When creating a swim line you’ll run into to two parts with their individual costs for manufacturing: sample development and bulk production.

Here we’ll give you some examples of how you could budget at with some different scenarios.

The scenarios have been been categorized as:


Custom Design – your designs (developed from scratch) 
Ready Design – our designs


Carvico VITA or Bali Swim Lycra

Unique Designs

How many different designs/styles in your collection. One bikini set (top + btm) is counted as 2 unique designs. One swimsuit is counted as 1 unique design.

Order Volume

How large order volume for a bulk/wholesale order

Pattern Making (only Custom Design)

Sample development fee (US$65/design)

Grading (only Custom Design)

Making a full size range. (US$55/design)

Print Strikes

Testing out your prints. (US$25/print)

In our example we assumed you are testing 3 prints.

Budget Example: Sample Development

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Budget Example: Bulk Production

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By comparing different setups in each part (sample and bulk) you can easily estimate roughly what it will cost to bring your collection forward.


Anna wants to develop a collection of 8 unique designs using ready designs in Bali Swim Lycra. She has a total budget of US$10,000 for manufacturing total. Looking at the tables she can likely produce order 500pcs in bulk and still be within her budget. This covers all costs from A-Z including shipping.

It is possible to start swimwear line with even smaller budget, at US$5000 or even less you can have some products in hand. At these levels we suggest using ready designs only to save on development costs and focus on getting your some products ready.

Note that these prices are estimation and examples, and not final or exact prices. Designs vary a lot in price depending on your fabric choice, complexity of style, hardware etc. The examples given are for a typical customers, but your choices might be different to that.

Our payment terms

We require at least 50% deposit before work and remaining 50% balance when work (sampling or bulk) has been finished, before we send it to you.

If it is your first order with us as a new client, we will require 100% deposit for your first order. This only applies once.

As you might notice, ready designs are cheaper than custom designs to sample. This is because they don’t need to developed, we have already done that work. The examples in the sheets are 100% Custom Design or 100% Ready Design, but you can also combine and mix any way you like.

You can also skip sampling altogether and order bulk directly.

The way you budget your swimwear business has to make sense to your needs and plans.

Hope this was helpful.

The Bali Swim Team