A big issue in the apparel industry is the lack of standardized language and terminology. With much of manufacturing occurring world wide, the language barrier just adds to the confusion, leading to delays and long lead times.
Sampling is a perfect example. There are a dozens of terms interchangeably used, and frequently each brand's definition is slightly different. Internally, Maderight simplifies this by classifying them into two groups: prototypes and samples.
Prototypes refer to styles where designs are not finalized. Frequently this is due to fabric not being finalized or key style or fit details not being approved. Once fabric, trim, and construction have all been finalized, they become samples.
Samples are approved prototypes, with final fabric, trim and construction. There are many different types of samples, depending on the specific needs of each brand. The most common samples are below:
Samples go by many names and these are simply how we categorize them internally. However, what is most important is communicating with your factory about your sample expectations. After all, understanding intent is far more valuable than using the same term.
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