Meet the Manufacturer
‘ Making it British’
I went to meet the Manufacturer event at the old Truman Brewery in London, it was very busy which was really helpful in making decisions and also getting to meet companies who I have worked with face to face. I went on the 2nd day on arrival we had to queue so I was pretty excited to see it was busy and new it would be good event.
There was a seminar on manufacturers in the UK and how they are trying to expand.
It was interesting to hear Patrick Grant’s views and made me think on what I will do to be able to work with British factory's whether it may mean creating more simplified garments to be able to get mass production at a good price. After walking around, i spoke to some interesting companies that act like directories which Is what I have been looking for. I was very excited to get in contact with them and allow them to guide me to the best company to work with me.
Later on, I met the company who actually produced my fabric. I found out they have a department for menswear knit which is very useful and spoke to the person who runs the fashion side. The last seminar I went to was about how to build up relationships with manufacturers, we had three speeches one which was a company called Angel where they assist start up companies. It was eye opening finding out that the idea of Britain is way more expensive than abroad isn't always cheaper, especially when you look at the timescale ad being able to communicate with the suppliers more easier and your not having to travel half - way around the world to visit suppliers.
I have been to other manufacturer events which are worldwide and generally they are only interested in a high volume of orders. Therefore, if you are making small quantities I think you need to have closer relationship with manufacturers as you can't afford to have too many errors. But if you do corrections can be made easier. In conclusion, what I gathered from the seminar is to get out there talk to as many people as you can from the manufacturing industry and to physical meet them not just sit behind a screen, as results could turn out very different. And to also be as prepared and honest about what are trying to achieve so the manufacturer can work out if the are right for you.