Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

Dec 12, 2012 @ 18:19
Originally posted by Inactive User
every single brand on here has such corny names. whats with that? swag and fresh, and weird roman words and letter and greek gods and random ass words that mean something in latin. right? so lame.

How about Supreme? Im thinkin of makin that my brand's name
Dec 12, 2012 @ 18:37
Originally posted by Inactive User
I've recently taken the first steps to get my line off the ground. Started with 3 simple designs, including the brand's logo (raglan tee). Keep up with our progress at http://soundisamovement.tumblr.com/ or follow on Twitter @423SIAM



you gotta get the "Anvil" tags out of there. shouldve been step 1.
Dec 12, 2012 @ 19:12
does anybody here have experience working with premierfits.com
Dec 12, 2012 @ 19:16
Originally posted by Inactive User
does anybody here have experience working with premierfits.com
Stay far far far away yo.

I was quoted 6-8 weeks. Half of my order took 14 weeks to come, the other half they fucked up on, as in, they took my font design, and used a random text instead. I legit JUST got them last week, and i had paid for them LAST march.

They takes WEEKS to reply to simple emails. 

Yes they have good quality, but they have terrible customer service and are totally unreliable. They also dont tell you about their own pfits tags they sew into the hats even when you order your own tags. 

edmflavor.com

Dec 12, 2012 @ 19:37
The schedule thing is crucial. Every 3 months we have a drop. we have contests and promotions and all that planned out on a calendar to maximize our reach on things. Starting to make a 3 month calendar now to make sure everything gets done on time for our spring line. The way Winter is going ill be sold out of 90% of my stock (minus snapbacks) by christmas. So then we switch our focus to networking and getting custom orders and music videos to make money in the other two months and its been going good. This should be a pretty good year for us considering we have only been doing it for a little over a year.

Also, if something can go wrong, it always fucking does lol. Shipments never come on time, products never look the way you think, photoshoots always take longer etc. Gotta plan for everything to go wrong and always have a backup!
You sound like you know what your doing. I'm stoked on your guys progression over the past little bit. Gotta represent Canada strong. Keep it up homie!
Word thanks man! Love your hats you guys have got done as well. Thats a west coast thing I could not move those hats in Edmonton lol. We have been talking with a few other brands in Alberta and were thinking about starting a collective of streetwear brands that would be interested in doing Cut & Sew with us. We might have an opening for another brand and you guys were my first pick so ill keep you in the loop! 

How is everyones winter line doing??
My Winter line has almost sold out after only a week. Most of my hoodies and sweaters are only left in like a XS or S. Im stoked its selling but i bet we could of ordered more :/ I have people contacting us about sponsorships now and press kit requests but i dont have anything left to send lol. 

I still have tons of hats to move so if any of you HB'ers want a snapback I can hook you up. http://www.edmflavor.com/products-page/snapbacks/

Anyone have any above average success with giving snapbacks out to local celebs/musicians? Or is it the same as doing shirts? We have yet to sponsor anyone and we avoid giving out free stuff and doing sales at all costs so it would be interesting to hear fro others on this.

Also just an interesting bit of info for starter brands. Just because you have low prices doesn't mean you will make more money or more sales. People are asking why i'm charging $75-$85 for hoodies(all of our stuff is made in canada and thats not cheap) and saying its over priced etc. But that stuff sold out in a week. A week. It just proves that if someone likes something they will buy it, regardless of +/- $10. Its easier to move less product for more money than to try and sell more for less.

Flavor is always looking to work with new people, we believe its easier to work with other people in the industry and grow together than try and be the best and hate everyone else. So anyone on this forum looking to expand/do collabs/talk etc hit me up! 

edmflavor.com

Dec 12, 2012 @ 19:40
Originally posted by Inactive User
does anybody here have experience working with premierfits.com
Hey bro their hats look HUGE. Would look for better
Dec 12, 2012 @ 20:10
@ryder what a bummer. would hate for that to happen especially with a high minimum requirement. 

@highlyhonored i havent any luck finding a manufacturer. i wish quintin co were still doing custom orders -_-

thank you guys
Dec 12, 2012 @ 23:01
@ryder we are always looking for new opportunities to widen our possibilities. Hit us up!

