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Bespoke Sourcing Process

Stage 1 – Initial Enquiry

Information Required

·         Product Type – Men’s/Ladies/Kids, Polo, Tee, Softshell, Cap, Beanie, Bag, Scarves etc

·         Fabric Required – 100% Cotton Jersey, 50/50 Polycotton Pique, 100% Polyester Birdseye etc.

·         Fabric Weight – 180GSM, 220GSm etc.

·         Quantity Required – Men’s x 2,000, Ladies x 1,000 etc

·         Size Range – Men’s S-2Xl, Ladies XS-XL etc

·         Size Split if known – S x 175, M x 400 etc

·         Design – Product Image, Technical File, Design Drawing etc

·         Colours – Pantone References are preferred if known

·         Artwork – Print, Embroidery, Labels etc. We need the files such as PDF artwork for print/labels or .dst files for embroidery. We also need to know size and position on the garments for the artwork.

·         Date Goods Required – is there a date the goods are required by?

·         Target Price – If known how much is the client looking to pay for the garment.

The above information will assist us in selecting the right factories based on quantities, timeframes and product specifics.

Please use the supplied Editable Enquiry Form for this information.

Once we have received all of the above information we will send the details to the relevant factories for initial costings, MOQ’s and sample/bulk production lead-times. As we deal with multiple factories around the world we may give more than one option for you to review and select.

Any changes to the garment specifics will need to be re-submitted to the factories for re-costing.

We aim to have initial pricing back to you within 5-7 working days although this may take longer if there are any points the factories need clarification on or due to local holidays in the various parts of the world that we source from.


Stage 2 – Sampling

Once you have selected the most attractive options we are then ready to proceed to initial sampling. The initial samples will be produced using fabric and trims that the factory has available and will not be exact matches to your design/fabric selection.

The initial sample is for you to approve the design and artworks. If we are pantone matching colours then lab-dips will be provided for you to approve.

The sampling time-frame will vary from factory to factory but will have been advised on the initial quotations.

The sampling lead-times will only start once the client gives the go-ahead to start the process.


Stage 3 – Order Placement & Production

Once the samples have been received and approved we can then move forward with the ordering process.

Final prices will be confirmed subject to any changes in exchange rates/shipping costs etc.

Payment terms will need to be agreed prior to the order being placed. This will vary from client to client subject to order values etc. Deposits will be required and will vary in value as these are done by an order to order and client to client basis.

Once payment terms have been agreed a pro-forma invoice will be supplied for you to sign. Once the deposit has been received the order can then be placed with the factory. At this point the Bulk lead-times will come into effect. Please note that these may change from the initial quotation subject to local and national holidays in the manufacturing country.

All lead-times are initially quoted by sea freight and prices supplied are fully delivered prices to a single address. This includes factors such as shipping and customs clearances. VAT will need to be applied where applicable.

If you require all or part of the goods delivered by Air Freight quotations can be provided but final charges can only be confirmed once an air freight has been booked as these rates change daily.

Pre-Production samples will be supplied once all the approved fabrics and trims have been received at the factory. These will need final approval before final production can begin.


Stage 4 - Shipping

Once the goods are complete Livingstone staff will carry out an inspection of the goods to ensure that they are correct before final shipping. Once Livingstone staff have approved the goods the factory will arrange the shipping of the goods.

Please note that there is an industry standard tolerance of +/- 5% on the amount of goods ordered and the amount of goods shipped.

Once the goods have been shipped by Sea/Road or Air Freight (depending on the factory location and the requirements of the client) we will be able to advise an estimated date of delivery subject to customs clearance and weather.


Stage 5 – Final Delivery

When the goods arrive in the destination country and have cleared customs we will be able to then advise a specific date for delivery to the your nominated address. We would generally supply the packing list at this point to you.

Final invoices will be supplied to you, dated on the day of delivery.

Delivery of a small sock order for DHL happened this month. Only 212pcs required and sourced from our partner in Turkey.

From 500pcs per colourway, any size split. Your design. Your colours. Your label. Your product. Contact us with your design brief to arrange quotations and lead-times.

This month we are featured on the back cover of Images magazine along with a second advert inside and some editorial in the Bespoke Clothing feature.

