Supplying Wholesale Childrens Clothing UK
When I left college, my first job was as a designer in a small fashion company which mainly manufactured ladies and children’s wear. I was in charge of the designing, making the pattern and completing the first sample. This sample was then taken around to the wholesalers who would place the order before the garment went into mass production. This was the first time that I saw wholesale children’s clothes displayed in the showrooms. We used to go around the various wholesale children’s clothing stores and persuade the clients that the garment was going to be a best seller and that they should place a large order. While in their showrooms, I saw rails and rails of garments displayed for the benefit of the retailers. These retailers would come in and check which garments were new and then they would place an order with the wholesalers, who would in turn adjust their order with us. The thing which used to surprise me was the way in which so many garments would all end up being sold and that there was almost no spare stock lying around. Even though most things were made to order, there were always the pieces which were made just to see if they would sell, and most of them did. The whole process was like a well oiled machine. Once the order was received, it was my job to grade the first pattern to the sizes required by the customers and then to explain the construction to the production managers. Some wholesale children’s clothing UK stores had a very quick turn around time and they would want the finished garments ready and delivered to their showrooms within a matter of days. This was not always possible with some large orders and then the complaints would start. I used to enjoy seeing the rails full of garments, all labelled and sorted according to size and colour. However, seeing these garments all ready to go in the factory was one thing, but seeing all of these garments hanging on the rails at the warehouse was not so good. This was because, we knew that once the garments left the factory, we would receive the money for them, but that garments sitting in a warehouse were a sign that they had not been sold yet. Supplying wholesale children’s clothing was a job which I did for six years and then I went freelance, creating and grading patterns for various firms. This was lucrative and enjoyable and as well as earning money, I learned many things such as time management, maintain supplies and keeping an eye on the profits and the going rates of the job. The thing that I really remember learning was that the manufacturer was the one who had the most work, hassle and risk, with the least profits. The wholesaler had the least to lose and had a very good profit margin, with not too much hassle. The retailer made the most profit and with the least effort. http://www.stuartniman.co.uk/
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