What are manufacturers Samples?
who manufacturer the type of designer collections
we stock start to sell their goods before they make
be able to take orders they have to have 'samples'
of their designs. They usually make only one of each
style for each agent (even though it may be available
in more than one colour).
cost reasons they usually make the samples up in the
smallest size they sell and this is what the companies
representatives or agents show to the retail buyers.
the samples are usually the same size but some companies
will have ranges in various sizes so they make each
range in the smallest size.
the agent's 'selling season' is finished (and before
the collections are delivered) some companies allow
their agents to sell the samples at a discounted price
to retailers, who usually pass on the saving to their
quite a few seasons now we have been buying the
wonderful range of New-born Baby samples from Miniman so
you can buy them at a discount off the usual price
but please be aware that these samples have been used
for selling from and some may be a little 'shop soiled'.
those of you who are interested in designer clothes
and how this site is put together......
I go buying, usually around 6 months before the goods
come into the shop, I photograph the samples of the
stock I am ordering and it is these photographs that
are used when making the website. Sometimes the colour
I order is not sampled and that is why some of the
collections will show a different coloured garment
to that which is ordered (and also why the background
and lighting is not alway's as good as I would like
buti If I waited until the goods came into stock I
would not have the time to take the photo's let alone
make the web pages that everyone wants to see early
on in the season so I hope you will make allowances
for this when viewing the collections pages :-)