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5 REASONS WHY YOUR SUPPLIER IS YOUR HIDDEN GROWTH ASSET…

As a worldwide supplier of womenswear clothing, we have grown to supply several customers over the years. We’re proud to say we have developed many relationships with small clothing boutique owners.

Whether you’re starting out your fashion brand and are looking for a supplier, an established retailer and looking for a new supplier, or simply looking to get some insight into the most important business relationship for your store, then this is what you need to know.

It’s simple – a balanced diet will keep you healthy, a balanced relationship with your supplier will keep your business healthy.

Almost every company whether product – or service based is dependant on their suppliers and therefore a strategy plan when approaching suppliers is vital. A lot of business owners seem to think this relationship is a one-way streak. Just because the business owner may write the order and sign the pay cheque, doesn’t mean they have the upper hand. Businesses need suppliers just as much as suppliers need businesses. And here’s why:

1. QUALITY

Supplier items can positively or negatively affect a business. The better quality clothing you’re providing your customer, the higher their satisfaction which ultimately means more cash at the bottom line.

2. TIME 

Timely turnovers gives businesses the ability to minimise your inventory and quick deliveries allow for stock to be in your business as soon as possible, meaning you don’t miss out on key trends. Most importantly speedy deliveries is a massive cash flow benefit.

3. COMPETIVENESS 

Suppliers can make you lead against your competitors with their pricing, quality, reliability, and knowledge of industry trends. As all of Fashion-Book’s clothes are made in-house, right from the design process, all our clothes are one-of-a-kind and can not be found anywhere else. With a strong relationship between supplier and business owner, the supplier may be willing to protect a business from competitors having the same stock.

4. INNOVATION

Supplier’s live for their product more than businesses do, meaning they are always looking for ways to improve and work to make cutting edge contributions to their products. Good suppliers will understand a company and it’s industry needs, which can in-turn help with ideas.

5. FINANCE

Proven loyal and considerate customers are given the chance to be able to negotiate financial strategies once the business is on the growth ladder – or if a business runs into a cash crunch. Also, when placing orders, if you are reliable customer, placing consistent orders and paying on time, a supplier will work to find savings / deals. All these aspects will improve a businesses cash position.

 

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THE RISE IN PLUS SIZE FASHION

The days of representing beauty in the form of women who are above 5”8, size-zero and blond are behind us. From Winnie Harlow, size 14 Ashley Graham, hijab wearing Halima Aden, to 73-year old Benedetta Barzini, now more fashion industry. And, about time than ever are we seeing a diversetoo.

With an influx in plus size influencers, celebrities and bloggers, such as Gemma Collins, Ashley Graham and Tess Holliday, many plus-size issues have been brought to light in the mainstream media, giving the industry a positive vocal voice. We now see women embracing their bodies and demanding plus-size clothing that is fashionable, on-trend and comfortable. This has led to the plus size retail market to increasingly grow over the years.

Research conducted by plus size market review showed how the plus size market has been “outperforming the overall womenswear and menswear market in the UK” and has “forecasted growth in the plus size market at 5-6% p.a. 2017 and 2022.”

 

At Fashion-book we specialise in the design and manufacturing of plus-size clothing which we began in 2015.

Since then we’ve grown our customer base to supply over 200 customers all over the globe, seeing an increase in more and more independent plus-size women opening up their own shops, brand and boutiques to supply plus-size women all over the globe with deserving, gorgeous clothes.

Manufacturing plus-size clothing which start from UK size 16 to 26, from the design room to the fitting, we believe in ensuring our plus-size clothing are on-trend, quality and comfortable.

We also look forward to our customer’s success and love seeing our 100% made in UK clothes on beautiful women all over the world.

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MADE IN UK: THE BEAUTY OF BRITISH MANUFACTURING.

As a British manufacturer of womenswear clothing for the last 10 years, Fashion-Book are committed and proud to be producing all our products here in the UK, in our factory, based in Leicester. We believe that Made In UK is an extremely important tag, which has huge benefits for retailers, suppliers and our nation’s economy.