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Dec 12, 2012 @ 23:27
Originally posted by Inactive User
@ryder we are always looking for new opportunities to widen our possibilities. Hit us up!
Dope stuff aint we all aha. Were planning spring line right now ill message you boys through your facebook in a week or so! How are your hats selling btw?

edmflavor.com

Dec 12, 2012 @ 23:31
Would you recommend buying t-shirts from somewhere like Delta Apparel to print on, or get your own t-shirts manufactured? I'm leaning towards manufacturing my own, but I don't know where to go to. Any suggestions?  
Dec 12, 2012 @ 23:35
Originally posted by Inactive User
Would you recommend buying t-shirts from somewhere like Delta Apparel to print on, or get your own t-shirts manufactured? I'm leaning towards manufacturing my own, but I don't know where to go to. Any suggestions?  
I wouldnt waste time trying to get custom shirts made. Trying to maintain quality control on those would be almost impossible. You would get cheap fabric most likely and you'd have to spend time/money doing tests on shrinking etc to make sure they didn't shrink all crazy. Even large companies use blanks sometimes. Alstyle is my preferred choice. 1301s if you want cheap, chalky shirts. 5301s if you want good quality. 

edmflavor.com

Inactive User

Dec 12, 2012 @ 23:41
Our newest drop, sold out pretty fast only have a few big sizes left.



Dec 13, 2012 @ 00:34
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Dec 13, 2012 @ 01:19
Would you recommend buying t-shirts from somewhere like Delta Apparel to print on, or get your own t-shirts manufactured? I'm leaning towards manufacturing my own, but I don't know where to go to. Any suggestions?  
I'd follow @ryder advice and just buy blanks. But to answer your question, American Apparel offers private label/ custom manufacturing and I'm sure you'll find others too.

www.shillingfordco.com

Dec 13, 2012 @ 01:30
New beanies in store and on Fab.com
http://fab.com/sale/14527/


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Dec 13, 2012 @ 03:07
So I've got a few questions and I appreciate any feedback or answers to any of them...

I'm fairly new to this whole process but I've definitely done my fair share of "homework" when it comes to starting a brand and making sure I do it correctly.  There are just a few things I haven't found appropriate answers to...

1.  Do most of you guys get your shirts right through the person or place screenprinting/embroidering your logo onto them (assuming you aren't going to be doing that yourself) or would you sign up for a site such as alstyle, gildan, anvil, etc. and set up an account and go about it that way?  or just keep a look out for a solid manufacturer?

2.  Does anyone have a resale number?  I know that it's a good idea to register your business and get the retail sales certificate and eventually get the resale number but is that something that necessarily needs to be done right away?  (yes, I will be selling my product on the internet)

3.  With so much competition in this industry (and on these forums) I know that asking someone who they use as a manufacturer is pretty outlandish because that information is very valuable, but do you use multiple manufacturers (i.e one place for shirts, one place for silk tags, one place for beanies, etc.)  or should I be looking for a place that does all of the above (if that even exists)?


I apologize if any of these questions have already been answered or previously addressed... I have tried searching but just haven't had much luck with these issues... Any help is appreciated... thanks guys.

www.aightyo.com // insta: aightyo // twitter: aightyo

Dec 13, 2012 @ 03:30
So I've got a few questions and I appreciate any feedback or answers to any of them...

I'm fairly new to this whole process but I've definitely done my fair share of "homework" when it comes to starting a brand and making sure I do it correctly.  There are just a few things I haven't found appropriate answers to...

1.  Do most of you guys get your shirts right through the person or place screenprinting/embroidering your logo onto them (assuming you aren't going to be doing that yourself) or would you sign up for a site such as alstyle, gildan, anvil, etc. and set up an account and go about it that way?  or just keep a look out for a solid manufacturer?

2.  Does anyone have a resale number?  I know that it's a good idea to register your business and get the retail sales certificate and eventually get the resale number but is that something that necessarily needs to be done right away?  (yes, I will be selling my product on the internet)

3.  With so much competition in this industry (and on these forums) I know that asking someone who they use as a manufacturer is pretty outlandish because that information is very valuable, but do you use multiple manufacturers (i.e one place for shirts, one place for silk tags, one place for beanies, etc.)  or should I be looking for a place that does all of the above (if that even exists)?


I apologize if any of these questions have already been answered or previously addressed... I have tried searching but just haven't had much luck with these issues... Any help is appreciated... thanks guys.
These are pretty legit questions.

1 and 2 kind of go together. But I'll answer them separately but the second one first.

2. (This might be state specific) Reseller license means no sales tax on anything you're purchasing with the intent to resell it. I know in Washington, this only works if you don't have a physical location (I could be wrong about that). Depending on your state (I'm assuming you're in the states) this is something worth getting. I'd go online to find out more, Washington's Dept. of Revenue is good for answering questions.

