Originally Posted by JoMc
I own a sourcing consultancy that has helps small businesses find factories and make their products in China. I have had experience with several clothing and shoe lines - so I will answer your questions to the best of my ability.
1. Usually the most standard procedure for getting clothing made is to send a physical sample of the article to China and have it copied. Patterns and designs can be helpful, but usually they are sent in jpg form.
2. Transfering the design to a template will usually be included in a "modelling fee". This fee varies from factory to factory, but it is usually negociable or refundable after a certain number of purchases.
3. Most every clothing manufactuer that I know of in China can assist you with this. If I were to help you find a factory, I would request several samples of clothing that resembled your designs so that you could see which factory might have the most success making your garment. I would then negociate price and production costs. Finally, getting samples does not have to be costly. If you have a business such as mine that you are partnering with in China, they can get the samples sent for a minimal cost to a Chinese address and then DHL or Fedex them over to you all at once for significantly less money and hassle.
4. The factory will source all the embellishments for you. However, if you have something particular or specific in mind they might be unwilling to do this for you. Also, if you are only requesting a very small quantity of items to be made, the factory may request that you help them in the buying process so that they don't have to bother ordering such a small amount. Hope this helps! Don't hesitate to write to me from my website (in my signature) if you have any more questions!
ALC Global Partners LLC, sourcing consultancy
Regional Manager - East Asia