In continuation of what I was working on yesterday, I got us as far as the production of cloth, and we saw how many pairs of hands went into the process to that point. But we aren't even halfway there.
Once cloth is manufactured it must be purveyed to designers and makers of clothing. Which means sales people, people who make up sample kits, and of course transport people who ship the purchased goods to whatever assembly facility has bought them. Along with them are the designers, finally, who either look at the textiles and are inspired by them, or have an inspiration based on something else, and source the correct fabrics to realize their thought. Very often designers work in teams, not solo, especially at the upper end of the apparel industry. Few couturiers, for example, work entirely alone in their design and decision process.
Only now, once the design is finalized, do we get close to the assembly process. But wait, there's yet another intervening step. Buttons, zippers, snaps, velcro, interfacing, thread, studs, boning, trims, and embellishments of all sorts must be sourced from their various makers, and gotten to the factory. Still more hands, hundreds of them, really, when you think of all the different things coming from different places.
Other people come by each station and collect completed pieces, and take them to yet other workers who continue the assembly process, till the garment is finally done.
From there the chain goes like this:
Packers: who pin, insert those annoying pieces of cardboard here and there, and bag the finished article
Boxers: who take the packaged goods and crate them for shipping.
Drivers: who transport the goods to their next stop, a warehouse, or a shop.
Receiving clerks: who unpack and price the goods for sale.
Stock workers: who get the goods to the salesfloor.
Display workers: who arrange the clothing for maximum appeal, and shopability.
Salespeople: who help us in the final decisions of purchase, and then bag our choices for us.