Are you or your clients looking for a new uniform for a sports club or organisation? Get in touch to see how we may be able to assist you with your bespoke requirements for quantities of 500+ units..... E - W - T - +44 (0)1506 437440

3 adverts and a supplier profile in this months Images and Printwear & Promotion magazines. to read the supplier profile click here

1st batch of new polo shirts delivered by air to our client based at the home of golf, St. Andrews in Scotland.

Developing products can be a difficult process but this shouldn’t stop you from trying and Livingstone International is here to help you every step of the way. We have years of experience in developing and sourcing products for large multi-national household names through to new start up brands looking to tap into emerging markets. The following 3 tips should give you a good base to start your product development and will also help us when choosing the right manufacturing location for your requirements.


Research is key to understanding where your target market is and who your competitors are. First of all which product are you looking to launch and who are the players in your market. What are they doing right and is there something they are missing that your product can provide. This will help you and us to focus on certain criteria when developing your product. Understanding your market will help us set achievable targets at every stage of the process.


Now that you have an idea as to where your target market is for your product it’s time to start looking at the costs to see if your idea can become a reality. You now know the market and what the product requirements are but can you make a decent profit. Factories will have minimum order requirements that will vary depending on fabrics, colours and accessories and this will differ from one manufacturing country to another and one factory to the next.

Livingstone International will help to identify the best source for your product based on many factors which include the fabric, the design and decoration requirements and when you need the product in your warehouse. Once we have identified the best factory for your product we will then be able to supply you with the costs. Our initial costs will be supplied DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) which means that we handle all aspects including production, shipping, customs and duties which means less headaches for you.


Product development and sourcing is a team effort with many parts and people involved usually in different parts of the world where time-zones and language barriers can become an issue. Communication is the key to making it work smoothly. Having a great team will make the process run efficiently and that is where Livingstone can help. We have our own people on the ground in each of our manufacturing locations which helps us to overcome these difficulties to ensure you get the right product every time.

Doing your research, understanding your numbers and keeping in regular communication will help to ensure your project moves forward and will greatly increase the chances of your idea becoming a reality. 

Let Livingstone International Ltd open the world of sourcing to you today…..

Need club Scarves in time for the new season? 100-5,000 units, delivered in 8 weeks and prices starting from £2.85. Contact us for more info.

Repeat order for RAF Training kit delivered this month.

Livingstone International Ltd deliver a new Shoezone uniform for wearer trials.

Watch out for our new advert in the March editions of Printwear & Promotion and Images magazines.

Livingstone International Ltd deliver custom made aprons to a new client. New orders have already been placed for new stock and new styles.

Livingstone International Ltd deliver the first batch of new uniforms for Sky Television's retail staff. The uniform consists of Long Sleeve T-Shirts, Polo Shirts, Padded Gilets and Softshell Jackets.

Livingstone International Ltd deliver custom Jacquard knit beanies for Hibernian Football Club.

Livingstone International Ltd advertise in Images Magazine. Full page back cover advert overview of the service, Bespoke Caps & Beanies advert in the classified section and we provided a case study on the process involved in developing bespoke product for new gymwear brand Project Gainz. Click here to read the full article and view the adverts.

Livingstone International Ltd advise on some handy tips when it comes to sourcing bespoke apparel. Click here to read the full article.

Livingstone International Ltd deliver custom made caps and t-shirts to new gymwear brand Project Gainz.

Livingstone International Ltd's new website goes live.

Livingstone International Ltd supplier profile in the August 2016 edition of Printwear & Promotion Magazine. Click here to read the full article to see how we can assist you with your bespoke uniform supplies.

Livingstone International Ltd deliver new RAF training kit. The order consists of Pantone matched cut & sew sublimation printed t-shirts and shorts for new recruits.

Livingstone International Ltd deliver the first batch of new corporate uniforms for Sky Television's Engineers. The uniform consists of Baselayers, Polo Shirts, Softshell Gilets, Softshell Jackets, Waterproof Trousers and Waterproof Jackets. 

Livingstone International Ltd supplier profile in the August 2015 edition of Printwear & Promotion Magazine. Click here to read the full article and find out more about our global sourcing solutions.

Livingstone International Ltd exhibit at Printwear & Promotion Live 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK showcasing our global sourcing solutions. On display were examples of corporatewear, uniforms, sportswear and leisurewear products we have sourced for our clients.