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Alliance Fashion and Manufacturing Toolkit: Designers Edition

This toolkit helps make production management easier for specialist high-end fashion designers. It focuses on production management and helping designers communicate their needs effectively to production units.

Key findings

  • Learn about key principles of best practice in production management, particularly critical path management.
  • Learn how to get the most out of quality control.
  • Use our garment specification sheet, production schedule and proposed Production Manager job specification.
  • Use our workspace and factory assessment checklists.

The UK fashion industry is one of the leading industries within the UK economy, with a thriving high-end designer sector that is supplied by a small specialist manufacturing sector, which deserves to be credited and supported.

This toolkit is part of a set that provides manufacturers and designers with a two-way assurance that both will adhere to a professional set of standards and working practises. It draws on the Fashion Alliance’s recommended Code of Practice, as well as focused engagement, research and collaboration with the fashion sector.