Starting a Retail Clothing Business

If you are thinking to start your business but don’t know what kind of business to start off with, then you need to think what your interests are. If fashion trends and clothing are just some of the things which always make you on the lookout for, then you need to venture into the retail clothing business.

This is a very lucrative and ideal one since clothes are always what people look for everyday.

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The best thing about this business is that you can sell your designs, find a supplier or be a franchise of a clothing store. Whichever business option you choose, make sure that it will be the best one to work for you. To succeed, you just need to exert all your effort in the financial, operational and marketing processes of your business. By doing so, you will always be able to produce money and continue your passion for fashion.

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The first thing you need to do is make a decision on what market you are going to focus on. This means narrowing down your clothing products to kids, women or men. You also need to ask yourself whether you will be targeting high-end shoppers or just sell affordable clothes. And lastly, you also need to determine the type of clothes you will sell such as new or vintage clothes.

You also need to identify on where and how you will be able to get clothes to sell. In choosing the best option, you need to consider several factors such as your ability to design clothes, finding fabric suppliers, looking for a franchise store which specializes in a certain brand or signature, the agreed cost of the clothes to be supplied and many more.

Next, you need to find the most ideal store location where there is high traffic of people and potential clients. You also need to consider the demographics because this needs to match your target market. If you are planning to sell clothes to high-end customers, then you need to put up your clothing store in a place where there are wealthy people. But if you target the common people, then you need to sell your vintage clothes in shopping districts.

After deciding upon on every aspect of your business, the business plan must be created. For you to easily draft it, you can check out the templates which are offered for free at the website of the Small Business Administration. By drafting a plan, you will be able to foresee the potential risks and problems before they appear. In addition, this can also be used for you to obtain financing. Through the Small Business Administration, you can apply for any business loans.

Next, you can already produce or buy your inventory. In buying them, you need to make sure to get the best deals because you will be able to cut costs effectively. After being done in the inventory buying, you need to get the required business licenses and permits.

The last part of the business is marketing your products with the use of a great promotional strategy.


  • Keith said on June 30, 2011
    we need to find out what license and permits do we need for our store we are opening up a sneaker store, we will be carrying belts, socks, shirts, hats, and more in Queens NY
  • jerry howard said on November 30, 2011
    My name is jerry in i'm thinking about starting my own clothing business acc. in i don't have a building yet. What type of business license i need to sale clothes;shoes etc. out of my car and yard sales' until i get my own building? Rock Hill South Carolina. United States
  • naveenyalanki said on December 27, 2011
    i want to start in LA, CA, USA, which is the best place you suggest
  • asif iqbal said on December 29, 2011
    i want to start a small boutique in mangalore india. i want to have an idea on the license requirements, taxes and other government requirements.
  • Rahasya said on May 22, 2012
    I want to start my clothing shop the main target would be i want to sell only kurtas. i would like to have branded kurtis like, Aureli, Melong, Biba, W ect.. but how do i contact them & on what terms should i sel them.
  • Rozana said on May 30, 2012
    Our company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is manufacturing men, women and children's apparels. Just recently, we plan to expand our business out of Asia. Currently, our clients are from Japan and Singapore. We accept small quantity orders of minimum 200pcs. Please email me at for more information. Thank you.
  • Bridget said on February 16, 2013
    Hi, I am thinking of starting a clothing shop in Johannesburg, South Africa. I want to know how do I connect with wholesalers or manufacturers-up to the stage of getting my own label.
  • jiya peetambur said on March 18, 2013
    Hi am opening a clothing boutique in Mauritius .I want to know what shall I do to connect with suppliers and wholesales specially for women's with my own tag my my shop logo.
  • daphine said on March 19, 2013
    hi.i design and make modern african clothing,i would like to open up A shop in south africa.....where do i start?
  • amanda said on May 11, 2013
    Hi I'm wanting to open a small retail studio selling branded clothing like Ralph Lauren, would I need any kind of license to do this , thank you Amanda NR Manchester England
  • Sajid said on July 18, 2013
    Hello guys, I started my own brand, i manufacture casual shirts with ultimate color combination. i use Chinese fabric (100% breathable cotton) In order to start retail clothing first you need to have contacts with the whole sellers and manufacturers. Email -
  • jaikishan chellani said on August 26, 2013
    having retail boutique in the prime location at maninagar ahmedabad and selling ladies kurties and unstitched dress materials in retail and also selling ladies bottom wear like patialas and leggings.
  • chitra said on October 8, 2013
    hi i want to start women clothes esp sarees both retail and do works on sarees and chudi materials in chennai i need loan initially to start from home
  • janelle Carlyle said on April 15, 2014
    I am looking to represent clothing lines in a wholesale gift mart showroom in minneapolis, mn, I am new to having a showroom.
  • vishal s pathak said on April 24, 2014
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  • V Suresh Kumar said on April 21, 2015
    Dear Sir/Madam, I wish to start a retail clothing store in Coimbatore, India. Please suggest me ideas how to go about it with respect to buying good quality clothes at cheap rates and target women and kids. Awaiting a quick reply. Thanks & Regards, V Suresh Kumar
  • Mallikarjun said on October 1, 2015
    Dear Sir/Madam, I wish to start a retail clothing store in Bangalore.Please suggest me ideas how to go about it with respect to buying good quality clothes at Best rates and target mens denims, women were and kids. how i will get loan also.Awaiting a quick reply. Thanks & Regards, Mallikarjun
  • Kripa Shankar said on March 28, 2016
    Dear Sir/Madam, I wish to start a retail clothing store in Patna, Bihar. Please suggest me ideas how to go about it with respect to buying good quality clothes at Best rates and target mens wear, women wear and kids. how i will get loan also.Awaiting a quick reply. Thanks & Regards - Kripa Shankar.
  • Helen Henshaw said on May 19, 2018
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