The Mentoring Program

The Fashion Production mentorship program is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to turn their passion for fashion into a concrete reality. This comprehensive course will give you insight into the essential steps and processes involved in producing fashion items in small to medium quantities. Whether you’re an aspiring designer, looking to start your own clothing production or a buyer who wants to better understand the production process, this course will give you the tools you need to succeed in the fashion world.

During the course, you will develop tech packs that are ready to be put into production. It will also cover how to choose the right production facilities based on quality, capacity and adherence to ethical standards, how to adapt and modify your designs to meet market needs, how to handle logistics, supply chain management and financial aspects of fashion production, and much more.

The fashion industry is a rapidly changing landscape dominated by the urgent need to reform production practices to become more agile, cleaner and smarter. This course will therefore equip you with key skills and knowledge essential for success in fashion production in a dynamic and competitive industry.

Software

Along the way, we will work with graphic software. All software is either free or can be downloaded for a trial period.

These are the programs we use:

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator

No knowledge required

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop

No knowledge required

Requirements

  • Participants must have basic computer skills
  • Participants must have access to a computer with an internet connection.
  • Participants should have a clear idea of their brand and products.

Yield

By the end of the mentoring program, you will have achieved the following:

  • You will have developed practical knowledge of small to medium volume fashion production.
  • You will have an in-depth understanding of pricing architecture and strategies.
  • You'll be up to date with modern challenges in fashion manufacturing, including overseas production and ethical manufacturing.
  • You will be familiar with a wide range of industry-relevant factory terminology.
  • You will understand the importance of fashion forecasting in relation to manufacturing processes.
  • You will have developed your own collection ready for production.

Inclusive

  • Directory of over 300 reliable verified manufacturers and suppliers of clothing and footwear, from 18 countries worldwide including references, customers, contact details and more.
  • List of worldwide printing companies and embroidery developers.
  • 500+ Vector mockup templates (.ai files) for the product categories - Menswear, Womenswear, Kidswear, Babywear, Tops, Shirts, Blouses, Jackets, Coats, Skirts, Pants, Lingerie, Underwear, Swimwear, Leather Goods, Bags, Shoes/Sneakers, Activewear, Sportswear, Outerwear, Formalwear, Fabrics, Streetwear and a lot of accessories.
  • Tech Pack templates (.ai files) that can be used to develop tech packs.
  • Email template to contact manufacturers and suppliers.

Support Schemes

There are various ways to get financial support for courses, programs and counseling. Your options depend on your current situation and whether you are unemployed, employed or already self-employed with your own CVR number.

Applicable if you have a CVR + minimum 2 full-time employees.

Applicable if you have a Danish CVR number, 0-249 employees and at least one closed financial statement

Applicable if you have a Danish CVR number, have growth ambitions of at least 500.000 DKK in revenue within max. 2 years and have an interest in unlocking or strengthening a green potential.

If you are employed and covered by a collective agreement, you can get support for competence development.

A-Kasse or Jobcenter

If you are unemployed, you may be eligible for courses through your unemployment insurance fund (A-Kasse) or jobcenter. It is your caseworker or jobcenter consultant who decides if you can be approved for a course with us. You should therefore contact your local job center or unemployment insurance fund to find out more about your eligibility for one of our courses.

Course Certificate

Once you have successfully completed our course at SAFD, you will receive a course certificate confirming your completion of the course and its modules. This certificate will strengthen your CV and expand your career opportunities, and it will symbolize your dedication, skills and knowledge of the course’s professional content.

Mentor

Mats Beckman

Mats has been working with production processes in the fashion industry for more than a decade and has launched several fashion companies. Mats is also an award-winning designer and has received much recognition for his previous work.

Contents

This module will introduce you to technical drawings and specifications that are essential for communicating design ideas to the production team. You will learn how to translate creative designs into detailed technical documents. This includes measurements, sketches, materials, seam types and all other necessary information to achieve an accurate production process.

Here you will learn how to create style sheets that contain all the necessary information about design, measurements and materials. Style sheets are important as they act as a guide for the production team and ensure that each product is consistent with the original design.

This module focuses on evaluating and selecting the right production facilities based on quality, capacity and compliance with ethical standards. You will learn how to analyze production sites, understand the technical capabilities and ensure they meet the necessary ethical standards for sustainable fashion production.

You’ll dive into the customization process and understand how you can adapt and change designs to meet market needs. This includes responding to trends, customer demands and changes in the fashion industry while still maintaining the core identity of the design.

