Get Representation As A Sweater Textile Designer
Are you a sweater designer looking to make some extra income or work independently? Perhaps working as an independent contractor sweater textile designer is the way to go. Many sweater textile designers are self-employed. They either own their own sweater swatch service company, or they are represented by one.
In my last article titled “What Are Sweater Swatch Service Companies?” I explained how these studios work directly with design companies to provide original sweater swatch designs for the industry. This article will focus on how you can find representation by these service companies to sell your own designs.
Each service provider has their own customer base who they need to design for. In order to meet customer expectations, they need to produce a large number of designs each season. These designs need to be appropriate for their customers. This will give a higher likelihood of more sales. Due to the large demand needed for new sweater designs each season these sweater swatch service companies often represent other sweater designers work in addition to their own.
We couldn’t cover every possible angle of the fashion sweater textile business in just one post! This article is part of a 6 part Fashion Knit Business Series. If you want to learn how to become a sweater textile designer or start your own service-based business you can check out the entire series at the bottom of this page.
How Does It Work?
Sweater swatch Service Companies sell original swatch designs directly to fashion companies. These are completely original one-off designs. A sweater swatch can sell anywhere from $500 to $1000 each depending on its size and complication in design.
A sweater textile designer can choose to either build their own swatch business or get represented by an established sweater swatch service company. If they decide to build their own business they will need to find their own customers and build those relationships. They can also choose to show and sell their designs at a trade show such as Premiere Vision or the Spin-Expo.
If they choose to be represented by an established sweater swatch studio their designs will need to be appropriate for that studio’s current customers. They will need to sign a contract with the studio that will be representing them. When a designer signs a licensing contract with a sweater swatch service company there’s no upfront payment or advance against future royalties.
The designer works on their collection for a few months prior to market. Their goal is to have the collection ready to show to buyers at the beginning each season. The service provider is responsible for holding the inventory, marketing the collection to their customer base, and selling the designs.
How Does A Sweater Textile Designer Get Paid?
The designer’s income will come through royalties earned on each swatch sold. Royalties are paid out a few weeks after each fiscal quarter comes to a close. Each fabric company has a slightly different royalty arrangement with their designers. However, there does seem to be an industry average. The artisan being represented can expect to receive between 40-60% of the selling price. 50% is the most common, however.
The more sweater swatches you sell the more income you make. For this reason, it is extremely important that a designer stays very in tuned with the trends of the industry. They also need to understand their direct customers’ needs. In the next installment of this blog series, I will talk about what it takes to become a successful sweater textile designer.
Fashion Knit Business Series:
If you or someone you know is interested in working as a sweater textile designer you can read the entire blog series here. Learn what it takes to be a successful sweater textile designer, and how to start and run your own sweater swatch service business.
- What Are Sweater Swatch Service Companies?
- How To Get Representation As A Sweater Textile Designer
- Top 10 Tips To Be A Successful Sweater Textile Designer
- How To Build Your Own Sweater Swatch Service Business
- Advice From Top Sweater Designers