The True Custom Apparel Timeline
On average, the timeline from design to bulk production delivery is about 120 days
Below we have broken down the various parts with associated time estimates for offshore production. Please inquire for domestic orders.
Please note that each project is unique, there are multiple factors which can alter timing such as but certainly not limited to; quantity, fabrications, factory partners, current world events, etc.
Our team will provide specific work back schedules and timelines for every project once it arrives.
Please note that typically any exact re-orders can arrive 3 to 4 weeks faster than a new project.
1. The design process
Assume two rounds of design dialog
- 7 – 10 days on average
2. Pre-production sample process
Available fabric color with lab dips
- 4 – 5 weeks
Custom fabric color for approval
- 6 – 7 weeks
3. Bulk production
- 9 – 11 weeks
- 12 – 14 weeks for orders of 5,000 units or more
- 10 – 12 weeks
- 14 – 16 weeks for orders of 5,000 units or more
4. International Freight
- 4 weeks to Seattle, WA (or other West Coast port)
- 7 – 10 days to your door (with air surcharge)
5. Domestic Ground transport
From Ocean Port to final destination
- 7 – 10 days
Quality Assurance Protocol
Below find the base responsibilities in the custom apparel process
|Development||Prototype Sample||Client||Work on design ideas, explore techniques, cost, overall suitability|
|Strike-off / Lab Dip||Client||Work on artwork / color|
|Fit / Jump Size Samples||Client||Finalize fit and specs|
|Testing||Supplier / Bishop / 3rd Party||Perform wash test / appearance / durability, dye migration, prop 65|
|Bulk Production||Pre-Production Sample||Client||Approval before production starts|
|Testing||Supplier / Bishop / 3rd Party||Ensure bulk quality meets required standard|
|In-line Inspection||In-line Inspection||In-line Inspection|
|Final Inspection||3rd Party||Inspection after 80% of shipment is finished|
|Shipment Samples||Client||Approval before bulk is shipped|
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