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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How do I order a sample?


Ordering jeans and other denim clothing is easy. If you know what style you want to make, select Sample Making from our Home Page, describe what you are looking for and place your order. It's as smple as this. We will contact you to gather more details and discuss your project. Your sample should be ready within 3 to 5 weeks depending on how busy our sample room is. If you are not sure what you want to make, follow the same steps, we can assist you in finding the right garment body to make your sample.




What if my project needs a special fabric?


We carry many premium denim fabrics in inventory. If a special fabric is needed, we can source it from a local fabric distributor or directly from the mills. We have worked with many specialized fabrics like Cordura reinforced denim and Dyneema nylon denim blends for farming and motorcycle riding apparel, fire retrardant denim and others.




How can I get jeans for immediate delivery?


Our normal production time is 4 to 6 weeks. That being said we have some ways of making goods in as little as 2 weeks under certain conditions. For starters, if you already have braded trim and want to produce with one of our existing bodies, we usually keep a large inventory of blank garments that are cut and sewn but unwashed, unfinished goods ready to go to the laundry and get trims. We can pretty much make any wash and treatment in a very short time.




Is there a way to make less than the minimum production quantity?


Our normal MOQ (minimum order quantity) 50 pieces per style/wash for designs customers submit and under certain circumstances we can do12 pieces per style/wash if ordered from our blank garments. If you need small quantities on a regular basis to supply boutiques or online stores, pick from our existing pre-cut and sew ready to wash garments, we can wash 12 garments at a time in our sample machines and deliver in 2 weeks or less. PLEASE NOTE 12 PIECE MINIMUM HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED SINCE JULY 2019. MOQ IS 50 PIECES OUT OF PAKISTAN, 300 MADE IN USA. Requests to product less than the minimum are considered on a case by case basis. There is usually a surchage for less than minimum manufacturing orders.




What if I have my own fabric?


We can quote your production without fabric and you can supply your own. You would give us a couple yards so we can test it.




What happens to my leftover trim after production is done?


We store your branded excess trim in our trim cage for up to 6 months without storage fee. If you want the trim back, you can pickup or we can ship them to you.




What does TOP mean?


TOP stands for Top Of Production. This is a sample that is pulled out of the sewing lines to quickly wash and finish. It is sent to the customer to show what the actual finished production looks like. If the customer finds and issue or wants to make a change, there is still sufficient time to make certain alterations. This method has proven to avoid many issues. At Private Label by Mex Apparel we automatically send TOPs for every production order.




How do I order a pattern?


When you order a sample, on the top right of the screen you can select a pattern. If you have an existing garment sample to base the body on, please send it to us we will scan it to match the measurements and construction exactly. Otherwise we can work from a spec sheet, a sketch or a picture. Our sample technician will contact you to go over the details of the fit you want to achieve.




How do I order a sample if I don't have my own branded trim?


It takes 4 to 6 weeks to develop a trim package. If your trim isn't ready and you have a deadline to show your samples we can make them with generic trim. You will still be able to show the quality, fit and washes of your garments. Even to take product photos for your website, branded trim isn't necessary. The minimum trim we recommend to show boutique buyers is to have at least a main label. Main label samples can be obtained in less than 3 weeks. If you start the development process at the same time as ordering your sample, the woven label samples should arrive just in time for us to put on the sample garments. Some customers choose to make heat stamped main labels, these are easy to obtain and we can stamp each garment at the factory. The important part is to have the branded trim for production. The good news is we only need it at the end of the production process. Even if your production trim arrives 1 week before the day we are to ship the finished garments, there should still be time to put them on without causing delays.




What trims should I order for jeans?


To the very least we recommend having a main label. That label identifies the jeans as your brand and remains attached to the garment. Minimalistic people should consider a button and a main label. People who would like a more covered look can include rivets, back patch, hang tag and joker tag. There are also pocket flashers and leg stickers, not very popular these days. Keep in mind that most trim go to the trash when the garment reaches the end user, so less may actually be more... If you are manufacturing denim jackets, the minimum trim is still a main label. We recommend a main label, branded buttons and a hang tag.




How do I get started making jeans?


