Top 12 Samples in Apparel Industry
The buyer also requires different types of samples after placing an order. In production, stage exporter needs to submit a few more samples to the buyer at different stages as per the need. A sampling includes details like a style code or a reference number, color specifications, kind of fabric and its composition and details of embroidery, buttons, zippers or any other sort of accessories used. Hence it can be said that samples of garments work as a bridge between buyers and the exporter. Special care should be taken while making samples. Broadly garment samples are categorized as follows.
- Proto sample
- Fit sample
- Size set sample
- Pre-production sample
- Production sample
- Shipment sample
- Salesman sample
- Photo shoot sample
It is also known as a proto – type sample. Proto samples are made after receiving the order sheets from the buyer. This is the first sample developed by a designer or as per the artwork in the product development stage. The design and style of a sample are communicated and the fit, color and fabric details are not being considered.
2. Fit Sample:
Once the proto samples are approved, fit samples are developed. The fit sample is made with actual measurement based on the original product and specification sheets given by the buyer. FIT samples are considered as a very important factor in sample development. The fit sample is being inspected on a live model or a dress form to verify the fit and feel of the garment.
3. Size Set Sample:
Once the proto sample and fit sample are approved, based on the pattern of the approved sample the grading for the other sizes are done and then patterns for the other sizes will be made. Size-set samples are sent to the buyer once the fitting is approved in S-small, M-medium, L- large, XL-extra-large and other sizes as per the requirement. Size set samples are made to check the fit and workmanship of each size. Mass cutting of mass production begins only after the final approval of size set samples.
4. Pre-Production Sample:
The exporter manufacturers pre-production sample with the actual fabric, trims, and accessories once all the above samples are approved by the buyer. It is also called as a pilot run sample. PILOT RUN is a trial run, which should be developed before starting the bulk production. After a final approval is received from the pre-production sample the actual production can proceed.
5. Production Sample:
Once production is going on a few sample garments are taken in the middle of the production. The purpose to send the production sample to the buyer when production is online being to inspect that the garments are being manufactured as per the approval and decided specifications. This sample is also termed as GOLD SEAL SAMPLE by some buyers. without gold seal sample approval, the shipment or final inspection cannot be done.
6. Shipment Sample:
This sample is required by the buyer after the final inspection is passed. Shipment samples are sent to the buyer when the finished and packed garments are ready to be shipped. These samples are sent in case when the garments are directly delivered from the warehouse of the buyer, to view the final product and its packing. But some buyers will insist the exporter send the shipment sample first and after approval of the same shipment, the exporter can deliver the final shipment.
7. Salesman Sample:
These samples are made to put on a display in the retail stores or showrooms. It is also called as PROMOTIONAL SAMPLE. It gets developed by the exporter on the buyer’s demand to procure orders from the local retailers. These kinds of buyers are known as WHOLESALE BUYERS because of the import the goods and sell it to other retail stores through their salesman. Buyer pays for these samples to the exporter.
8. Photo Shoot Sample:
This sample is required by the buyers who are having their own retail chain stores throughout the country. These buyers regularly make a catalogue of their products. They are normally known as CATLAOUGE BUYERS. This catalogue will have all the details about the product like season style, style no, price range and also will carry the photos of the models who wear those garments for the shoot.
Most Common Buyer Samples in Garments:
Above all samples are the main types of samples which every exporter deals with to get the order confirmed by the buyer. There some samples which are made by the exporter maintain the record of the company and to get the orders from the different buyers. Here I am adding four samples with eight samples. So, the most common buyer samples are as follows-
- Offer Sample
- Fabric Sample
- Accessories Sample
- Document Sample
1. Offer Sample:
This sample is offered by the exporter to the buyer to get the order which is developed newly by the in house designer as per the season or as per the requirement.
2. Fabric Sample:
Some buyers may require some fabric samples to check the look of the design and feel of the finished garment in the different fabric. Sometimes buyers may require the final fabric sample to check its hand feels and look etc.
3. Accessories Sample:
Generally, all the accessories will be arranged on a card /sheet. This card is termed as the trim card. The accessories both the packing and production should be there on the card to show the buyers.
4. Document Sample:
Sometimes the document format may vary from country to country and buyer to buyer, so for that reason, the Performa invoice and some other required documents are prepared and kept in the documentation department for the future use.