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

DevelopmentPrototype SampleClientWork on design ideas, explore techniques, cost, overall suitability
Strike-off / Lab DipClientWork on artwork / color
Fit / Jump Size SamplesClientFinalize fit and specs
TestingSupplier / Bishop / 3rd PartyPerform wash test / appearance / durability, dye migration, prop 65
Bulk ProductionPre-Production SampleClientApproval before production starts
TestingSupplier / Bishop / 3rd PartyEnsure bulk quality meets required standard
In-line InspectionIn-line InspectionIn-line Inspection
Final Inspection3rd PartyInspection after 80% of shipment is finished
Shipment SamplesClientApproval before bulk is shipped