Budgeting Your Swim Line – What Does It All Cost?

This article will help you budget and plan the costs of bringing your swimwear label to life. 

When developing and manufacturing a swim line you will come across 2 major parts with their separate costs: sample development and bulk production.

We will give you some examples of how to budget at with some different scenarios.

The scenarios have been been categorized as:

Custom Design - your designs (developed from scratch) 
Ready Design - our designs (from our catalogue)

Indonesian Lycra
Carvico VITA / Corduroy.

Unique Designs
​How many different designs/styles in your collection. One bikini set (top + btm) is counted as 2 unique designs. One swimsuit is counted as 1 unique design.

Order Volume
How large order volume for a bulk/wholesale order

Sample Rounds
How many rounds of samples you order. Usually this is 1 or 2 rounds. So we made an average of 1.5

Pattern Making (only Custom Design)
Sample development fee (US$65/design)

Grading (only Custom Design)
Making a full size range. (US$55/design)

Print Strikes
Testing out your prints. (US$15/print)
We assumed you using 3 prints.

Budget Example: Sample Development

Download large size here.

Budget Example: Bulk Production

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By comparing different setups in each part (sample and bulk) you can easily estimate roughly what it will cost to bring your collection forward.

Anna wants to develop a collection of 8 unique designs using ready designs in indonesian lycra. She has a total budget of US$10,000 for manufacturing total. Looking at the tables she can likely produce order 500pcs in bulk and still be within her budget. This covers all costs from A-Z including shipping.

It is possible to start swimwear line with even smaller budget, at US$5000 or even less you can have some products in hand. At these levels we suggest using ready designs only to save on development costs and focus on getting your some products ready.

Note that these prices are estimation and examples, and not final or exact prices. Designs vary a lot in price depending on your fabric choice, complexity of style, hardware etc. The examples given are for a typical customers, but your choices might be different to that.

Our payment terms 
We require 50% deposit before work and remaining 50% balance when work (sampling or bulk) has been finished, before we send it to you.

As you might notice, ready designs are cheaper than custom designs to sample. This is because they don't need to developed, we have already done that work. The examples in the sheets are 100% Custom Design or 100% Ready Design, but you can also combine and mix any way you like.

You can also skip sampling altogether and order bulk directly.

The way you budget your swimwear business has to make sense to your needs and plans.