9 Clothing MLM Companies To Sew Into A Downline Business

Hey there Sea Changers… Recently I have been looking into the world of Multi Level Marketing (a.k.a Network Marketing) to see if there are some online business opportunities there. One traditional area that has been building a little in this space recently is within Fashion and Clothing. So, in order to make things a little easier for those of you interested in checking this out, I have created an outline below of the clothing MLM companies that I have found in my travels. Let’s check them out below:

Note: I am not a member of the any of the programs listed here (and hence make no commissions from any of the links included within this post). The reason for this is that I prefer to write these posts based on what a newbie would be seeing if they were interested in joining – that way I feel I can make a better judgement on what it is that these companies are offering within their programs.

What is MLM?

Multi-level marketing (MLM) programs are the traditional mainstay of the ‘party plan’ world of products such as Tupperware, Mary Kay and Amway etc. and, of course within the beauty/cosmetics, supplements and essential oils markets. It is not as prevalent within the clothing industry but as MLMs have become more popular in recent times – mainly due to the fact that much of the sales and marketing is now being managed online – companies in other niches are starting to get in on the action.

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The ‘multi level’ aspects of MLM come from its hierarchical nature in which you make commissions based not only on those that you sell to, but also the sales of those whom you ‘sign’ into membership arrangements as well.

In short, the process works as follows:

  1. You join the program, either via referral from another person (known as your up line) or directly through their website.
  2. You promote the products of the company via parties, workshops or online.
  3. As you make sales, you offer incentives to your customers to sign up as a member of the program (there are different names for this but they all mean the same thing).
  4. That new member is then placed ‘underneath’ you in a hierarchical arrangement (known as your down line).
  5. You, and a number of levels of your up line, then gain extra commissions for everything they sell as well.
  6. If they manage to refer their customers into memberships, they also become a member of your down line allowing you to make up line commissions as well.

The number of levels of your up and down lines will vary depending on the program you have joined. Commission rates will also change as your down line grows or contracts and many will also offer other incentives such as total company sales percentages and/or access to membership prizes as your own business grows.

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How do they calculate commissions?

When it comes to the earning of money via MLM, most programs manage their downline commissions and rankings via the calculation of Personal Volume (PV) points (there are different definitions of this such as Commission, Business or Group Volume (GV) but they all mean the same thing). Most MLM programs manage it this way in that commissions are paid on the points assigned to a product rather than the entire sales total. For example, if a product retails for $100 and has a 50PV rating (these generally vary from product to product) then the commission is calculated on the $50 purchase only. So if a commission rate for a product is 20% then it will generate a $10 payment to the sponsor (i.e. 20% of the $50 commissionable amount).

PV calculations can range from 1 point per $1 up to 1 per $1.50 or even $2. Obviously the closer to the dollar mark the calculation the better. In addition, most programs assign minimum PV sales per month – either personally or via customer sales – in order to qualify for commissions. Payments and rankings are then also calculated based on the total PV of the member, and their downline.

Clothing and Fashion MLM Programs

Ok, let’s have a look (in no particular order)…

cabi

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Originally called ‘Carol Anderson by Invitation’, cabi describes itself as “a company for women by women” and was founded in 2001 when Carol Anderson and Kimberley Inskeep started to talk about how women needed both a better way to shop and a better way to work. From there, with the phrase, “…Affect lives through relationships” as their mantra, they asked 10 like-minded friends to brainstorm with them and cabi was born. Based in the U.S, cabi has grown from those original 12 founders to generate over $250 million in revenue in 2016. It operates in the U.S, U.K and Canada.

Ok, so we can keep this simple – cabi sell women’s fashion. Their product range can be purchased in three categories – Casual, Dressy and Work – and includes:

  • Dresses
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Jackets
  • Denim
  • Plus Size
  • Sweaters
  • Accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes

Item costs appear to fall into the low to medium price range of around $50 to $100 per piece.

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The cabi clothing MLM program calls their members ‘Stylists’ who are part of what appears to be an extremely simple program with a basic retail and downline commission structure. Here are the basics as I have found them…

Base Commission rate: 25% to 33%

Down line commission rates: 8 – 2% to four levels (level 1 down line is 8%)

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

Monthly sales bonus threshold are as follows:

  • 800 in personal qualifying volume (PQV) during Launch, first and second seasons,
  • 2,500 during third and fourth seasons
  • 3,500 during fifth season and beyond.

