Best-fit solutions for corporate, sports and leisurewear
Livingstone International specialises in the sourcing and manufacture of bespoke clothing and accessories for customers and clients based in the UK, Europe, Africa and North America. Established in 2001, its expert and experienced international network encompasses offices and factories in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan, UAE, Kenya, Turkey and the USA, along with its head office in Livingston in the UK.
Through this extensive network, it sources and produces a wide range of apparel for its clients including bespoke T-shirts, polo shirts, jackets, bags, headwear and trousers. Its main market sectors are corporate, sports and leisurewear. “Whether you are new to overseas apparel sourcing or highly experienced, Livingstone International will develop a ‘best-fit’ solution to ensure that your products are delivered on time, on budget and to the quality standards expected in your design brief,” promises the company, which has helped design, source and manufacture private-label and custom-made clothing for internationally renowned brands such as BMW, Sky, NFL, Big Bus Tours, DHL and the RAF.
The sourcing process
Livingstone’s sourcing process is made up of four key stages:
1. Initial apparel design and information The first stage provides the customer with quotations and lead-times for each of their garment designs. You need to supply the product information and then, based on your requirements, Livingstone International will send this information to the relevant factories for initial costings, minimum/repeat order quantities and sample/bulk production lead-times. The company aims to have initial quotations back to you within five to seven working days, although this may take longer if the factories require any clarification on your custom product requirements or due to local holidays in the various countries they source from. As Livingstone International sources from multiple apparel factories around the world, it may present more than one option for you to review.
2. Apparel sampling Once you have selected the most suitable factory option offered, Livingstone International will proceed to initial sampling. The initial sample is for you to approve the design, fit and artworks. If you require Pantone-matched colours, lab-dips will be provided for your approval. The sampling timeframe will vary from factory to factory and these will have been advised on the initial quotations and only come into effect once you have given the go-ahead to start the process.
3. Bulk order placement and apparel production Once samples have been approved and you are ready to place your custom clothing order, final prices will be confirmed. All prices and lead-times are calculated using sea-freight shipping, and prices quoted are fully delivered prices to a single address. This includes factors such as shipping, duties and customs clearances. VAT will need to be applied where applicable. All or part of your order can be sent by airfreight if required, with quotations provided. Pre-production samples will be supplied once the factory has received all the approved fabrics and trims. These will need final approval before production can be completed.
4. Bulk apparel shipment and delivery Once the factory has completed production, Livingstone International staff will carry out a final AQL inspection on the finished packaged goods prior to shipping. There is an industry-standard tolerance of +/- 5% on the amount of goods shipped against the amount of goods ordered. Once your products have been shipped, the company will be able to advise an estimated date of delivery subject to customs clearances and weather. When the goods arrive into port and have cleared customs, they will be able to confirm a specific date for delivery and provide a detailed packing list. Final invoices will be provided dated on the day of delivery.
Livingstone International works with clients with a wide range of experience in sourcing bespoke apparel with minimum order quantities starting at 500 units per design.