* Update as of January 2019: MakersValley has discontinued Be Inspired, but you can still use white label factory design samples as the basis for your design listing. Learn more here.
Be Inspired helps boutique owners and fashion entrepreneurs who want to make high quality men's or women's handbags go to market, even if they don't have a sewing pattern or handbag prototype.
Check out the process of creating a Be Inspired handbag below. And don't worry - if you get stuck, your MakersValley account manager will be there to guide you through every step of the process!
Step 1. Create your project—starting with a white label Italian handbag
What does white label mean? Good question! A white label product is an item produced by the manufacturer that other designers re-brand to make their own. For decades, large brands that we all know and love - Versace, Gucci, etc. - have used white label products to accelerate the product development process. What this means is that instead of having to re-create a new pattern every time you want to make, for example, a shirt, you just use the same shirt pattern but with small changes to the shirt to make it seem "unique" and different from the shirt you sold last season.
MakersValley uses Be Inspired projects to bring the benefits of white label products to our Makers.
A Be Inspired project lets a Maker browse hundreds of Italian-made white label samples on our online platform and use these samples as the starting point for their own private label handbag line.
All of the Be Inspired samples in our online Be Inspired Catalog are 100% Made in Italy by our network of 150+ Italian manufacturers, and have already successfully sold to brands worldwide. Now, for the first time, our manufacturers are making them available to you online!
You can browse the catalog for free online and order any white label handbag samples that catches your eye. Once you get your order in hand, you can use this sample as the starting point for your own handbag product.
Generally, you canchange up the color of the handbag, add/remove the shoulder strap, and shorten/lengthen the shoulder strap. You can use tape to mark each customization on the handbag sample. It’s also helpful to upload photos of your new, customized handbag to your project using your mobile device.
Once you complete the questionnaire, a new project will be created in your account with all of the information you provided in your questionnaire about the sample already saved in your project.
After you submit your project, your account manager will review it and let you know if any additional information is needed.
Step 3. Review bids from Italian handbag manufacturers
Once you accept the winning bid, your project will match to that manufacturer. Your account manager will send you the invoice to create your first handbag sample.
Step 4. Receive your sample & give feedback
Once we confirm your payment, your manufacturer will start making your first handbag sample. Once it’s ready to go, your Account Manager will send you the shipping invoice.
When you receive your sample in the mail (typically in six weeks), give us your feedback on the Platform. Did the handbag come out to your liking?
Use the Platform to either approve or reject the handbag sample.
Love the bag the way it is?
Fantastic! Once we have your approval, we’ll send you the production invoice + estimated shipping & customs invoice.
Not 100% satisfied?
We’ll get you a quote for a second handbag sample, with the changes you requested. You’ll need to write your changes to the first sample in your project.
Whether you're 100% satisfied with your first sample or not, if you have made substantial changes to it, you may need to ship it back to us since it is the instruction manual for the manufacturer to create your private label handbag or make you a second product sample.
Log back into your MV account anytime, and tell us when you’d like to reorder your handbag in different colors, different styles, or the same as the original design (trust us, you’ll sell out fast!).
Production orders typically ship out six weeks after the factory receives your approved sample back in Italy. Don’t worry! Your Account Manager will handle all the logistics to get your production order from Italy to you.
Now that you know all of the steps to design your handbag, what are you waiting for?!
Connect with your personal account manager today in the platform and start making your dream handbag!
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