Payment terms: Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

New stylists are required to purchase a seasonal ‘collection’ in order to become active. From what I can see there are two options:

  • Introductory Collection: $USD 1000 (available for first two seasons only)
  • Seasonal Collection: $USD 2500

Ongoing seasonal collection purchases are required (see below re sell off of last season collections).

Marketing materials provided: Free starter kit which includes a cabi curtain, garment dividers, rack, order forms, invitations and envelopes, and invitation inserts. Personalised website and training.

Read more about the cabi MLM program here


Matilda Jane Clothing

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Matilda Jane Clothing (MJC) was founded in 2006 by Denise Demarchis and is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana in the United States. The company promotes its “whimsical approach to texture, pattern, and colour results in designs that are youthful, playful, and expressive”.

Matilda Jane Clothing sells a complete range of apparel to suit all ages. Their product line is quite decent with ranges in the following categories:

  • Girls
  • Baby
  • Tween
  • Women
  • Boys
  • Swim
  • Pajamas
  • Play

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Item costs appear to fall into the low to medium price range of around $20 to $100 per piece. As an extra sales opportunity, MJC also offers a smaller range of accessories and homewares including:

  • Shoes
  • Towels
  • Hats
  • Bags
  • Blankets
  • Bedding
  • Baby kits

The Matilda Jane MLM program calls their members ‘Trunk Keepers’ who are part of what appears to be an extremely simple and perhaps ‘old school’ program with a basic retail and downline commission structure. Here are the basics as I have found them…

Base Commission rate:

  • 20% on commissionable products
  • 5% on good luck trunk merchandise
  • 5% on platinum merchandise

Down line commission rates: 1 – 9% to four levels (level 1 down line for initial rank is 4%)

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

Monthly sales thresholds are tiered dependent upon rank but start at $1500 up to $4000 in commissional sales volume (CSV) per month.

Payment terms: Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

New Trunk Keepers are required to purchase a seasonal ‘trunk’ in order to become active. The initial outlay for this is $1600 and includes girls clothing and accessories, promotional items and marketing materials, rack, and hangers.

Ongoing seasonal collection purchases are required to be used for display and try-ons during in-home trunk shows. These sample lines have a retail value ranging from $8000 -$10,000, but are offered to our Trunk Keepers at cost. Previous seasonal trunks cannot be used in the current season.

Marketing materials provided: Personalised website and training.

Read more about the Matilda Jane MLM program here


Essential Bodywear

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Essential Bodywear (EBW) was founded in 2003 by Carrie Charlick and Marcia Negiro after it became apparent to them that bra shopping was a “major bummer” for women. From that day forward, they have utilised their direct selling party plan model “to help with one of life’s biggest downers and make shopping for bras, panties, and shapewear fun and easy”. EBW is based in Michigan in the U.S.

Essential Bodywear, as the name may suggest, sells a complete range of undergarments that can be custom fitted to the needs of women of all sizes. Their product range includes:

  • Bras
  • Panties
  • Workout wear
  • Shape wear
  • Maternity undergarments
  • Accessories

Item costs appear to fall into the medium price range of around $50 to $100 per piece.

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The Essential Bodywear MLM program calls their members ‘EBW Representatives’ who are part of an extremely simple and perhaps ‘old school’ program with a basic retail structure only. It should be noted here that whilst I have seen ‘rumours’ of a downline commission arrangement within my research, I have not been able to locate any figures and/or commission rates anywhere so for this post, I am assuming that there are none (would love for any comments below if they can be located somewhere). So on that note, here are the basics as I have found them…

Base Commission rate: 25 – 37% on commissionable products on retail sales

Down line commission rates: None

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

None.

Payment terms: Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

New EBW Representatives are required to purchase a starter kit in order to become active. The initial outlay for this is $199 for the basic kit or $499 for the builders kit.

Although I cannot see it anywhere, I am assuming that (based on other clothing MLM programs), that ongoing seasonal collection purchases are required to be used for display and try-ons during in-home fittings/shows.

Marketing materials provided: Personalised website and training.

Read more about the Essential Bodywear MLM program here


J. Hilburn

J. Hilburn MLM Review - Opportunity

J.Hilburn was founded in 2007 by Hil Davis and Veeral Rathod who have built a company that “obsessively re-engineered menswear to provide men with a custom-made wardrobe that fits”.  They work to core values of:

  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Love Life

J. Hilburn is based in Dallas/Fort Worth in the United States.

J.Hilburn sell high end, luxury custom-made men’s fashion. Their product range can be purchased under two brands (J. Hilburn and Hilburn) and includes:

  • Suits
  • Sportcoats
  • Trousers
  • Shirts
  • Knits
  • Casual Pants
  • Outerwear
  • Sweaters
  • Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Belts
  • Bags
  • Leather Goods
  • Formal Wear

Item costs are definitely within the high end range of the price scale with suits starting at around $600 for Hilburn and $900 for J. Hilburn lines.

