Product Development + Production
Created on:
January 5, 2021

What is a Tech Pack?

Like an architect needs a blueprint, designers needs a thorough tech pack for successful production runs. A tech pack is a collection of information that allows someone to recreate your product. You can think of this as a blueprint for the design. Tech packs can include a lot of things including material information, a cutter’s list, and flat drawings.

Why do I need a tech pack?

Tech packs should be the manifestation of everything that is in your head for the design you want to create in document form. Manufacturers, partners, collaborators, graders need a tech pack to most accurately give you a TIME and PRICE for creating the item. Without a tech pack, you increase the risk for errors and miscommunication amongst your team and production partners.

OK - so what's in a tech pack?

Everyone creates slightly different tech packs but, at N.A.bld, we have standardized the tech pack to make organizing your designs and working with manufacturers easier and more efficient.

Here are our tech pack components:

  • Garment description (including shopper description, your style number, sizing etc.)
  • Product photos of garment (flatlays and lookbook)
  • Tag placement information
  • Fabric sourcing information
  • Notion sourcing information
  • Trim sourcing information
  • Stitching details
  • Call out details with photos of your sample garment (construction details and callouts including soft tag placement)
  • Cutter’s must details (also known as a cutter’s list)
  • Flat drawings (also known as a technical drawing. Can be either hand or computer drawn)
  • Pattern and marker upload

What's even better? With this standardized tech pack, it's easy to fill in the missing information whether you're a seasoned designer or you have never done a tech pack before!

Unlike other production lifecycle management tools and inventory management systems for brands, we also include a special section called ‘Sell’ information. This is where designers can add additional notes relevant to the garment’s sales method and logistics like packaging cost per unit. This allows brands to more accurately measure per unit cost and model their margins.

Interested in building your first tech pack? Get started on our free trial and let us know what you think!