How to Start a Christian Clothing Line
- 1). Decide on any business decisions for your clothing line. The first thing you need to do is to come up with a name for the company. Since your company name will also be a brand name, you will need to trademark it with the U.S. Patent Office. Decide what type of business entity your company will be (LLC, sole proprietorship, corporation, and so forth).
- 2). Buy a domain and start a website. To start off, your website will be a valuable way to get your clothing out there. Make sure that the website is professional-looking and is best set up to market your clothing.
- 3). Work on your designs. Most Christian clothing line deals in shirts that have Christian messages and symbols. Use your knowledge of the Bible to come up with graphics and slogans that can be put on your items. You can also design choir and pastor's robes.
- 4). Pick out fabric and materials. After knowing what your company will produce, find the best fabrics and materials that will take your designs off paper and onto a real product. Check with local fabric stores and see if they offer some type of discount for designers and clothing companies.
- 5). Create prototypes. Make a few samples of your new line so that you can take pictures to put up on the website or in a brochure. Start off small; you don't want to create too many clothes that you do not have customers for yet.
- 6). Market your designs to local churches and religious organizations. As a Christian clothing company, your biggest target audience will be other Christians. Start with your own church and move to other ones. As an added area of revenue, extend an offer to create official clothing items that the church will order from you continuously. This is a good way to have repeat business.
- 7). Buy ads in local newspapers and magazines. This will get the word out about your new clothing line. Until you can afford to broaden your business, you want to stay local so that you don't overextend yourself.
- 8). Make the clothes as orders come in. Eventually you will be able to afford to hire someone who can help with the sewing of the items. Until then, you will need to do them yourself.