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The J. Hilburn MLM program calls their members ‘Stylists’ who are part of what appears to be a fairly standard program with a basic retail and downline commission structure as well as a couple of bonus options. Here are the basics as I have found them …

Base Commission rate: 10% to 25% (Tiered based on sales volume)

Down line commission rates: 2 – 4.5% to eight levels (level 1 down line is 2.5%)

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

Monthly sales bonus threshold are as follows:

  • $500 – $3000 dependent upon rank

Stylists must also complete training tasks to rise to the first commission qualifying rank.

Payment terms: Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

New stylists are required to purchase one of two starter kits

  • The Standard Tool Kit ($500) includes Essential Shirting Books & Suiting Binder, Measuring Tools, Accessories, Limited Edition Stylist Lookbook and Limited Edition Fabrics.
  • The Digital Tool Kit ($199) includes Measuring Tools, Limited Edition Stylist Lookbook and access to all of the same fabrics, but through digital medium (Electronic devices not included).

There is no mention of ongoing seasonal collection purchases which is common with clothing MLMs so I would suggest checking into that further before signing up.

Marketing materials provided: Proprietary back office business tools, formalised training platform with personal mentoring.

Read more about the J. Hilburn MLM program here

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Youngevity

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Youngevity was established in 2001 by Dr. Joel Wallach who has based company operations on the philosophies that centre on one crucial question: “How can we live younger, longer?”.  The company is based in Chula Vista, California in the United States with operations in 16 countries worldwide.

Youngevity has a large array of products across a number of product lines including fashion – In fact this is one of the largest array of products I have seen in an MLM. There is a so much there that for the purposes of this post, I will list the main categories only – starting with Fashion obviously:

Fashion

  • Apparel
  • Nails
  • Jewelry
  • Hand Bags & Accessories

Their other product ranges include:

Nutrition/Supplements

  • Healthy Body Paks
  • FX Products
  • Targeted Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Proline
  • Nutritional Beverage
  • Energy & Performance

Household and Family

  • Cleaning
  • Dishware
  • Garden
  • Laundry Care
  • Pet Care

Food and Beverage

  • Beverages
  • Shakes & Bars
  • Nutritional Packs & Programs
  • Sweet Treats
  • Spices
  • Vinegars
  • Super Foods

Spa and Beauty

  • Face
  • Eyes
  • Nails
  • Lips
  • Bath & Body
  • Skin Care
  • Dental Care
  • Tools & Accessories

Home Essentials

  • Blends
  • Single Oils
  • Kits & Collections
  • Relaxation & Therapeutic
  • Carrier Oils
  • Tools & Supplies
  • Diffusers & Accessories
  • Roller Bottles

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The Youngevity MLM program calls their members Distributors. Their compensation plan is directly available on their site (with a little searching) and contains a fairly simple program with a basic retail and downline commission structure as well as a few bonuses along the way. Here are the basics as I have found them…

Discount: 20 – 30% for Distributors

Base Commission rate: 20 – 30% (based on retail sales on discounts above)

Down line commission rates: 2 – 8% to 9 levels (Level 1 downline commissions 5%)

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

  • Distributors are required to generate at least 50 PQV to qualify for commissions – this can be made of personal or customer sales.

Payment terms: Weekly and Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form with first purchase

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

Membership enrollment fee – $30 – then $49.95 annually

A Business builder kit is also required at time of enrollment – prices range from $USD30 – 499.

Marketing materials provided: Welcome Pack, Replicated website, access to an experienced Business Coach

Read more about the Youngevity MLM Program here


Stella & Dot

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Stella & Dot, whose mission is “To give every woman the means to style her own life” was founded in 2003 by Jessica Herrin and Blythe Harris after listening to some Mary Kay consultants in an elevator. Named after their Grandmothers, the company is built on hand crafted products with a plan to allow women “be their own boss, on their own terms”. Stella & Dot is based in the United States.

