As consumers become increasingly aware of the detrimental environmental and social effects of so-called ‘fast fashion’, many are taking extra care to double-check that the garments they buy are of high quality and are manufactured in line with ethical standards. In other words, as well as ensuring that their apparel is stylish and affordable, consumers want to invest in garments that are durable and fault-free. For apparel manufacturers, this makes quality control (or QC) more important than ever before.
At Global Inspection Managing, we offer QC tailored for the apparel industry. This includes the provision of assurance services designed for every stage of your garment supply change. From source to shelf, we are here to help.
Thanks to our garment and apparel lab testing expertise and comprehensive inspection checklists, we are able to help clients maintain their brand reputation by ensuring their products are safe and of a quality that surpasses those of close competitors.
To ensure that your products are up to an adequate standard in terms of their workmanship and quality of materials, we utilise a number of quality control measures. These include:
- Whether they are colourfast (to ascertain whether colour transfers from the item)
- Colour shading test
- Tests for accurate size fitting
- Symmetry checks
- Waterproof test
- Test to ascertain the strength of adhesives such as prints and logos
- Fabric weight check for knitted items
- Tests for zip and fastener quality
- Seam slippage checks for woven items
- Tests for down feather leakage
- Needle damage checks for knitted items
- Test for barcode scanning
- Metal contamination checks
- Burn tests for cotton items
- Ventilation tests
- Mould contaminations checks
As well as the overall quality of your garments, we test the materials used to manufacture your textiles. These tests are designed in line with the quality regulations of your specified destination countries. Our tests include:
- Flammability checks
- Performance checks
- Ecological checks (i.e. making sure your items do not contain banned colourants or heavy metals)
- Fibre identification
Our footwear tests help you to ascertain the durability of your footwear items, as well as making sure they pass all relevant regulations surrounding hazardous substances.
We test fashion jewellery made from a number of different materials including polymer materials and non-precious metals. Our checks ensure that your products are free from harmful substances and pass all relevant safety checks. We also test for factors such as performance, corrosion resistance, flammability, and tension.
If you sell non-prescription eyewear such as reading glasses or sunglasses, we are able to test them for performance and safety.
At Global Inspection Managing, we are able to run tests to ensure that your leather goods are made from genuine leather and meet relevant regulations surrounding safety and durability.
If you are looking to make the most of our garment and apparel lab testing expertise, get in touch with Global Inspection Managing today. We are committed to ensuring that our clients’ products meet the relevant consumer safety regulations for their destination markets.