a decade of experience in China 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.
Private label corporate clothing manufacturers in China are very common, but it is the relationship you develop with your supplier that determines the success of your manufacturing opportunity.
We are friendly, warm, open and receptive to all enquiries however small. We guarantee you will enjoy working with The idea Lab.
Uniform & Corporate Clothing Manufacturers
I am looking to out source my corporate clothing request, what should I do first?
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.
What kinds of corporate clothing do you manufacture?
Typically we offer corporate clothing for a variety of industries in the U.S, Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada. Such industries include rig work, to construction sites to warehousing and office suitable attire.
I have my own design, 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?
When it comes to corporate uniforms and clothing, our client base is dictated by the industry and the budget. Whether it be high visibility clothing for mining, or high quality polo shirts for a sports team we work along side you to make it as pain free as possible. (There will be some bumps along the way, sure!)
Why choose the Idea Lab?
We have been here manufacturing in China 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.
And finally since early June we have just opened our very own albeit small manufacturing unit here in South China to cater for made to order clothing manufacturers.
What materials do you work with?
Garment production in China 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.
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 14 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.