Stella & Dot operates within the women’s fashion industry (with some cosmetics thrown in for good measure) with a large and interesting array of products including:

Jewelry

  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Rings
  • Personalised and customised options
  • Fine jewelry
  • Charm jewelry – in every possible way, shape and form

Bags and Accessories

  • Travel
  • Everyday
  • Totes
  • Leather
  • Wallets
  • Companions
  • Scarfs
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats

Clothing

  • Tops
  • Layerings
  • Bottoms

Beauty

  • Skincare
  • Makeup

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Item costs appear to fall into the medium price range of around $50 to $400 per piece.

The Stella & Dot MLM program calls their members ‘Ambassadors’ who are part of a fairly straight forward program incorporating tiered and unilevel commissions as well as a small number of bonus payments. Their compensation plan is not as easy to locate on their website as some others (I had to do an online search) however here are the basics…

Base Commission rate: 20 – 40% – based on monthly sales figures

Down line commission rates: 4 – 8% to 9 levels – Ambassadors must achieve rank of ‘Squad Sales Coach’ to qualify for downline commissions.

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

To qualify for down line commissions, Ambassadors must meet minimum sales volumes of between 1000 and 2000 PQV. This can be made up of personal and/or customer purchases made through the Ambassador’s personal account.

Payment terms: Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

New Stella & Dot Ambassadors are required to purchase a starter kit in order to become active. The initial outlay for this is $199 with a variety of kits available (kits are valued at $400).

Marketing materials provided: A personal online store, tools & apps, marketing materials.

Read more about the Stella & Dot MLM Program here


Agnes & dora

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Agnes & Dora was founded in 2013 by Buffy Bandley, a mother of two who has grown a humble, home based business into a forward thinking women’s fashion company.  Agnes & Dora (A&D) clothing is sold via a drop ship retail model with the design, manufacturing, warehousing, merchandising, and shipping of their product all managed in-house. The company is based in Lindon, Utah in the United States and promotes “exclusivity through kindness, acceptance, and self-empowerment”.

Ok, so the website itself really doesn’t list any of the apparel that is on offer (purchasers can only buy mystery boxes online). From what I can tell by looking at the pictures on the website and watching a few YouTube videos however, it looks like their range of women’s fashion includes:

  • Tops
  • Dresses
  • Cardigans
  • Pullovers
  • Tank Tops
  • Jump Suits

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There is no record of items cost for individual items however the mystery boxes appear to highlight products ranging at around the $40 mark per piece.

The Agnes & Dora MLM program calls their members ‘Brand Stylists’ who are part of what appears to be a fairly straight forward MLM program with a basic retail and downline commission structure and a few bonus options along the way. I could not see the compensation plan on the website as such however it did appear within a simple online search so here are the basics as I have found them…

Base Commission rate: 20 – 40%

Down line commission rates: 3 – 6% to three levels (level 1 down line for initial rank is 4%) – Rose Quartz Rank and higher

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

To earn commissions, Stylists need to remain ‘active’. To do this they must maintain a personal sales volume of at least 400PS per month – this rises dependent upon rank.

Payment terms: Weekly and Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

New Stylists are required to pay an enrollment fee of $199 (payable annually). This covers the costs of their back office and personalised website.

I could not however see any pre-purchase requirements in regards to stock or seasonal ‘trunks’.

Marketing materials provided: Personalised website, back office and training.

Read more about the Agnes & Dora MLM Program here


Ruby Ribbon

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With a vision to “change women’s life forever”, Ruby Ribbon was founded in 2011 by Anna Zornosa, with a plan to offer wireless comfort and support the like of which ere not available elsewhere. With a starting question of “Are you still wearing a bra?”, Ruby Ribbon offers Stylists access to the $18 Billion a year intimates market where they can work and succeed as entrepreneurs.  Ruby Ribbon is based in California in the United States.

Ruby Ribbon sells Camis and Demis. These are available in all sizes and designed to adapt to changes in body shape for a perfect fit every day. There are a number of different styles on offer including:

  • Second Skin
  • Pin-Up
  • Lace
  • Original
  • Sheer
  • Nursing
  • Light Support

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There is also a smaller range of swimwear and leggings as well. Item costs appear to fall into the low to medium price range of around $50 to $100 per piece.

