In the fashion design industry business opportunities normally revolve around clothes wholesalers and the retailers. If you cannot be either of these parties you can fit in as the link between the two in what is called drop shipping. This is where you collect orders from retailers and you forward these to the clothing wholesaler who then sells designer products to the retailer. In some way you are still a retailer but one who does not have inventory; your profit comes in from the commission or markup you make over the designer clothes wholesale price.
In this middleman-like scenario, the clothing wholesaler provides you with a catalogue or link from where the retailers can inspect clothes similar to what they can purchase through you. The catalogue may contain prices, photo links, product codes, descriptions and weights. The link or catalogue is normally made available after you pay some predetermined amount for the activation of the service. Most clothes wholesalers that utilize this service recommend delivery of the order only upon receiving payment from the customers. The good thing with this designer clothes wholesale model is that there is normally no minimum order as you can collect orders of different volumes from different retailers.
There are two main ways in which this designer clothes wholesale service can be conducted. The first one is the direct delivery of the products from the clothes wholesalers to the retailers. In this you supply a clothing wholesaler with the retailers’ details for shipping purposes. Upon delivery of payment the wholesaler confirms the order and within an agreed timeframe, normally 24 to 48 hours, the clothes are submitted to a courier who in turn delivers them to the retailers. You are supplied with a tracking code and the final retailer also obtains an anonymous ddt from the wholesaler. The essence of the anonymity is to hide the wholesaler’s identity and thus ensure that you will still remain in business unless the retailer decides to order the designer products directly from the clothes wholesalers. You are also charged with the responsibility of issuing the retailers with invoices of the products bought through your organization.
The above service is normally limited to the continent where the clothing wholesaler is located. If you are located in another continent this designer clothes wholesale service is still available but with some preconditions to it; this is the second way in which this service is offered. The main preconditions are that you should have a huge volume of orders per week and that you should be able to consolidate the orders and have them delivered to one location from which they will be distributed to their respective retailers. You also have to part with some predetermined amount which is meant to facilitate the photo shoots, software development, and logistical issues. This facility is also subject to a monthly renewal fee.