Sites like panjiva.com and http://www.clothingregister.com/ can be useful starting points but sometimes I find the sheer wealth of information to be overwhelming.
Some factories/sourcing agents and resources that I’ve been used or have been strongly recommended to me are
Points De Soutures (PDS) – Owned and operated by Isioma Aihie (Grey Velvet) and Elo Ogwo is a professionally run factory – the best part? their MOQ (minimum order quantity) is quite low and for our environment, quite reasonably priced. ( On a random note – another great resource is speaking to other designers, too often we think of ourselves as ‘competition’ when in truth the market is big enough for all of us, and pooling our resources is far more effective. Joke Ladoja (Grey) clued me in to PDS).
Classic Apparel Limited – Another recession and independent brand friendly factory, based in Festac and run by Oyinkan Adun. They do full service manufacturing from patterns to full production in commercial quantities.
There are countless others I’m sure, if you have any leads feel free to send us an email so we can update our database!
Run by Lola Emeruwa-Taiwo, this specialist consultancy can help with anything retail operations related, and can assist in merchandising and forecasting the production quantities you need to establish prior to making a factory order.
Helmed by Funmi St Matthew Daniel and Lola Maja, this content and consulting firm not only cretaes content – but due to Funmi’s extensive background in retail (Jumia, Arcadia Group) she can help with end-to-end supply chain management and varying brand services.
Production Development Packages
For creating Production Tech Packs and other technical , you can contact FIDM trained Apparel Tech and Illustrator Ivie Omenai
Visually Crafting Your Brand Image, Web & Digital Design:
ZAZAIICreate – Lookbook and Editorial, Product Photography and Event Design.
DIGITAL PR /CREATIVE SERVICES
SoMe Solutions – Digital Media Campaigns, Social Media Training, Brand identity, Content Creation, Brand Strategy, Influencer mARKETING, Content Campaigns, Event Management and Guestlist (ZAZAII, Genevieve Magazine, BlackOpalNigeria)
PR & Brand Execution & Strategy For The Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Industries
Redrick PR Press & Editorial Placement, Social Media & Brand Consulting, Brand/Product Launches, VIP Management, Press Releases (Agbani Darego, Lagos Fashion & Design Week, Bonang Matheba, La Brioche Nigeria)
Bobby Taylor Company Digital Marketing, Events Management, CSR PR for Luxury Consumer and Lifestyle Brands ( Zenbah, VeuveCliquot, SPAR, ONECampaign)
LSF PR | SME Brand Strategy and Corporate Communications for Consumer and Lifestyle Brands, Event Management, Press Placement and Press Tours, Collaborative Partnerships & Sponsors, Media Training (Cointreau, Zippy Logistics, Smart Money Africa)
R&B PR (EbonyLife, Toke Makinwa, Monopoly Lagos)
TheOddLotCompany Press & Editorial Placement, Press Days, Sponsorship, Brand/Product Launches, VIP Management, Press Releases, CSR Management (PayPorte, NdaniTV)
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