With a garment as iconic as the Burberry bag, the process of making it is often the most difficult and time consuming part of the process.
But there is one easy way to make a garment without spending hundreds of thousands of pounds, according to new research.
As well as saving time, the findings suggest that manufacturing garments from scratch is less costly than producing them from a factory in China.
The research, published in the Journal of Fashion Design, was led by the Buried Giant garment manufacturing company in partnership with the UK’s University of Exeter, which conducted an extensive review of garment production from China.
It found that the cost of making a garment at a factory is between 20 and 30 per cent less than the cost at a single site.
It also found that garments made from a single supplier are about 50 per cent more durable than garments made at the factory, which could mean that a single factory can produce garments for up to 10 times the cost.
The team also found a cost advantage for the garment manufacturing process compared with making garments from the same supplier.
For example, if the supplier’s factories produce garments in China for a fixed price, the team found, it costs about 30 per the same to manufacture the same garment from a source in the UK.
In a study of about 20,000 garments made in the United Kingdom, the Buriegiant team found that they would have to make about 100,000 of the garments before it would be worth making the same number in the US.
And it is likely that this process can be improved.
The new research suggests that while the costs of manufacturing garments at a site in China could be less than those at a similar factory in the USA, it is still cheaper to produce garments at the UK factory than at the Chinese factory.
The researchers said this could be because the cost for a single assembly line at a Chinese factory is significantly higher than the costs at a US one, and the manufacturing process is more complicated.
This could also mean that the manufacturing processes used at a large manufacturing company can be more efficient, the researchers said.
But they added that the research could not prove this in practice.
“If there is a cost benefit in the manufacturing of garments, it will be more than offset by the costs involved in the sourcing of raw materials and the processing of raw material into finished garments,” they said.
“In the absence of data on this, it would not be possible to establish whether the benefits of a cost reduction in manufacturing garments would outweigh the costs.”
The research will be presented at the International Conference on Fashion Design (ICFDC), which is taking place in Toronto this week.
It will also be presented on Saturday at the Royal Institute of Fashion (RIEF) in London.