1. You can your tees from a screen printer but there will be a markup. I'm pretty sure most screen printers markup their supply of tees. Unless, for someone reason, when you work the numbers that a middleman makes sense then don't worry about it. But, like in most cases, you should remove the middleman and setup an account with Allstyle or whoever. Some/most suppliers want a reseller number, that's why I answered the second question first. Stores and a few print shops might want a reseller number too (especially when you are doing volume).

3. Personally, I would look at who does the best in what we need to get done (with in your budget). I'd be very surprised if one brand who offers more than tees and fleece used one source for everything. We use American Apparel for the majority of our stuff. We want the Made in USA label but we'd never use them hats (and I'm not a fan of their beanies either) for example. Talking to most people, they use one source for tees, one for fleece and another hats and so on. As far as I understand, the only place to do one stop manufacturing is in China. Over there, from what I've been told, everything from start to finish is under one roof (if you can find the right place).

My best recommendation is to find a good print shop you trust and they can lead you in the right direction.

Good luck.

www.shillingfordco.com

Dec 13, 2012 @ 03:37
@shillco thanks man i really appreciate it... and yeah i've looked into the reseller license, i just wasn't sure if people had found a way around it (to save money on the fees) or if i was better off just sucking it up and paying for it right off the bat and I seem to have found my answer... Thanks again for helping me out homie!

www.aightyo.com // insta: aightyo // twitter: aightyo

Dec 13, 2012 @ 05:17
nevermind I'm thinking of 12 oz prophet, my bad honest mistake!
Dec 13, 2012 @ 17:06
Our newest drop, sold out pretty fast only have a few big sizes left.



Feeling this shirt a lot, but i'll be honest - not feeling your logo at all. Not talking about the arm bit, but the whole thing in general, something about the way the bit of the R sits on the F. I know you are trying to get some small recognisable branding on the shirt but I would have bought it if it weren't for the logo

www.grubbymits.co.uk | Affordable vintage & streetwear

Dec 13, 2012 @ 17:06
EDIT: accidental double post

www.grubbymits.co.uk | Affordable vintage & streetwear

Dec 13, 2012 @ 18:32
So I've got a few questions and I appreciate any feedback or answers to any of them...

I'm fairly new to this whole process but I've definitely done my fair share of "homework" when it comes to starting a brand and making sure I do it correctly.  There are just a few things I haven't found appropriate answers to...

1.  Do most of you guys get your shirts right through the person or place screenprinting/embroidering your logo onto them (assuming you aren't going to be doing that yourself) or would you sign up for a site such as alstyle, gildan, anvil, etc. and set up an account and go about it that way?  or just keep a look out for a solid manufacturer?

2.  Does anyone have a resale number?  I know that it's a good idea to register your business and get the retail sales certificate and eventually get the resale number but is that something that necessarily needs to be done right away?  (yes, I will be selling my product on the internet)

3.  With so much competition in this industry (and on these forums) I know that asking someone who they use as a manufacturer is pretty outlandish because that information is very valuable, but do you use multiple manufacturers (i.e one place for shirts, one place for silk tags, one place for beanies, etc.)  or should I be looking for a place that does all of the above (if that even exists)?


I apologize if any of these questions have already been answered or previously addressed... I have tried searching but just haven't had much luck with these issues... Any help is appreciated... thanks guys.


1. If you buy shirts from a printer you are paying a higher price because you have added a middle man. Cut that middle man out and go straight to a wholesaler or distributer. You can usually find one local if you live in a big city.


2. Don't waste your time with any of that legal stuff when you start out. Spend ALL your money on things that will generate you profit. Don't waste tons of money on stickers and buttons and that stuff. It doesn't help sell shirts as much as you'd think. You'll end up needing CA numbers and GST numbers and Resale numbers down the road, but no need to bother with them at the start.


3. Don't ever base your business off of another business. Thats a plan destined to fail. Have multiple places to get blanks. Have multiple screen printers. Atleast one of them being local that you have physically checked out. Get samples made from as many factories as you can afford. Go with the one that has the best quality and best communication. Paying a premium for high quality goods and a factory with good communications skills will go a long way. (Ex. I have 4 wholesale/distributers for blanks/garments. I have 2 local screen shops and 2 online. I get snapbacks done from one place and i have another decent factory on backup. And 3 junk hat factories on file. I have 3 Cut & sew factories on file that range from 50pc - 200pc mins) 


Always have a back up plan for everything man. Shit will hit the fan i can promise you that. Welcome to the game, its a tough one and remember their is always someone out their grinding harder than you are so stay on top of your game.

