In the process of creating a collection, you need to respect specific deadlines. If you want your collection to be in stores at the right season, you need to have a global vision on the whole creation process, and you have to respect this calendar. The keyword to keep in mind is: you need to anticipate.
The collection calendar
The collection calendar follows a specific process: creating sketches, developing the patterns, launching samples, ordering fabrics and trims, getting in contact with manufacturers, etc. until receiving the finished collection and delivering it in stores. For example, for your spring-summer collection to be out in April, you need to anticipate the whole collection calendar if you want to be sure to be on time for the delivery date.
B2B events are important
In order to respect the deadlines, we advise you to watch out for the professional events as they follow the logical rhythm of the collection calendar. For example, the Made in France and Première Vision fairs take place in March because it is the perfect moment to find and get in touch with the professionals you are going to work with. If sourcing events like Apparel Sourcing take place in September, it means it is the right month to look out for fabrics and trims. The calendar of fashion professional events will help you stay aware of the important steps and deadlines.
The collection delivery
Concretely, when should you start thinking about your collection? A fall-winter 2018 collection must be introduced to buyers in September 2017 and delivered to them in June/July 2018. We therefore advise you to start launching your collection process at least 9 months before the delivery date.
How to follow those very strict deadlines? How can you successfully anticipate on such a long period? To answer those questions, we advise working with a design office like MonDéfilé. We will work with you on the whole process, from creative research to delivery in stores.