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Member Spotlight: ASK Trading fully factored and CMT production


ASK Trading is a third-generation company with more than 47 years of experience in woven manufacturing, providing fully-factored womenswear production for a wide range of fashion brands. The company, based in Rochdale in Greater Manchester, specialises in soft separates and soft tailoring, alongside some jersey and knit.

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ASK Trading said it is fully audited by SEDEX and part of the UK Fast Forward Programme. The company works in line with the Ethical Trading Initiative to ensure that products are made whilst upholding the values, honesty and integrity instilled by its founders.

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Services offered include Design Development (Fabric and Trim Sourcing, Pattern Cutting and Sampling), Critical Path Management; Production (Grading and Lay Planning, Cutting and Stitching) followed by Quality Assurance (Labels and Packing, then Processing and Delivery).

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Ruth Farrell, sales manager at ASK Trading, says: “We regularly supply a fully factored service to clients such as Motel Rocks, The Ragged Priest, PLT, Boohoo, Missguided, and Lasula, amongst other independent brands, varying in design and price, as per client requirements. We are keen to build on our mid-level/age customer portfolio such as Sosandar using more conscious fabric choices to a slower fashion consumer. Our previous history was fundamentally this business model but in 2021, we have focused on the mid-level/age collections within the business.

“We have an automated pattern and grading system (Vetigraph), which has been successfully running for a year, allowing us to increase production capacity. We have our own range of fabrics and trims, should you like to work this way, and have recently added dyeing and printing facilities, which allows for greater options and design possibilities.

“Our speciality is woven; soft separates and soft tailoring, however we are also able to produce jersey and cut and sew knit.”

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Wholesale and white label

Though ASK Trading’s wholesale website, it offers own brand SCANDAL from which customers can buy with this label or relabelled with their own.

Stock styles

There are also regular ex stock styles available as special purchases. Contact sales to be added to the mailing list.

The nitty gritty

Orders can be CMT or Fully factored.

Minimum quantities CMT are 50 pcs, 300pcs FF per colour/style

Made to order and smaller quantities are possible though the company’s sampling unit instead of the factory with a surcharge.

Lead time is 4 weeks based on 300 units (MOQ) fully factored, on a first come first served basis.

Sampling capacity is approx. 50/60 samples per week, with a turnaround time of 1/2 weeks from development request.

Weekly production capacity is approx. 10,000 units and is constantly increasing.

Ruth adds: “Our team work hard to ensure we are efficient and able to offer the best prices for goods produced in the UK. We are always happy to discuss your requirements and how we can be of service.

To discuss your requirements, please contact Ruth Farrell Account and Sales manager at: ruth@asktradingltd.co,uk



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