Insider Money-Saving Secrets from the Textiles Business
As consumers, most of what we see related to industries such as the textiles business hits us in the form of advertising that is designed to make us buy, buy and buy some more. However, taking a peek behind the veil can let you in some great money-saving secrets which are ordinarily the preserve of those who are at the heart of the business – those who are on the “other side,” so to say.
When making reference to seeking originality as an indication of the quality one would want in the garments they buy, the idea itself is correct, but at consumer-level it’s flagrantly misapplied. Designer brands aren’t necessarily as tough-built as they once were, so it’s not about seeking originality in the best known, most coveted designer labels. Rather, it’s about taking a leaf out of the books of end-user businesses which source their raw materials and even their finished products from the industries which supply the textiles industry along with their specific industry. For instance, a marketing company that has a brand which they market via printing t-shirts and hosting extreme sports events will never scrimp on the quality of the shock cords they’d buy for something like a bungee jumping event. They’ll buy from a reputable shock cord manufacturer which has proved its mettle through something like the amount of time they’ve been in that specific industry.
As a consumer, you’d do well to emulate these businesses. You’d do well to follow their lead in picking out top-quality original suppliers because they are the ones who know the best of these.
In the long run, focussing on the quality of garments you buy for use that’s intended over a longer period, such as uniform, sports gear, etc, you want the kind of tough-built quality that lasts. Buying the kind of quality that comes with originality means that you save money in the long run because you don’t have to constantly have to replace things.
Quantity versus quality?
I mean sure, we’re probably just talking about clothing from the point of view of a fashionista or at least from the point of view of someone who just cares a little bit about how they look in relation to the latest fashion trends, so the quantity-versus-quality argument is perhaps already skewed in the right direction, which perhaps surprisingly sees quantity winning over quality. Let me explain…
You simply have to be able to compartmentalise your approach on quality versus quantity, because we all know that the lower the quality of something you buy, the more of it you can buy, and of course by quality here we’re referring to build (durability) instead of how the garments look. So, if for instance you wanted to buy some shock cords as part of your sports gear, you would definitely look towards a high-quality shock cord supplier, simply because it’s a matter of safety. If on the other hand you want to buy some in-trend clothing to wear over an upcoming season, you can let go of the “build-quality” and durability so that you can rather buy more items of clothing that perhaps have different designs, for some style variation.
So in this instance saving money comes back down to the deployment of the items you’re buying, again. Buy built-to-last if you’re planning repeated, prolonged use and buy borderline “consumable” or limited-use items if you’re only going to be wearing them once or twice to honour the trend.