WHAT IS SAMPLING?
Sampling is the process of creating a one-off sample of a product to test the design, the materials, to check its proportions, construction and functionality.
Sampling provides an opportunity to make any needed amendments to the design in order to ensure a smooth and cost effective production run.
Realising a sample of your product(s) is only possible once all aspects of its design are clarified.
HOW DOES THE SAMPLING SERVICE WORK?
According to the project features, we might need to create an initial basic mockup before the sample. The mockup is a simplified and unrefined version of the product, a first glimpse at what it would look like with the aim of verifying its overall viability and proportions.
Once the mock up is reviewed, the final sample (also called a prototype) is created, which would showcase all features and details of the product.
During the whole process, we ensure transparent and direct communication with you and will keep you updated about the project’s development.
At the end of each stage, we organise meetings to review the work with you and plan the next steps together.
Once the sample is ready, we can ship it to you (you will be responsible for shipping), or you can collect it at our studio.
WHAT ARE THE SAMPLING COSTS?
We charge by the hour and our hourly rate starts from £30/hour.
We are able to calculate the time required to realise your project and the consequent cost only once all aspects of the design are clarified.
To give you an idea, these are some examples of prototyping costs of simple designs (including the pattern realisation):
– SIMPLE CLUTCH BAG SAMPLING starts from £150
– SIMPLE MEDIUM SIZE HANDBAG SAMPLING starts from £250
– SIMPLE LARGE SIZE HANDBAG SAMPLING starts from £350
WHAT IS YOUR LEAD TIME FOR SAMPLING?
Once we have clarified the design details, received all materials and the deposit, we usually deliver the sample(s) in 3-5 weeks, depending on our workload at the time of commission.
We will give you a precise completion date once we have all the information about the project, agreed on all terms and once all materials have reached us.
We always try our best to deliver in the shortest time possible, please let us know if you have any deadlines when enquiring about our sampling service.
WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT TERMS?
We require a deposit of 50% of the total price of any service to be paid upfront for us to commit to any work. It can be paid either at our studio or by bank transfer.
The remaining balance is due before or on the day of collection.