I just received another order of (my take on) the Stella blazers from Shift boutique, and they are also ordering my signature black crocheted Victoria top, pictured above. Usually, when a shop or company places an order from a designer, they will send you what is called a Purchase Order. The P.O. contains the retailer’s necessary information, including shipping & billing addresses, and lists the units they would like to order. This usually takes place twice/year around September & February, when the latest collections have been revealed and are on sale for wholesale only. The designer must then sign the Purchase Order and confirm that the desired goods will ship by a specific date, usually within 3-5 months. Many designers also offer “immediates”- revised collections of signature pieces, must-have items or overstock from last season that is ready to be shipped immediately. I deal with many immediate orders, as they are a good source of income during the between seasons and they keep retailer’s stocked with fresh looks.
I have included my order form, pictured above, which contains my information and categories for listing the items which have been ordered. I will fill in the fields with the desired pieces and send this back to the buyer to confirm the order’s details. Once they’ve approved and paid for the goods, I will begin to produce the items. Most importantly, my order form contains my terms & conditions. At times it can be very difficult to get retailers to pay you on time, this is an ongoing battle many designer’s seem to face. By stating your terms the buyer agrees that you will indeed receive payment on time, on the date specified.