The Ruby Ribbon MLM program calls their members ‘Stylists’ who are part of what appears to be an extremely simple program with a basic retail and downline commission structure. Their compensation plan (called a career plan) is available on their website (some in the career plan and the rest within a video) so here are the basics as I have found them…

Base Commission rate: 20% to 40% dependent upon rank

Down line commission rates: 1 – 6% to four levels (level 1 down line is 6% – rank Senior Leader and Above)

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

To qualify for downline commissions, Stylists are required to meet monthly sales targets of at least $750 per month. This can be made of personal or customer sales. Base 20% sales commissions however can be earned without the need to meet or maintain sales targets.

Payment terms: Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

New stylists are required to purchase one of three Starter kits as follows:

  • Mini Starter Kit – $149
  • Core Starter Kit – $249
  • Wardrobe Starter Kit – $399

Ongoing seasonal collection purchases are not required.

Marketing materials provided: Business supplies and personalised website supplied as part of starter kit purchase. Training and tracking also included.

Read more about the Ruby Ribbon MLM Program here


Peach

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Peach was founded by Janet Kraus and Derek Ohly on a “simple yet big idea that a fashion brand could help women elevate their every day”. Their focus is on the 20% of the wardrobe that women wear 80% of the time whether it be walking the dog, going to work or out to dinner.  Peach is based in Waltham, MA in the United States.

Peach work within the ‘athleasure’ wear realm of clothing with options for work, play and the gym. They offer a good range of fashion items within this area including:

  • Tops
    • Tanks
    • Tees
    • Long Sleeve
    • Sweaters
    • Wraps
  • Bottoms
    • Capris
    • Leggings
    • Shorts, Skorts and Skirts
    • Pants
  • Dresses and Rompers
  • Jackets
  • Sports Bras
  • Sleepwear
  • Panties
  • Accessories
    • Bags and Totes
    • Socks
    • Scarves
    • Water Bottles
    • Berets and Beanies
    • Jewelry

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Item costs appear to fall into the low to medium price range of around $30 to $100 per piece.

The Peach MLM program calls their members ‘Stylists’ who are part of what appears to be a simple program with a common retail and downline commission structure and a good number of bonus options included. Their compensation plan is available on their website so here are the basics as I have found them…

Base Commission rate: 20% to 25%

Stylist Discount: 40% (first 30 days) and up to 25% off thereafter

Down line commission rates: 3 – 10% to 3 levels (level 1 down line is 3% – rank Senior Stylist and above)

Minimum monthly spend to qualify for commissions

To qualify for downline commissions, Stylists are required to meet monthly PV targets of at least 500 per month. This can be made of personal or customer sales. Base 20% sales commissions however can be earned without the need to meet or maintain sales targets.

Payment terms: Monthly.

Application required?: Yes, Application form on website.

Purchase requirements to join: Yes

New stylists are required to purchase a Starter kits at a cost of $199 which includes:

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Ongoing seasonal collection purchases are not mandatory however the documentation does highlight discounts of 25 – 40% for the purchase of further samples for use within trunk parties or pop up events. The Peach website also ‘recommends’ that Stylists sample 8 to 10 pieces per season in a variety of sizes and showcase a few different fabrics and styles. It can be assumed from that that some further purchases of samples may be required to ensure demonstration stock is available at all times.

Marketing materials provided: As per starter kit above.

Read more about the Peach MLM Program here

How to find your own MLM programs

The sites above have hopefully provided you with a good cross section in regards to what is available within the world of fashion based MLM programs. That does not mean that you cannot find others that better suit what it is that you are trying to do within this space. Luckily for us, there is a simple way to find these programs online.

All you need to do is enter “MLM: niche type” into your search engine (substituting ‘niche type‘ for whatever product it is that you are choosing to sell). So to find possible MLM sites that offer clothing related products, you can try “MLM: clothing” within your search engine (Note: you will have to trawl through a lot of reviews – good and bad to find them – oh and MLM is actually a fashion label as well so some further searching may be required – I actually changed my search below):

clothing mlm

In most cases, you will need to apply for the program before you are allowed to promote their products – This is generally not as regimented as many affiliate marketing programs however if asked for more information don’t take this step lightly or you may be rejected. On top of the basic information, MLM programs may want to know:

  • Why you want to join
  • How you plan to promote their products.

Most platforms however will provide you with a good amount of promotional materials such as text links, ad banners, posters, guides, e-books and so on. Many even provide a personalised website within which to manage your sales.

Conclusion

So… There are some of the best Clothing MLM programs to work with in 2020. I hope it has been helpful for you as you commence your own online multi level marketing business and as usual, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, need some advice or have any experiences to share. Oh, and especially comment if you have any experience with these, or any other programs as well.

Until next time

Have fun

Paul

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