A-Sky Clothing Co. Ltd
Guangdong-based A-Sky produces midrange denim jeans, jackets
and skirts mainly for US fashion buyers such as Apollo. In-house
production facilities involve sewing and finishing. Garment washing,
fabric weaving and component manufacture are subcontracted to other
This private, locally owned company employs 850 workers who produce
an average 150,000 denim garments each month. 70 percent of this
total is shipped to the United States and the rest to Eastern Europe,
the Middle East and Asia.
Located in Xintang town in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, A-Sky
benefits from convenient access to materials and components, as
Xintang is one of the four key production hubs for denim garments.
Denim jeans account for 80 percent of total output, and are priced
between US$5 and US$6 FOB. Lower priced jeans are made of handbrushed
pure cotton with enzyme or monkey wash. Higher priced jeans are
made of linen and cotton blends with other washes and finishes such
as whiskering, grinding, embroidery and beading.
Each pair of jeans comes with a belt, which is offered in retail
shops as a free gift with the garment. However, since the factory's
production net margin is as low as 10 to 20 cents, the belt adds
US 50 cents to US$1 to the price of a pair of jeans. The belts are
made of wood or silk fabrics and embellished with beads or rhinestones.
Denim jackets are priced between US$6 and US$7, and miniskirts
at US$4.50. A-Sky has not raised product prices despite higher operating
costs to remain competitive.
A-Sky's in-house R&D team includes two designers and 29 sample
makers. The designers use CAD systems to create new product patterns
based on buyers' specifications.
Women's denim garments are made of fabrics that contain 1 to
4 percent spandex fibers. To avoid quota restrictions, all skirts
and some jeans are blended with 55 percent linen.
Most denim fabrics are sourced from local suppliers and only
a small portion is imported. Components and parts such as zippers,
tapes and buttons are sourced locally as well.
A-Sky's sewing lines have four fabric-cutting beds and 480 sewing
machines in various types and functions. The finishing lines have
sandblasting machines and handbrushers.
In-house production procedures involve fabric preshrinking test
and cutting, garment sewing, finishing and packaging. Embroidery
and printing are subcontracted. Delivery is within 30 days, inclusive
of fabric weaving.
Garment washing is subcontracted to local factories. The combination
of in-house facilities and subcontracting allows the company to
offer various washes and finishes including enzyme, whisker, monkey,
dirty and chemical washes, as well as grinding and sandblasting.
The charge for enzyme washing starts at US 36 cents per piece.
An additional US 24 cents is charged for both monkey wash and handbrushing.
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