This module covers the importance of providing clear care instructions for clothing products and materials. You will learn how to identify the correct care instructions based on materials and construction, which is essential to ensure product longevity and quality.

You will learn about logistics, supply chain management and financial aspects of fashion production. This includes understanding inventory management, delivery methods, costing and financial planning for the successful production and distribution of apparel products.

This module will explore different textile materials and testing procedures that are essential for product development. You will learn about different textile types, their properties and how to create prototypes and samples to test and evaluate design concepts.

You will understand how to create private label products and customize them to customer needs. This involves creating products with another company’s branding, and you’ll learn how to customize designs, labels and marketing to meet specific customer requirements.

This module covers production management, including scheduling and quality control to achieve the highest production standards. You will learn how to organize the production process, implement quality control methods and ensure that products are in accordance with set specifications.

You will gain insight into the buying and selling process in the fashion industry and learn about pricing strategies. This includes understanding how to source raw materials, negotiate contracts with suppliers and how to strategically price products to achieve profitability in the market.

This module allows participants to receive individual guidance from the mentor, where any questions and challenges are addressed and resolved.

Process

1. Startup, Planning and Structuring

This is the initial phase where a plan is created in collaboration with the mentor to identify the participant's goals, wants and needs. This will cover design briefs, market research, color charts, material selection, fashion forecasting, cost management, product lifecycle, technical details and more.

2. Design and Development

In this phase, we work on the design and development of the tech pack with a focus on visual appeal and functionality as well as the implementation of textiles, baths, buttons, zippers, features, details, variants, etc.

3. Optimization and Launch

Here we will get tech packs ready to be sent to production, and we will review production strategies and manufacturing processes. This involves reviewing supply chains, consumer needs, etc.

Who is the course for?

This course is tailored for a broad audience who want to learn how to create a collection and get it produced. We have room for all levels and you follow along at your own pace.

Designer, Creative or Artist


This course is for those who are interested in fashion or want to work in the fashion industry. You will receive thorough guidance and effective knowledge. This can apply to design students, freelance designers, fashion designers and for anyone who wants to start their own fashion brand.

Entrepreneurs and startups


Individuals who want to launch their own fashion brand and need to develop tech packs to put a collection into production. It can also be startups that want to optimize their current production process.

Small and medium-sized businesses


Established fashion companies looking to expand their production and upgrade their existing production processes. It can also be fashion companies that want to streamline their production or want to develop specific functions, details, etc. for their products.

What is being made?

The course can result in a fully developed collection that is ready to be produced. The course will take you through the entire process of clothing manufacturing, from concept to production, and explore key areas within the dynamic world of fashion production.

"I participated in the Fashion Production mentorship program and it was an amazing experience. The program gave me an in-depth understanding of the process of developing a collection and I received invaluable help in producing my collection. This course has been an eye-opener!"

– Cecilie, Copenhagen

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Questions and Answers

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Yes, you can split the payment into 2 installments so you don’t have to pay the full amount at sign up.

Mentoring is a structured and goal-oriented process where our mentor works closely with you to help you develop a fully developed collection that is ready to go into production.

Throughout the process, there will be meetings, reviews and workshops that are customized and planned according to your needs and wishes.

Everyone is welcome! Whether you’re a beginner, have had tech packs made before or already have experience in the fashion industry.

Yes, throughout the entire process there is the opportunity for personal 1-1 sparring, meetings, workshops, etc. where you can get help, ask questions, develop concepts or if you want sparring in relation to the specific project.

No, you follow along at the pace and time that feels best for you. At the first meeting, we develop a plan that is tailored to your needs and wishes. Therefore, there is no requirement for you to be ready at a specific time, as our desire is always to create a learning setup that feels calm and flexible for you.

We develop tech packs and line sheets in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop may in some cases be used to develop graphics, prints, etc.

It is not necessary for students to have knowledge of the programs mentioned, as we will show how they can be used specifically for the relevant tasks. If you are familiar with the programs, the course will be adapted to the needs of the participants.

The course is designed around the latest Adobe Creative Cloud version of Illustrator, but you can still follow the course with older versions of Illustrator as many of the techniques will be the same. However, please note that there may be features that will not be available in older versions.

Adobe Illustrator can vary in price depending on whether you are a student, teacher, company employee or self-employed. and typically cost from 150 kr. and up. However, Adobe often runs promotions, so you’ll also be able to get it at an even lower price during selected periods. You can see more about pricing here.