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Q: Need info. on starting a duvet cover and bedding sheet line. Where do I start? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Need info. on starting a duvet cover and bedding sheet line. Where do I start?
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: steffah-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 10 Oct 2006 17:43 PDT
Expires: 09 Nov 2006 16:43 PST
Question ID: 772483
I am very interested in starting a duvet cover and bedding sheet line.
 I need to know where to start.  I've have been told I have to go to a
textile manufacturer - that you are not purchasing fabric from a
fabric store per say.  My question - are textile manufacturers
producing fabrics specifically for department stores or stores ready
to buy what is produced?  Or are there sheeting fabric warehouses in
which to choose pre-made fabrics from to begin a line?  I am looking
for unique, girly, trendy fabrics.  Where do I start?  I live in NYC.

Clarification of Question by steffah-ga on 12 Oct 2006 17:10 PDT
Also, any information on the profitability of this business would be fantastic.
Subject: Starting a Textile Design Line
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 13 Oct 2006 12:06 PDT
Dear Steffah, 

It is true that commercial designers of textile products do not
purchase their material in retail stores. If you're only starting and
practicing, or if you are doing this as a hobby, it's not a bad idea
to purchase it at retail prices or what is sometimes called "retail at
wholesale prices" (which is of course hogwash).

However, once you're set on a certain design/product, consider
purchasing the rolls at wholesale price. However, think about it:
manufacturers and wholesale distributors demand a certain minimum
order, which is not always worthwhile for small

There are advantages in going to a manufacturer/wholesale distributor
directly. The price, if you're up to it, is only one point. As a
designer, you can get a customised design or print on your rolls, as
well, if that's what you want; and naturally, you can choose between
offers that the manufacturer already has.

Please note, that most (if not all) if these distributors would expect
you to be a "real" business - that is, with a tax-ID, business account
in your bank, collaterals that you're good for your money and that you
can order in wholesale amounts.

Where do you meet those manufacturers/distributors?

Appareal Search has a list of wholesale fabric distributors : 
Fabric Wholesale Distributors 

Chenille Magic Wholesale Purchasing Information
Their main site:


Berenstein Textiles

Another good idea is to go to trade shows. You get to see the
merchandise, talk with the manufacturers, etc.

Tradeshow directory

NY Home Textile Show

Here are some advices, from LA, but helpful nevertheless: 
LA Textile wholesale fabric show 

Further Information

<> - advice culumn about textile and fabric

<> - fabrics by category

Google Local search: wholesale textile in NYC,-74.006653&sspn=0.174613,0.316544&ie=UTF8&sa=N&start=10


Apparel Trade Magazine

AAA {Pattern Marking) 

Sally Beers (pattern design)

Designer Entrepreneurs

RHF Apparel

Printing on Clothing and Textile

Your Checklist
* Establish a small business. Find out what kind of help you can get at: 
NYC Department of Small Business Services

* Decide whether you want to buy fabrics in small amounts, or by the
yard from "real" wholesalers.

* Go to trade shows, in any case. Even in order to learn more. 

* design marketing strategy

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it.

Request for Answer Clarification by steffah-ga on 16 Oct 2006 17:25 PDT
Thank you for your answer.  Do you have any idea as to the
profitability of this type of business?  I know there are a number of
variables affecting profitibility, I just question if there is any
information on this industry.  Take for instance retail clothing --
you can expect that is marked up 2.2x.  Do you know of any metrics or
metrics surrounding what designers are placing orders for - ie. 10%
twin, 20% full, 35% queen, 35% king, for example.

Clarification of Answer by politicalguru-ga on 17 Oct 2006 09:39 PDT
No, I couldn't find such accurate information, just general
information pertaining to a relatively low margin of profit with
designer-entrepreneurs (production and marketing is high cost, but you
will not outsource the work like an established designer; nor can you
claim their prices).

Perhaps the Small Business Services will know something?
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