Outdoor Brand Hack – How to Affordably Manufacture Apparel in the US
So, you own or work for a surf, snow, or general outdoor brand. Chances are, your brand sells apparel or “soft goods” that are made in Asia. After all, Asia has some of the most talented apparel-makers in the world. It just makes sense.
But, did you know that Made-in-USA is also a great option? You’re probably thinking, yeah, but it’s too expensive and not worth it. Think again.
In fact, there are high quality and cost-effective apparel factories right here in the USA and the benefits are worth investigating. Yeah, labor costs can be higher in the US, but after you factor in overseas shipping, tariffs, increasing labor costs in Asia, and large minimum order requirements, is made-in-USA really that much more expensive? You may find that a small increase in cost is worth it to get your product in a few days domestically, rather than 6 to 9 months overseas.
Not only is US apparel manufacturing WAY faster, shipping is also WAY cheaper AND most US factories accept small minimum order quantities, which reduces your inventory risk. Some US factories, like Blacksmith International’s on-demand apparel factory, offer minimum orders as low as 1 unit!
You can test new styles or designs as quickly as you can come up with them and have little or no up-front inventory risk. Leave expensive guesswork to your competitors while you only order what you know you will sell. Adding “Sustainably Made in the USA” to your brand message would also be pretty rad, right?
So, if you’re looking for a more responsive supply chain strategy for your existing brand, or if you’re just getting a brand off the ground, start by contacting the Blacksmith International on-demand apparel factory today.
Capacity is limited – reach out before your competitor does!
P.S. The Blacksmith factory is located just north of Salt Lake City, UT. There are 8 ski resorts and thousands of miles of trails within 45 minutes of downtown. Come visit and you could stop by your factory in the morning and tear up the mountain in the afternoon.