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Case Study – Cycling Apparel – Four Types of Makers

A look at four different apparel contractors that manufacture cycling apparel. There are many more than four but for the sake of this article I am only looking at four.  This article is about cycling apparel but this applies to all product specialities, especially in apparel, footwear, and accessory manufacturing.

Each contractor I mention in this article is in a different province, county or city with a different culture and language.  In addition they have a different expertise, skill set, and speciality.  Most make many products and only one specializes in knit cycling apparel.

Jinjiang City
Jinjiang City, China
Xiamen City
Xiamen City, China
Zhejiang Province
Zhejiang Province, China

In this article I am not going to tell you which manufacture is good for what types of products or production.  This is proprietary information based on many years of thinking outside of the box, and challenging the norm.

I am only sharing with you some of the variables in apparel (not only cycling) manufacturing today.

Imagine going to get your haircut, as it is on your head, you ask them to fix your teeth, or your eyesight, or your brain.  It is not going to happen, but in the apparel industry many believe that they can make anything, as they are manufacturing clothing.  Now for the sake of this article let’s presume that they make sport apparel, can they make all types of sport apparel?  Or should they specialize?  Below I will look at the products in four factories, you can decide on what they are good at from the photos and place your production.

Factory one:

Cycling Apparel 1
Cycling Apparel
Cycling Sewing 1
Cycling Sewing
Serfas Cycling 1
Serfas Cycling
Serfas Liner 1
Serfas Liner
Garneau Cycling 1
Garneau Cycling
Garneau Liner 1
Garneau Liner
Canari Short 1
Canari Short
Aero Tech Jacket 1
Aero Tech Jacket

Factory one: Is a larger factory, that has many floors of production with hundreds of workers that specialize in knit and woven products for the sport apparel industry.  Thier output of cycling gear is around 20% of their business.

Factory Two:

Patterns 2
Patterns
Factory Owner 2
Factory Owner, measuring the products
4F products 2
4F products
Cycling short 2
Cycling short
Cycling short 2
Cycling short
Namura one piece
Namura one piece
Namura one piece
Namura one piece
Namura one piece bulk production
Namura one piece bulk production
Pearl Izumi Jacket
Pearl Izumi Jacket
Pearl Izumi Jacket
Pearl Izumi Jacket

Factory Two: Is a smaller factory with around 80 sewers specializing in apparel manufacturing in knitwear, 80% of their work is sport apparel and 5% is in cycling apparel.

Factory three:

Laser Cutting
Laser Cutting
Berg Woven Short
Berg Woven Short
Berg Cycling Short
Berg Cycling Short
Garneau One Piece
Garneau One Piece
Garneau Woven Jacket
Garneau Woven Jacket

Factory three: Is a two-floor operation with one floor being knit and the other floor being woven, they have 150 sewers and their speciality is in apparel manufacturing with 70% of their production being the sport market, and 10% in cycling apparel.

Factory four:

Yamato Single Needle
Yamato Single Needle
Yamato Flat Lock
Yamato Flat Lock
Juki Bar Tack
Juki Bar Tack
CAD designing the prints
CAD designing the prints
Colour printing
Colour printing
Sorting & Cutting the prints
Sorting & Cutting the prints
Manually drying the prints
Manually drying the prints
The print
Le Coq Sportif Print
Alpine Pro Cycling Top
Alpine Pro Cycling Top
Endura Cycling Top
Endura Cycling Top
Cycling Buck Top
Cycling Buck Top
Giant Cycling Top
Giant Cycling Top
4F Top
4F Top
Castelli One Piece
Castelli One Piece
Castelli One Piece
Castelli One Piece
Castelli Cycling Pant
Castelli Cycling Pant
Castelli Cycling Pad
Castelli Cycling Pad
Alpine Pro Cycling Short
Alpine Pro Cycling Short

Factory four: has around 60 sewers and specializes in knit apparel manufacturing with 90% of their production being made for the cycling industry.

In apparel, footwear and accessory manufacturing you need to have your eyes and ears on the ground in the countries you are manufacturing.

It is good to speak the country language but it is even better to speak the local dialect.  As a foreigner I have lived in China for 7 years, I understand the basics of Putonghua but I am not fluent, but I pride myself for understanding the cultures of each country, region or county.  I also have studied their body language and their history to better understand their behaviours, mannerisms, and actions.

This is a responsibility to your brand integrity and consumers. To ensure your being ethical, compliant, and manufacturing to the highest quality and standards of your brand.

This goes beyond hiring an individual or 3rd party inspection company which is on the surface to report on only quality standards.  Beyond hiring a local who cannot see outside of the box and has ties to the culture and people.  Who will do their job of QC and managment but will not see beyond the boundaries to report on business processes or practices which ultimately improve your bottom line.

If you need help managing your business and building brand success stories let me know?

Only the best,

Jeffrey

8 thoughts on “Case Study – Cycling Apparel – Four Types of Makers

    1. Glad you like the article, I am entrusted to manage the supply chain for top companies in Asia. I have plenty of western expertise and experience in this area. Used must have been new at some point in its existence 🙂

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  1. Hi Jeffrey,

    I would love to talk with you regarding this article, as I am wanting to start up my own cycling apparel brand.

    Thanks,
    Holly

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      1. Hi Jeffrey

        We are an organisation in Australia working to promote women’s cycling at the grassroots level. We are at the stage of wanting to offer our members branded merchandise (hats, t-shirts, jumpers, and of course, cycling kit). Can you get in touch with me if you can help at all with the selection of a reputable and reliable supplier/manufacturer?

        Thanks
        Colleen de Almeida

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  2. Hi Jeffrey
    Enjoyed your article. Answers a lot of questions I have around this topic. As with other comments above, we are interested in developing a boutique cycling apparel lifestyle brand in south Africa.
    I would love your input on quality manufacturers at affordable prices, as our exchange rate and customs severely affects the price to consumer.

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    1. I am glad the article gave you lots of insights, actually there are more than four types of makers, but for the sake of the article I limited it too four. Great that you want to develop your own collection, do you have all your t’s crossed and i’s dotted, working partners, and investors in place? Best to speak via DM (Direct Mail).

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