How do I research the manufacturing of a handbag?
August 27, 2013 1:47 PM Subscribe
I want to research the possibility of having a certain design of handbag made, in quantity, to sell. It's a large version of a tiny handbag I see in a number of stores. What's the way to start on this path?
posted by DMelanogaster to work & money (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The tiny ones I see are sold by many stores and manufactured in China. I don't know how to find out who actually makes them. Would there be some form of copyright on the design itself? (I'm not posting a picture because even I am wary of somebody copying ME.)
The handbag I want to make would really be large. I don't see any metal frame made exactly like the one I would need. The rest of the purse would be a soft jellylike silicon.
I don't know how to draw anything that would make sense to anybody who would make a prototype (I guess making a prototype is what people do first?) Do I go to somebody who makes the little frames and ask if they'd make a giant one and how much it would cost? Would that person be in the US? How would I coordinate the metal frame part, which would presumably be made by a metal-frame-making person, with the silicone body of the purse, which would presumably be made by a silicon-making person?
I guess I have an advantage in that what I want to make is a giant Something-That's-Already-In-Existence (except for the copying part, which I'm not sure is legal/ethical).
I've never done anything like this before. I wonder what the cost would be to have them manufactured, and if people first have a bunch made and then try to sell them, or take orders first and then angst about getting the factory to manufacture them to make delivery dates?
Are there any sources on the internet where some of this information is spelled out in a logical sequence for anyone to read?
It always amazes me when I find out that somebody is "in" handbags, or nuts and bolts, or remote controls, or...anything. How did they figure out how to do this? Especially when the factories that do this kind of thing are probably going to be in China.
I really would be grateful for any assistance in this research. One thing is I am pretty passionate about the cleverness of this design, and I hear you're supposed to be "passionate" when you start a business.
I'm thinking it would be a very expensive proposition to do what I want, so it occurred to me that, once I had the prototype and some manufacturing plans in place, maybe this could be a Kickstarter project.
So, again, thanks for any thoughts.