Here’s how to decide pricing strategy for your clothing brand - UPDATED FOR 2024!
One of the most important things for you to work out in order to be successful with your fashion brand is “how do I decide my RRP?”.
You probably started your clothing label out of a passion and love for fashion. But the fact of the matter is that your brand needs to be profitable in order to survive.
Setting the right fashion pricing strategy is possibly the single most important thing to get right if you want to make your clothing brand a lasting success.
Now, because we love you guys, we’ve put together an *Updated for 2024* Estimated Fashion Pricing Guide, with everything you need to know in order to correctly work out a pricing strategy for your garments.
This spreadsheet is completely free, and is absolute gold for anyone looking to set out a successful fashion pricing strategy.
Keep reading for more info!
Step 1: Get our Estimated Fashion Pricing Guide (it’s free!)
We do a pricing analysis a couple of times a year where we take the average costing of the most popular garments and put them together in an excel sheet so you can see average costs, what you should be charging your customer and what your profits will be.
This covers all the various sampling and bulk production costs you need to consider when working out your pricing strategy for your clothing brand.
If you are considering designing and manufacturing with Hook and Eye UK and you'd like a copy, drop me a note on Whatsapp: +447939591255 and I'll send it across, but make sure you watch the video below and read to the very end of this blog to arm yourself with the knowledge you need!
This video explains how the pricing sheet is laid out! Check it out here:
This will give you an excellent basis to start making your pricing calculations.
Step 2: Consider your market positioning & quality level
For any start up clothing brand, we suggest that the best pricing strategy is to launch as a ‘bridge brand’. By that, we mean brands that sit somewhere in price between value brands (e.g. H&M, Hoodrich etc), and ultimate luxury brands (e.g. Prada, LV etc).
With high quality standards you'll be able to sell your clothing to your customers at a higher price point than you would as a value brand. That means that your profits are much higher.
The only realistic way to start a value brand (where you have low cost garments that are at a reasonable quality) is to have very high Minimum Order Quantities (MOQ's), of around 2K-3K per design/colour. For most clothing startups, that just isn’t achievable, as it’s such a big capital outlay to produce such big orders.
So, all things considered, the rate of success for ‘bridge brands’ is much higher.
Here's a useful blog post explaining different brand levels, and how to position a clothing brand successfully.
Step 3: Clothing quality, designs and cost implications
You might want to check out our guide on ‘The cheapest way to design clothes’. This is a fantastic guide on how to design using shape and fabric which helps to keep the construction of your garments non-complex and in turn lowers your unit cost.
When you really think about what is actually in your wardrobe and what you purchase regularly its more than likely similar to the Represent designs above. Simple but nice silhouettes with clean slightly muted graphics, made with nice quality fabrics.
When it comes to setting your Recommended Retail Price (RRP) and pricing strategy, you’ll need to have considered the cost of your tech packs, cost of sampling, the fabric choice, complexity of construction and the number of graphic applications. Alongside that, you’ll also need to consider photoshoot and marketing costs.
The more units you order per style/colour the lower your cost will be per unit. Also opting for longer (cheaper) shipping methods is a brilliant way to lower costing.
When you sit down to work out your RRP per style, all of the above elements will have an impact and need to be considered.
Step 4: Go high with your pricing from the get-go
The pricing that you set for your clothing really does impact the 'perceived value' in your customers' eyes. It's a simple equation. Higher priced items are often perceived as higher value. So don't be afraid of pricing your items at the right level!
For a bridge brand I always recommend an RRP of £140+ for a hoodie, £135+ for a Jogger and £60+ for a t-shirt. These prices set the tone of a good quality bridge brand. Don't be scared of them and don't worry about the people who scoff, only ever take advice from people who purchase from brands with similar designs and price points to what you'd like to achieve!
It’s really hard to raise your prices later on down the line, so your best bet is to set your pricing high from the start. If you start selling your garments for £40/unit, and then later realise that you’re not making enough profit, it’s difficult to then raise them (your customers won’t be best pleased with a 30% price increase!).
But if you start at a higher price point, you can always offer special pricing with ‘friends and family’ discounts, or a slightly lower price if a customer is willing to place a larger order with you.
With higher pricing, you also have a buffer in case shipping costs start to erode your profit margin.
Step 5: Consider the type of shipping that you use
The world is in a bit of a crazy state right now, with costs for energy and fuel sky high.
That means that shipping costs at the moment are a lot higher than they were before the energy crisis, so you need to work that into your fashion brand’s pricing strategy, and make sure that you’re still making enough profit.
There are 2 main types of shipping that fashion brands use - Sea Freight and Air Freight. The shipping method can have a massive impact on your costs.
Choosing a slightly longer shipping method for your bulk production is a great way to save costs. Sea freight is way cheaper and doesn't take much longer. Hook and Eye UK has a fantastic sea shipping method for your bulk production garments, it only takes 5-6 weeks (most sea shipment is 10-12 weeks). As we have such a high volume of items being shipped for our collective brands it means we have much better shipping time frames than a single brand would!
You'd only ever go for air freight shipping if you were going to be fined by a store for delivering late products or if you were going to miss a specific event you've designed for, like Halloween.
Step 6: If all of this seems confusing, reach out to a pricing expert
At Hook and Eye UK, we’ve worked with hundreds of successful fashion brands over the years, helping to set RRPs and pricing strategies that lead to healthy bank balances and happy clothing brands.
We offer one-to-one brand consultations to help you set your fashion brand’s pricing strategy properly. This could make you £1,000's extra each year. If you think that would be useful, drop us a Whatsapp, and we can help from there, or you can find more info / book a one-to-one brand consultation here.
Deciding the right pricing strategy for your clothing brand is the single most important element in running a successful fashion business. It’s really worth some time, effort and analysis to get it spot on!
Our Estimated Pricing Guide is handy tool to help you factor in all the costs and work out a solid pricing strategy. The calculations are based on estimates of similar ‘bridge’ brands, if you're considering designing and manufacturing with us feel free to use it as starting point (drop us a Whatsapp +447939591255 to get your copy!).
The next thing to do is always think about the costs of production (including tech packs). The cost implications of different order sizes, fuel costs, exchange rates, and different shipping methods. It all makes a big difference to how you should price your clothes.
Finally, if you need some professional assistance with getting your pricing right, Hook and Eye UK are here to help. Drop us a Whatsapp to see what we can do together to get your clothes pricing strategy spot on.
Joss H&E xx
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