We’ve gathered 6 reasons on why we believe British manufacturing is so vital.

1. British Design 
There is nothing more premium for your brand than to have the “Made in UK” label attached to it.  Over the years, manufacturing in Britain has built a reputation of producing stylish, high quality, well-made garments which is evident in the products themselves.

2. Quality 
From sourcing and selecting materials, to grading, pattern cutting  through to quality control and packing, every single stage is done in-house in our 12,500 square factory. This gives us the ability to review the quality of our structures and make any amendments necessary to ensure the highest quality.

3. Ethics 
The historical poor factory safety regulations, child labour and the unethical working conditions, apparent in countries in Asia has meant that when purchasing “Made In UK” products, you are guaranteed that it has been produced in fair working conditions and without the mistreatment of workers.

Also, as there is rising pressure for retailers to be in transparent in where their products are made and sourced, this can easily be done when the supplier is based in the UK, as appose to abroad.

4. Skilled Labour
Fashion-Book is proud to be home to 15 employees. Our staff are extremely skilled within their field, for example, our pattern cutter and grading has been in the industry for 30 plus years. This aids the guarantee of the highest quality product.

By manufacturing in the UK, we can allow UK residents to produce a wide range of skills and abilities, allowing them to expand their knowledge and develop their skill. When retailers choose to import goods from abroad, this increases the chance of these people become jobless which has a negative impact on our society and economy.

5. Reduced Delivery Times
Fast fashion is leading the way for the retail industry. With the consumer trend; reactive retailing, becoming more prominent than ever, customers want to get what they want, when they want it. This means retailers need to feed their customers desires and react to fashion quicker than ever.

Easiest way to do this? Source things from the UK. Why wait for 2-3 months when ordering abroad, when you can wait as little as the next working day to have product in your store.

Fashion-Book are equipped with everything you need in-house and ready at hand. Therefore, if your order is placed before 2PM and you are based in the UK, then we can deliver the items to you the following working day. If you’re outside the UK, you can receive your items as soon as 3-5 working days for Europe and 8-10 days for the rest of the world.

6. Quick Repeats 
Something sold out? Have a long list of customers wanting to purchase the garment? If the clothing comes from abroad, waiting 1-2 months will mean your customers would have lost interest by then and you would have potentially lost sales. As a Made In UK manufacturer, the entire process is created in-house, meaning we can create repeats of clothing within just 14 days.

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WE NOW OFFER SMALL PACKS

Within the manufacturing business it is a common practice (especially in China) that many orders have to be placed with large minimum order quantities. As many factories have lower rates per unit, this means they require a high-volume order for production to be profitable.

As a manufacturing house, which designs, produces and sells 100% Made In UK clothing, we are able to control and provide a full-scale manufacturing solution.

For small and medium business, we here at Fashion-Book understand that meeting high volume order packs can be difficult. We now offer a small packs range in our plus size/curve clothing to help start and grow your fashion business.

These specialist packs contain 2-3 pieces as appose to being committed to purchasing 6 piece packs.

We’re committed to producing high quality clothing to all businesses and our customers, regardless of the quantity.

Shop small packs here.

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WE NOW OFFER SMALL PACKS

Within the manufacturing business it is a common practice (especially in China) that many orders have to be placed with large minimum order quantities. As many factories have lower rates per unit, this means they require a high-volume order for production to be profitable.

As a manufacturing house, which designs, produces and sells 100% Made In UK clothing, we are able to control and provide a full-scale manufacturing solution.

For small and medium business, we here at Fashion-Book understand that meeting high volume order packs can be difficult. We now offer a small packs range in our plus size/curve clothing to help start and grow your fashion business.

These specialist packs contain 2-3 pieces as appose to being committed to purchasing 6 piece packs.

We’re committed to producing high quality clothing to all businesses and our customers, regardless of the quantity.

Shop small packs here.