Essential Items For New Clothing Retail Businesses
Opening up your own clothing store is exciting and stressful in equal measure. Before opening the doors up to the baying public, you need to make sure that your retail business is adequately equipped. Here is a brief guide to some of the essential items you’ll need when running a new clothing store.
No clothing shop would be complete without a selection of garment rails. Garment rails are an elegant and extremely practical method of storing large selections of clothing. Their provision for large quantities of clothing means that you can avoid the problem of having to restock the shop floor constantly and ensure that stockrooms are not absolutely stuffed full of boxes.
Rails would be somewhat useless without hangers. Unless you are running an especially high-end business, you are not going to need to get particularly expensive hangers. Simplicity is the name of the game. Wire hangers are more practical and far more recyclable than plastic examples. Joan Crawford may have disapproved of them, but they remain the best option for hanging clothes cheaply and elegantly.
We live in an increasingly cashless society. Debit cards are the most popular method of payment in 2021. Contactless debit card payment can be achieved by using modern cards or smartphones connected to bank accounts. Every retail business needs to have a contactless card reader. Multiple companies make contactless readers that accept sim cards. These do not need to be paired with an expensive and complex till system, and can instead by connected to a phone or tablet.
Mirrors are essential in clothing shops. Customers need to be able to visualize how they would look in the clothing sold in store. A multitude of mirrors allows for an easy personal fashion show. Changing rooms need to have multiple mirrors in each cubicle so that customers can get an idea of how their entire body looks.
It is all very well displaying your clothes in bins, baskets or on hangars. Clothes can be made to look great when draped or folded, but these display methods don’t give customers any idea of what products might look like on their bodies. Mannequins are the traditional method of displaying clothes in a realistic fashion.
Mannequins have an immensely long history. A human bust that may have been used as a mannequin was found in King Tutankhamen’s ancient tomb in Egypt. Early modern designers used to display their clothing on headless dress dollies. The first truly modern mannequin that accurately represented an entire human body was popularized in France in the 1870s.
Today, mannequins are produced in a variety of shapes and sizes. Mannequins with the proportions of children and adults of all genders and body shapes can be acquired. Depending on the type of retail shop that is being equipped, a variety of mannequin shapes should be bought in order to give varied customers an idea of how clothing will look on their bodies.