Kent Mori

12 posts

The 3 Benefits to Prototyping Earlier

Which phase of manufacturing typically takes the longest? For most companies, it’s development. Approving fabrics, fit, and design details takes a long time, and usually not enough time is budgeted. This results in an assortment of issues that have to be resolved during Salesman Samples (SMS), pre-production samples, or »

Why You Should Source Fabric Earlier

Apparel manufacturing is a complex business, requiring the coordination of many different vendors to create the final product. This is like a general contractor building a house, but instead of needing a lumber and cement supplier, apparel manufacturers have fabric, trim, and occasionally, post process suppliers. Just like building a »

[Beta Release] Introducing Maderight's 14-Day Prototype Program

How many times have you experienced crazy long lead times during the development of your products? It always starts promising enough. You’re communicating with the factory to start your samples and things seem to be going well. Then their promised delivery date passes. The 3-4 week sample time they »

2 Major Types of Samples and Why You Need to Know the Difference

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, »

5 Smart Strategies to Reduce Sample Lead Times

One of the most common complaints about apparel manufacturing are the long lead times. From our online survey, brands were experiencing an average of 4-8 weeks to get a single sample. So what can you do as a brand to reduce lead time? Finalize Design Sampling Before you start sampling, »

3 Reasons Why Market Sourcing is a Bad Idea

Market sourcing is a common way many factories source fabrics to fulfill low minimum orders. These huge markets are common in major apparel manufacturing cities, and have extremely low minimums and fast turnaround. Sounds almost perfect doesn't it? Then why do we discourage brands from doing this? Because it causes »

The 3 Basic Ways to Source Fabric

Each company approaches sourcing slightly differently, but at its core there are 3 ways that successful companies source their fabric. It's important that each company understand the different options available so they can effectively source for their specific needs. Factory Sourced Fabrics: Probably the most common form of sourcing is »

Understanding Fabric Sourcing: How to Find Fabric Vendors

If you’ve ever been frustrated with finding the right fabric and sourcing partner, you’re not alone. The process can be tedious, and its mostly due to the sheer number of vendors and specialties required to make all the apparel products you see in the market today. However, based »

Understanding Fabric Sourcing: Who Sells Fabric?

Materials sourcing is one of the key steps on your path to creating your product. However, it can be really confusing to navigate through all the different options, the thousands of vendors, and which partners make the most sense for your particular product type, company size, and preferences. That’s »

Labeling Requirements for Apparel Manufacturing

If you plan to manufacture and sell apparel products in the United States, there are mandatory label laws that all brands, big and small, must comply with. Don’t get caught off guard (or worse with a fine), and do your research before you begin manufacturing your line. Information Requirements: »