• Koko Clarke

Sourcing for your accessories

Updated: Apr 9, 2018

Happy Spring, everyone!


Have you ever wondered what it's like to see a product go from an idea to a finished product? My name is Koko and I assist with product development here at the Clutch Made Factory. I'm going to give you sneak peeks into what a day in the life of a product developer is like.



Though tech packs give you a real vision of what your product will look like, sourcing

allows you to understand what your product will feel like.



Usually the first thing we start sourcing is the main fabric of the product. Things we have to consider is if the product is rigid or if it has a soft shape, how durable the product has to be, and if the product has to be cleaned frequently or not.





Most products have hardware whether it be zippers, snaps, magnets, or d-rings.

These all come in a variety of finishes and sizes. With measurements from the tech pack we are able to quickly narrow down which size and length is most appropriate. The harder part is deciding the finish.


These are all the same size zipper but each finish gives the product a different feeling.



These two plastic zippers are also the same size yet their different colors appeal to different clients and markets. Making sure you choose the best color and hue when sourcing is just as important as choosing hardware finishes.





Here are D-rings in five different finishes--nickel, gold, black, brass, and gunmetal. The color of hardware you choose has to be cohesive with the rest of the materials you're sourcing. Also, shape and style can vary dramatically depending on where the hardware is sourced so remaining consistent is also important to keep in mind.




This is just a peek into what goes into the sourcing process once we have a finalized tech pack. If it feels overwhelming, don't worry! The Clutch Made Factory is here to work with you from beginning to end or any point in between. Schedule a design consult today by clicking here to start the process.


We're the factory you can talk to!