About ILLUME

Factory Q&A – About ILLUME

Factory Q&A – About ILLUME

 

Q1:

What are ILLUME‘s top capabilities/specialties? 

ILLUME is experienced and familiar with all kinds of clothing accessories, e.g. zippers, buttons, webbing, buckles, and fabrics. Our factories are located in China and Vietnam and we provide fast delivery and high quality products.

We also specialize in helping designers or purchasers build a technical data sheet based on their requirements and needs. We have a great team that is experienced in matching the samples and we make sure that we thoroughly communicate every detail of the process with our clients.

Q2: 

What products are ILLUME best at making?  

Zippers, buttons, webbing, shoelaces, twill tape, earloop, buckles, fabrics.

Q3:

What are ILLUME’s minimum quantities?

We have no minimum quantity. We are open to making as many units as our clients require. Lower quantities normally affect the cost, therefore we quote projects according to the quantity and design complexity.

Q4:

What is ILLUME’s team like? 

In response to the rapid changes and demands of fast fashion industry, we’ve gathered a team of the foremost sourcing specialists who are equipped with the skills and technology needed to handle each stage of clothing manufacturing. Our enthusiastic, passionate and experienced team is ready to ease your process and guide you in the right direction for achieving seamless results.

Q5:

What are some tips for sourcing fabrics and trims?

The fabrics and accessories you choose are essential parts of your collection. It influences the way your garment drapes, looks, feels, and flows. You should work with experienced suppliers and experts in the industry in order to have timely service and perfect products that suit you.  We also recommend you to attend textile and other fashion garment trade shows related to your collection as often as possible to stay updated.

Q6:

When you are purchasing your fabric, you should ask the following information from your supplier: 

  • Exact material content.
  • Weight of fabric (grams per square meter or yard)
  • Width of fabric (cuttable width)
  • Wash and shrinkage info
  • Color fastness to washing and color staining
  • Fabric strength (test report)
  • Minimum order quantity and price
  • Sample yardage quantity and price
  • Country of origin
  • Delivery and availability dates
  • Certificates (e.g. Oekotex)

Q7:

When you are purchasing your clothing accessories, you should ask the following information from your supplier: 

  • Exact material content.
  • Specification (Weight, thickness, width)
  • Color fastness to washing and color staining
  • Strength (test report)
  • Minimum order quantity and price
  • Sample yardage quantity and price
  • Country of origin
  • Delivery and availability dates
  • Certificates (e.g. Oekotex、REACH)

Q8:

What are some challenges buyers may face while sourcing?

  • The sample does not match the demand
  • Poor quality of bulk goods
  • Unexpected additional hidden costs
  • Delivery delay
  • Poor communication & service

Q9:

Does ILLUME stock any materials in your factory?

We usually don’t stock any materials as every client’s needs are different.

Q10:

What is the range of fabric lead-time? 

Fabric’s lead-time depends on many factors such as the types of materials being ordered, their relative abundance or scarcity, weaving or knitting method, and even the time of year. Usually it takes around 45 – 60 business days to receive the fabric.

Q11:

What is the range of clothing accessories lead-time? 

Clothing accessories’ lead-time depends on the complex and types of materials being ordered, how many colors, finishing method required, and even the time of year. Usually it takes around 20 – 50 business days to receive the accessories.

Q12:

What do you love about what you do? 

Helping client find what he/she wants is the most enjoyable part of my job. Every project is a challenge to ILLUME because we are committed to providing the fastest delivery and the best quality to our clients!

 

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