Like most DE's, I can't meet the fabric minimums that most suppliers require. In some cases I can piggy back with other designers. But for most of my fabrics I have to buy from jobbers. Even then jobbers require certain purchasing behavior to remain in good standing. In other words, you must meet a dollar minimum with each purchase and a total dollar minimum per year. The yearly minimum would amount to about 500 yards of fabric.
The most frustrating experience is going through the pre-qualifying process as a buyer. To buy at wholesale you must supply a copy of your business/seller's permit license. That isn't too unusual. But one jobber is requiring me to fill out a 2 page application. I have no idea what is on the application as I am still waiting for it to arrive.
I am not applying for credit or terms. I will be paying for everything in cash (bank card). Do they want my money or not?
I am thinking it may be simpler to travel to LA and buy everything off the street.
[bangs head against the wall]