What is Top of Production (TOP)?

Before you order in bulk, you will have to approve your TOP. TOP stands for “top of production” and is a set of sample that is taken off the line during your first production run. Top of production is the final sample stage that happens during production where you get to see what your line will look like before it reaches your customers. Be sure to bring your pre-production sample so that you can inspect the quality of your TOP.

TOP can get expensive based on how many styles, color and sizes you are producing. You can save money by keeping your TOP percentage very low. For small batch order, only request one or two garments for each variation. Once you are comfortable with the top of production sample, you give the manufacturer approval to proceed with bulk production.

Preparation for Production


If you are excited to start building your product but don’t how to begin, don’t be intimidated! Maker’s Row offers a suite of introductory courses for first-time designers. If you want detailed instructions through the pre-production and production processes, pre-register for our Prototyping 101, and register for ourProduction 101 and Sourcing 101 courses. Our Academy distributes these educational guides for free! Over the duration of each course, expect a new lesson in your inbox each day.

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