Finding the right styles to create your own collection is a huge challenge and despite you are an accomplished professional, there are some rules that we recommend you to follow…
Select a good partner
Take your time to find the right partner. Independently you decide to work directly with a factory or with a sourcing agent, look for a reliable partner with experience, with staff who speaks your language, and who provides you a good service.
Select the perfect construction
Depending on your brand concept, you will have to make important choices in terms of construction (Cemented, Strobel, Pratik, Goodyear, etc.). Many shoe factories say that they can do everything but be careful when you hear this as, most of the time, they essentially do everything wrong.
Select good styles
Also depending on your brand concept, you will look for a certain type of shapes and soles. Take your time to share your thoughts with your partner and decide together based on what is available on the market. You will certainly save some money.
Select available materials
If you have a clear idea of what you are looking for in terms of materials and colors, share this idea with your partner as the staff will contact many local suppliers in order to find the best solution for you in terms of quality, price and availability. If you select available materials and colors, you will avoid potential delays during the production.
Select quality above all
A cheap shoe doesn’t mean a bad shoe. As a matter of fact, if you work in a close partnership and if you provide genuine information in terms of requirements and target-price, you will be able to buy quality shoes at a reasonable price. On the long term, this is the correct way to make customers satisfied and increase your benefits…
If you respect these 5 rules and if you work in real partnership, you will certainly create a good collection.