ASOS.com at The Factory
Good buyers know manufacturing cycles inside out and here at The Factory in North London we have been working closely with the highly successful online retailer ASOS, not only with garment production and collaborating on the newly devised ‘Stitching Academy’, but also with their buying team.
ASOS Assistant Buyers at The Factory this week
This week, five ASOS assistant buyers; Lucy Williams, Sophie Larsen, Lucy Burton, Hannah Burgess and Cheryl McDougall, visited The Factory and went though each step of the manufacturing process; from delivery of fabric to final garment despatch. The half-day programme aims to be informative and insightful and covers how the process can go wrong from a buyers point of view, i.e. why are deliveries late, why does shading occur, why does the bulk not correspond to the sample sometimes.
Fortunately at The Factory we do not have these problems as we do a 100% inspection twice, but one common problem in general in factories is that the overlocker can take off too much fabric when sewing. We also review layplans and how cabbage is generated – again we do not undertake these practices but we explain these common factory occurrences. We also discuss compliance in the factory and that they have to be right first time so we have efficiencies and KPIs in place for the factory.
The ASOS team also reviewed the ASOS ‘Stitching Academy’ in association with FashionCapital and met the first cohort of learners on the ABC Level 1 Award for Stitching.