Most customers talk to us on the phone to go over the details of ordering samples, production and trim. We discuss the entire process and many ask us to send a recap of the conversation. Here is a typical one:

  1. We make jeans, jackets, vests, shorts, skirts, jumpsuits and any other denim related products.
  2. We also make t-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies.
  3. We make for men, women, kids and plus size.
  4. If you choose from our existing pre-sewn inventory the minimum order is 12 pieces per style. *12 piece program has been discontinued.
  5. If you choose from our existing styles that are not pre-sewn, the minimum order is 60 pieces.*60 piece program has been discontinued.
  6. If you submit your own design (for body, print doesn't matter) the minimum order is 50 pieces.
  7. You can order samples from our website, return them after you inspect and get a full refund, you don't even have to pay for shipping.
  8. Samples for submitted designs are $550 + $400 for each pattern. You get $125 back with a production order.
  9. Samples from our library are $350 each, no need for a pattern. You still get $125 back with a production order.
  10. Trim development can be ordered straight from our website https://denimmfg.com
  11. Most jeans prices vary between $52 and $60 made in USA with MOQ 300, $32 to $38 made in Pakistan with a minimum of 50 pieces.
  12. We offer dropshipping (includes warehousing). The charge is $5 per order + $1 per item. Shipping billed separately. Free storage up to 90 days.




Is the minimum order for each size?


All minimum orders shown on this site are per style and color or per style and wash. Customers always get to choose what sizes they want. So for example if someone places a private label production order for 12 pieces, they can specify they want 1 size 23, 1 size 24, 2 size 25...




Do you offer free sample redo?


For every main sample we offer one redo at a charge of $50 to cover freight and other incidentals. Usually, if a sample needs major fit changes based on fitting notes provided by the customer, we will redo the sample. If the corrections are minor, we note them, adjust the pattern and make sure they come out right for production. If the wash needs correction and a new sample is not needed we make a leg to show the corrected wash. Our priority is for the garments to come out of the production line exactly on spec. If a customer needs an additional redo, the fee is $350. So far, no one had to pay that fee, if it's not right on the first go around, it is on the second.




Do I need a techpack?


Short answer no. Long answer, we create a techpack when we make the pattern. If a customer supplies a pattern without one we may charge a fee to make the tech pack.




Can you make more than 1000 pieces?


We work with 2 factories in Los Angeles, total production capacity 48,000 pieces per month. The factory we work with in Pakistan makes for big brand jeans with a capacity of 400,000 pairs of jeans per month. There is a small factor within that factory that is designed for lower quantities.




Should I order my branded trim from you or elsewhere?


You can choose to have other trim vendors develop and product your branded trim. When the trim production is ready you can have the vendor send it directly to our factory. That said, if you intend on continuing doing business with us for production, we highly recommend developing all your branded trim with us for the following reasons: 1. Saving time. Customers who have their trim developed and produce elsewhere often see additional delays either because their vendor doesn't deliver on time or because their shipment got delayed in customs. For the trim we don't make in house, we order so much, our vendors are always on time, our business is too important for them. 2. Saving money. Our initial setup fees for branded trim like main labels, metal jeans buttons and leather back patches may seem higher than others at first. However, the most economical way is to let us handle your branded trim. First, our woven labels (main label, back pocket tab...) have a one time setup fee and after that labels are free with every order so there is no need to pay for labels ever. Second, when ordering logo buttons with us, there is no shipping or duty charge. Customers who develop their buttons with a button vendor in China may see lower development prices and even lower production prices.However, when time comes to pay the freight bill to ship the buttons, it ends up being way more expensive that what us making them. Same goes for leather back patches, we make those on site, so no shipping charge, no duty, no production delay. We recommend that if you don't already have the trim made, you should order them from us.




Do you offer private labeling?


There seems to be some confusion about the term 'private labeling'. People call us asking if we can put their label on existing garments that were not made in our factory. We only sew labels on garments that we produce for our private label clients. Those who are looking to have labels sewn on garments they bought elsewhere should seek a finishing service. A finishing service can sew or change labels, attach buttons and rivets, press the garments, attach hang tags as... If you are looking for a finishing service to sew your labels on, please send us an email, we will send you a list of a few garment finishing services in Los Angeles.