FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MOQs? (MINIMUM ORDER QUANTITY)
At 500pcs (250 sets) and up you get standard prices for bulk production. Below 500pcs incur surcharges. 1500+ earn discounts.
Orders below 20pcs/style/color or print is considered a sample order.
You can start small and grow with us.
MOQ FOR RE-ORDERS?
200pcs - if you re-order same styles within 6 months.
Prices for re-orders may be adjusted to match currency changes.
MOQ FOR PRINTS?
7500pcs bulk production and 200 samples (March 2018)
2-4 weeks for each sample round. Bulk production 2-12 weeks. Timeline depending on complexity of styles and volume. Full cycle 1-3 months (Ready Design); 3-6 months (Custom Design). When using Italian fabric add 4-6 weeks on timeline to allow ship time.
SHIPPING COSTS & TIMES?
Sample shipping costs about US$50-100 per shipment depending on how many samples you are developing. Since we offer free keeping samples (we make 1x extra each time) you never need to return samples to us. Bulk production costs around US$1/pc to send. So, for 500pcs - about US$500 to send to you. We can plan shipping so that you have duty-free imports. All is shipped via DHL Express and takes about 4-5 business days worldwide.
HOW MANY CLIENTS ARE YOU WORKING WITH - AND FROM WHERE?
We manufacture for more than 100 swimwear labels worldwide. The majority are based in Australia, US and Europe - but we have clients from all over. Most of these brands we've helped launch and they have grown with us over the years, but we've also taken on established brands wanting to shift their manufacturing to us. Our focus is lower minimum production, our clients produce in a range from 300-3000pcs per production round.
WHO ARE YOUR CLIENTS?
We have a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) signed with all of clients (and also with you if you work with us) so we are not allowed to share their names, design or any information. But on our homepage, Google Maps and Facebook we have a few reviews from our clients who chose to share their experience with our services.
HOW ARE MY DESIGNS SAFE?
In our Terms & Conditions (which you will sign) we have a NDA segment (mentioned above) which also protects all your IP (Intellectual Property) such as your name, designs, prints and ideas not to be promoted, sold, published or re-produced by us for own self-gain, another client or related competition. We also have NDAs in place with our third party suppliers such as our fabric printer.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR FABRICS?
See our fabrics page
HOW DOES IT WORK WITH PRINTS?
See our print page
HOW MUCH DOES PACKAGING COST?
(LABELS, SWING TAGS, HYGIENE STICKER, GIFT BAGS)
Depending on the styles you choose - but expect US$50-200 for everything to assist your 500pcs collection. Heatpress (label pressed into lycra) costs US$0,5/pcs.
HOW LONG - TO DEVELOP A PERFECT SAMPLE (CUSTOM DESIGN)?
1-3 months (2-4 rounds) depending on complexity of the styles you are developing and clarity of your tech specs. Included in first sample fee is 1 revision - so that’s 2 rounds already. Additional rounds are charged. Expect 1 or 2 sample fees per sample to finalize the fit.
HOW MUCH - TO DEVELOP A PERFECT SAMPLE (CUSTOM DESIGN)?
About US$150-200 to have it all finished from A-Z. This fee includes: pattern making, grading (full size range) and 2-4 rounds of samples. In this estimate we include 1-time free revision on each new sample, and free keeping samples each round - meaning you don’t need to return any samples to us and you save greatly on shipping hassle and costs.
DO YOU MAKE: LINGERIE/INTIMATES?
DO YOU WORK WITH: SILK, SATIN, LACE, NEOPRENE?
No. See our available swimwear fabrics.
DO YOU MAKE: BOARD SHORTS, YOGA PANTS, ACTIVE WEAR?
Yes, some basic styles - but only if you are making a female swimwear collection with us as majority of your order - then you can add such items to your collection using available fabrics. You can use the additional items to reach our MOQ.
Example: MOQ 500pcs = 400pcs female swimwear + 100pcs board shorts.
IS BULK PRODUCTION A MUST IF I SAMPLE?
No. There’s no obligation to produce bulk even if you sample with us. You also own your patterns that we develop.
IS YOUR PRODUCTION ETHICAL? SUSTAINABLE?
It's always ethical, and is sustainable when possible. Read more on how in our blog post 'Always Ethical Swimwear Manufacturing'.
I'M NEW TO SWIMWEAR AND RUNNING MY OWN BUSINESS. DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS?
You can read our blog post 'How To Start a Swimwear Label, That Lasts' or grab our special Starter Kit including PRINT SEA's How To Start A Swimwear Label book which goes deeper into the topic.
CAN WE VISIT YOU IN BALI?
Of course. We have our factory, office and sample room at our main HQ in Canggu. It's 15min from Seminyak, and is the place to be at the moment - full of trendy cafes, hip beach clubs, stunning villas and so on. We can give you some tips. Welcome!