How to get started in Vietnam?

First decision point is will you produce your own styles or choose from a catalog provided by the factory? This is OEM vs ODM. OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer and you provide the design while the factory just produces. ODM stands for original design manufacturer and the factory provides designing and manufacturing. Vietnam is 99% OEM. China is good at ODM. Do you have your own designs? If yes, Vietnam is a good place to start sourcing production. If no, then I recommend China.



Second decision point is how will we start working together?



Option 1:

You provide me a tech pack. (Download)
You provide me a quantity breakdown list. (Download)
I get a price quote.
I get a sample for you.
Production starts.
I do quality control for you.
Your freight forwarding company ships to you.

This is simplified but basically that is how it works.



Option 2:

If you like to read and learn then I recommend my books:

Vietnam Clothing Production eBooks



Option 3:

Let's meet on Skype or WhatsApp (Free, book appointment here)

Hire me for:
  1. Consulting ($50/hour)
  2. Factory Introductions by Email($100/factory)
  3. Factory Visits($500/day)
  4. Design/Development/Production($1,000/month,1 Style, 1 Color, 1,000 pieces)



I recommend we start with a one hour consultation.

I ask that you pay me in advance using Pay Pal ([email protected])

I use the attached worksheets to brainstorm with you and come up with an action plan.

You choose what we discuss or I will lead the conversation.




Fashion Start Up Process Worksheet





Fashion Start Up Decisions





Fashion start up budgeting



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