How to find a sportswear manufacturer

Let's discuss our top tips for sourcing the appropriate sportswear manufacturer for your brand; the key things to look out for and what the process is from start to finish.
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How to find the best sportswear manufacturers

The question I've been asked countless times- how do I find a sportswear manufacturer, or where do you get your gym wear manufactured? It genuinely was the basis of me building this entire company. Most brand owners would like to find a reliable, preferably UK based sportswear manufacture, but they don't know where to start.. google searches yield nothing viable, instagram messages are full of manufactures in countries they've never been to, with no sense of security when sending money and a high risk of being scammed and let's not even mention the nightmare that Alibaba is... from poor communication to empty promises and terrible sizes, it often seems like an uphill battle that you can't win.

Well, here's the good news- this isn't another form of empty promises. This blog will actually help you find a good manufacture, which will be the basis of all your garment creation for your brand because at the end of the day; if you don't have product, you don't have a business. The first and most important aspect of sourcing a manufacture is establishing what style of products you want to produce... some factories are specialised in certain areas- such as zipper garments, or fine detailed construction and it's important to be realistic on what you can get for the budget/ time you have.

Here is where you're going to get some tough love. You simply can't produce Nike or Gymshark quality (some of my colleagues would kick me for mentioning those side by side) with a limited budget. At face value, it might seem simple to manufacture and copy specifications of garments you've either seen, or worn by big brands but the simple fact is- it isn't. However, without going back to the draw board, we can quite easily say that it's not impossible to fabric match, or construct bespoke garments to mimic styles, or be fairly high spec for the minimums imposed, so don't stress too much.

Taking that into account, I guess the best way to answer this question is to, well actually answer the question... so where should you manufacture your products? The simple and short answer is White2Label Manufacturing and you're probably wondering why?

White2Label specialise in the sportswear sector and that's all they work on- tuning their knowledge into just one particular area. Experience in constructing garments that are to be used for performance purposes, fabrics that are popular with the largest brands that operate in the sportswear sector and industry knowledge. On top of this, they have developed an extensive white label service that appeals to start-ups, by offering high quality, aesthetic blank garments that can be branded for businesses in 10 working days- allowing access to a streamline production service, shortening turnaround times and lowering MOQ's; which ultimately reduces the risk of overstocking.

One thing White2Label offers that other generic wholesalers don't is the bespoke service- meaning as you grow, they grow with you. Devoted production managers are in charge of manufacturing your bespoke garments in one of their factories and manage sampling, tech-pack creation, the logistics and ultimately production of your garments- all under one simple unit cost. No hidden fees, charges or taxes. It really sounds like a no brainer, right?

In addition to all of the above, White2Label strive to provide constant communication, reliable service and products, but more importantly care about your growth. Advice in supply chain management, stock levels and product development are consistent throughout the process and this is what has really helped propel them into the sportswear manufacturing market with great feedback from clients, a strong catalogue of white label garments and a portfolio to show exactly what they can do.

If you're interested in hearing more about their products and services- email

About the author
Anthony Mellor

Anthony Mellor is a fashion entrepreneur, writer and consultant. Anthony writes in-depth articles about topics related to fashion, business and supply chains.

Anthony successfully scaled and exited a D2C fashion brand at the young age of 20. Since then, he's gone onto start and successfully operate two multi-6-figure clothing manufacturing businesses and currently offers up one-to-one constancy to brand owners.

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