edmflavor.com

Dec 13, 2012 @ 22:33
Hey guys where can I find good t-shirt , hoodie , crew neck sweater templates? 
Dec 13, 2012 @ 23:34
@ryder thanks very much my man, I appreciate the input.  Only thing that had me leaning towards getting the resale number sooner than later was that a lot of the manufacturers I have come across seem to require one.  For now, I guess I will have to just keep searching and put those on the back burner.

www.aightyo.com // insta: aightyo // twitter: aightyo

Dec 13, 2012 @ 23:56
2. Don't waste your time with any of that legal stuff when you start out. Spend ALL your money on things that will generate you profit. Don't waste tons of money on stickers and buttons and that stuff. It doesn't help sell shirts as much as you'd think. You'll end up needing CA numbers and GST numbers and Resale numbers down the road, but no need to bother with them at the start.


Always have a back up plan for everything man. Shit will hit the fan i can promise you that. Welcome to the game, its a tough one and remember their is always someone out their grinding harder than you are so stay on top of your game.

I get everything else and I myself also have more then one printer but the thing I wanted to question was the whole sticker thing.
I thought stickers and buttons were going for advertising. Reason I ask is because I have been having some trouble advertising and marketing as it only being myself running the whole show it's difficult for me to get out there to all the places I want. Sales have been kind of slow because of that but why are stickers not such a good idea? Or is that not a specific thing to each brand.

oh and just to add. I wouldn't even bothing with registering with Alstyle unless you are printing by the hundred on each print. They don't evn fuck with little companies and they are difficult as hell just to contact to send over you resale info. I just buy from shops around my area and the prices are fairly matched with what AAA has listed on their site anyway. Save yourself the shipping and find a local spot to buy in bulk from.

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Dec 14, 2012 @ 02:01
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Dec 14, 2012 @ 02:11
@bricktop I appreciate your opinion fam. Our logo is definitely a hit or miss when it comes to likability, I'll stick to our initials next time if we get anymore dislikes. Glad you like the design though. Here's some pictures I shot today of our tee in our hometown.





Dec 14, 2012 @ 04:30
 2. Don't waste your time with any of that legal stuff when you start out. Spend ALL your money on things that will generate you profit. Don't waste tons of money on stickers and buttons and that stuff. It doesn't help sell shirts as much as you'd think. You'll end up needing CA numbers and GST numbers and Resale numbers down the road, but no need to bother with them at the start. 


Always have a back up plan for everything man. Shit will hit the fan i can promise you that. Welcome to the game, its a tough one and remember their is always someone out their grinding harder than you are so stay on top of your game.

I get everything else and I myself also have more then one printer but the thing I wanted to question was the whole sticker thing.
I thought stickers and buttons were going for advertising. Reason I ask is because I have been having some trouble advertising and marketing as it only being myself running the whole show it's difficult for me to get out there to all the places I want. Sales have been kind of slow because of that but why are stickers not such a good idea? Or is that not a specific thing to each brand.

oh and just to add. I wouldn't even bothing with registering with Alstyle unless you are printing by the hundred on each print. They don't evn fuck with little companies and they are difficult as hell just to contact to send over you resale info. I just buy from shops around my area and the prices are fairly matched with what AAA has listed on their site anyway. Save yourself the shipping and find a local spot to buy in bulk from

How many fb likes do you have? Twitter? Instagram? Pinterest? How often are you blogging about others to get cross promotion? How often are you going out to events and meeting people? Stickers are not a marketing tool. They are a lazy ass cop out if you ask me. Stickers don't sell shirts. People sell shirts. 


I spend $120 max on stickers and i can get them to last 2 releases (6 months). Stickers are maybe.. ~3% of my budget for a line. I use my stickers for 2 things:


1. To help close deals and lure people into checking out clothes at my booths. Everyone loves free stickers. 


2. I also put stickers in with every order from my online sales just as a little thank you. The key with good marketing is being able to track what does and doesn't work. This is very very hard with stickers and as far as i know a sticker has never made me a sale. 


Going to events, having a large following, doing people favours, talking to old friends etc.. - its that type of stuff that makes sales for me. You will never build a successful company in this game from sitting at a computer and always designing

edit: sorry the spacing is all fucked up the forum wont let me change it 

edmflavor.com

Dec 14, 2012 @ 04:31
Sorry double post. this forum is being wack for me and not loading shit or posting.

edmflavor.com

Dec 14, 2012 @ 04:43
my bad*******
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