Starting a business can be a daunting task, not to mention finding the right manufacturer for your products. There are so many resources online that can help you find your perfect match but it can be challenging. Here are some of our tips to help you select a manufacturer for your business.


Overseas v. Domestic Manufacturing

We strongly believe in supporting domestic manufacturing in the USA (if you’re curious to learn more about them, watch some of our favorite documentaries here). Domestic manufacturing has so many advantages such as higher manufacturing quality, no import duties or tariffs, and faster shipping time. Not to mention it creates more U.S. jobs! 


Directories for Manufacturers

At JLD-Studios, we specialize in manufacturing Leggings and Athletic Bottoms, so if you’re looking to manufacture things like denim, children’s wear and others, check out these directories for suggestions:

Maker’s Row

ABLS Clothing Manufacturer Directory

StartUp Fashion

We Connect Fashion



Visit the Manufacturer/Factory

Once you created your shortlist, it is critical that you thoroughly interview and visit your manufacturer if possible. Here are a few quick questions to ask:

  • What kind of products do they produce?
  • Are they taking new customers?
  • What services do they provide?
  • What are their minimums?


We hope that this will help with your quest to find your manufacturer. If you’re curious about our manufacturing practices, please contact us here.