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How to place an order in Custom Styles package

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Already have your swimwear designs ready to go? Let’s get you right into finalizing your collection with the Custom Styles ( previously Sample Making) Package.

Perhaps you’re not a newbie and nor are you well versed in the whole tech-speak of designing swimwear. No sweat, because Runway Kit’s got the package just for you: Custom Styles.

The Custom Styles package is a perfect fit if you’ve got the inspiration board, images and tech packs and technical information for your designs.

By having all the material ready to go, our team of designers and manufacturers can put together your samples and get you prepped to go into the manufacturing stage.

Here’s everything you need to know when placing an order from this package to create samples for your own designs.

Heads up – if you’re new to swimsuit or activewear styling and manufacturing, and don’t have design years under your belt, our Ready Styles package might be your best option.

A little lost?

Head on over to our Ready Styles page to see what it is all about.

If you need help in placing a Ready Styles order read our step by step guide on how to place an order from this package.


Brief overview

  • The package is open to styles in both swimwear and activewear.
  • The package offers the user two virtual rounds of prototyping. This is a computer-graphic image sample that allows the designer to virtually assess the sample prior to manufacturing. These two stages will allow the designer to fine-tune the styles and iron out any details to perfect it.
  • One fit physical sample of the design. The sample will be made using the same fabric quality that was agreed upon with available colors.
  • A trim card that details all fabric swatches and significant trims for reference purposes. An updated color card(s), measurement sheet(s) and tech pack will be included, as well.
  • The designer can opt to proceed into bulk manufacturing with Runway Kit through the online platform if he or she wishes to do so.
  • Package cost tagged at USD599 per style

Best for experienced designers or brands, who are very clear on their style and range plans and have all the necessary technical information including technical sketches and tech packs to produce a sample.


How to access the Custom Styles package

Navigation on the Runway Kit platform is easy and intuitive. However, if you’re a new visitor on to the site and feeling a little lost, here’s a comprehensive Custom Styles package help guide to help you get started.

If you have any questions along the way, hit us up on our comms lines and we’ll get you back on track.


Step 01

Log into and scroll down to the ‘Packages to suit your brand’ section. Alternatively, shave off a couple of seconds and click here to get you there.

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Step 02

Scroll down and click on the Custom Styles package.


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Step 03

You will be asked to either login to your pre-existing account or create a new one.

If you don’t have an account on Runway Kit, simply make a new one by signing up either via your email address or simply sign up via your Facebook or Google account.

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Don’t worry, your privacy matters, we don’t share any information. Understand your privacy rights and terms and conditions here.


Step 04

Once you sign up (or login) you will be taken to your personal dashboard where your account sits. This is called the My Account tab. This is also accessible on the top right corner of the website.


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Step 05

Access your Custom Styles package from the My Account dashboard by clicking on the “Create New Sample Style’ button. This will take you through an easy to understand navigate form from start to finish.


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All technical details such as fit samples and size sets to add to your final product are required information to fill.Wherever technical information or uploads are requested, we have provided examples so you know exactly what we are looking for.

Along the way, you’ll also find links to connect with a technical team if you need more assistance.


How to place a Sample Making order

In this section, we’ve got a few screen grabs to walk you through the process in a little more detail. Let’s take a look.


Step 06

Once you click on the Custom Styles Package, you will be taken to a form submission page that will ask you to fill in some details.

These include information about your project, category of your product (i.e. swimwear or activewear) and your audience (i.e. women’s, men’s or kid’s).


screenshot of the first part of the custom styles package form

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Step 07

Once you select the product category and audience, you will be requested to upload all relevant documents relating to the collection.

These include design sketches, detail sketches, inspirational images, fabric and trim details, embellishment details and base size measurement sheets.


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Note: We’ve included sample documents of what each form should include and we highly encourage users to upload as much information as possible to allow for a more streamlined process.


Step 08

Once all the above-listed information is submitted, we will ask a few more questions to understand your collection a little better.

These include questions such as a brief overview of your business, target market, target audience income level, product category, estimated quantity for manufacturing and so on.

Why do we ask these?

We want to get to know your intent, customer and product to the best of our ability so that we can deliver best-in-class products for you at the quickest time to shelf.


Step 09

Once you’ve filled out all the relevant information, you have the option to upload any on-garment logo details, as well. Keep in mind that logos require initial molding and thus come at an extra cost.

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Logo add-ons are charged independently taking into account factors such as logo complexity.

All costs will be detailed prior to check out.


Step 10

After all the files have been submitted, click on Submit and you will be taken to the payment page. This page details all costs and surcharges (if any).

If you exit this page or proceed with your payment details, you will be directed to your dashboard.

If you don’t have the full monty on your design specifications and technical details, we strongly recommend that you simply exit the page without finalizing your payment.

This won’t erase your progress but will simply save everything you have completed so far and allow the design and manufacturing teams to take a look at all the information that you have uploaded and get back to you on the feasibility of launching the collection.


Step 11

Once you are taken back to the dashboard, you can click on the Message icon to get in touch with one of our team members. Alternatively, if you want to make changes or add-ons to your existing style, click on the three dots (More).


screenshot of dashboard in custom styles package

Lastly, if you want to start afresh and create a new style, click on ‘Create New Sample Style’ and the process will start from the top.


We have also created guides for our Ready Styles and Manufacturing packages as well, to give you step by step instructions on how to place orders.

Runway Kit offers fashion designers and entrepreneurs the option to design, sample and manufacture in smaller, flexible quantities – all at start-up friendly, transparent costs.

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