How to start your own clothing line – Resources
So you want to start your own clothing line? We at Boutique North thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your clothing brand needs and is perfect if you want to know how to start your own clothing line. We will constantly add to it and you’ll notice that in the future we will reference this page quite often. We recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, Boutique North will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that we have experience with all of these companies, and only recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you figure out how to start your own clothing line.
Web Design & Hosting:
Bluehost: Boutique North’s website is hosted on Bluehost. Why? Because it is incredibly easy to use. With just 1-click WordPress can be automatically installed and they offer excellent customer service – via phone and via chat. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Bluehost for your first site. Also, you can use the same hosting account for multiple domains if you plan on creating more websites.
Boutique North Services: Now obviously we would love it if you would choose us to be your partner for this side of your project, but we are not saying you have to use us. Boutique North have worked hard to put together a team of graphic designers, web designers and marketers to be there for you for whatever you need when it comes to this sort of thing. Hopefully if your enjoying our site you will feel comfortable enough to trust us to get the job done for you! Check out our full range of services here and feel free to get in touch if you need any other advise.
WordPress: When we are asked how to start your own clothing line, we always answer: “wordpress”. Using WordPress is our preferred choice of content management system for you to build your online shop on, even if you are not technologically savvy. WordPress is designed to make it possible for the average person to create a website without knowing a lot about programming languages. You can have a great looking store up and running in a couple of hours with the help of great premium themes, which will discuss more next.
Themeforest: This is where you get your site templates for wordpress, you can find fantastic online shop designs here for around £20 – £30. Be careful as you can spend hours browsing and searching for your perfect site.
Shopify: If you don’t feel up to putting together your own site with its own hosting account then Shopify offer the perfect off the shelf solution. This fully hosted ecommerce solution lets you set up and launch your ecommerce clothing store in minutes!
Product Distribution & Shopping Carts:
WooCommerce: This is the perfect system to transform your WordPress website into a thoroughbred ecommerce store for free. Delivering enterprise-level quality & features whilst backed by a name you can trust. Say hello to WooCommerce and start your own clothing line now.
Paypal.com: Paypal is ok for selling your own products through them on its own but not a complete solution. You’ll need an account anyways to configure with and accept payments from the above shopping carts.
Clothing Manufacturing, Printing & Wholesale Purchasing:
Ralawise: Ralawise are now a leading global distributor with the widest range of clothing, apparel and consumable products across Europe. They hold over 5 million items in stock, 2700+ products and over 80 brands. This is perfect for a brand to source its blank clothing from and best of all you get next day delivery on any order placed before 9pm!
Boutique North Print Shop: Don’t forget to check out our Print Shop. We’ve put together some great packages to get your brand started. We can also be your source of wholesale garments and we have an in house print team offering screen-printing and embroidery. Feel free to contact us to find out more.
Alibaba: Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters & Importers from the worlds largest online B2b marketplace. Use Alibaba to source your own unique manufacturer for your brand, it may seem a scary step to take but once you start interacting on this site you will soon realize how easy it is to get your own bespoke apparel manufactured.
Spreadshirt: Spreadshirt is your creative platform for T-shirt printing and other personalized clothing like personalized aprons and personalized hoodies making it perfect if you want to start your own clothing line. Each shirt is printed within 48 business hours and shipped right to your door. You can also choose their express shipping option and get your custom shirt even faster! The best part: no minimum orders!
If there is anything else that you can think of that deserves to be on this list please send us a message and we will get it added as soon as possible.