The Ultimate Guide to Fashion Design Industry Terminology & Abbreviations

The fashion industry is intimidating. And if you don’t know the right technical terms, you can embarrass yourself.

Maybe you’ve found yourself in acronym and terminology overload…tech pack, BOM, graded spec, block, CF, HPS, DNTS. What do all these words mean…and do you need to know all of them?

It can feel overwhelming. Which is why I made this guide for you.

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What’s in the guide?

The guide is broken into 4 parts that take you from initial concept through bulk production. Don’t need to know it all? Jump around:
READ PART 1: DESIGN & PLANNING

Terms used during the design process:

  • Fashion flat, tech sketch, tech pack
  • BOM, graded spec, UOM, POM
  • Color standard, colorway, Pantone

READ PART 2: THE GARMENT & CONSTRUCTION

Reference your product with these common abbreviations:

  • HPS, CP, CF, CB
  • SNTS, DNTS, CS, TPST
  • SPI, SA, GG

READ PART 3: MANUFACTURING

Communicate with factories and sound like a pro:

  • FPP, CMT, COO
  • Lab dip, head end, strike off
  • Proto, PP sample, TOP sample

READ PART 4: COSTING & SHIPPING

Make sure your costs are kept in check and you know what you’re getting.

  • Duty, HTS code, FF
  • FOB, DDP, LDP, FGP

The Ultimate Guide to Fashion Industry Terminology & Abbreviations by Sew Heidi

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